Skill Players On Display At Auburn Camp

Skill players were in abundance in Sunday's Auburn football camp.

Auburn, Ala.—Rainy weather didn't deter nearly 300 high school athletes from around the Southeast from showing their skills on Sunday as they crowded the Auburn indoor practice facility for a one-day football prospect camp.

With quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs in abundance there were plenty of players on display for the Auburn coaches to check out. They didn't disappoint as several standout performances were recorded by players both already on the radar and others hoping to see their recruiting take an upward swing.

At the quarterback position Auburn commitment Jeremy Johnson didn't test, but participated in the one-on-one portion of the camp. Throwing the ball well and with good velocity, Johnson showed the physical side of things in his game.

The Carver of Montgomery star wasn't the only quarterback who stood out on Sunday though as Jason Smith also threw the ball well.

Without the strong arm of Johnson, Smith relies on accuracy and did a good job of spreading the ball around in seven-on-seven work. Another quarterback who did a good job of that is left-hander Austin Henyon from Trinity Valley (TX) High. Measuring in at 5-11, 190 pounds, Henyon is the spitting image of Kellen Moore and displays that same accuracy in his throws.

If arm strength is what you are looking for in a prospect then Emanuel Byrd is the guy for you. At nearly 6-2 and 190 pounds, Byrd is a powerful thrower who ran a 4.78 40-yard dash and also had a vertical leap of 32 1/2 inches. He's a player who could see his stock rise dramatically as a senior if he continues to have days like he did on Sunday.

Auburn commitment Earnest Robinson was his usual physical self in one-on-one drills and made several big plays. The wide receiver said that he enjoyed getting the chance to compete even though he's already given a verbal to play for the Tigers.

A player who is looking for his college home, who had a big day on Sunday, is Tallassee High School standout D.J. Paschal. At 6-1, 179, the speedster ran a 4.44 40-yard dash and had a vertical leap of 33 1/2 inches. Catching the ball well and showing some separation, he said he felt like he showed something to the Auburn coaches. Currently he holds offers from Arkansas State, Memphis and South Alabama.

Carl Lee makes a great grab in front of Blaise Taylor

A teammate of Smith at McGill-Toolen, big Carl Lee is a 6-2, 189 prospect who ran a time of 4.62 seconds and probably had the most consistent day of any receiver at the camp. Using his body to get separation at the line and showing good hands, Lee is a player who definitely helped himself with his performance.

Also from the Mobile area, Fairhope's Nate Andrews made some big plays and showed the consistency that made him a top weapon for the Pirates last season.

A receiver who didn't go through testing but was on hand for the camp portion of things on Sunday was talented wide receiver Richard Benjamin from Tampa Bay Tech. Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Benjamin has 38 offers and said Auburn is likely to be one of his finalists.

Nate Andrews goes up high for the one-handed catch

Recording the fastest time of any player at the camp was speedy Nick Davis from Mary Persons High in Georgia. Measuring in at 5-10, 171 pounds, Davis blazed to times of 4.30 and 4.36 in the 40 and also had a shuttle time of 4.22 seconds. Checking in as a running back, Davis moved to cornerback and showed plenty of skill at the position.

Getting two offers this week from Arkansas State and Memphis, 2014 prospect Blaise Taylor was one of the top players in the camp at cornerback. Playing the football well and using his superb quickness, the Auburn High School standout impressed along with best friend and teammate Antreal Allen.

At the safety position the biggest surprise was 2013 prospect T.J. Green from Sylacauga. At 6-2, 188 pounds Green ran the second-fastest 40-yard dash time of 4.45 seconds. He also had a vertical leap of 31 1/2 inches to show his explosion. Green also played the ball well in the air during one-on-one work. He has early offers from UAB and Troy and said he would love to get an offer from Auburn after talking with them following the camp.


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