Quality Over Quantity

Numbers were down at West Virginia's 7-on-7 camp on Saturday, but the low turnout was compensated by the display of talent from one of the teams in attendance.

Only eight teams were on hand for the camp, including three from Cleveland Heights High School two from Timber Creek and single squads from Next Level Academy, Washington and Bridgeport. Delays in getting approval for the camp format were at least partly responsible for the low numbers, but on the plus side each team got to see plenty of action on a bright, sunny day at the Mountaineer football complex.

Of the eight, the two Timber Creek squads were the class of the field. The "A" and "B" teams from the school made short work of their opponents and wound up clashing in the title game, with the "B" squad ("B" in name only) taking home the crown with a shutout win. Next Level Academy, made up from players from the Baltimore area, including Calvert Hall High School, gave the B team a scare in the semifinals, but fell short of pulling an upset. That result was not surprising, as the Timber Creek Bs featured Myles Nash, Dajuan Drennon and Zaire Williams, who were easily the best participants on the field.

Nash, who played quarterback and linebacker, was effective throwing the ball, but was also very solid defensively, where he broke up several passes. A tall and rangy player with plenty of room to fill out, Nash could easily play several different positions on the field.

Drennon displayed tremendous skills as a wide receiver. He snatched the ball cleanly out of the air on receptions, and had at least three deep route catches for scores as well as numerous other grabs. Only one early dropped pass marred his day, but that was a very small minus against a day full of plus signs. He used his body very well to shield defenders away from the ball, and went up to get the ball at its highest point on several jump ball situations.

Williams, a well-put-together, almost stocky, running back, was something of a revelation. While he brought a solid reputation to camp, he opened some eyes with his pass-catching ability and overall competitive play. He also showed toughness, bouncing back from a very nasty turf burn on his leg to play a big role in his team's championship win.

One other player that earned notice from observers was Shelton Gibson, who competed on one of the Cleveland Heights teams. Gibson was a fierce competitor who broke up several passes and dogged receivers with tight coverage throughout the day.

Camps continue on Sunday with another one-day individual camp. This day also includes WVU's kicking camp, featuring instructor and alumnus Paul Woodside.

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