Golson shines at Alabama NFTC
North Carolina commit leads a talented group of offensive prospects
The Nike camp at Alabama brought together more than 300 players from all over the South in what was the biggest and one of the best Nike events of the year. Here's a look at some of the standouts on the offensive side of the ball.
South Carolina two-sport star shines
Class of 2012 quarterback Everett Golson (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach) is a talented quarterback as well as one of the top guard prospects on the hardwood and will play both sports at North Carolina in two years.
"It's just more comfortable for me not using the laces," Golson said. "That's how I've always thrown and I like it. Overall I thought I did pretty well. I think you can always do better but I've been doing a lot of basketball lately so I was happy that I could come out and win that MVP here."
Nick Patti (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) has been coming to Nike camps since he was in the eighth grade and had his best showing this weekend. Patti is an undersized kid but is very strong mechanically and is one of the more polished quarterbacks you'll see at the high school level. He was consistently strong throughout the camp and made great decisions with the ball during the 7-on-7 session. The signal-caller throws a nice deep ball and was among the most accurate passers in the camp.
Like Patti, Kevin Sousa (Orlando, Fla./Lake Nona) has been a frequent visitor to the Nike camps and the camp at Alabama was his third of the year. That's about all Sousa and Patti have in common as they're almost polar opposites on the field. Sousa has great size and a huge arm but is still very raw. He continues to get better with each event and his confidence is growing. Sousa can make every throw and just needs to continue to improve his mechanics, tightening his release and understanding coverages and where to go with the football.
Two other quarterbacks to watch were Cameron Coffman (Peculiar, Mo./Ray-Pec) and Justin Worley (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern). Coffman was a ball boy at the Elite 11 QB camp a year ago and had a solid workout. He needs to put on some weight to improve his arm strength but is a Division I prospect.
Worley is a tall, lanky quarterback with a nice upside. He can definitely get the ball down the field but needs improvement on his short and intermediate routes. He's among the most heavily recruited signal-callers in the region, holding offers from Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Stanford, Kentucky and several others.
The top underclassman in the group was easily Jameis Winston (Hueytown, Ala./Hueytown). Winston, just a sophomore, is already holding scholarship offers from schools like Alabama, Auburn and Miami and will be among the nation's top prospects, regardless of position, in two years.
Abdullah goes back-to-back
Ameer Abdullah (Homewood, Ala./Homewood) was a relative unknown when he won RB MVP honors at the Nike camp at LSU. Abdullah showed it was no fluke in Baton Rouge and again took home MVP honors for the second time, the only player to earn multiple position MVPs this year.
"It wasn't close, he was clearly the top guy," RB coach Natrone Means said. "Overall, the group of running backs was just OK but Ameer can play. He has great quickness and hits top speed after just a few strides. He was great in the pass-rush drills, especially not being a big back and made a ton of plays in the one-on-ones as well."
Demetrius Hart (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) impressed as well and showed why he's among the most heavily recruited backs in the region. Hart seemed to tire toward the end of the camp (temperature was in the mid-90s) but no one was more impressive early on. Hart is short but not small and is very well put together. He's an explosive back who can stop and start on a dime and showed great hands out of the backfield. Michigan has offered and is among his early favorites, and Florida, Georgia, Auburn and Georgia Tech have all offered as well.
Heat takes down Conley
Through most of the camp, there wasn't a more impressive receiver than Christian Conley (Dallas, Ga./North Paulding). Conley was electric running his routes, showing great speed and the ability to separate from the defensive backs. He caught every pass thrown in his direction and was looking like the odds-on favorite to win WR MVP honors.
"Unfortunately the heat got to him," WR coach Chris Angel said. "He had to sit out part of the 7-on-7 and the one-on-ones because he was cramping up a bit. It was hot as heck out there and the receivers were running a lot of deep routes.
"While he was out there, he was my top guy but we didn't feel comfortable giving the MVP to someone who missed a lot of the action. I love the kid though and I can see why he's so heavily recruited right now."
Georgia, Tennessee, Vandy, Stanford and Georgia Tech are just a few of the schools who have offered the talented athlete.
Taking home MVP honors was Donte Moncrief (Raleigh, Miss./Raleigh). Moncrief has a strong body and is a physical pass-catcher. He runs well, has great hands and made some of the best catches of the day. Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Memphis and Mississippi State have offered Moncrief.
Robinson leads strong group of linemen
The offensive line group was among the strongest in the camp. Cody Robinson (McMinnville, Tenn./Warren County) took home MVP honors but at least two or three other lineman could have earned the award as well.
Robinson is a physical, nasty player and dominated the one-on-one drills. He took reps at both guard and tackle but his size will likely dictate a move to guard in college. Duke, Memphis, Syracuse and Vandy are just a few who have offered.
"He has a great day," OL coach Erik Kaloyindes said. "You don't see many lineman who play as physical as Cody did but still have so much technique to their game. He has been well-coached and knows what he's doing out there."
Right behind Robinson was Reggie Patrick (Pinson, Ala./Clay-Chalkville). Patrick was the most athletic lineman in the group and showed great feet and mobility. He's a natural knee bender with a strong body and moved around like a 210-pound athlete rather than a 275-pound lineman. Memphis and UAB have offered Patrick so far.
LSU commit Trai Turner (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) would have likely taken home MVP honors had he participated in the one-on-ones. Turner is strong and able to manhandle linemen even bigger than he is. He's light on his feet and has the perfect temperament to play on the line. He's very tough and is the kind of lineman who plays through the whistle.
Jonah Austin (New Orleans, La./St. Augustine) is a great-looking lineman who had a strong camp and sophomore Michael Flint (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) showed why he's already drawn early offers from Alabama, Florida and Florida State.
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