Gridiron Kings Morning Recap

The recruiting teams talks notes and observations from the Saturday morning session of Gridiron Kings in Orlando...

With pool play action in the 7on7 set for tonight, the four teams, from the West, Southwest, Southeast and Midwest took to the fields at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Orlando for a morning workout on Day One of Champion Gridiron Kings.

It wasn't as intense as most Nike Camps or even The Opening, just a light workout to get the kinks worked out before tonight.  But it was still competitive. 

One of the standouts in the morning was the nation's top cornerback Ronald Darby (Midwest), who didn't allow a pass all morning in the 1on1's.  A running back by trade, Darby continues to improve as a defensive back, playing physically, including one jam where he knocked the receiver back at  the line.  Darby has great instincts, a nose for the ball and all the makings of a special player.  The five-star also played some offense and roasted a defensive back so bad, there was a good 5-10 yards between him and the defensive back.

Duke Johnson, a Miami commit, who was sporting The U on his eye black and his hat, continues to shine at every camp he goes to.  He had a couple of moves in the 1on1's where he froze the linebackers and dusted them.

Trey Williams, a Texas A&M commit, may have had the most impressive play of the morning against Christopher Santini, sinking low, going to the right to get Santini to go, then cutting left to have Santini frozen.  It draw the most oohs and aahs from the backers and running backs.  It was like watching an Allen Iverson crossover.

Notre Dame commit Deontay Greenberry (West), was a late addition to the roster, but the four-star, who's shined all spring and summer at receiver, worked out with the linebackers.  Greenberry said he'd be playing both ways this weekend.

Corey Coleman, a Baylor verbal, continues to see his stock rise over the summer.  He had a great showing at The Opening, and today proved his game was more than speed, running some nice routes, showing great speed and soft hands.

USC commit Scott Starr, the West's top middle linebacker, looked really fluid in the drills and good in pass coverage.  A more natural 3-4 OLB who likes to get after the quarterback, Starr continues to improve in coverage and was easily the most physically impressive looking linebacker there.

It's been the Summer of Bryce Treggs- the four-star receiver, who was the Offensive MVP at The Opening, should be running out of juice after his fourth weekend in a row of a big national camp, but he's shown no signs of slowing down.  He had an impressive play where he did a double move on Boise State verbal Marcus Rios that dusted Rios and Treggs ended up with a touchdown.

Pittsburgh native Corey Jones, may be a smaller receiver, but has an innate ability to make people miss.  His ball skills are as good as anyone in catching the ball.  He comes out of his break as fast anybody out on the field.  Jones is a prototype slot guy.

Nelson Agholor, who may be one of the best pure athletes in the country, and is being recruited at numerous positions, looked this morning like he's more suited to play safety or receiver at the next level.  Agholor looks like he could add 15-20 pounds easily.  Agholor worked out primarily with the receivers.

Alabama commit Kenyan Drake also had a good morning, showing the soft hands that got him here, as one of the best pass-catching backs in the camp.  South Florida verbal Chris Bivins, who was stellar at The Opening, continues to impress, looking strong in coverage.

C.J. Prosise (Midwest) is on the national stage for the first time, but he showed he belongs, with several pass breakups in the goalline drills.  Not a lot of people knew about him until he committed to Notre Dame, but he's showing that his highlights are being backed up by his performance on the field.

All four of the quarterbacks, Mike Baker (West), Matt Davis (Southwest), Shane Morris (Midwest) and Riley Ferguson (Southeast), all looked strong in the morning, with none really emerging as the best of the group.

Bob Lichtenfels, Brandon Huffman, Chad Simmons, Greg Powers and Scott Kennedy contributed to this report.

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