Numbers, Quality Catch Eyes at Camp

West Virginia has held one-day camps for rising seniors (and a handful of underclassmen) for a number of years, but the quality and quantity of players at the latest edition of the event were, in the estimation of many knowledgeable observers, the best in history.

It's easy to get caught up in the hype and excitement of recruiting and declare the latest crop of talent "the best ever", but in overall terms, that is a safe assessment of the 72 players that took the Indoor Practice Facility field for drills on Sunday. That group was later joined by a handful of other players for part two of the camp on the field of the Stadium.

A morning shower made the initial session of the camp, conducted indoors, a dry one, although the slow surface of the facility certainly affected some of the times in drills. Players went through a variety of drills in the IPF before moving to the Stadium floor for individual drills, followed by one on ones. In the latter, offensive and defensive linemen went head to head, while the rest of the players went one on one in passing competition.

Quarterback commitment Tajh Boyd, who arrived late at the camp due to a car breakdown, threw the majority of the passes in those drills. He has a very strong arm, and receivers getting just slight separation often found the ball put right on their hands. Quarterbacks coach Jeff Mullen worked with Boyd on creating a bit more loft to get the ball over intervening defenders, which is something many high school quarterbacks need to work on, but there's no doubt that Boyd is one of the best pure passers to commit to West Virginia in a long while.

Fellow Virginia commitment Logan Heastie, like Boyd, joined the workouts for the one-on-ones, and quickly demonstrated his ability with several smooth separations and catches. Heastie is an "effortless runner" -- a player who doesn't seem to be running hard, but eats up ground and gets open for catches.

Among the lineman catching notice was Will Clarke of Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh. Clarke showed great speed in coming off the corner and running the circle drill for defensive linemen.

Players at the camp had the chance to tour the football complex, eat a meal with the coaching staff, watch highlight films, and take a tour of campus during the one day event.

Check out our camp notebook, coming up shortly, for more notes and observations on the players in attendance (and a handful that weren't) at today's camp.


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