“Me and Bobby (Auburn analyst and camp coordinator Bobby Bentley) have been friends for a long time,” Westside High Coach Scott Earley said. “We competed together on the high school level. We came last year and felt like this was one of the best seven-on-seven tournaments in the country.
“We decided to come back and brought our staff about four weeks ago and did a clinic with Coach (Gus) Malzahn and his whole staff for about four days,” he added. “We just like what Auburn does and the way they do it. We feel like they do more with less than anybody in the SEC so we wanted to learn how and let our kids experience this environment. It’s good for our kids to come out of Anderson, S.C., and come to the Plains and we successful.”
A Westside wide receiver goes up high for the catch.
It was a great day for Auburn with teams from Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and Arkansas all on the Plains for a full day of play. Learning his craft in just these types of environments, Malzahn said for him it was a fun day of watching some good football.
“I’m excited about having 40 teams and the quality of teams,” Malzahn said. “I thought it was a real good success. Being a former high school coach it’s a pretty big deal (to be called one of the best tournaments in the country). We keep trying to improve it, but it was real good.”
While the team play took center stage at the end, there were lots of very good individual performances on Saturday on both offense and defense. With that in mind we give you our top players of the day for Auburn’s Team Camp.
Quarterbacks Jake Bentley and Jawon Pass both had good days, but Bentley was a cut above on Saturday. Showing a strong and accurate arm, Bentley is on track to put up some huge numbers at Opelika this fall and there is little doubt he’ll be a huge 2017 recruit.
Getting another look at Auburn commitment Malik Miller showed he is a player who has worked very hard on his physique and looks ready to take a huge step forward as a tailback this season. Looking fit and very explosive, Miller showed good hands and is just a complete player for Madison Academy.
Malik Miller committed to Auburn earlier this month.
Perhaps the top wide receiver in attendance was upcoming sophomore Justyn Ross from Central-Phenix City. Already with offers from Kentucky and Mississippi State, Ross is a physical wide receiver that is already a polished route runner for a young player.
On the offensive line massive Netori Johnson is a bulldozer on the line of scrimmage for Cedar Grove High in Georgia. Already committed to Alabama, the 2017 prospect is definitely still very much open, however, and Auburn is in the mix. With teammates Antwuan Jackson and Elysee Mbem-Bosse both very much looking at the Tigers, he is someone to keep an eye on.
Netori Johnson is a very large lineman.
Up front on defense Opelika’s Zo Bridges had a strong day in the pass rushing drills and while he’s a little undersized to play defensive end, if he can show the ability to play linebacker he could be an interesting prospect in 2016. Also standing out was Michael Boykin. A player who could likely commit to Auburn this week, Boykin is big and athletic with a ton of upside.
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