A very warm, sunny day was the setting for the second one-day football camp at West Virginia University on Sunday, and there were again several players that put on noteworthy performances.
George Washington linebacker\fullback Dustin Crouser was one of the most physically developed players on the field, and showed why he's under serious consideration for an offer. The tough linebacker has worked hard to improve his speed, and that was noticeable during running drills early on. He was also solid in pass coverage against running backs.
WVU's coaches might be facing a tough choice as to whether to offer Crouser or Elijah Wellman of Spring Valley a scholarship. They are similar players - very physical and capable of playing either linebacker or fullback. Both could get offers -- that's something that will just have to play itself out.
Wide receiver Dareian Watkins was on hand after participating in a camp at Illinois on Saturday. At the former camp, he suffered a foot injury that clearly hampered his mobility at WVU, but that didn't stop him from giving his very best effort through every drill. Kudos to the young man for battling through a tough situation that some others might have chosen to avoid. Even with the foot problem, Watkins hauled in several passes in one-on-one drills and showed excellent hands in a number of open receiving sessions.
Running back\receiver Deandre Lane displayed great burst during running back work, and concentrated on ball security through several different drills run by assistant coach Robert Gillespie.
Defensive lineman Marquise Moore, who recently verbally committed to Toledo, nonetheless made the trip for the Sunday session. He was excellent in pass rushing work, repeatedly getting to the "quarterback" in one-on-ones with offensive linemen.
One of the surprises of the day was cornerback Brandon Addison of Nansemond-Suffolk Academy in Suffolk, Va. Addison totally locked down opposing receivers during one-on-ones, and on several occasions jammed his opponent so thoroughly that the route was abandoned. Addison also stifled Watkins in the pair's single heads-up confrontation.
A year ago, offensive lineman Derek Dowrey came to camp and left with an offer, only to wind up committing to Penn State. This year, rising junior Jordan Dowrey, Derek's brother, made the trip, and was similarly impressive. While Jordan still has two years of high school to go, his talent is already evident. He keeps good balance in pass protection, and fends off opposing rushers very well, making him another prospect to watch over the next two years.