Strong Quarterback Play
The group of quarterbacks was very strong on Sunday. Brice Ramsey (6'3/197) out of Camden County High (Kingsland, Ga.) and Riley Ferguson (6'3/190) of Butler High (Matthews, N.C.) performed extremely well.
"I felt the quarterback group was very strong, especially at the top," said National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons. "Brice Ramsey took home MVP honors for the day, but Riley Ferguson was right behind him. Ramsey really showed an elite arm as he made all the throws and he makes things look easy much of the time. He moves well, he was accurate, and he showed why he is a Top 100 prospect on Scout."
Ferguson, arguably the top quarterback in North Carolina, was also impressive.
"Ferguson was as sharp as I have seen him before. I have seen him practice, play in games, play at Gridiron Kings, and tryout for the Elite 11, so I have seen him a lot. He is a kid I really like because he plays with no fear. He believes in his ability, he trusts his arm, and he showed that today," said Simmons.
2014 Davidson Day (Davidson, N.C.) quarterback Will Grier showed why he is considered one of the top underclassman signal-callers in The Tar Heel State.
"Will Grier is only a sophomore, but he could be the next highly recruited quarterback out of the Charlotte, N.C. area. He still needs to get stronger and work on his overall delivery, but he showed a live arm, a good presence, and you could see the confidence grow as the day went on," Simmons said.
Statesville (N.C.) High quarterback Carlis Parker went through drills with the quarterbacks on Saturday, but may not end up there at the collegiate level.
"Carlis Parker is a good looking athlete and he has great length, but I am not sure quarterback is his future position. He just does not have a great arm, his release is very long, and with his size and speed, he could end up being a great receiver on the next level. He is committed to Virginia Tech, so it will be interested to see how he is used there," said Simmons.
Young Wide Receivers Shine
Two of the top receivers at the camp were underclassman. Trevion Thompson (6'3/180) of Hillside High (Durham, N.C.) and Braxton Berrios (5'10/170) out of Leesville Road High (Raleigh, N.C.) both caused problems for defensive backs all day. Although they are different types of receivers, both were extremely effective.
"A couple of young wide receivers stood out to me today and they were Braxton Berrios (Raleigh, N.C.-Leesville Road) and Trevion Thompson (Durham, N.C.-Hillside). Berrios is the quick inside receiver type that will make plays in space and Thompson is the longer outside type that will get behind cornerbacks. Both have offers and both will among the best in North Carolina over the next two years," Simmons said.
Milton High (Alpharetta, Ga.) defensive end Carl Lawson (6'3/245) had a strong performance on Sunday.
"Auburn commitment Carl Lawson was the most impressive big man going through the drills and then he won most of his one-on-one battles as well. He came in with high expectations and he lived up to those for the most part. He received an invitation to The Opening," said Simmons.
Sutton Performs Well
Mike Sutton (6'2/292) of Panther Creek High (Raleigh, N.C.) took home MVP honors for the offensive lineman.
"Mike Sutton is an offensive lineman that may not stand out with great size, but he is a tough football player that competes. He is very strong, he has strong hands, and he will make someone a great center on the next level. The interior offensive lineman out of Raleigh, N.C.-Panther Creek was clearly the top offensive lineman at this event," Simmons said.
Eight Headed West
Eight prospects from Sunday's event were selected to participate in The Opening, which will be held in Oregon later this summer.
Josh McNeil-Hillside High (Durham, N.C.)
Peter Kalambayi-Butler High (Matthews, N.C)
Carl Lawson-Milton High (Alpharetta, Ga.)
Brice Ramsey-Camden County High (Kingsland, Ga.)
Ryan Switzer-George Washington High (Charleston, W. Va.)
Tramel Terry-Goose Creek (S.C.) High
Larenz Bryant-Vance High (Charlotte, N.C.)
Holland Fisher-Manchester High (Midlothian, Va.)
The Best of the Best
The NFTC staff announced the positional MVP award winners at the end of the event.
• Quarterback: Brice Ramsey- Camden County High (Kingsland, Ga.)
• Running Back:Khris Francis-Hillside High (Durham, N.C.)
• Wide Receiver: Cameron Phillips-DeMatha High (Hyattsville, Md.)
• Offensive Lineman: Mike Sutton-Panther Creek High (Raleigh, N.C.)
• Defensive Lineman: Carl Lawson-Milton High (Alpharetta, Ga.)
• Linebacker: Larenz Bryant-Vance High (Charlotte, N.C.)
• Defensive Back: Jalen Latter- Vance High (Charlotte, N.C.)
• Butler High (Matthews, N.C) linebacker Peter Kalambayi (6'3/230) said his top five was Stanford, Virginia, Oregon, Duke, and California. He will visit Stanford on June 22 and also head to Virginia sometime this summer. Right now, Stanford and Virginia are his top schools. Ultimately, I believe he will end up committing to one those schools. In my opinion, Virginia will be tough to beat. He has already visited there several times and has mentioned them every time I have spoken with him. With that said, Stanford is making a strong push and the visit in June could be critical when the time comes for him to make a final decision.
• Vance High (Charlotte, N.C.) outside linebacker Larenz Bryant (6'2/210) recently picked up an offer from Texas Tech, which gives him a total of 21. He has a top five of South Carolina, Clemson, Virginia, Florida, and Georgia. He plans to take all his official visits before he makes his decision.
• Butler High (Matthews, N.C.) quarterback Riley Ferguson (6'3/190) currently has 11 offers. Ferguson, who recently visited Alabama and South Carolina, will narrow his list of schools in the next few weeks. He said Alabama is recruiting him the hardest, and he will likely make his decision sometime in the next month or two.
• Wakefield High (Raleigh, N.C.) quarterback Connor Mitch (6'3/210) appears to be closing in on decision. Right now, South Carolina is slightly ahead of LSU for his services. Rounding out his top five are Alabama, Auburn, and North Carolina. Mitch is planning to visit Auburn in early June and will likely make his decision shortly thereafter.
• Hillside High (Durham, N.C.) tight end Josh McNeil (6'5/240) has over 30 scholarship offers, but will trim his list to six or seven this Friday. He currently claims no favorites, but said Alabama will definitely make the cut later this week. Florida and Georgia also appear to be in good shape with McNeil.
• Butler High (Matthews, N.C.) wide receiver Uriah LeMay (6'3/195) recently trimmed his list of possible schools to 10. He will cut that list of schools to five on June 1. Nebraska, Clemson, and Louisville are recruiting him the hardest. He claims no favorites at this time.
• Hunt High (Wilson, N.C.) defensive end/linebacker Lewis Neal (6'2/235) recently decommitted from Ohio State and will likely take his time before making a commitment. His latest offer came from LSU last week and he will likely visit the Tigers in late June. He also plans to visit Tennessee in early July.
• Tarboro (N.C.) High defensive end Tyquan Lewis (6'4/220) is up to 15 offers, with the latest coming from Vanderbilt, Tennessee, and Ole Miss. Lewis mentioned possible trips to Ohio State, Clemson, LSU, and Ole Miss this summer. He remains wide open in the recruiting process.
• Goose Creek (S.C.) High outside linebacker Jalen Stevens (6'3/221) picked up an early offer from North Carolina. He said he thought his next offer could come from Clemson, Tennessee, UCF, or LSU. This summer he will camp at Georgia, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
• Independence High (Charlotte, N.C.) cornerback Jack Tocho (6'/175) has picked up offers from Ball State and Army. North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Virginia, and Duke are also recruiting Tocho. He will camp at all four schools this summer. Tocho mentioned that Wake Forest was standing out and that he is in contact with them at least once a week.
• Vance High (Charlotte, N.C.) defensive back Jalen Latter (6'/185) picked his first offer last week from Navy. Latter is a prospect whose recruitment could explode at any minute. He has all the tools college coaches look for in a cornerback. He is hearing from Wake Forest, Duke, and Georgia Tech. This summer he will camp at Wake Forest, Clemson, N.C. State, North Carolina, and South Carolina.
• Leesville Road High (Raleigh, N.C) wide receiver Braxton Berrios (5'10/170) has seen his stock rise rapidly over the past month. He has offers from East Carolina, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Wake Forest. Clemson, Miami, and South Carolina are some of the other schools showing significant interest in Berrios. He will visit Miami on June 21 and South Carolina on June 14. It is worth mentioning that Miami may have the inside track on Berrios if they were to offer. He has a lot of family in Miami and he grew up a Hurricanes fan.
• Hillside High (Durham, N.C.) running back Donte Williams (6'/210) has seen his recruitment pick up. He picked up offer No. 7 Friday from Purdue. He also has offers from N.C. State, South Carolina, Clemson, Ohio State, Florida, and Vanderbilt. He is also attracting interest from Alabama, Penn State, and North Carolina. N.C. State is recruiting him the hardest. Although it is early, Williams said Ohio State and Florida are his top schools.
• Bamberg -Ehrhardt (Bamberg, S.C.) wide receiver Aggadoria Bowers (6'4/190) picked up offer No. 5 from North Carolina last Wednesday. He said he thought Clemson could be the next to offer. He plans to camp at both Clemson and South Carolina this summer.
• Hillside High (Durham, N.C.) wide receiver Trevion Thompson (6'3/180) has offers from Clemson, Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Florida, South Carolina, N.C. State, and Purdue. Thompson said he would like to camp at Florida and Ohio State this summer. His early list of favorites includes Ohio State, Florida, Clemson, and South Carolina.