This session wasn't laden with the household names, though, future Husker D.J. Jones decided to attend along with approximately 10 of his teammates. If you think D.J. was just on a vacation, though, think again as all Jones did today was churn out another amazing forty, running it in 5.1 seconds. Jones continues to show that while he's raw in his overall technique, physically, this young man is going to be a force for the future. Outside of that,however, it was perhaps the unsung stars of the future that made this first day what it was.
And what it was, was solid, much more speed being present at this session versus last, at least three players posting forties in the sub-4.5 range. Along with that, a bevy of low 4 second agility times and from players with frames varying in size from 5 foot, 8 inches all the way up to 6 foot, 2.
Pretty impressive and we're going to go down a few of the highlights from the day and the players you need to pay attention to for the future:
Gabe Carimi - Here is my project for
offensive line coach Dennis Wagner.
This next kid has the frame to be the next
Already sporting an offer from
The coaching staff had their eye on this guy all day, so there appears to be a legitimate chance of him getting an offer after camp. Carimi has great footwork and all they need to see is how he does with contact.
Paul ripped off a 4.43- 40, a
time that he was actually disappointed with, stating that he was "tight" and
that it didn't go as well as it could.
At 6 foot, 1 inch and 185 pounds,
He's an athlete and if his four interceptions didn't prove what he could do on defense last season as a junior, the 5 interceptions he had today in 7 on 7 competition certainly didn't hurt.
Anthony West - One of the most
physically amazing athletes in attendance was Anthony West. He has started varsity for three years
at strong and free safety.
Anthony had a great day of
testing. He ran the fastest 40 of
either camp so far, timing in at 4.37.
His shuttle time was slightly faster at 4.34 and to top off this great
performance, Anthony had a 30 inch vertical. Anthony came all the way from
Anthony's father played college
Leon Hill – When Phillip Dillard ran a 4.57-40 while weighing around 240 pounds, jaws dropped at just the sheer speed of a kid that thick. Well, Leon Hill doesn't have quite the height of Dillard, standing just a half inch short of 6 foot, but at 247 pounds, Hill proved Dillard's better, posting an eye-popping 4.56.
Hill's size is his only downside, his stocky stature making him a little rigid in the hips. That makes it hard for him to be totally effective in coverage, but when you see him in action, that's obviously not his forte'.
It's being physical at the point
of attack, something that Hill has the power for and the moxie for as well. A
good burst, hitting full speed probably within twenty yards and even for his
hips, he exhibits fairly good change of direction. Right now, the
Hill attended the camp along with
several teammates and their head coach, who's serving as one of the many
assistant coaches for the second summer session at
Andy Bickel - It's not a secret that
Cole Bunner – One of many that has and
will be vying for a scholarship from the
That's the first part of his journey, but tomorrow is the big test, today simply being a lot of orientation work and weight room instruction. Tomorrow are the quickness drills, the real footwork tests and he'll more than likely see some individual work from offensive line coach Dennis Wagner.
This is where Cody Habben
probably lost his chance to get that scholarship, not exhibiting a lot of what
you can't already get inside the state. Now, it's up to Bunner to prove that
it's easier to stay in the state with kids like him than having to always look
elsewhere. Bunner said in my last conversation with him that if
That would make three offensive linemen from inside the state. Seems like that old days, eh?
Joshua Pryor - Joshua Pryor drove all the way from Elizabeth New Jersey just to attend the camps. Josh will also be attending the Elite Quarterback Camp starting on Saturday. He runs a 4.5 40 along with a solid 4 flat shuttle. He also has a 27 inch vertical.
Currently Josh is getting
Brandon Thermilus - Brandon Thurmilus
is a brute running back from
He wants to wait until February
to make his decision and hopes to keep all his options open for scholarship
offers. This kid reminds me a
little of Cody Glenn. He has good
size yet obviously has the speed to go with it. It will be interesting to see how he
does in more drills tomorrow. He
seemed real pleased with his performance with Coach
Well, we'll give him that and then some as he's earned it, Terenga's physique alone enough to get him noticed, standing over 6 foot, 4 inches tall, while weighing 210 pounds. The defensive end/tight end prospect also sports a 4.7-40, a 4.6 shuttle time and a very nice 33 inch vertical. Also, even with his ultra-long arms, Tuinei manages the bench quite nicely; able to put up 185 pounds 17 times.
Like Niles Paul, believe it or
not, Terenga is getting little to no recruiting attention, even in the
underrated area of
Terenga is a fairly raw prospect, but very athletic, nimble, quick and shows fairly good use of his hands. The thing is, what his has to build on is impressive, making him a solid prospect for the near future.
And that's what this session seemed to be all about, the big names not coming out, but some big numbers coming anyway and some names not currently seen are now names you are going to have to make sure to remember.
I have to admit a sense of relief as the last session seemed to be just the warm-up to this one and thus far, this one is living up to the anticipation. There are athletes aplenty for session number two.
We've only covered a few of them, more to come from the class of 2006 and a few for the class of 2007 as well. We'll bring it all to you tomorrow as we recap DAY TWO of NU's Summer Camps, Session Two.