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UA Wednesday Notebook: Team Black WRs
The wide receiver group for the Black squad looks to be the strongest unit on their team. They have size, speed, playmakers, and natural receivers. The unit is deep and very talented. Duron Carter jumped out early and continued to show advanced skills at receiver throughout day one. Carter is the son of former NFL star Chris Carter and he must have learned something from his father over the years. He is not a blazer when it comes to speed, but he runs routes like a college veteran. The 6-foot-3, 183 pound wideout ran nice slants, sideline routes, and he really burned a few guys with the double moves. His hands were soft, he caught the ball away from his body, and he shined on Wednesday. While Carter may not have the blazing speed, Andre Debose does. He showed it on day one too. He is out of Orlando and he looked right at home speeding past corners. If he was not jammed at the line of scrimmage, then he would run right past the corners trying to cover him. He is just a great athlete, he needs to get more familiar with route running, and positioning his body, but he is a playmaker. The South Florida native is dangerous with the ball in his hands and he had some nice grabs over bigger defenders today. His body control, explosiveness off the ball, and his ability to get separation showed on day one. A couple other receivers under 6-feet out there for the Black squad were UCLA commit Roby Toma and Illinois commitment Terry Hawthorne. Toma looked best underneath while Hawthorne showed the ability to go over the middle and make the tough catch. Both showed some strengths and Toma's were his hands and Hawthorne caught the ball well in traffic. Jamal Patterson is a bigger receiver at 6-foot-3, 190 pounds. The Stanford commitment had a good first day in Orlando. Running inside routes were his strength and that is where he made the most plays. He is stronger and bigger than most of the defensive backs and he drew a lot of positive comments. While Patterson was good, Debose was the speedster, and Carter ran the best routes, Jheranie Boyd was the top overall receiver on the field. The North Carolina commit caught the deep ball, he got separation, he made catches on the sideline, he ran solid routes, and he was the complete package. Many different defensive backs lined up against him, but none could stop him. He made a great move on Ray Ray Armstrong and then made a great adjustment on a ball thrown over the outside shoulder for about a 30 yard reception. Boyd has great size, hands, speed, and ability at receiver and he was the best on day one on the Black team. Joining that strong receiver group are two tight ends out of the state of Texas. Jordan Najvar had a nice first day and blocked a little better than expected while catching the ball well. He is committed to Stanford, so he hopes to build a bond with Josh Nunes while in Orlando. Barrett Matthews is staying home and going to the University of Texas. He is a little smaller (6-2, 225) than a traditional tight end, but he is very athletic. He looked smooth, he is athletic, and he showed good receiving skills.
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