Birmingham NFTC: Offensive Preview

Four-star ATH Jauan Jennings

Like offensive line play? Then the Birmingham Nike Football Training Camp will fill your fix on Sunday. Beyond the trenches, talented offensive skill players are also set to compete against the South's best.

The top prospect in attendance at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp may be a defender in Daron Payne, but he could have his hands full with the amount of offensive line talent slated to compete against the group.

Every level of the offense has top-notch talents in glancing at the 2014 roster.


A true athlete headlines this group, and he's close to pulling the trigger as well. By the time four-star Jauan Jennings spins it on Sunday, he'll be eight days from deciding between a half-dozen SEC and Big Ten schools including Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama and Ohio State. Scout projects Jennings as a safety currently, but he'll participate as a quarterback on Sunday like he does for Murfreesboro (Tenn.) Blackman High.

Several in-state signal callers will look to compete with Jennings for Quarterback MVP honors. Northport (Ala.) Tuscaloosa County's Seth Franks and Irondale (Ala.) Shades Valley's Rashad Louie each have one scholarship offer to his name while promising juniors Keilan Knight and Tyler Cameron seem to be on the verge of joining them.

Outside of Alabama, a pair of arms to keep an eye on are three-star Mississippi junior Gardner Minshew, who holds an offer from Akron, and James Whitaker of Georgia.

Running Backs

This position is all about the Alabama prospects, in one of the state's deepest years at the position, but three-star Jamal Jones from the Volunteer State may threaten the group.

Otherwise, Traveon Samuel shines brightest at events like these. The three-star from Phenix City (Ala.) Central has the shifiness and speed to seem unstoppable in space. The same can be said for speedy Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville running back Terrelle West, who has had a big spring in gaining offers. But the best pure tailback of the group may be Midland City (Ala.) Dale County's JaMarius Henderson. The UAB commitment has SEC offers and continuing interest coming off of a 2,000-yard 2013 campaign.

Among the underclassmen, keep a watchful eye on Tre Nation out of Leeds (Ala.) High. The sophomore was his team's workhorse to the state title game a season ago, and he could break out on the recruiting radar as a junior.

Wide Receivers/Tight Ends

Though listed as a four-star running back on Scout, Mississippian Malik Dear could headline the wide receiver group on Sunday. The group from that state may be the best of the bunch.

Three-star Mississippi State commitment Dontea Jones from Mississippi, along with statesmen Anfernee Sullivan and Keenan Barns are also slated to represent. All three are given three stars by Scout and Barnes has offers from both in-state SEC schools.

From Georgia, three-stars Jayson Stanley and Fundrail Quimbey lead the way. Stanley is among the more coveted wideouts in the South, with considerable SEC offers to his name.

Tenenssee has some standouts in attendance as well, with Van Jefferson headlining the group, as the three-star is an SEC and Big Ten commodity.

Tight end Jalen Harris, wide receiver Brenden Williams and big body Marquise Irvin are Alabama's top participants. But don't count out underclassmen T.J. Simmons. The 2016 talent already holds offers from Cincinnati and South Alabama.

Offensive Line

Perhaps the top position group at the event is also the biggest. The offensive line is packed with four-star talent that will look to try and make a statement towards Nike's The Opening, which has only invited a few big uglies on offense to this point.

In-state four-stars Tyler Carr and Lester Cotton aren't strangers to the top camp stage. Carr has long held top SEC offers while Cotton, an Alabama commitment, has held his own in a mini-rivalry with the state's top prospect and five-star Payne. The next chapter on Sunday will be another anticipated one.

Javon Patterson, another four-star, will also look to up his stock. Like the aforementioned Yellowhammer State duo, the Mississippi product has several top SEC offers and has held them for some time. Darryl Williams and Lowell Furlow, each from Alabama, are on that next tier and are expected to compete.

Don't forget about Tennessee's Drew Richmond, here. He's yet another four-star tackle talent that holds every offer he's coveted over time.

As it usually is, the offensive line vs. defensive line competition will be a must-see event at the Birmingham NFTC.

For all the latest news and notes from the Nike Football Training Camp, check out Scout's complete 2014 NFTC coverage. Recommended Stories

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