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Top Prospect Elite - Class of 2013 Top Performers

Top Prospect Elite - Class of 2013 Top Performers


Top Prospect Elite - Class of 2013 Top Performers

Top Prospect Elite - Class of 2013 Top Performers

Courtesy: Barry Every / National Underclassmen Combine         Release: July 27, 2012
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Norman, Oklahoma - The final end of the year NUC extravaganza known as the Top Prospect Elite Camp attracted over 550 participants from around the nation. Each one of these competitors earned their way to this event by excelling at an earlier NUC Camp. For a majority of the Rising Seniors this was their last chance to hone their skills before their final high school football season. It was also the last chance to show off their football acumen. Each camper participated in agilities, individual position work, one-on-ones, and a 7-on-7 instructional tournament. Below are those competitors from the class of 2013 that caught the watchful eye of NUC National Analyst Barry Every. They demonstrated the size, speed, agility, and toughness to play football at the next level.
 
Peter Cvijanovic, OL, 6-5, 274, Benedictine, OH
Assets: Let's face it on the hoof Cvijanovic was the best looking offensive lineman in the camp regardless of grade. He also looked the best getting down into his three point stance with a wide powerbase and flat back. His frame will allow him to continue to grow into a 300-pound monster. You just can't find enough linemen like this that are natural hip and knee benders with long arms. Cvijanovic just missed out on the OL MVP after receiving serious consideration for the award.
Development: Just six months ago this offensive tackle was 40-pounds lighter. He is still getting use to the added size and is very raw at this time. I predict that by the end of his senior year he will be considered one of the top linemen in the entire state of Ohio.
 
Patrick Dalton, OL, 6-6, 352, Whitewater, GA
Assets: When Dalton walked into the Everest Center (Oklahoma Indoor Facility) for camp registration he made the earth move and caused other campers to stare in awe. This mammoth-sized offensive tackle got off to a great start by demonstrating that he could guide his feet through the agility stations like smaller lineman. On day two he meticulously took apart every defensive lineman that he faced in the one-on-ones. He used his size, strength, and technique to impede pass rushers. It's hard to believe that a lineman this large can sit back in his chair and punch defenders dead in their tracks. His superior performance earned him the OL MVP for the rising senior class.
Development: I still find it mind boggling that at the time of the camp he still only had one major DI offer. I know he may need to lose 15 to 20 pounds to play right offensive tackle at the BCS level but his performance at three NUC camps has been nothing short of jaw dropping. At the worst he is a huge offensive guard that will maul defenders for fun at the DI level.
 
Alex Duncan, DB, 5-9, 170, Chapel Hill, NC
Assets: For the second NUC camp in a row Duncan impressed a different set of defensive back coaches. He possesses excellent overall body structure and the hips and feet to stay glued to receivers. His backpedal is low, smooth, and balanced affording him the opportunity to bounce out and make plays on the ball. When it comes down to competing versus offensive players his light shines brightly as he out performed his fellow defensive backs. His effort earned him the DB MVP award at his event.
Development: Right now his only DI offer is Navy. Though he is extremely honored by this offer he would like to have more choices at the highest level so he can make the right decision for his long term future. So it is imperative for him to get his film into the hands of as many DB coaches around the country as possible.
 
Christopher Fletcher, RB, 5-7-1/2, 165, Bob Jones, AL
Assets: Fletcher has been wowing coaches at every NUC event he has attended this year. He has already proven that he has legit 4.4-speed but how does his talent and skill level stack up to the best around the country? He got off to a great start in this camp whipping through the agility stations like a whirling dervish.  During individual position work he demonstrated soft hands and the ability to get vertical after the catch. Fletcher then proved impossible to cover during the one-on-ones and 7-on-7 instructional tournament. His performance was so dominate that he walked away with the highest award possible at the camp the Overall MVP for rising seniors.
Development: His senior year will be his first as a starter at the varsity level as a running back. He will definitely get his chance to show off his skill set playing in Alabama's largest classification. So he must get quality video up on the internet as soon as possible.
 
Brian McNeill, QB, 6-3-1/2, 192, Brewster, NY
Assets: McNeill surely passes the eye test for a pro-style quarterback with great height and overall body structure. Early on he impressed the quarterback coaches during individual work with his superior throwing mechanics. He gets good depth on his drops and has a short compact throwing motion. But what was really impressive was the velocity and consistent spin that he put on his passes. During one-on-ones he also impressed by hitting all his targets with precise accuracy. McNeill ended up being the runner-up for the QB MVP.
Development: Unfortunately for McNeill he is not in an area of the country that college recruiters cycle through with regularity. It is imperative that he gets his film in the hands of quarterback coaches and offensive coordinators as soon as possible.
 
Silas Spearman, RB, 5-9, 190, Seminole Ridge, FL
Assets: Spearman may have been the most muscular and impressive looking back at this camp regardless of grade. He proved to be a skilled technician during agilities demonstrating superior quickness and balance. During one-on-ones he used his size and speed to create space with the defender allowing the signal caller to make an easy throw. He has the size and strength to wear defenses out and make linebackers think twice about striking him. When his next transcript comes out college coaches will surely hand out offers.
Development: Spearman could work on his body control when attacking the ball on deeper routes. Thick backs sometimes have trouble getting their hips and hands coordinated enough to make catches on deep throws. Regardless of this he possesses the skill set to become an every down back at the next level.
 
Dru Smith, QB, 6-0, 188, Sherman, TX
Assets: I do not think any signal caller has been to more NUC events then Smith. At each and every camp he has been too he has impressed coaches with his knowledge of the game and leadership skills. He came straight from the Texas State 7-on-7 championships to compete at this camp and he was no worse for the wear. He has a nice compact throwing motion and throws a very catchable pass. But what really sets him apart is his ability to decipher defenses when all the pieces of the puzzle are put in play. His standout performance during the 7-on-7 instructional tournament earned him the campQB MVP.
Development: This will be the first year he has started in a couple seasons at the varsity level. It is imperative that he comes out of the gate strong this season. Sherman plays a very tough schedule so the opportunity to shine will be there. He really needs to get his first two games cutup and sent out to college coaches as soon as possible.
 
Tanner Wood, LB, 6-4-1/2, 224, Conway Springs, KS
Assets: This is one giant linebacker that has the frame to easily add an additional 20 pounds. Wood is long, lean, and athletic. He really impressed with his superior change of direction during agilities. During one-on-ones he used his long arms to steer running backs off their intended routes. He also showed off his superior lateral movement by chasing plays to the boundary. His skill set is ideal for becoming a monster sized hybrid DE/LB. In the end he was the easy choice for LB MVP.
Development: As a linebacker he could work on getting lower in his backpedal when playing in space. Kansas State fans have to be excited about his commitment. His skill set and body structure are perfect for the aggressive Wildcat 3-4 defense. Look for him to take his high school team on a long run in the playoffs again this year.
 
Other Top Performers: Steven Brooks, DL MVP, MacArthur, OK; Cleveland Clark, 7-on-7 MVP, Brooks Prep, IL; Josh Cleveland, RB MVP, Del Valle, TX; Jalyn Croom, WR MVP, Chiles, FL; Amos James, DB, Natchez, MS; Elroy Johnson, DB, Eastbay, FL; Zach Jones, TE MVP, Rogers, AR; Justin Neff, QB,Leadership Award, Millbrook, VA; Totorian Vaughns, ATH MVP, Seven Lakes, TX; Michael Wiand, LB MVP, Mifflinburg Area, PA.


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