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July 9, 2008Approximately 100 invitees from western states took part in the Schumann's Ultimate 100 Underclassmen Camp held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif., this past weekend.
In the morning session, athletes went the through the testing portion of the camp. For the afternoon session, the skill guys had heated 7-on-7 competitions while the bigs banged and battled against one another on the one-on-one drills.
MORE ON THE WRs/DBs
The vertical jump is a solid indicator for how explosive a player is, so when wide receiver/defensive back Anthony Norris from Henderson (Nev.) Liberty hit the top rack with ease it was pretty exciting to see.
The coach running the drill raised the bar and Norris was able to get a 37-inch vertical and this Class of 2010 prospect still has some growing to do. He's a bit raw and needs some coaching but he has some things that you can't coach.
Another impressive athlete at the camp was defensive back, Derron Smith (5-10, 165, 4.65) from Banning, Calif., he also had a pretty good leap, plus he had a good overall day and earned the camp's defensive back MVP. He was very athletic and had a good jump on the ball.
Keep an eye on Sacramento (Calif.) Burbank corner Terrance Mitchell (5-10, 160, 4.7). This guy was very physical and technically sound and receivers had difficulty getting off the line when he was in press coverage.
Darquis Rucker from Oakland (Calif.) Skyline was the camp's MVP for the wide receiver position. Skyline has had a history of turning out D-I talent and Rucker appears to be a guy with an excellent chance to play on Saturdays. He ran good routes, was able to get open and displayed a nifty pair of hands.
If you are a looking for a big receiver then Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., wide receiver/safety Randall Telfer could be your guy. He has the size the D-I schools like in a big receiver, but it wouldn't be too surprising if Telfer grew into a tight end.
The winner of the tight end MVP was C.J. Carson from Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic. He did what all good tight ends do - find the open spot, catch the ball and move the chains. He was a clutch and dependable receiver during the 7-on-7 drills.
The future could be bright at Modesto (Calif.) Central Catholic because Carson's quarterback Dylan Swartz had a good day. He was able to find the open man and deliver the ball on time. He is one to keep tabs on over the next two years to see how he develops.
Another quarterback that impressed was Jesse Scroggins (6-1, 180) from Lakewood, Calif., as he made quick reads and delivered the ball on time. On his first drive, this talented quarterback marched his team right down the field, always making the right throw and his team quickly scored.
The quarterback who won the MVP of the camp, however, is a guy who will be heavily recruited when it is his turn. Rivals.com com has now seen Brandon Connette (6-2, 190) at four camps and he has the goods. He has a strong arm and a lot of confidence and still has some ceiling to reach. Connette is definitely a major D-I recruit.
MORE ON THE RBs/LBs
The running back MVP was Anthony Brown (5-11, 170, 4.7) from Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser. Brown not only displayed outstanding running back skills, but he also looked pretty good as a defensive back. His versatility will make him even more attractive to college recruiters.
It was another running back/cornerback that walked away with the fastest man award in Glyn Borel from Mountain View (Calif.) Saint Francis. He ran an outstanding 4.52 40 against a pretty good wind and then ran a sizzling 4.39 with the wind at his back.
It's a pretty good bet that Brandon Brown (6-2, 234, 4.6) from Corona (Calif.) Centennial , who incidentally walked away with the linebacker award, will be a major recruit for the class of 2010. He looks like a natural Mike backer. He's also incredibly strong and ended up tying offensive lineman/defensive tackle Cy Maugher from Apache Junction, Ariz., for the strongest man MVP by benching 185 pounds 37 times.
BIG MEN BATTLE
Always a crowd pleaser at camps is when the bigs go against each other and do battle in the one-on-one drill. These modern-day gladiators did not disappoint.
The offensive line MVP went to Justin Corrales from Redlands, Calif. Corrales was extremely competitive and never gave up in this drill. If an opponent was able to get a step on him - and that didn't happen often - he was able to make up that step and still make the play. He was very flexible and was able get leverage, plus he displayed the toughness it takes to play offensive line.
There could have been several defensive line MVP's but the award ended up in the hands of defensive end Nduka Onyeali from Denver (Colo.) Mullen. He repeatedly beat his man thanks to a quick first step and the opponent had no choice but to try and grab his jersey.
The defensive line MVP could have easily gone to Josh Shirley (6-2, 210, 4.7) from Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser. He plays football with a focused anger. Though he played with a burning desire, he never lost his cool. We will be hearing more about this young man and he didn't walk away from the camp empty handed as he won the camp's Big man Combine King.
Another defensive lineman who was very impressive was Karmah Yates (6-3, 255, 4.96) from Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin. Not only was he hard to handle during the one-on-ones, but he tested well for a guy his size.
THIS AND THAT
? Wide receiver Kenny Stills (6-1, 170, 4.5) from Carlsbad (Calif.) La Costa Canyon earned the best on-field performance award and deservedly so as he was outstanding and showed off big-play ability. Not a bad quality to have as a wide receiver. He displayed outstanding athleticism and the ability to go get the ball.
? The overall Camp MVP was wide receiver/defensive back DeChe' Milburn (5-11, 175, 4.6) Sierra Vista (Ariz.) Buena. Every time you would look up during the 7-on-7, there was Milburn making a play. It seemed that he picked off a pass during every contest. Obviously he displayed an outstanding nose for the football, he also made a couple of nice catches as a wide receiver. Milburn is originally from Texas.
? Other awards went to quarterback Nate Scola from Apache Junction, Ariz., for his leadership qualities and the fastest shuttle went to wide receiver Chris Nicholls from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite.