Baton Rouge NUC Recap #2

WR Donald Gage of Redemptorist, as expected, did extremely well yesterday at the National Underclassmen Combine held at Zachary High School. Find out more about Gage's performance and hear from standouts who participated in the event.

Donald Gage could be the best player in Louisiana who is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, and everyone who watched Gage yesterday came away impressed.

"He's bigger than I expected," one recruiting analyst said.

Gage measured in at approximately 6-foot-0 and 171 pounds. He appears thicker than that, however, and the junior from Baton Rouge tested well, running a sub-4.5. He also clocked a shuttle in the 4.3 range.

"Gage is fast with great hands," gushed Quentin Gibson, the sophomore quarterback from Archbishop Shaw who won Overall MVP among '14 prospects. "He has the ability to get around defenders."

Gibson, in turn, was a favorite of his colleagues.

"Quentin impressed me," said Terrence Alexander, the sophomore corner from John Curtis Christian. "We were going back and forth during the one-on-one drills when I was covering his receivers."

Gibson, whose older brother Stephen signed with Louisiana Tech as a defensive end this month, has nice size for a sophomore signal-caller at 6-foot-2.

"I did pretty good," Gibson said. "I ran a 4.43 in the shuttle. I really concentrated in the one-on-one drills. That's where I did good last year, and this year I focused on my drops, accuracy and velocity.

"Terrence Alexander made it hard for me to complete passes. He shut down most of my receivers."

Gibson also praised junior linebackers Kendell Beckwith (East Feliciana) and Lyn Clark (O.P. Walker), who shadowed running backs in pass coverage.

"Beckwith is so big and physical," Gibson said. "On one play, I had to throw the ball into the ground and take a sack because the running back couldn't get off the line of scrimmage. Beckwith just manhandled him.

"He and Lyn Clark looked the same. I thought one was the other some of the time."

Duke Riley, the junior linebacker from John Curtis, talked about his three teammates who were at the NUC: '14 RB George Moreira, '14 WR Henry Smith and Alexander.

"Terrence actually hits like a linebacker," Riley said. "He's also a great runner in the 400 meter relay.

"Without our other three running backs (Tevin Horton, Sherman Badie and Raekwon James), George would be 'The Man' back there. Henry Smith (pictured below) is a big part of our (state champion) track team. He's a tall receiver."

It was Moreira's first combine.

"I did real good with it being my first time," the chiseled 5-foot-10, 195-pound sophomore said. "I made the showcase at the end of the event (where the elite performers are pitted against one another). My vertical was 33.5 inches and my broad jump was 9-8.

"I'm going to camp this summer with LSU, Tulane, Alabama and maybe Florida State."

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