Camp: Day One Standouts

Alabama kicked off its final summer camp on Sunday and many top prospects held their own during competition. Get inside to find out which known commodities impressed and who are some players to watch going forward at the event.

Nick Saban's football camps draw the nation's best each summer, and 2013 has been no different.

Several players, like current commitments like David Cornwell, J.C. Hassenauer and Johnny Dwight each performed well in front of the coaching staff's eyes before committing to Alabama - and the next round of players to do the same could come this week.

The four-day event kicked off on Sunday, and BamaMag.com has learned of several players that stood out from the rest at the competition.

Jordan Sims, who shed 20 pounds this summer in order to prep for this very event, did all he could to snag a spot in the 2014 class with what most called a dominant effort. He neutralized 2015 standout defensive tackle Daron Payne on multiple occasions to camp a strong day at both guard and tackle.

"I did amazing. It was just amazing, I don't know what to say," said Sims on Sunday evening."I did well in footwork, one-on-ones, i just did well."

While Payne held his own on the defensive line, fellow rising junior Tim Settle made perhaps the most noise among big-men. Settle was offered by Alabama before the camp, and he didn't hurt his chances on Sunday.


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Another pair of youngsters really upped their stock on Sunday, and both were edge rushers in the class of 2016.

Shane Simmons, has been blazing a trail of offers at each camp he has attended - and Alabama may be next on the list. He met with Coach Saban after the event and many feel the extension is a matter of when and not if. The Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic standout already holds a handful of extensions, and added an offer from Vanderbilt most recently after visiting over the weekend.

Another rising sophomore put in major work in front of Saban and company, and it was his second time doing so. Hammond (La.) St. Thomas standout Ed Alexander impressed the staff last month, and he came back to camp as requested by the group. He added a Florida offer in the meantime, and it wouldn't surprise many if the Tide joined that mix at some point.

After Sims back on the offensive front, Montel McBride also made some noise. Sims said he "was very good" and made his presence known despite his recruitment already completed. It was the Plant City (Fla.) three-star's first trip to Tuscaloosa.

J.T. Gray led the charge among running backs and offensive skill position players on Sunday, and he's another who met with Saban for an extended period of time before the day ended. The scholarship offer wasn't yet handed out for the Mississippi native and current Coolidge (Ariz.) three-star, but we have learned that it isn't far off. Gray has added a dozen offers thus far, picking up his biggest extensions at camp - including one at USC of late.

As with the case for any event one of the youngest prospects in the nation attends, Dylan Moses drew a crowd. The class of 2017 star worked out at running back Sunday, and the term "freak" was often used to describe his combination of size and speed. Edwards Moses Jr., Dylan's father, reported his son also registering a 39-inch vertical leap and 10 foot, four-inch broad jump. Those are very good NFL combine numbers for defensive backs...

"He did well," Moses added. "He is learning a lot from Coach [Burton] Burns."

It wasn't just about prospects from the South or the West Coast on Sunday, as New Jersey standout Minkah Fitzpatrick put on a show at cornerback. The class of 2015 standout from St. Peter's Prep camped at The Opening with the top 2014 talents across the country, and he held his own once more in Tuscaloosa.

"I had a 3.91 shuttle, 9.5 broad jump today," said Fitzpatrick, who already holds a dozen offers. "This camp is the truth, I'm loving it.

"There's some nice competition, but I didn't have any catches on me yet."

Bamamag.com will keep you updated on everything that happens throughout the Nick Saban Football Camp, including news and notes as they happen. For the Day Two (Monday) portion, click HERE.


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