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College Park, Georgia- The
hottest day of the year did not stop over 280 kids from all around the
Southeast from participating in the Ultimate100 held at Bill Badgett Stadium in
College Park. Every participant
took part in a combine, individual drills, one-on-ones, and a 7-on-7
tournament. Below are some of the top performers judged to have the best chance
of playing college at the next level at his stage in their careers. NUC
National Analyst, Barry Every, breaks down why these top performers stood out at
the SE Ultimate100.
Alexander, RB, Whitewater, GA (2015)
Testing: 5-7, 164,
4.21 shuttle, 27-inch vertical, 30x135-pounds
has superior overall body structure which will allow him to add more muscle
mass over the next three years. His ability to come out of the backfield
running crisp routes while flashing soft hands are his biggest asset. More than
once he used a great head and shoulder fake to leave the linebackers whiffing
Development: Alexander just needs the opportunity to show off
his physical skills at the varsity level. He has to prove that he can hold up
running between the tackles against bigger players.
Javarus Britt, DB, Newnan, GA (2015)
Testing: 5-11, 176, 4.7
40, 4.51 shuttle, 32.5-inch vertical, and 23x135-pounds
Assets: Britt has a great frame for becoming a solid cover
safety at the next level. He demonstrated a nice smooth backpedal during
individual drills. During one-on-ones he was not afraid to get physical at the
line of scrimmage. He also has very good ball skills for a defensive player.
His high school has a good track record for developing major DI prospects.
Development: Britt needs to add more muscle mass while
continually improving his overall athletic ability. Like many rising sophomores
getting a chance to prove himself on the varsity squad will be imperative for
DeAndre Brown, RB, Little Rock Catholic, AR (2015)
Testing: 5-8, 162,
4.5 40, 4.44 shuttle, 29-inch vertical, 18x135-pounds.
all-purpose back took the camp by storm right from the beginning. Not only did
he test off the charts for a freshman; he demonstrated excellent COD and
balance. Brown also runs with that natural forward body lean. During the
one-on-ones he was able to corkscrew linebackers into the ground with his quick
feet and hips on a swivel. His
dominate performance garnered him the most coveted NUC honor Overall
Development: Though he clearly has the talent to have played
varsity football as a freshman the state of Arkansas does not allow freshman to
play varsity ball at the 7A level. This will be the year he gets his first
chance to show off his skill set versus bigger players. If he can hold up
physically he should have a monster year.
Kenny Brown, LB, Sherwood Christian Academy, GA (2015)
Testing: 5-10-1/2, 195,
31-inch vertical, 8-10 BJ, 16x135-pounds
Assets: This is one
rocked up linebacker that likes to get physical. Sherwood Christian Academy in
Albany, Georgia does not have a prolific history of developing DI prospects.
Brown may end up being the exception to the rule. He was fluid in his drops and
very physical at the point of attack during two-on-twos. He was definitely one
of the better cover linebackers at this event.
Development: The question is how big will he get? If he does
not grow any taller he will need to add about 25-pounds of body weight in order
to hold up at the next level. In his favor is the fact that so many colleges
have gone to the spread offense which usually means smaller quicker linebackers
for the defense.
Trey Derouen, OL/DL, Parkview, GA (2015)
280, 5.51 40, 5.18 shuttle, 25x155-pounds
definitely passes the eyeball test. He has excellent overall body structure for
a young lineman and he can easily add more weight. Derouen came to this camp to
work out as a defensive lineman but after seeing him take a few reps at
offensive guard it was easy to see that OL is his natural position. He is a
natural hip and knee bender that possesses enough girth and strength to keep
defenders from collapsing the pocket.
Development: If he really wants to develop into a college
defensive tackle he will need to work on becoming a better athlete. But if he
embraces the offensive line position I really think he could develop into a
major DI prospect.
Tucker Israel, QB, Lake Nona, FL (2015)
Testing: 5-11, 192,
5.12 40, 4.71 shuttle, 24x135-pounds
Assets: What set
Israel apart from all the other quarterbacks were his confidence and leadership
skills. He has already started at the varsity level for a whole season and it
really showed in the 7-on-7 tournament. Israel had no problems reading the
defensive and throwing the ball on timing. He would just slowly pick apart the
defense with his superior throwing mechanics and decision making. The NUC
coaching staff had no choice but to honor him with the QB MVP Award.
Development: Israel will need to work on becoming a better
athlete while reshaping some of his body weight. This will allow him to make
unscripted yards with his feet and move around in the pocket to find good passing
Wyatt Knopfke, OL, Cardinal Mooney, FL (2015)
265, 5.16 shuttle, 24.5-inch vertical
definitely looks the part of a potential DI prospect on the hoof. He has little
to no bad body weight and a frame that will allow him to only get more
muscular. Knopfke proved to be a natural hip and knee bender that could get
into and out of his pass set with beauty and grace. He did a great job of
staying squared on defenders and was not afraid to really mix it up in the one-on-ones.
Development: Knopfke really has to start using the full arm
length to punch pass rushers. He had a tendency to chicken wing a bit allowing
the defender to get to his body. If Knopfke can time his graceful pass set with
a good two handed punch he will surely develop into a DI prospect.
Triston Luke, RB, Fort Campbell, KY (2015)
158, 4.62 40, 4.11 shuttle, 32-inch vertical, 30x135-pounds, 9-1 BJ
Assets: This compact
back is put together like a chiseled statue. His testing numbers were excellent
across the board and he looked very smooth during individual position work. But
it was the one-on-ones and the 7-on-7 where he really separated himself from
the other backs. He was able to find the open space in the defense and then get
vertical after the catch. His hard work earned him RB MVP.
Development: There is always a question on how durable young
all-purpose backs will be. Hopefully Luke will grow some more; if not he will
need to add quality muscle mass while maintaining his overall athletic ability.
Sherrod Pittman, LB, First Coast, FL (2015)
Testing: 6-0, 214,
29x135, 8-6 BJ
Assets: Pittman was
the most physically impressive linebacker in the camp. But he was more than
just a picturesque site on the football field. His ability to ride running
backs off their intended routes really disrupted the quarterback's ability to
complete passes. Pittman thrives on competition as he become the enforcer and
vocal leader for his defensive unit during the 7-on-7 tournament. His strong
showing earned him a unanimous vote for LB MVP.
Development: He could work on his conditioning just a tad but
it was hard to tell with the air temperatures reaching 104 degrees. I would
also like to see him take every practice rep with the same enthusiasm he takes reps
of one-on-ones and 7-on-7.
Mook Reynolds, DB, Northern Guilford, NC (2015)
152, 28.5-inch vertical, 10-10 BJ
cornerback caught my eye right off the bat during individual position work. He
had the smoothest backpedal with hips on a swivel. You have to like the
combination of height and long arms for a young cornerback recruit. During the
one-on-ones he was able to show off his desire to be great as he took reps at
corner and receiver. During the 7-on-7 tournament he proved to be a lock down
cover guy. Reynolds also has tremendous ball skills for a defensive player. He
walked away with the DB MVP Award.
Development: Like most young defensive backs he is rail thin at
this time. Gradually adding muscle mass and strength while continually
improving his overall athletic ability will be imperative. Look for this young
man to develop into a big time player because he has the skill set and the fire
in his belly.
Brian Sessoms, Jr., RB, Carver, NC (2015)
Testing: 5-8, 158,
4.48 40, 28.5-inch vertical, 20x135-pounds
Assets: Sessoms was
the other all-purpose back that had the speed and athletic skill set to catch
my attention. His change of direction and acceleration were very evident during
individual position drills. But it was not till the 7-on-7 tournament that he
really dominated the competition. This young man played on both sides of the
ball and proved to be one of the toughest competitors in this camp. Sessoms
also has superior ball skills and could project as a slot receiver or a corner
at the next level.
Development: Like so many other skilled position freshman
Sessoms has to add more muscle mass while maintaining his athletic ability. I
personally do not worry about it too much because he does have three years of
high school football left.
Alec Shriner, OL, Oviedo, FL (2015)
Testing: 6-2, 251,
5.18 shuttle, 22x155-pounds
definitely passes the eyeball test especially for a true offensive center. He is lean yet muscular and blessed
with a frame that will continue to develop over the next three years. During
the one-on-ones he not only proved to be a natural hip and knee bender but was
able to accurately snap the ball in the shotgun. He also got his snapping hand
up quickly enough to deliver a good pass pro punch versus the defensive tackles
in this camp. His efforts earned him OL MVP.
Development: Shriner could work on his hand placement by
getting his hands inside the defender during pass protection. Sometimes he
would forget to move his feet after engaged and just try to Greco-Roman wrestle
the defender. He is too talented for that and needs to keep those feet a
chopping while pass protecting.
Zach Stewart, OL, Coalfield, TN (2015)
256, 5.17 40, 4.63 shuttle, 26-inch vertical, 31x155-pounds, 8-9 BJ
Assets: Not only
does Stewart look great on the hoof he tested off the charts for a young
offensive lineman. Those testing numbers are better than 50% of the OL recruits
already committed for the class of 2013. He looks great getting down into his
stance with a nice flat back and good hip/knee bend. He also does a nice job of
getting into his kick slide before the defender is upon him.
Development: Stewart needs to continue hitting the competitive
camp circuit. Playing 1A ball in rural Tennessee does not present him with the
challenges he needs to develop into an elite lineman. At times he just seemed
to be too nice to some of the inferior defensive lineman he faced during the
Anthony Taylor, III, OL/DL, Home School (Lithonia) GA
Testing: 6-4, 253
Assets: At first
glance I was hit with a dose of déjà vu as this young lineman physically looks
just like former FSU star offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders at the same age.
Taylor came to this event to work out at defensive end but I was able to
convince him to take a few reps at offensive line. Right now he is really raw
but the skill set and natural athletic ability to develop into an offensive tackle
is all there for this recruit. He is a natural hip and knee bender with a great
Development: I really think it is in his best interest as a
football player to find a high school that meets his academic interest. The
high school should also be very competitive in football with a history of
developing DI players.
Colby Tuthill, QB, Fort Walton Beach, FL (2015)
Testing: 6-0, 206,
5.0 40, 23x135-pounds
Assets: Tuthill has
the ideal thickness and strength for a pro-style quarterback. During one-on-ones
he proved to be the most accurate quarterback. He possesses excellent overall
throwing mechanics which allows for the ball to come out of his hand like a
spinning bullet. It was evident early on that he could take instructions and
recreate what was asked of him. He was definitely in the discussion for QB MVP.
Development: He may still be one year away from getting
meaningful time as the starting quarterback. Tuthill needs to be patient and
stay focused on working every week, no matter what time of the year it is. So
when his chance comes to shine he is ready to meet the challenge.
Darius Whitfield, DL, St. Paul's Episcopal, AL (2016)
Testing: 6-1, 240,
5.45 40, 5.01 shuttle, 15x155, 7-7 BJ.
took all the coaches by storm with his ability to come off the ball like his
hair was on fire. He played with good pad level and used his arms like fighting
sticks to keep offensive lineman off his body. He has excellent overall body
structure for a young lineman and he could grow into an interior defensive
lineman down the road. He was the easy choice for DL MVP. It was not till after the camp that most of the
coaches realized that Whitfield had just finished the 8th grade
which made his accomplishments even more astonishing.
Development: Wow, this lineman has all four years of high
school left. If he takes care of academics while working on his football skills
he may become the type of lineman that Alabama and Auburn fight over.
Garrett Williams, TE, The First Academy, FL (2015)
203, 4.69 40, 4.47 shuttle, 30x135-pounds, 9-3 BJ
Assets: Williams was
another young competitor that tested off the charts for his size and position.
The coaches felt he ran sharp routes while possessing soft hands. He did a nice job of snagging the ball at its highest point and his
size/athleticism presented mismatch problems for the smaller defensive backs.
He really has the skill set to become that coveted hybrid TE/WR at the next
level. Williams was the easy choice for TE MVP at the SE Ultiamte100.
Development: Really he just needs to gradually add a bit more
size and strength over the next three years. He has all the physical tools to
become a prospect that is coveted by college coaches.
|Other Top Performers:
Hays Cope, DL, Combine King Line,
University School, TN (2015); Omahri Jarrett, RB, Combine King Skill, New Manchester, GA (2015); Blake Jones, DL, Strongest
Man Line, Harris County, GA (2015);
Dimetrios Mason, RB, George Walton Academy, GA (2015); Artemus Mitchell, ATH, Fastest
Man, Jonesboro, GA (2015); Riley
Nicholson, LB, Strongest Man Skill,
Osceola, FL (2015); Tyler Pippens, DB, Ola, GA (2015); Delvin Weems, RB, Sandy
Creek, GA (2015).