AU MVP Camp: Offensive Notebook
Chandler Rogers from Brookhaven (Miss.) Academy was the most well known QB at the event. He has been terrific throughout the spring displaying his talent at several camps and combines. Rogers has a very strong arm, great size and a smart player. He had a monster junior campaign amassing more than 4,800 yards of total offense and a state championship. He had a very solid performance in Auburn and his stock should continue to climb.
The top quarterback award was given to Kedarius Humphries from Montgomery-Sidney Lanier, Ala. The 2012 prospect made some noise at the camp which will carry over to next year when he should rank as one of the top recruits in the state. He showcased a big, strong arm throughout the day. He became one of the best surprises of the camp. He demonstrated a confidence level in making all the throws.
Other players who grabbed some attention included Will Gardner, from Douglas-Coffee County, Ga., Dalton Pritchett, from Opelika, Ala., and Fudge Van Hooser, from Montgomery-Trinity Presbyterian, Ala.
Look for these names to keep making the rounds in the class of 2013 who displayed strong arms including Luke Norman from Douglasville-South Paulding, Ga., and Josh Harrison, from Newnan-Northgate, Ga. Norman had one of the overall strongest arms at the camp.
The running back group was very solid and had some great times in the 40-yard dash. The one-on-one competition gave them a chance to shine.
Josh Clemons, from Fayetteville-Whitewater, Ga., had a solid performance. Clemons is a thick player, but plays light on his feet. He did a great job catching the ball out of the backfield and physically one of the most impressive players on the field. He has two scholarship offers, but the number should increase dramatically once coaches see him this fall.
Darrin Reaves, from Clay-Chalkville, Ala., has made the effort to attend several camps and combines this spring. He looked great during the one-on-ones. He created space from defenders and caught the ball with his hands. He is a short, stocky player, but turns on his sprinter speed in fly routes.
Devin Robinson, athlete from Athens-East Limestone, Ala., was physically the best looking back on the field. Robinson will likely play on the defensive side of the ball on the next level, but he wanted to showcase as a running back in Auburn. The 6-foot-3, 222-pound recruit clocked an impressive 4.53-40 yard dash. He has done a great job getting his name out this spring and has increased his stock.
A couple of other top performers on the day uncluded Kenyan Drake from Powder Springs-Hillgrove, Ga., and Deonte Evans, from McComb, Miss. Evans was named the top running back at the camp for his performance. He was another big surprise and impressed throughout the day in drills and competition.
The wide receivers were put through drills throughout the day and worked with quarterbacks in one-on-ones. The best receivers were also selected in the final stage of the camp to participate in one-on-ones against the best defenisve backs who were voted on by the coaches working the camp.
Stephon Brown, wide receiver from McDonough-Henry County, Ga., put on a clinic. He has impressed throughout the spring and this was the second time to win the top receiver award at an MVP camp this year. He didn't win the overall MVP award, but certainly had a few votes.
Brown is a small receiver, but his route running abilty is where he separates himself from the rest of the pack. Henry County has produced several top receivers through the years including Chris Jackson, Jamal Patterson and Markeith Ambles. Brown is set to have a monster year in the Henry County offensive system, and college coaches will keep a close eye this fall.
A couple of others who really stood out included Jevon Watson from Lovejoy, Ga., Joey Eliezer, from Dallas-North Paulding, Ga., Kristian Collins, from Tucker, Ga., Julian Britt, from Newnan-Northgate,Ga. and Anthony Jones from Dallas-North Paulding, Ga.
Several underclassmen who got our attention included Skyler Moore, 2012 from Phenix City-Central, Ala., Jordan Huff, 2013 from Mobile-St. Paul's, Ala. and Rodney Moore, 2014 from Norcross-Wesleyen, Ga.. They performed at a high level and were recognized by the high school coaches as some of the best for the day.
The offensive line unit went through various drills and competition in one-on-one against the defensive linemen. The best offensive linemen were singled out and went against the best defensive linemen to finish the camp.
The offensive line had their hands full with several players on the defensive line who provided mis-matches throughout the one-on-ones. The defensive line dominted throughout the day led by camp MVP Chris Hughes, defensive end from McComb, Miss., and top underclassman Justin Shanks. The two were unblockable coming off the ball.
Alex Barr, offensive tackle from Fayetteville-Starrs Mill, Ga. was the only offensive lineman who could stop Hughes during the day. It was just a few times, but it was very impressive when Barr stopped Hughes in his tracks.
The 6-foot-7, 280-pound lineman has yet to garner any scholarship offers, but word of mouth will spread quickly. He has a big body with long arms. He can still improve his footwork, but he dominated in the competition. Barr was selected as the top offensive lineman at the camp.
Quinteze Williams, 2012 from Atlanta-Westlake, Ga., will rank as one of the top Peach State prospects next year and was very impressive. Williams picked up a recent offer from Auburn and has an offer from Ole Miss as well.
Steven Foster, from Demopolis, Ala., is a rising junior who played tough and very aggressive against some very good defensive linemen. He was voted as one of the top linemen in attendance. He has really good size and footwork.
Austin Golson, offensive tackle from Prattville, Ala., will enter his sophomore season this fall. He has a great frame and is a smart player with a lot of potential. He came off the ball well, and he was one of the few offensive linemen who was selected to go against the top defensive linemen at the end the camp.
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