I don't presume to be the talent scout Chad is but, after spending five hours watching wideouts and defensive backs on Tuesday, I came away with a list of pass catchers who caught my eye. It is as follows:
- Markeith Ambles, 6-3, 185, Henry County High in McDonough, Ga. It didn't surprise me when I found out later that he is rated a four-star recruit and No. 15 among America's wideouts by Scout.com. Some guys just scream "big-time" the way they carry themselves. Markeith is one of those guys. He's so smooth that he looks like he's ready to step right into a major college offense today.
- Jarvis Landry, 5-11, 185, Lutcher (La.) High School. This guy consistently got open and consistently caught the ball. Isn't that pretty much the job description? He showed the strength to beat press coverage and outbattle defensive backs on jump balls. Like Ambles, he looks college-ready right now.
- Greg Hayes, 5-11, 170, Saginaw (Mich.) High School. The most electrifying player I saw at the camp in terms of explosive quickness, cutting ability and leaping ability. He also made several acrobatic catches on passes that were behind him or too high. He reportedly ran a 4.43 in the 40 at the Chicago Combine. After watching him, I can believe it.
- DeAnthony Arnett, 6-0, 170, Saginaw (Mich.) High School. A teammate of Hayes, Arnett also is rail-thin but explosive. Only a junior, he already has been offered a scholarship by Michigan. He reportedly ran a 4.4 at the Wolverine camp last summer and clocked a 4.5 at the Chicago Combine. He and Hayes are very similar physically and athletically.
Brandon Terry, 6-6, 195, Alpharetta (Ga.) High School. Profiled yesterday, Terry is a freakish football/track athlete who has clocked a 4.3 in the 40, according to his dad. Whatever Brandon's timed speed might be, he is fast and fluid with good agility. He needs work getting off the line and getting separation but all of the tools for stardom appear to be in place.
Michael Bennett, 6-3, 190, Alpharetta (Ga.) High School. A teammate of Terry's, Bennett already exhibits the physical maturity of a college wideout. He isn't flashy but he moves well, runs crisp routes and displays exceptional hands. Bennett, whose dad played for Michigan State, already has offers from 10 colleges, including Wisconsin and Indiana. UT coaches noticed him, which is very telling.
Jabriel Washington, 5-11, 165, Trinity Christian Academy of Jackson, Tenn. He's only a junior but his youth didn't show at the camp. He showcased excellent skills as a receiver, even though he played quarterback and defensive back last fall, recording 114 tackles and 7 interceptions as a sophomore. Washington reportedly has offers already from UT, Georgia, Arkansas and LSU.