Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's first Senior Camp is in the books after a hot weekend on the Plains that saw over 400 of the top football players in the South take part over two days on the Auburn campus. Stars from all over, including Texas, Oklahoma and North Carolina, filled up the practice fields as they came to show their stuff to the Auburn coaching staff.
One of the top players in attendance was defensive back Janoris Jenkins from Pahokee, Fla. Part of a strong secondary group, Jenkins more than held his own as he showed the ability to be physical while also having the speed to turn and run with receivers when necessary. After turning in a very good performance at the camp Jenkins says he was pleased with his performance.
"It was a long day," the 5-11, 180 Jenkins tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was hot and sunny. We competed against each other pretty good. We just all worked real hard. I got a good workout. They worked me a little bit. They (offense) got lucky and caught a ball one time."
Janoris Jenkins hauls in a pass on Sunday.
One of the top cornerback prospects in the South this year with Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Clemson, Tennessee and West Virginia among the nearly 30 schools that have offered , Jenkins says he enjoyed his first trip to Auburn and was surprised how much he liked the campus and city.
"I'm real impressed by the coaches and how they support you and look out for you," Jenkins says. "I like the campus from what I've seen so far. Auburn will definitely be one of the schools I'll consider when making my decision. I didn't know much about Auburn but I'm trying to learn as much as I can."
A starter since his sophomore season for one of Florida's top programs, Jenkins had a strong junior year as he helped win a state championship with 698 rushing yards and six touchdowns on offense. Defensively he was a shut-down cornerback as he finished with 49 tackles with most teams choosing to stay away from his side in the passing game.
Jenkins wasn't the only defensive back that showed out as several other top players had good days. George Baker from Archbishop Carroll High in Miami was impressive at both defensive back and running back as he worked at both spots. Central High (Phenix City) cornerback D'Antoine Hood was very good in man coverage and showed the ability to be physical at the line of scrimmage. The cousin of Roderick Hood made several nice plays and will be a player to watch this fall. Auburn High safety Dee Finley continued his strong summer with another impressive performance.
Speedy George Baker is one of the fastest players in the country for 2008.
Up front on defense the stars of the weekend were Cordian Hagans and Toby Jackson but it was a lesser-known product from Alabama that stole the show. Defensive lineman Jomarcus Savage from J.O. Johnson High in Huntsville was impressive in every phase of the game and earned the right to be called one of the best on the weekend.
Continuing the defensive trend was a wide receiver turned linebacker. Norcross standout Devonta Bolden, one of the South's top receivers, worked out at linebacker and showed some skills at the position. Also performing very well was Northview (Dothan) speedster Spencer Pybus and top junior Tana Patrick from North Jackson High in Stevenson.
On the offensive side of the ball it starts with the quarterbacks and once again it was an Alabama kid that stole the show. Despite highly regarded prospects such as D.C. Jefferson and Evan Landi on hand, it was Briarwood standout Barrett Trotter that had the best showing of any quarterback throwing the football. Despite not having the size of many of the top quarterbacks, Trotter's ability to throw the ball is undeniable.
Daphne running back Reggie Hunt was impressive and has gotten bigger since last fall.
In a camp loaded at the running back position, a group of top players emerged very quickly with Texas speedster Chris Givens, Daphne's Reggie Hunt, Daleville's Jonas Randolph and Midwest City, Okla. junior David Oku all legitimate prospects with Givens and Hunt already holding down several offers.
Wide receiver was also loaded with talented prospects across the board. Perhaps the top player was massive Jarmon Fortson from Carver High in Columbus. Other standouts were Chris Bynes from Boyd Anderson High, the younger brother of Auburn signee Josh Bynes and Sean Adejbola from Grayson, Ga.
Auburn commitment Vance Smith looked good at tight end and is a physical specimen at 6-4 and 240 pounds. Up front on offense Jarien Moreland from Glades Central (Fla.) High was impressive as was massive Greg McGrue from Huffman High in Birmingham.