Camp Pride: Combine Report

Inviting well over 300 athletes to the Ryder Center in Saginaw Valley State University, Camp Pride provided an exclusive setting to evaluate several of the state’s top athletes. Check out which prospects stood out among a competitive field of athletes on Sunday.

Camp Pride played host to some of the nation’s best prospects on Sunday at Saginaw Valley State University on Sunday. With over 300 participants in attendance, here are some of the noteworthy players after Sunday’s camp.

Scout.com's Josh Newkirk and Eric Rutter give their take on Sunday's camp below.

Desmond Fitzpatrick – 2016 Wide Receiver – Farmington (Mich.)

Josh’s take: Fitzpatrick was arguably the best player in attendance at Sunday’s camp. No defensive back could contain him in the one-on-ones. His footwork is years ahead of his competition. And he shook more than a few defenders on Sunday. Louisville got a good one in Fitzpatrick.

Eric’s take: Competing with a talented group of wide outs, Fitzpatrick looked to have the best footwork. The junior Louisville commit looked very polished and displayed strong fundamentals throughout the day. Fitzpatrick was highly successful during his 1-on-1 reps Sunday and made a strong claim as one of the top wide receivers at Camp Pride.

Donnie Corley – 2016 Wide Receiver – Detroit (Mich.) King

Josh’s take: The four-star prospect came to play on Sunday. He started off camp play with a spectacular one handed catch that earned some sheers from fellow campers. Corley is up to 6-foot-3, and looks the part of a future collegiate receiver. Whoever gets him, is getting a big time play maker.

Eric’s take: Corley performed as advertised, also earning wide out MVP honors thanks to his strong showing. Corley moves well for a receiver of his size, which combined with his soft hands creates an impressive combination of physical prowess and skill. Corley was difficult for defensive backs to check all day and did not let many footballs hit the ground.

Kalebb Perry – 2016 Wide Receiver – Mt. Pleasant (Mich.)

Eric’s take: Challenging Fitzpatrick as one of the camp’s top wide outs is Kalebb Perry, an elusive wide receiver out of Mt. Pleasant. Perry was quick off the line, ran precise routes and found separation more often than not. His soft hands allowed for he, as well as Fitzpatrick, to make a series of one-handed grabs throughout the afternoon. Perry has offers from Central Michigan and Western Michigan, but more may be in store for the agile wide out.

Troy Brown – 2016 Wide Receiver – Flint (Mich.) Northwestern

Eric’s take: Showing good size for a sophomore wide receiver at 6’2” and 185 pounds, Brown used his physical skills to dominate cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage. This size allowed for Brown to make several tough catches during 1-on-1s. Apart from his size, Brown has quick feet and performed well during position drills at the camp’s opening, earning honors as one of the wide receiver MVP. Brown visited Michigan once and Michigan State twice during the 2014 footballs season.

Demetric Vance – 2016 Wide Receiver/Safety – Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech

Josh’s take: The Cass Tech standout played receiver on Sunday. He made his usual plays. However, he informed Scout of his intention of playing safety at the next level. With his size (6-2) and speed alone, that’s very intriguing for any program interested in Vance.

Sam Johnson – 2019 Quarterback – Southfield (Mich.)

Josh’s take: Still in middle school, you can see why may expect Johnson to start from day one at Southfield. He’s already got the size (6-2) and most importantly – the arm – that indicates he should be a good quarterback down the line. He throws with nice touch, and should only get better. He’s a 2019 prospect, so he’s a kid worth noting in the future.

Eric’s take: Despite checking in as one of Camp Pride’s youngest participants, Johnson proved that he could hang with any quarterback in attendance Sunday. Johnson is a tall, thin passer with quick release during his throwing motion. This speedy release was useful in what was an impressive throwing session from Johnson. The class of 2019 quarterback spun the ball well and applied noticeable zip to his passes. He certainly passes the eye test for such a young prospect.

Cole Gest – 2016 Running Back – Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward’s

Josh’s take: At 5-foot-8, 185-pounds, Gest turned some heads with quick feet and burst through the drills. While he doesn’t have ideal size, his athleticism makes up for it. He’s a blazer and could help out any college offense. He also showed good hands in the pass drills. A move to slot might be in his future.

Eric’s take: Travelling from Ohio’s powerhouse St. Edward’s program, Gest displayed impressive footwork and good burst in positional drills. Gest, who sports offers from Ohio and Toledo, had the quickest feet of any running back at Camp Pride. Gest’s explosiveness allowed for him to achieve separation during 1-on-1 drills and he looked fluid running routes.

Eric’s take: Although he looks to project to safety at the next level, Vance was one of the most difficult wide receivers for defensive backs to handle. Using his impressive length at 6’3” and around 200 lbs., Vance was quite physical at the line. It was difficult for any cornerback to jam Vance at Camp Pride, and he made routine catches after beating his man.

David Reese – Linebacker – Farmington (Mich.)

Josh’s take: He built like a truck. He moves well. Moving well laterally is going to be the difference between him staying in the MAC and getting his first Big Ten offer. He looks like he has made strides with his speed. He held his own in pass coverage drills.

Eric’s take: After a strong junior campaign, Reese began the 2015 camp circuit on a good note with a strong performance on Sunday. Reese, who is up to eight offers at this point, displayed impressive size and quickness from the linebacker position. Reese was physical during 1-on-1s and recorded several pass breakups on the day.

Donovan Johnson – Cornerback – Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech

Johnson looked to be one of the elite sophomores amongst a crowd of stiff competition at Camp Pride. When lined up in 1-on-1s, Johnson’s footwork paid dividends. Frequently finding himself in ideal position to make a play on the ball, Johnson then displayed nice ball skills with countless breakups on the day.

LaVert Hill – 2016 Cornerback – Detroit (Mich.) King

Josh’s take: He played a little receiver and cornerback on Sunday. He showed good skills a both positions. However, Hill is big time CB prospect, and did his thing on Sunday. He looked good in the drills. He sat out late, but had an overall good camp.

Tony Gibson – 2016 Safety – Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward’s

Josh’s take: At 6-foot-2, 200-pounds, Gibson looks like a linebacker. But then you see him move, and you know he can play defensive back. He played a lot of bum and run corner on Sunday, but he projects better at safety. He has above average speed for his size. He already holds one Big Ten offer, and more are sure to follow.

Jalen Martin – 2016 WR – Chandler Park (Mich.)

Josh’s take: A big, strong, steady receiver. He can go up and get the ball at its highest point, too. He won his fare share of one-on-ones. He doesn’t have a BCS offer, but certainly has the skills to get one.


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