Dawg Post Nike NFTC Camp Notes

News and notes from Saturday's Nike NFTC Camp at Buford Georgia.

BUFORD, Ga. – What seemed like a below-average day for some players translated to an MVP award-winning performance at the Nike NFTC Camp on Saturday.

Charlotte Christian tight end Jeb Blazevich earned the title of top wide receiver and an invite to the Nike Opening at the day's conclusion, but the rising senior said he didn't think Saturday was one of his best off-season performances.

"I don't feel like I did very well," Blazevich said. "My expectations always exceed my ability, but I'm still working on everything from routes to release and speed."

Blazevich is the first tight end to be named top receiver at a Nike Camp, and said an invite to the Opening has been his goal since last year's television broadcast.

"After I saw it on television last year, I said to myself that's my goal, that's my dream," Blazevich said. "It's one of those things that I can't waste, and I'm very humble and appreciating of it."

Blazevich's recruitment cycle is nearing its end, and the tight end said he wants to make his decision before the start of his senior season. Blazevich has narrowed his list to Georgia, Mississippi, Clemson, Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State. He has visited each of the schools and has one last family vacation to take before deciding where he plans to catch passes in the future.

"I want to be committed before summer," Blazevich said. "We have one last family vacation, but besides that I've still got my team back home. I need to step up and realize I'm going to be a senior and really enjoy my last year of high school football."

Lee County quarterback Stephen Collier didn't enter the Atlanta NFTC with the mindset of the best player at his position, but managed to receive MVP honors after his 1-on-1 performance. Fox Sports Next's Chad Simmons has watched Collier over the past few years, and said he has never been the overconfident type.

"Collier is a very quiet kid. I've seen him at a couple of camps and he's getting better and better," Simmons said. "He's getting more confidence in his game."

The Leesburg native doesn't attend a school that receives a high amount of recruiting exposure, but attending camps like these has helped extend the quarterback's list of offers to Louisiana Tech and Troy.

"He's at a small school that really doesn't get recruited that hard," Simmons said. "He's a dual threat quarterback who can run and has an above-average arm. He still has some work to do, but obviously he showed today that he could come away with the award."

One player who has no shortage of offers is Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter. The rising senior has already received offers from the likes of SEC schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Carter was named MVP in his talent-heavy defensive end group, and said he learned a lot from Saturday's camp.

"We had a lot of top athletes come out here and compete," Carter said. "I learned a lot from coach [Chuck] Wiley, and being able to talk with players who know a lot about the game was pretty good."

Carter's recruitment process has seen all the hoopla and hype most highly touted players face, but he is taking it all in stride.

"It's been crazy, but fun," Carter said. "I've been taking it slow and just having fun. I'm trying not to let it pressure me too much."

Carter has a long list of schools to choose from, but not all players who attended the camp are that fortunate. However, Carter said the Nike Camp will cause the offers to pile up for those players.

"It has to help," Carter said. "If you come out here and compete against the best and do well, then you're going to get noticed."

Wiley, who spent six seasons in the NFL, commented on the depth of this year's class of defensive linemen.

"I think we were stacked up with talent as far as the defensive end spot," Wiley said. "There were a lot kids with speed and quickness out there and I thought it was a great camp. In my humble opinion, we dominated the offensive line."


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