Memphis NFTC: Offense Preview

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There will be plenty of talent in Memphis, Tenn. at Memphis University School Sunday for the Nike Football Training Camp and we preview some of the top offensive prospects expected here...

Memphis University of School will host the Memphis Nike Football Training Camp Sunday and we preview some of the top offensive prospects expected here:


Who is going to step up and walk away as the top quarterback in Memphis? It is a wide open race.

There are no Scout 300 signal callers in the 2014 class scheduled to be at this event, but there are some good quality quarterbacks in this class and the next one expected.

Luke Ward is a strong-armed quarterback out of Tennessee and he is on numerous radars, including the University of Tennessee's, but he has yet to pick up an offer.

Kendrick Doss is a mobile quarterback out of Florence, Ala. and he is a quarterback that has seen his stock on the rise in recent weeks. Auburn, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, and Tennessee have offered the talented junior.

Rip Kirk is a 2014 quarterback out Mississippi that has been hearing from many schools. The South Panola QB recently visited Ole Miss.

Drew Lock and Eric Banks are a couple of 2015 signal callers to keep an eye on. Banks is out of East High School right there in Memphis and Lock is coming in from Missouri. He has already been offered a scholarship by the Tigers.

Running Back

A couple of big running backs will be ready to showcase their ability in Memphis. Markel Smith and Aeris Williams are both three-star running backs on Scout and both weigh over 200 pounds.

Smith has offers from Iowa, Ole Miss, and Missouri while Williams is being targeted by schools like Florida State, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. Smith is from Missouri and Williams is out of Mississippi.

Malik Dear is considered one of the top 2015 prospects in the state of Mississippi and the 5-foot-10, 175 pound sophomore has good quickness and he is tough to handle in open space. He has already been offered by the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Wide Receiver/Tight End

This is one of the stronger positions when talking the talent at the top. Josh Malone and Markell Pack are two of the best in the south when talking receivers and both will be in Memphis Sunday.

Malone seems to pick up offers just about everyday and he added offers from Auburn, Florida State, Texas A&M, and Virginia Tech this week alone. He has around 30 scholarship offers. He is a long and lean wideout from Tennessee and a member of the Scout 300.

Pack is a playmaker out of Mississippi and he has recently added offers from schools like Alabama and LSU. Mississippi State and Ole Miss have been on him for some time.

Other receivers in the 2014 class to keep an eye on are Allen Staggers, Devin Perry, Daniel Clements, and Mississippi State commitment Nikia Cathey.

Two big tight ends look to show why they are being recruited the way they are right now too.

Ole Miss commitment Sammie Epps is like a big wide receiver at 6-feet, 5-inches tall and 210 pounds. He can catch the ball well and he will continue to develop as a hybrid.

Will Gragg is a 2015 tight end out of Arkansas and the 6-foot-4, 247 pound sophomore is already on some radars. He is expected to be one of the top prospects in Arkansas during his cycle.

Offensive Line

The top offensive lineman expected Sunday will be right on his home turf. Drew Richmond is only a sophomore, but the likes of Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee among others have already offered him. He plays for Memphis University School and he is a 6-foot-6, 311 pound offensive tackle.

Ethan Frith, Nick Houston, and Kevin Pendleton are three other offensive linemen with recognizable names entering this event.

Frith is a big tackle out of Mississippi and he recently told Scout that FSU had offered him. Houston is only a sophomore, but the Arkansas native is one to watch. Pendleton is a junior out of Missouri and he has an offer from the Tigers. He recently visited Nebraska too. No offer from the Cornhuskers yet.

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