Well the 2016 EPT Showcase is in the books after a warm sunny day in Newberry on Sunday. We saw some of the top high school prospects in the state regardless of classification at the event created by Elite Position Training founder and quarterback trainer Ramon Robinson. He had a tremendous staff of former college and NFL players coaching the event which provided those prospects with invaluable knowledge and tips to better their own game at their respective positions.
One of the brightest spots of the day for me personally was the breakout performance of young Demarcus Gregory of Byrnes High School. I've watched him since the 8th grade and brought him into the spotlight two years ago as one of my "surefire can't miss" prospects. On Sunday he made me look like a genius as he worked and showed immense skill and physicality in one on ones against some of the state's top defensive backs. Gregory took on all comers and hand picked his competition at times "to get that good work" as prospects were saying on Sunday. The day was his as I'd give him probably a success rate of 80% or better and the ones he didn't haul in were slight overthrows. With quite a few moves and his innate ability to high point the ball Gregory had his way like we said most of the day against some of the biggest names in the state.
His competitive nature is what really stands out to us. Last year he wanted the best defensive backs but his success rate was probably at 55-60%...this year he took things up another level and did so in dominating fashion. That's why he walked away with the overall Offensive MVP award at the end of the EPT Showcase. Gregory is just a sophomore but he is an absolute sponge on the field and off the field, with a yearning to learn and wanting to work to be the best he can possibly be. The 2018 prospect would come and sit with me and ask me tons of questions as a freshman and honestly it was uncommon but I appreciated the fact that he wanted to know what he was facing and looking at potentially if he continued on the upward trend that I projected for him. Another step in that upward trend came to fruition on Sunday when he walked away with the MVP Award and the days following it he picked up another pair of offers from Old Dominion and Charlotte. So you can add two more to his resume but you have to remember he has two more years ahead of him.
We'll have a video interview with Gregory after the EPT Showcase to talk about his experience and the state of his recruitment so stay tuned here on SCPrepNation.com!
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