Steve Robertson - Welcome back Bulldog fans as we continue our discussions of the 2016 signing class.
As we prepare for fall camp there will be a lot of guys on campus for practice. But one of the guys that will probably have a little more difficulty getting here, Cameron Dantzler from Hammond, Louisiana who plays for St. Thomas Aquinas High School.
One thing that is important to note about the private schools in Louisiana is that they, by and large, play a public school schedule. They are in those districts and part of that schedule. Cam is a guy who will play against quality competition throughout his high school career.
I was very impressed with him during the Big Dawg Camp sessions. With his length and catch ability he is a guy who will be very difficult to throw over. He has very good footspeed and very good change of direction. So, he is a guy who can get out and cover in space and defend the deep ball. If he does lose a step and gets a little separation he is a guy who has the length to recover and also pretty good recover footspeed. But the thing that I saw about him is he simply has a nose for the football. When the ball is in the air he takes ownership of it. He is a guy who sometimes even runs the route for the receiver. He has that good route recognition and can take it over. It is all about instincts then. He is a guy who just breaks on the football and makes the play. And in most cases picks the ball off.
I'm not trying to say he is going to be as good as this guy, but from a body standpoint and a physicality standpoint he reminds you a lot of John Banks, because of his length and the way he is built. He also has that great leaping ability. And really that same nose for the football. Will he be that same leader that Johnthan was? That reminds to be seen. But he is certainly a guy who has the skillset to come in and contribute to Mississippi State early in his career.