Southeast Elite Camp Review
Fred Harvey
Fred Harvey
Asst. Regional Manager
Posted Apr 24, 2009


High school prospects from Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi took part in the FoxSports/Scout.com Southeast Elite camp this past Sunday in Tuscaloosa where players learned techniques in improving their combine testing, individual drills and one-on-ones. Several big name recruits took part in the camp and showcased their talents while others worked to climb the recruiting ladder.



The headliner stars who came to the camp certainly didn't disappoint. Scout.com wanted to take a closer look at the players who entered the spring as top athletes with numerous offers to see how they matched up against their counterparts.

The big names in attendance included Solomon Patton, wide receiver from Mobile-Murphy, Ala., C.J. Mosley, middle linebacker from Theodore, Ala., Dale Trimble, cornerback from Gadsden (Ala.) City, Ala., Keiwone Malone, wide receiver from Memphis-Mitchell Road, Tenn., Jawara White, outside linebacker from Troy-Charles Henderson, Ala., Harrison Jones, tight end from Cordova-Evangelical Christian, Tenn., Matthew Wells, running back from Monticello-Lawrence County, Miss. and Jake Holland, middle linebacker from Pelham, Ala.

The camp gave players who were not household names a chance to shine as well. Nigel Terrell, outside linebacker from Pelham, Ala., quickly benefitted from the camp. Terrell was one of the most impressive athletes on the field and has since received scholarship offers from Auburn and Troy. Several other schools have inquired about him this week and plan to check in during the spring.

Caleb Crane, outside linebacker from Centre-Cherokee County, Ala., put on an impressive show. Crane physically looks the part and performed well in all the drills. He has great vision and can read the play out of the backfield. He moves well from sideline-to-sideline.

Crane participated in the Scout.com combine in Atlanta the previous week and posted a 4.69-40 yard dash. Crane will benefit in the spring as college coaches flock to Cherokee County to see players like Desmond Brown and Coty Blanchard, and find a very pleasant surprise in the linebacker prospect.

A handful of players who stood out at the camp and will certainly continue to see their interest escalate in the spring and summer camps include Desmond Brown, Ryan Smith, safety from Cordova , Ala., Nolen Smith, wide receiver from Oneonta, Ala., Fred Harvey, middle linebacker from Memphis-White Haven, Tenn., and Clint Trickett, quarterback from Tallahassee-North Florida Christian, Fla.

Three players who were pleasant surprises included Marteze Jackson, defensive end from Demopolis, Ala., J.D. Williams athlete from Ashland-Clay County and Demont Buice, running back from Gadsden-Gaston, Ala.

Jackson was very dominant during the one-on-ones against the offensive line. He is very similar to former Spain Park High School star William Green who plays for the Florida Gators. Jackson is 6-foot-3, 200-pounds and is a freakish athlete.

Williams displayed tremendous quickness and footwork in all the position drills. Buice is a solid 225-pounds and moved a lot faster than expected.

Elite juniors are always invited to the Scout.com combines and camps with analysts taking an early look at their talent. A pair of wide receivers were two of the best overall players in attendance, and one has already made an SEC commitment.

Marvin Shinn, from Prichard-Vigor, Ala., and Sammie Coates, from Leroy, were sensational. Shinn has great size and speed and dispalyed great hands. He committed to Alabama on Saturday before the camp at the Tide's A-Day game.

Shinn and Coates are in the 6-foot-3, 175-pound range and will rank as two of the state and region's top receivers for the class of 2011.

Other underclassmen who came to compete and grabbed our attention immediately included Danny Williams, defensive tackle from Tuscaloosa-Central, Broderick Hall, quarterback from Tuscaloosa-Central, Justin Shanks, defensive tackle from Prattville and teammate defensive tackle Caleb Gulledge, Parker Barrineau, wide receiver from Tuscaloosa-American Christian, Ala., and Eddie Williams, quarterback from Panama City Beach-Arnold, Fla.

Scout.com will continue to break down position by position of the Southeast Elite camp in Tuscaloosa.


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