The Southeast is arguably the deepest region in terms of pure talent and speed. This year is no exception and one position in particular that is loaded is linebacker. There is every type imaginable, ranging from long and athletic to short and powerful. There are two attributes, though, that these athletes share: they can run and they can hit. They also love competition and are showing why they are considered the best by not shying away from one of the top camps in the nation. Come inside as we preview the LBs.
Chase Vasser—Chestatee (GA) 6’3 210
Sometimes being a solid verbal commit causes one to become content. Having secured a spot on the roster of a top-notch program, one might be inclined not to go out on the circuit, possibly feeling like there is nothing left to prove. Chase Vasser is in no danger of falling into this category. He actually thrives on competition and is fired up about this weekend.
“This is the best of the best and I hope it gets pretty physical. I know I will be competing against some fast RBs and I look forward to going against the best the region has to offer.”
It comes as no surprise that Vasser is hoping for a physical affair. He is a very solid tackler who plays downhill all the time.
In addition to his love for football and competition, he also appears to have a genuine respect for his place in the game. He has a deep desire to push himself to be the best, and he is always looking to improve.
“Can I play with the best? Am I worthy to be out here with all of these talented athletes?”
“I will know what to work on after this and I hope to build on what I learn.”
Vasser has the physical tools to be a very good SEC LB. He is long and rangy and will gain at least 30-40 lbs in the first two years of college. Vasser is a downhill player with good instincts and appears to have a very good head on his shoulders.
Nico Johnson—Andalusia (AL) 6’3 226
As physical a player as one will see this year, Johnson absolutely runs through people. He is a very agile player who changes direction well. He has soft hands and everything about him says athlete. He approaches all that he does with intensity and fervor and the Scout Elite 150 Camp is no different.
“The level of comp is great and I expect for the best to be there. If you are one of the best, why would you shy away from competition? I never will.”
It is no shock at all why this Alabama phenom has multiple offers and more are sure to come.
“The best RBs in the southeast are going to be there and bring them on. Somebody faster and better makes me work harder.”
Jonathan Davis—Tucker (GA) 5’9 205
Davis is a complete football player who makes plays all over the field. He is one of the most competitive people you will ever meet and he brings out the best in those around him. Not as big as Vasser and Johnson, Davis still packs more punch than most. He has drawn comparisons to Bob Sanders of the Indianapolis Colts and these comparisons are not far-fetched. Height has been an issue and Davis’s father has heard plenty about it, but he was relieved when he actually met Sanders at a party and saw firsthand that his son is taller. 6’3 or 5’9, Jonathan Davis is one of the top FB players in the region and he is sure to electrify everyone at the camp.
“’I’m going out there to do the best I can do. In my mind there is no one better than myself.”
“I know that camps like Auburn open doors for me, so I plan on competing and doing my best.”
Get ready for non-stop energy from Davis as he is certain to stand out in this star-studded group.
Jarvis Jones—Carver (Columbus, GA) 6’3 218
One of the top LBs in the nation will be in attendance and he is ready to elevate his status even farther.
“This is a great camp and I look forward to getting to know some of the top LBs in the country.”
Most young men of Jones’s status might not feel inclined to go to a competition camp, but he sees a chance to send a message.
“If you are one of the top LBs you will be at this camp. You get to compete at the highest level and see how you stack up against the best. “
Corico Hawkins—Baldwin (GA) 6’0 220
One of the more compact LBs in the field, Hawkins is an explosive player who is a solid leverage tackler. He too is excited about the level of competition and the chance to prove himself against some of the top RBs in the southeast.
“There is going to be a lot of competition from the RBs. There are great RBs in the southeast for the class of 2009.”
Hawkins is also eager to see how he will do against the other LBs.
"There is a lot of comp for LBs…You have to be ready to compete at the highest level. You should want to be there—you shouldn’t be afraid to compete.”
Two other standouts that will be in attendance, but could not be reached for comment, are
Tana Patrick—North Jackson (AL) 6’3 215
An extremely talented LB out of NE Alabama, Patrick might be the most disciplined in the bunch. He is always under control, doesn’t waste steps (false steps, etc.) and plays downhill. He has a blend of superior closing speed and the physicality to finish at the ball. He actually plays bigger than 215.
Derrick Webb—Whitehaven (TN) 6’1 215
Another talented LB who covers ground and arrives with an attitude, Webb is a physical specimen who will be able to use the camp to elevate his status and garner that elusive first offer.
Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.