The quarterback position is lead by AJ McCarron, Scout.com four-star from Mobile-St. Paul’s, (Ala.) and Zach Mettenberger, four-star from Athens-Oconee County, (Ga.). McCarron has narrowed his favorites to Alabama, Oklahoma, Georgia, LSU and Miami while Mettenberger is committed to Georgia.
“I think the opportunity to prove to some people who doubt me, a little, that I can prove them wrong,” McCarron said. “I need to see what I need to work on. Mainly I am looking forward to the competition and think I will be the best.”
McCarron will need to get back into the football groove as the star pitcher for the Saints is in the middle of state play-offs and pitching Friday night against Tallassee.
“I am definitely going to be a little rusty with playing baseball," he said. "Hopefully I can spend the whole day Saturday throwing the ball and then get up their early Sunday morning.”
McCarron and Mettenberger are not the only two standout quarterbacks arriving as three additonal SEC commitments will also display their skills. Raymond Cotton, from Mobile-Faith Academy, (Ala.), Tyler Russell, from Meridian, (Miss.) and Josh Hollingsworth, from Hamilton, (Ala.), will compete. Cotton is committed to Auburn with Russell and Hollingsworth committed to Mississippi State.
The running backs will compete against a very tough linebacker group. Several talented senior playmakers are expected as well as a few elite juniors.
Orwin Smith, from Phenix City-Central, (Ala.), has collected offers from Alabama, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt. He is looking forward to the competition.
“I am ready for it,” Smith said. “I want to prove that sometimes talk-is-talk. I want to prove to people that I do the walking. I want to prove to people that I can be a top prospect. I think this is going to help me. I am hoping this can boost my status.”
One running back who is starting to emerge is Demond Dennis from Atlanta-Carver. Dennis has received offers from Alabama, Auburn and Miami of Ohio. His performance Sunday could have other schools knocking on the door.
“I am looking forward to the camp,” Dennis stated. “I am going to go out there to showcase my skills throughout my whole career. I think it’s going to help benefit me.”
Perhaps the top overall running back expected is Trent Richardson from Pensacola-Escambia County, (Fla.). Richardson has over 20 scholarship offers including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and Texas.
A few other running backs arriving include Payten Jason, Brandon Jacobs, Shawn Southward and Henry Dixon.
Two running backs who will receive a lot of recognition in the 2010 class is Demont Buice, from Gadsden-Gaston, (Ala.), and D.J. Vinson, from Pinson-Clay-Chalkville, (Ala.). Both are receiving heavy interest from schools across the country.
The top overall prospect attending is five-star cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick from Gadsden, (Ala.), City. Kirkpatrick and Branden Smith, four-star cornerback from Atlanta-Washington, (Ga.), will have their work cut out for them against some of the best receivers in the South.
Kendall Kelly, Scout.com four-star wide receiver from Gadsden, (Ala.), City, has the opportunity to battle Kirkpatrick everyday at practice and will showcase his talents with other elite prospects.
“It will be great to see where I am at in front of some of the best competition in the country,” Kelly said. “I think it will help benefit me. I would like to come down there and get better at different aspects of my game.”
Jamal Patterson, from McDonough-Henry County, (Ga.), has been anticipating the event since January. Arriving with numerous scholarship offers has the blue-chip prospect even more eager to prove his worth.
“It’s an honor to be in the top 150 prospects," Patterson said. "I want to come show out and show the hard work I have put in through the off-season. I have been working hard, and it’s time to showcase it.”
“When you get to college the players you play against were All-Americans somewhere in high school. I get the chance to go up against those caliber of players this weekend. I am looking forward to playing against the best-of-the-best and come out as the best."
Chad Bumphis, from Tupelo, (Miss.), is a player who should see a drastic change in the new Scout.com rankings. Bumphis holds several elite offers including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Tennessee.
“I am looking forward to the camp this weekend,” Bumphis said. “I think it’s going to benefit me. Anytime you get a chance to play against big time competition it is going to help. I think I have done well during the off-season. I hope to come out there and prove my talent level.”
Several other receivers expected include Pat Patterson, Arthur Williams, Mardrecas Hood, Chris Smith, Mujahid Assad, LaVoyd James and Stephen Hill.
The defensive line is the deepest pool of talent for this event, and leading the way include Abry Jones, Terrence Coleman, Anthony Orr, Jamar Travis, Jamontay Pilson, William Ming, Izaan Cross and Eric McDaniel.
The offensive linemen will get down-and-dirty against the top defensive linemen Sunday afternoon including Mississippi State commitment Sam Watts from Conyers-Salem, (Ga.).
“I am looking forward to the camp,” Watts said. “It’s great to be able to go out there. I get to see the top talent. It’s the best talent from around the country. Everyone knows the best talent is in the Southeast.”
"I hope to do my best. I don't think I really need to prove anything. People know what I can do, and I am ready to show it."
Several other top offensive lineman competing include Brandon Moore, Johnnie Farms, Evan Swindall, L.J. Abrams, Jeremy Simmons, Darius McKeller and Taylor Johnstone. McKeller, Alabama’s latest commitment, plans to attend the camp but not participating due to a broken wrist.
The fullback and tight end positions are not very deep which is the case at most camps and combines.
Jalston Fowler, fullback from Pritchard-Vigor, (Ala.), lines up at linebacker as well. Fowler collected his first offer from South Alabama and eager for Sunday. A monster tight end arriving is Justin Jones, from Conyers-Heritage, (Ga,). The 6-foot-7, 235-pound prospect received offer No. 1 from UAB.
This is a glimpse of the elite prospects who will participate in the Under Armour/Scout.com Southeast Elite camp Sunday at Auburn University. The camp was a very selective process to bring together the top players in the region.