One reason for the lower camp numbers is the fact that many high schools begin their own two-a-day football practices on Monday, so some players may have been unwilling to put in another day's work so close to the start of their own preseason. Still, there were enough players on hand to make the day a success.
WVU commitment Tyler Tezeno made it in from his campus tour right as the session began, and he showed why the Mountaineers made him an early priority. The big lineman moved impressively through bag and footwork drills, and was very nimble throughout. While many of his fellow linemen kicked a bag or got out of shape with foot placement and balance, the interior lineman looked at ease throughout. He's not quite as big as fellow commit Marcel Lazard, but can certainly match or exceed most linemen with his agility.
Working out alongside Tezeno was Upper St. Clair lineman Ben Huss, a rising junior. Huss isn't as tall as some of the other line prospects that have joined the Mountaineer fold, but he has a great build for an interior lineman and showed a good punch during ball drills.
Another lineman that grabbed notice was Dave Smith, a defensive lineman from Elyria Catholic. A big, agile end, Smith also sped through agility work, and put on a dominating show in pass rush one-on-ones.
Offensively, wide receiver Andre Patton was a focus of attention. The Delaware native had a couple of spectacular grabs in one-on-ones, and glided through his running drills with a smooth, almost scooting type of stride. He's plenty fast, and catches the ball well with a nice snatch of the hands.
One year behind Patton is 2014 prospect Ricky Rogers of Keystone Oaks High in Pennsylvania. A tall, rangy receiver, Rogers also plucked the ball well on passes and displayed strong competitive drive when going for the ball in one-on-ones. He didn't let the very physical play of defensive backs knock him off line or away from the ball, and his performance on the day have reportedly netted him a scholarship offer.
A 2014 quarterback that drew attention was Chris Durkin from Ursuline High School in Youngstown. Durkin displayed a very quick release, and controlled the ball well from snap to throw on drills that emphasized getting the ball out early. He had a bit of a low release point, but that's nothing that can't be corrected, or that affected his accuracy.
The defensive back that stood out was Evrett Edwards, who committed to Duke earlier this year but has continued to make camp visits. Edwards was somewhat hampered by a leg problem. Edwards did everything he could to get through the day, but it was clear that he was having problems cutting and striding at full speed. Still, he is an excellent prospect at corner who has continued to gain notice and recruiting attention over the summer.
Finally, recruiting targets Wendell Smallwood and Daikiel Shorts were on campus for the first of two days of tours and visits. Neither planned to workout, but both were getting looks at the football complex on Sunday.