Future Stars Drilled at Score 6 Camp

Last weekend, a few dozen athletes, form 8-11 grade, assembled in Michigan State's practice facility to participate in the Score 6 Academy. GoSpartans.net got a chance to see some of the top up and coming prospects from the Midwest.

Mylan Hicks should have a career at the next level, but where at depends on his development.

The 2010 Detroit Renaissance corner back/wide receiver prospect is getting serious interest from Michigan State, Michigan and Notre Dame and already has a few MAC offers in hand.

His quickness through the drills was apparent at the Score 6 camp. Although he worked out with the wide receivers (it was a QB/WR only camp) he'll suit up at corner for his primary duties next fall.

Continuing to develop an economy of movement when running in space should be a focus for any young corner. Hicks fared well from an eyeball perspective, and has that burst of quickness all successful CBs must possess, but he'll need to continue to refine his technique.

Teammate Lawrence Thomas, a sophomore, ran routes at Score 6 as well. Thomas came for the workouts and to learn footwork skills as he prepares to blossom into a highly coveted defensive end/linebacker.

Thomas hears from MSU and other Big Ten teams, ACC schools and Alabama, among others. Some coaches say Thomas is, developmentally, ahead of where standout Chris Norman was, another Renaissance product now committed to MSU, when he was a sophomore.

Continuing the pipeline to MSU from Renaissance (Dana Dixon committed to the 2009 class as well) would pay important dividends to a program fast becoming a potential elite power in the minds of in-state recruits.

Finally, at Score 6 last weekend, Louisville quarterback prospect DaMarcus Smith showed he is well ahead of the developmental curve.

By far, the 6-foot-2, 180 pound signal caller looked the most polished. His delivery was smooth and, unlike most at the camp, he kept his arm behind his body, using his hips and torso to whip his arm and the pigskin with eye-catching zip.


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Every pass was a tight spiral and he showed the ability to both delivery a low hard one to wide receivers cutting into an inside slant as well as pretty lobs on fade routes.

Smith threw for 3,227 yards and 32 touchdowns last fall and hoofed out more than 450 yards on the ground. With an SEC offer already reported, MSU might have an uphill battle for a player like Smith, but with him traveling to East Lansing and participating in camps such as Score 6, the Spartans' chances can't be hurt.


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