Birmingham NFTC: Top Offensive Performers

Van Jefferson

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Nike Football Training Camp stopped at Spain Park High School Sunday and there was top talent from all over the southeast on hand. Find out who the best on the offensive side of the ball were here...

Lester Cotton, 2015 OG, Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Central
Cotton left as the MVP of the offensive line today and he worked at tackle, guard, and center. He was successful at all three, but most impressive on the inside. The Alabama commit showed great hands, nice power, and nice punch. He ran the ends outside and stoned the defensive tackles inside.

Van Jefferson, 2015 WR, Brentwood (Tenn.) Ravenwood
Jefferson was almost flawless Sunday afternoon. The senior wideout is smooth and clearly the best route runner and technical wideout there. He was the MVP at his position and that was likely an easy call for the Student Sports staff.

Dontea Jones, 2015 WR, Louisville (Miss.)
Jones is a big (6-foot-5, 220 pound) wide receiver, but he really moves well for his size. He was pretty fluid in the drills, then showed he could get open in the pass skeleton. He used his size, his used his length, and this is a good get for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Gardner Minshew, 2015 QB, Brandon (Miss.)
Minshew only has a few offers, but do not let that fool you, this young man is talented. He was zipping the ball to his receivers all afternoon, he got rid of the ball in a hurry, and he was accurate on short, intermediate, and deep passes. He spins is well and his balls are easy to receive.

Javon Patterson, 2015 OG, Petal (Miss.)
The Scout 100 interior offensive lineman was not as dominant as some may have expected and wanted him to be in the one-on-ones, but he won his share, and he showed why he is a top recruit. He moves well in short space and he is a natural bender.

Drew Richmond, 2015 OT, Memphis (Tenn.) University
Richmond continues to improve. He has been that guy on the hoof for years and it is starting to all come together for the big tackle. He is athletic, he has the size of a prototypical tackle, and he moves very well.

Deddrick Thomas, 2015 WR, Memphis (Tenn.) Central
Thomas looks like a guy who would be best on slip screens and underneath routes, but he showed speed to get behind corners Sunday. He is sneaky fast, very quick off the line, and corners were burned consistently by Thomas. He added Mississippi State to his offer list Sunday and he now has 11 total.

Darryl Williams, 2015 OG, Bessemer (Ala.)
Williams was impressive - very impressive. He worked at guard and center and this young man won many battles in the one-on-ones. He worked his hands well, he stayed low, and he showed good agility for a big interior offensive lineman.

John Garcia contributed to this feature.

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