Big DB Makes Impression At Passing Camp

Olive Branch High School from Mississippi won Auburn's second passing camp on Friday over Wetumpka.

Auburn, Ala.--Olive Branch has been a powerhouse in Mississippi for years and on Friday that high school team left a mark on Auburn's second football team passing camp with a win over Wetumpka in the championship game.

Led by safety prospect Rod Woodson, Olive Branch won a close game over the Indians to take the title back to the Magnolia State.

It was a championship round with a decidedly Southern flavor as in addition to the finalists you had Ft. Walton Beach High from Florida, Dunbar High from Ft. Myers, Capitol from Louisiana and Alpharetta High from Georgia. That is five different states represented among the final six teams in the tournament.

Rod Woodson is a physical defensive back prospect that has the build to play safety or even linebacker on the next level.

While Woodson and his teammates took the title there were several individual standouts at the passing camp. One of the most impressive was Kejuan Riley from Wetumpka. A 6-1, 190 defensive back/running back, Riley was solid on both sides of the ball for the Indians and showed he can play with the best. He says the passing camp gave him and his teammates a chance to compete.

"It was a nice experience," Riley says. "We played good. We showed what we can do."

As a junior Riley had a dominating season for Wetumpka on the defensive side of the ball. A starter since his freshman season, in 2007 Riley made 79 tackles and added 10 interceptions. He also had 200 rushing yards in limited duty. Throw in a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.49 seconds and you have a player schools are starting to show interest in for next year.

"I have an offer from South Alabama," Riley says. "I'm also hearing from Georgia Tech, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Southern Miss, Mississippi State and Duke. Auburn and Alabama are my favorites."

Kejuan Riley gets off the line of scrimmage at wide receiver.

A physical defensive back, Riley says when you see him play you'll see a player that can play the deep safety but can also come up and make a pick on the ball. He also adds that he doesn't mind contact. "I'm a hard hitter."

Riley's summer football experience in Auburn is just getting started as he will turn right back around and come to Auburn on Saturday after taking the ACT for a two-day senior camp. After that he says he plans to go to camp at Georgia Tech and Alabama.


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