Cornileus Camp Diary

Stone Mountain's (Ga.) Tyrone Cornileus might be one of the top defensive prospects from the class of 2010. He updated FightinGators.com on his trips to Gainesville and Athens.

Tyrone Cornileus profile

This past week I went to both the University of Florida and University of Georgia football camps. At the University of Georgia I performed very well and was noticed by the coaches. The linebacker coach really kept an eye on me as I went through each drill and 7-on-7s. I did very well in the 7-on-7 games. I had many highlights during the day, but the most noticeable one was when I caught an interception and took it back for a touchdown.

After the camp I talked to the linebacker coach, who expressed a lot of interest in me. He asked about my coming to some games this season and visiting the campus. Athens is close to home for me and I'm sure I'll visit sometime during the season. My uncle played at Georgia from 1981-1985, so I also have a family connection to UGA.

My trip to Florida was great as well. We started off by doing a mini- combine. I did very well in all drills. I had one of the better times in the 40. It was a very slow track.

Coach Kenny Carter, the UF recruiter for my school, wanted me to work out with the linebackers in the first session and with the safeties in the second session. I did very well on the linebacker drills and the one-on–one drills covering both running backs and tight ends.

In the second session, I worked with Coach Chuck Heater, the defensive backs coach. I worked at the safety position. Although, I have never really played safety, I picked it up very well. I think I was the top one in my group of about 12 safeties. Most college coaches seem to think that I will play safety at the next level. At my current height, weight and speed (6-1.5, 185lbs), my frame is perfect.

At the end of both sessions, I went to The Swamp to watch one-on-one drills for the defensive backs and receivers. I joined in with the receivers. I caught every pass thrown to me. I felt very good about my performance at the receiver position. It did not matter if the DB's were in a press coverage or soft. My performance at the receiver position caught the attention of the Florida coaches and a scout from Temple University that was working the camp. I think I left the Gator coaching staff with a good impression. I did receive an invitation to the Friday Night Lights on July 18.

Overall, I think I did very well at this camp. While I'm confident in my abilities, I realize I still have work to do to perfect my skills in all positions. I enjoyed my experience at the University of Florida mainly because the level of competition was much higher than some of the other programs I've attended so far this summer.


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