Kurt Taylor is a guy I have seen twice now in the past two weeks, and he did not disappoint. Taylor is a workout warrior who looks like a bowling ball. He looks very impressive physically, and did a nice job catching the ball out of the backfield. Listed at 5’8, 201 pounds, Taylor has plenty of muscles, and runs well with a low center of gravity. He showed good balance, and made one particular catch falling down on the sideline that was very impressive. He continues to get better every time I see him, and has the potential to be a big time prospect in the 2017 class.
Top WR/TE: Antonio Gibson, WR, Eagles Landing
I didn’t know much about Antonio Gibson coming into Saturday, but the 2016 receiver from Eagles Landing had a very good day. He showed good hands, and consistently found a way to get separation from the defender. Wide Receiver might have been the deepest group of the day, and Gibson beat out the Walton youngster Dominick Blaylock, Aquinas’ WR Justin Gibbs, and the speedster Jair Anderson for the top spot. This 6’1, 190 pound receiver is a new name to watch out for in the 2016 class.
Top Quarterback: Liam Welch, QB, Aquinas
Aquinas QB Liam Welch was very consistent throughout the day. Listed at 6’2, 179 pounds, Welch has the look of a good prospect. He threw very accurate short passes, and proved that he can also throw a nice deep ball. Welch has three offers to far, but I expect that number to increase sooner rather than later. 2018 Archer QB Dillon Waye was also impressive, as was 2017 Kell QB John Lampley.
Top Defensive Back: Omari DuBose, DB, Grayson
2017 Grayson defensive back Omari DuBose was clearly the best defensive back of the day. Listed at 5’8, 163 pounds, Dubose is not the biggest guy, but he’s extremely quick and athletic. He plays hard, and defended very well against guys much bigger than him. DuBose won almost every rep that I saw, and should be a big part of the Grayson defense for the 2015 season. A name to know for the 2017 class.
Top Defensive Lineman: Stephen Omorogbe, DL/TE, River Ridge High School
River Ridge DE/TE Stephen Omorogbe was one of the most impressive guys I saw on Saturday. Listed at 6’3, 240 pounds, Omorogbe did a great job at TE, showing soft hands as well as the quickness to get behind some of the linebackers. At defensive end, he showed great strength and quick hands to get leverage on the defender. He has the frame to add more weight, and possibly move to the offensive line in the future. The big 2016 prospect has multiple Ivy League offers, and it would not surprise me to see him pick up some big offers very soon. Impressive day for Omorogbe.
Top Offensive Lineman: Noah Ramsey, OL, Southeast Whitfield
Coming into Saturday, I did not know who Noah Ramsey was. Listed at 6’3, 275, Ramsey looked very impressive all day, and looks like he could be a great center prospect. He showed good hands, and looked very strong; throwing multiple guys to the ground, including Ole Miss commit Charles Wiley. From what I saw, Ramsey was the only guy who beat Wiley during the 1 on 1 period. He has the frame to put on more weight, but I really like Ramsey as a center prospect. Another name to know for teams who are looking for an interior offensive lineman for the 2016 class.
Top Linebacker: De’Morreal Burnam, LB, Salem High School
Another guy I didn’t know much about coming into the day, De’Morreal Burnam was the best linebacker in a very impressive group. He had a little trouble in coverage at times, but he is very talented. Listed at 6’2, 218, he looked like a safety, but did a great job at linebacker. The 2017 prospect has room to grow, and could develop into a productive outside linebacker at the next level. Burnam is a prospect who could really burst onto the recruiting scene soon. He has a Florida State offer already, and will have plenty more in the coming months.
Top Underclassmen: Jaquan Henderson, LB, Newton
2017 linebacker Jaquan Henderson is another Newton prospect that I was able to watch for the second time in as many weeks. Listed at 6’1, 192 pounds, Henderson has the look of a quality linebacker. He has good coverage skills, and broke up multiple passes towards the end of the camp. He works hard, and plays very physical. He is extremely close with teammate Kurt Taylor, and both told me they will play together in college. It is only a matter of time before Henderson receives some big offers. He is a good looking linebacker prospect with tons of talent and athleticism.
Top Overall: Charles Wiley, Stockbridge
I was a little surprised that the 2016 Ole Miss commit came out to participate on Saturday, but I’m glad he did. He was unblockable for most of the camp, and showed why he burst onto the recruiting scene after a great performance at the Rising Seniors game back in December. He showed a good spin move, swim move, and has the ability to use his strength to dominate offensive lineman as well. Strong hands, good quickness, and plays with a high motor. Wiley keeps getting better and better each time I see him, and has the potential to be a very productive player at the next level.