Auburn Team Camp News and Notes

Byrnes High dominated the 7-on-7 passing tournament at Auburn's Team Camp on Thursday and Friday with the South Carolina powerhouse playing three teams in final games.

Byrnes (S.C.) High came a long way to camp at Auburn on Thursday and Friday, but the powerhouse program made the trip worth it. Putting three teams in the 7-on-7 tournament, Byrnes took home first-place in the championship division as the B-Team led by incoming freshman quarterback Jake Bentley defeated the A-Team with his brother Shuler Bentley at the helm. Tied 8-8 in the closing seconds, the 6-4 eighth-grader threw the winning conversion attempt to set off a celebration for the younger team.

In addition to that game the C-Team for Byrnes won one of the consolation championships with the other going to Callaway (Ga.) High. Fielding three teams that all played for titles is something Byrnes has done before in a summer passing tournament says Coach Bobby Bentley. When that happened Byrnes went on a run and won four state titles with a record of 57-2 during that stretch.

"I told the guys that I was just proud of them," Bentley says. "We had a very, very good two days. We worked hard and got a lot of reps. The Auburn coaching staff did a tremendous job of getting everything set up and organized so you can get reps. You have to give it to them for taking care of the high schools."

Byrnes poses with Gus Malzahn and the championship trophy

In the title game it was brother vs. brother with dad watching on from the sidelines. While he admits it can get tough to watch at times, he says that on this occasion it was just special because it took place inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"It was fun," Bentley says. "It was just like being in the backyard. We used to play hall-ball in the house. It was fun and hopefully they'll carry it into the season. There was a lot of energy and you have to simply go out and compete regardless of who you're playing."

The Next Big Thing

Although he's just going into the ninth grade, Jake Bentley is already making a name for himself with his performances in practice for Byrnes and in camp situations. With an older brother at Rutgers and another already committed to Old Dominion, he looks to be the future of the position for Byrnes down the road.

Already with an offer from Appalachian State before he arrived in Auburn, his father says that the Tigers jumped into the mix on Friday with an offer of their own for the 6-4, 207 phenom.

"Auburn offered him today," Bentley says. "That's pretty big. God has blessed him with a lot of talent. I'm really excited for him. We want to keep him healthy and see how his career blossoms."

2015 Top 100 Prospect?

A standout on both sides of the ball for Callaway, speedy Terry Godwin is likely to be one of the top cornerback prospects in the country next season for the 2015 class. He showed why during the Auburn camp as he made play after play to help his team win a consolation bracket along with Tez Parks. Godwin already has an early offer from Auburn and he says he loves the new coaching staff. He also has offers from Alabama, Georgia and several other schools.

Terry Godwin is a playmaker for Callaway on both sides of the ball

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