CORNELIUS, N.C. – Despite being rainy, windy and temperatures hovering around 40 degrees, several…
Charlotte NFTC Notebook
Weather The conditions for the yesterday's camp at Hough High School were bad. The light to steady rain, along with the wind and temperatures around 40 degrees made it difficult for prospects to display their talents. For obvious reasons, the conditions affected the skill players the most. However, nearly all of the participants fought their way through the four hour event and many had good showings. The MVPs Quarterback: Will Grier-Davidson (N.C.) Day Running Back: Caleb Kinlaw-Goose Creek (S.C.) Wide Receiver: Dominique Heath-Huntersville Hopwell Offensive Lineman: Bentley Spain-Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Defensive Lineman: Enoch Smith Jr.-Chicago (IL) Mount Caramel Linebacker: Christian Miller-Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley Defensive Back: M.J. Stewart-Arlington (Va.) Yorktown Two of the MVPs – Grier and Miller – will be teammates at Florida. Each player was extremely impressive, especially considering the weather. Both have very bright futures in Gainesville. All of the prospects that took home MVP honors were well-known in most recruiting circles, except wide receiver Dominique Heath. That could change soon with schools such as Ball State, East Carolina, Mississpi State, Oklahoma State and UNC-Charlotte showing interest. No One Invited To The Opening…Yet Due to the weather, the invites to The Opening were not given at the conclusion of Sunday's event. The invitations will be announced tomorrow. Quarterbacks Impress While the conditions could not have been any worse for throwing the football, I thought a group of signal-callers performed extremely well. The aforementioned Grier, four-star Youngstown (OH) Ursuline's Chris Durkin, three-star Charlotte (N.C.) West Mecklenburg's Jalan McClendon and 2015 Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb's Tyler Queen. Each player showed good arm strength and did a nice job of managing the inclement conditions throughout the day. Lots Of Talent At Running Back Although 2014 running backs Eljah Hood from Charlotte (N.C.) Catholic, Donte Williams from Durham (N.C.) Hillside and MVP Caleb Kinlaw all performed well, so did several underclassman. 2015 Wake Forest (N.C.) Wake Forest-Rolesville speedster Bryce Love and Trai Sharpe of Carrboro (N.C.) also had good showings on Sunday. They will be two of the Tar Heel State's best in 2015. Finally, a quartet of freshman turned heads at the event – Antonio Williams or New London (N.C.) North Stanly, Benjamin Lemay of Matthews (N.C.) Butler, Moe Neal of Gastonia (N.C.) Forestview and Robert Washington of Huntersville (N.C.) SouthLake Christian. Expect to hear a lot from these 2016 prospects in the years to come. Depth At Defensive Line There were several talented defensive lineman at the event, but the most notable in the 2014 class were Kentavius Street from Greenville (N.C.) Rose, Enoch Smith Jr. (MVP and mentioned above), Poona Ford from Hilton Head (S.C.) and Deshaywn Middleton from Winston Salem (N.C.) Parkland. I thought all four had their moments, but the one that impressed me the most was Middleton. He looked to be in great shape and really put pressure on offensive lineman during one on ones. Middleton really knows how to use his hands and also showed a quick inside move that frustrated offensive lineman. Not to be outdone was the 2015 class. Four prospects caught my eye – Albert Huggins from Orangeburg (S.C.) Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Darian Roseboro from Lincolnton (N.C.), Michael Barnett from Dorchester (S.C.) Woodland and Bamberg (S.C) Bamberg-Ehrhardt's LaSamuel Davis. All four will likely be big-time prospects. Big Names At Linebacker The linebacker group at Sunday's event was headlined by three four-star prospects Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County's Raekwon McMillan, Christian Miller (MVP and mentioned above) and Chris Register from Greensboro (N.C.) Dudley. All three came in with big reputations and they all performed extremely well. All three are great athletes and have the potential to be a special players at the college level. One other linebacker that was really impressive was Isaac Stewart Matthews (N.C.) Butler. His stock has been rising over the past several weeks and he showed why at the NFTC. For more from the 2013 Nike Football Training Camps, check Scout.com's Nike Football Training Camp Coverage.
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