IMG Madden Academy Standouts

Bradenton, Fla. - The IMG Madden Football Academy Holiday Mini-Camp featured over 75 athletes from 15 states and 4 countries to close out the 2011 year, providing a spirited learning environment with structured competition. Here are the athletes you want to keep an eye on in 2012…

Led by director Chris Weinke, athletes joined the IMG Madden Football Academy Holiday Mini-Camp for an opportunity to end the year with better fundamentals and advanced techniques in showcasing their talents as prospects to watch in 2012.

At the conclusion of camp, award winners were announced and offers this detailed position-by-position report…


Shane Cockerille – Baltimore, MD (Gilman School) – Class of 2013

"Shane is a spread quarterback with tremendous athletic ability," Weinke stated. "He throws the ball well on the run and throws with good accuracy.  He has a good understanding of the position and placed the ball very well in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11."

Adam Freiderichsen – San Diego, CA (La Costa Canyon HS) – Class of 2013

"Adam is probably going to attract more interest from D1-AA schools due to his height, but he spins the ball as well as anyone that came thru camp.   He can really drive the ball down the field, and showed the ability to move out of the pocket and make plays with his arm."

Jonathan Pearce – Jacksonville, FL (Providence Day) – Class of 2013

"Jonathan throws the football with accuracy.  There isn't necessarily anything that is going to WOW you about him, but he is consistent and solid with his mechanics.  He sees the field well and made all the right decisions in 7-on-7 and 11-on-11."

Austin Henyon – Fort Worth, TX (Trinity Valley HS) – Class of 2013

"Austin is another spread quarterback that has good athleticism at the position.  He has a quick release and good overall athleticism.   He will need to take the next step as a passer to move ahead of other quarterback prospects."

Chase Ferguson – Charlotte, NC (Providence Day) – Class of 2013

"Chase is a drop-back quarterback who throws with anticipation.  He has good pocket awareness and delivers the ball with accuracy.  To take the next step in his game, he will need to improve his footwork within the pocket and his ability to move outside the pocket."

Evan Wilson – Sarasota, FL (Out-of-Door Academy) - Class of 2013

"Evan has all the tools to be a successful quarterback.  In order to receive the opportunity, though, he will need to get bigger and stronger.  He has great feet, a live arm, and can really fit the ball into some tight holes. "

Colar Kuhns (Class of 2014) and Kevin Johnson (Class of 2015) are two underclassmen poised for promising futures at quarterback.


While not one prospect stood out as a sure-fire division one prospect, a small group in the Class of 2013 may attract recruiters at the FCS level.  James Romulus, Johnny Thomas, and Herman Israelsson all proved to have ability to be amongst the best in their areas at the high school level.  

Romulus did not have to be told twice to grasp his responsibility, proved to have the best athleticism in the group, but he will have to add size to his frame.   Thomas was an explosive athlete with a true passion for competition.   He plays for head coach Charlie Ward and is a productive back in the Houston metro area.  

Local product Herman Israelsson moved to Bradenton from Sweden one year ago and is still a very raw prospect.  He has athleticism to play at the next level, but will need to continue to develop a better understanding of the game and learn how to better control his body in traffic.    All three backs learned from legendary running back coach George Sefcik.


There was a not deep group of receivers in attendance, but two standouts who did exactly that; they stood out!  Not only did (Under Armour Co-Camp MVP's) Cory Crawford and James Onwualu prove to be among the best in their own areas, but may be among the very best in their specific regions.  Crawford focused all his energy at wide receiver in 2011 after seeing time at quarterback in 2010, while Onwualu split series as a wide receiver and running back for the Cretin Derham Hall Raiders this past fall.

"Both Cory and James are game changer type of receivers," commented Weinke.  "They are smooth in and out of transition and very precise with their routes.  Cory is more explosive coming off the line.  James has a better physical build with real strong hands to be a great red zone target."


Coach Michael Gruttadauria recommended four offensive line prospects in the Class of 2013.

Jordi Dalmau – Miami, FL (Gulliver Prep) – Class of 2013

"Jordi has great speed for an offensive lineman with how quickly he can move his feet, hands, and get out in space," Gruttadauria said.  "He's quick in the box and often out works his counterpart.   He needs to continue to challenge himself physically to take that next step in his senior season from his junior season."

Shawn Curtis – Orlando, FL (Olympia HS) – Class of 2013

"Shawn has the size and strength that makes him all around solid offensive lineman.   He has good lower body strength.   He'll need to continue to put on size, and needs to develop more fight at the point of attack."

Chris Flaig – Vero Beach, FL (St. Edwards HS) – Class of 2013

"Chris carries himself with the nastiness and tenacity to be a next level offensive lineman.  He's a future center, in my opinion, with the ability to long-snap.  He is still very raw, and the one thing he's got to continue to work on is bringing his hands to the fight."

Brandon Pertille – Safety Harbor, FL (Countryside HS) – Class of 2013

"Brandon was consistent with everything that was asked of him.  He's a big, burly guy who has real good sets and a great initial strike.  He plays with too wide of a stance putting himself at a disadvantage at times.  He's a center/guard prospect."


Coach Tom Pratt recommended two defensive lineman in the Class of 2013.

Deadrin Senat – Immokalee, FL (Immokalee HS) – Class of 2013

"Deadrin has great athletic ability, is very quick, and has a strong desire to play as a defensive lineman," Pratt remarked.  "He has really quick hands, and plays with tremendous up field ability and skill to escape blocks.   He's going to be an upper echelon recruit; he's got a chance to be something special."

Nathaniel Obinwa – Orlando, FL (Olympia HS) – Class of 2013

"Nathaniel has excellent quickness and can qualify as a pass rusher off the edge as a defensive end, but still has the physique and athletic skill to convert to linebacker.  He was another that played with great up field ability."


Haiden Nagel – Tampa, FL (Sickles HS) – Class of 2013

"Haiden is a big, smart, athletic linebacker prospect," continued Pratt.  "He could play inside linebacker or outside backer in a 3-4.  He improved as camp went on, is very coachable, and wants to get better.   He is technically sound and plays with great leverage.  He has tremendous upside."

Ted Colburn – Tuscaloosa, AL (Tuscaloosa County HS) – Class of 2013

"Ted is a big, rangy athletic linebacker that can play both inside and outside.   He has great hips and natural instincts at the position.  He plays with great pad level and loves to compete.   He has a chance to be a dominate player at the next level."


Coach Michael Hawthorne recommended four prospects in the Class of 2013.

Eric Thompson, Jr. – Bradenton, FL (Southeast HS) – Class of 2013

"Eric is the complete package," Hawthorne commented. "He has size, speed, and the ability to play the ball in the air.  He has pretty good hips for a bigger frame cornerback.   He wants knowledge and wants to be the very best he can be."

Allen Hall – Laurel, MD (St. Vincent Pallotti) – Class of 2013

"Allen is still very raw at defensive back, but is a tremendous athlete.   He has a knack for the ball and the ball always seems to find him.   Allen has the tools and desire to develop into a very good player at the next level."

Andrew McClelland – Salesianum, DE (Salesianum HS) – Class of 2013

"Andrew improved his technique immensely from day one to day three.   Andrew wants to play the ball, and plays very physically.  Once he grasped the technique, he became a guy that could go up against anyone lined up against him."

Broddrick Waters – Palmetto, FL (Palmetto HS) – Class of 2013

"Broddrick has unbelievably quick feet, and probably had the most athleticism of anyone in the group.  He enjoys playing in the box, but has the versatility to play any of the positions.  He really started to emerge by the end of camp, and I'm excited to see how he develops this off-season."

Be sure to join the IMG Madden Football Academy for the next upcoming mini-camp April 20-22 themed KICKOFF WEEKEND to start off the NCAA spring evaluation period and prepare athletes for spring football.

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