De La Salle wideout Cameron Colvin (STAN Nike stats: 6-1, 188 lbs., 4.31 in the 40, 3.85 shuttle, 32.4 inch vertical, 13 bench press reps. … 2.3 GPA/16 ACT), considered by many to be the top wide receiver prospect in the West, has offers from over 20 schools, including Michigan. GBW spoke to him after his return from the Miami camp, and on Thursday I was able to catch him in action in a passing league game against California High School -- on a very hot early summer evening at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif.
Since I first met Colvin back in March I've always thought he passed the look test. He is tall and lean with a muscular build and an incredible upper body. He doesn't run track so I haven't been able to see his speed. I was finally treated to an exhibition when, on the first play from scrimmage, Colvin blew by the Cal High defenders and caught a perfectly thrown pass for a touchdown. People in the crowd around me said almost in unison, "Welcome back Cameron," in reference to his recent return from Miami, where he attended the Hurricane football camp.
For those unfamiliar with how a passing league game works, teams line up 7 on 7. There is no rushing of the passer by the defense but the quarterback must throw the ball within 3 seconds of the snap or it is considered a sack. Being a "passing" league game there is no running from the line of scrimmage. Each side gets four down to gain 10 yards, the same as in a regular game. The players wear helmets but no other padding. A "tackle" is made when the defender touches the offensive player with the ball. There are two 20 minute halves with a five minute "halftime".
De La Salle went on to score three more TD's and held Cal High to zero. Colvin had one of those additional TD's. Along with his brilliant speed he showed he has some decent hands. Twice he made first down grabs while in heavy traffic, while another time he went up for a ball, only to have his jersey yanked on by the defender. It seemed as though the only way the Cal High defense could contain Colvin was to interfere with him. On one play Colvin skied into the air to try for the grab, but the ball was thrown just out of his reach. The fact that he went as high as he did, he was a good 2-3 feet off the ground, for the ball was impressive.
The combination of speed, great hands, and leaping ability make this talented young man one of the most sought after prospects in the country. He lists Michigan and USC as his top two schools, and he told me he will set up his visit to Michigan after he takes his SAT's in September.
Of course this isn't a real game and the tempo was much slower. What this did was make me even more excited to see this outstanding prospect this fall.
Below is the rest of the Colvin Photo Gallery, including the first touchdown catch sequence. Click on the images to enlarge.