Southeast Elite Camp in Tuscaloosa: Offense
Solomon Patton heading to Tuscaloosa
Solomon Patton heading to Tuscaloosa
Asst. Regional Manager
Posted Apr 16, 2009

The stars will align in Tuscaloosa Sunday for the FoxSports/ Southeast Elite Camp. More than 150 players are expected as regional and national recruiting analysts take a closer look at prospects in the region. presents several of the players on the offensive side of the ball who plan to compete.

A great group of signal callers are expected with several who have received scholarship offers, while a couple are hoping their camp performance will help gain additional exposure.

Clint Trickett, from Tallahassee-North Florida Christian, Fla., will attend the Tide’s A-Day game Saturday and participate in the camp the following day. He is holding scholarship offers from Arkansas, Tulsa and Western Kentucky. Samuel Gibson, from Prattville, Ala., is anxious to compete and holds scholarship offers from Vanderbilt and Stanford.

Clint Trickett
Coty Blanchard, from Centre-Cherokee County, Ala., was a star in Tampa during the Level Athletics 7-on-7 tournament leading his team to the championship game.

Nash Nance, from Calhoun, Ga., and Barry Brunetti, from Memphis-University School, Tenn., are two of the more highly touted quarterbacks planning to demonstate their skills.

Three quarterbacks from within the state borders who put up big numbers in 2008 include Trett Hardman, from Cullman-Fairview, Matt Sandlin, from Tuscaloosa-American Christian and Calvin Jenkins from Auburn.

Two underclassmen attending the camp include Chris Nelson, from Theodore, Ala., and Eddie Williams, from Panama City-Arnold, Fla. Both names are already circulating as players to keep a watchful eye in the next couple of years.

Running Backs
The camp will feature several backs from the region including Corey Grant, from Opelika, who holds double digit offers from across the country. Roy Finch, from Niceville, Fla., holds numerous offers including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

A couple of in-state ball carriers include D.J. Howard, from Lincoln, who has already received scholarship offers from Kentucky and Arkansas. Drew Phillips, from Boaz, has collected several offers including BYU and Wyoming.

Corey Grant
Two out-of-state runners include Matthew Wells, from Monticello-Lawrence County, Miss., and Jeremy Hester from Panama City-Arnold, Fla.

Wells rushed for more than 1,300 yards in 2008. He has received scholarship offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss and Stanford.

Hester posted staggering numbers with 2,300 yards rushing and 39 touchdowns. He holds scholarship offers from UCF and Southern Miss and is on track to graduate in December.

Other running backs include Tim Barnett from Clarke County, Ala., Demont Buice from Gadsden-Gaston, Ala., Johnny Lockett from Sweet Water, Ala., and Eric Watson from Memphis-Melrose, Tenn.

The top projected running back in Alabama for the class of 2011 is Brent Calloway from Russellville. Calloway had a terrific sophomore season with more than 1,400 yards and 24 touchdowns. Calloway didn't start until the fifth game of the season and already attracting major recruiting interest.

Wide Receivers
Markeith Ambles, from McDonough-Henry County-Ga., and Da’ Rick Rogers, from Calhoun, Ga., are the two big household names who are eager to compete. Murphy's Solomon Patton was planning to attend an out-of-state spring game, but confirmed Thurday morning his plans to visit Tuscaloosa instead for the weekend.

Alabama commitments Keiwone Malone, from Memphis-Mitchell Road, Tenn., and Ronald Carswell have both received a lot of publicity as of late for recent combine performances and will showcase their skills in Tuscaloosa.

Ronald Carswell
Several in-state receivers have received BCS offers and will participate including Jackie Williams, from Prichard-Vigor, who recently received an offer from Oklahoma. B.J. Chitty, from Dothan-Northview, holds scholarship offers from Nebraska, Kentucky and Duke.

Nolen Smith, from Oneonta, has been offered by Vanderbilt. Maudrecus Humphrey, from Hoover, has been extended scholarship offers from Arkansas, Southern Miss and UAB.

A pair of Mississippi wide outs attending include Steve McNair Jr. and Robert Johnson from Oak Grove. McNair has received offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, West Virginia, Kentucky and Southern Miss. Johnson holds offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss.

Two of the top prospects in Alabama for 2011 include receivers Marvin Shinn, from Prichard-Vigor and Darryl Collins from Gadsden City. Shinn already has a verbal offer from Alabama. Collins has received verbal offers from Tennessee and Clemson.

Two elite tight ends participating include Harrison Jones from Cordova-Evangelical Christian, Tenn., and Davis Dudchock, from Oak Mountain, Ala. Jones holds scholarship offers from Alabama, North Carolina, Florida State, Stanford and Vanderbilt. Dudchock has been extended offers from Auburn, Florida State, Stanford, Vanderbilt and UAB.

Offensive Line
The offensive line unit will give several players a chance to shine. The last few years the state of Alabama has produced several nationally known linemen such as Andre Smith, Tyler Love, Ryan Pugh and D.J. Fluker. The state’s best linemen are flying under the radar until spring evaluations and summer camps.

Terrence Swift
Several who had great junior seasons include Zach Underwood from Albertville, Chase Hughes from Springville, Terrence Swift from Fairfield, Blaine Clausell from Mobile-Baker, Dex Sullivan from Cullman-Northview, Seth Reedy from Piedmont and Quinterrius Eatmon from Prichard-Vigor.

John Hix, lineman from Auburn, has received a scholarship offer from UAB.

Three talented out-of-state linemen include Rodregus Scruggs from Memphis-Mitchell Road, Tenn., Veronricco Jenkins from Memphis-Mitchell Road, Tenn., and Zack Hemmila from Douglasville-South Paulding, Ga.

This is not the complete list of offensive prospects who will showcase their talent, but a look at several of the more talked about names prior to Sunday.

The Southeast Elite Camp is an invitation-only event sponsored by FoxSports/

Look Friday for's preview of several of the defensive prospects who plan to participate.

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