Carr stands out at Atlanta UA combine
Few players improved their stock as much as safety Daunte Carr (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) did over the weekend. Carr arrived in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome and continued to showcase why he is one of the most underrated players in the entire country.
On the day, Carr ran a shuttle time in the 4.3 second range to go along with a 38.5 inch vertical. When he arrives at the college level, he will be capable of playing the safety position or adding weight and turning into a linebacker that is capable of covering tight ends or running backs out of the backfield.
Carr did not participate in all of the testing because he has a major track meet this coming week, but did compete in the position portion of the day and showed excellent ball skills. He is able to cover wide receivers and showed a fantastic ability to break on the ball.
"I think I could have done a lot better, but I always think there is stuff that I can improve upon," Carr said. "I recently pulled my hamstring so that made it tough, but I just fought through it and kept on pushing every second I was out there."
Before the weekend, Carr had been receiving interest from around the country.
"It's going real good, I was able to get out to the West Coast on my spring break and check out UCLA and Stanford," he said. "I had a really fun time and got to learn about the campuses and coaching staffs and just have a chance to see everything and I really enjoyed it."
Under Armour All-American safety Alec Ogletree (Newnan, Ga/Newnan) was another big name at the Georgia Dome on Sunday afternoon and he showed the type of talent that has made him a prized recruit by several of the top schools in the Southeast.
During the one-on-one drills Olgetree was matched up with fellow Under Armour All-American wide receiver Markeith Ambles who ran a fly route. Olgetree had no problem going step for step with the big-time receiver, displaying his excellent speed and coverage ability. He also had an interception during the seven-on-seven portion of the event.
"I thought I performed well, I got to go against some of the top wide receivers in the one-on-one drills and I thought I held my own," Olgetree said. "It was a nice camp, and I had fun."
Barry Bostic (Louisville, Ga./Jefferson County) turned in several great times during the testing portion of the event, running a 4.43 in the 40-yard dash and then following that up with a 4.18 shuttle drill. He also had a 39-inch vertical leap.
Bostic is an extremely quick athlete who is capable of playing either side of the ball, however, he showed why most colleges prefer him as a cornerback. He has excellent closing skills to go along with good hips that allow him to change direction and not lose any speed to keep up with a receiver.
While the crop of players in the secondary for 2010 is strong, possibly the best player in Atlanta was 2011 prospect Nick Waisome (Groveland, Fla./South Lake). He has the potential to be one of the top cover corners in the country next season and those talents were on display Sunday.
Other defensive backs with good showings include Darius Robinson (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake), Martin Jenkins (Roswell, Ga./Centennial), James Warren (Indianapolis, Ind./Warren Central) and David Williams (Indianapolis, Ind./Pike).
While not being as good a group as the defensive backs, the defensive line was another group that was impressive. Headlining the group was John Herndon (Columbus, Ga./Hardaway), who displayed great quickness off the ball as well as a powerful bull rush.
Herndon has been making the transition from protecting the quarterback as an offensive lineman to attempting to tackle the quarterback and this weekend he showed that his future will be on the interior of the defensive line.
Several times in one-on-one drills Herndon blew by the offensive lineman to get to the quarterback using both a swim move and pure speed to beat his competitor.
"I feel as though I did pretty good and did very well in the one-on-ones," he said. "I feel as though I need to work on my stride and my explosion times to get my forty time down a little more, but I improved it today from the last time I ran it so I felt it was a good day overall."
Recruiting has picked up for the Hardaway big man in recent weeks and he discussed where he stands in his recruiting process.
"I am getting a lot of interest from Auburn, Georgia, Florida and Alabama right now," Herndon said. "Nobody has offered just yet, but I think that is because I have only taken the ACT and the SAT once and I kind of panicked and didn't do as well but I will get those up when I take them again."
Another interior lineman that had a great day was Shawn Green (Loganville, Ga./Grayson). In the one-on-one drills, Green did an excellent job of getting low and then using his incredible quickness off the ball to blow by defenders. Florida State recently stepped up with an offer for the big interior lineman who should expect to see more attention come his way, if he continues to have showings like he did on Sunday. Ole Miss is also strong here.
A couple of defensive ends had fantastic afternoons led by Green's teammate Joseph Champaign (Loganville, Ga./Grayson). Projecting as more of a linebacker at the college level, Champaign worked out as a defensive end and showed a tenacious motor getting past offensive lineman with a combination of a quick first step and pure power. In the bench press, Champaign hammered out 30 reps of 185 pounds. Stanford has offered.
Jumbo athlete Kendrick Frazier (Denmark, S.C./Denmark-Olar) burst onto the scene with a fantastic workout as he benched 185 pounds 23 times to go along with 4.59 shuttle for the 241-pound lineman.
It was the first major event for Frazier who also wanted to participate as a tight end and during the one-on-one portion of the day, Frazier went down and worked out with that group, however, his career at the college level will be as a defensive end. He possesses a quick first step and the power to bull rush an offensive tackle backwards toward the quarterback.
The third defensive end, who stood out was Corey Crawford (Columbus, Ga./Carver). He has good height and excellent speed coming off the edge. Recruiting for Crawford has picked up in recent months and he know holds offers from Auburn, Oklahoma State, Maryland and North Carolina State, according to him.
Other defensive lineman to stand out were Sean Murray (Denmark, S.C./Denmark-Olar), Marcus Stetzer (Columbus, Ga./Shaw), Corey Simmons (Atlanta, Ga./Greater Atlanta Christian), Jorontay Jones (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) and Christopher Walton (Atlanta, Ga./Grady).
Michael Taylor (Atlanta, Ga./Westlake) was the class of this group. Taylor isn't the biggest prospect, but he is fast and approaches every snap with passion. He also tested well with a shuttle in the 4.5 range.
William Gunter is a writer for ESPN affiliate TheBigSpur.com.
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