This will be up on nationalunderclassmen.com shortly. Review of Practice Day 1 standouts at NUC All American Games
NUC North South All-Star Game
Wednesday Practice Top Performers
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina- Day two of the NUC North South All-Star Game was a day of installation. But that did not stop some young stars from standing out amongst their peers. NUC National Analyst Barry Every was on hand to watch all four age groups go through a two hour practice at Grand Park Complex at the Market Common under ideal weather conditions along the coast of South Carolina. Below are just some of the players that had stellar performances on Wednesday.
Garry Brown, 6-1/195, WR, Westerville South HS, OH
Brown caught the attention of the coaching staff with his smooth route running and soft hands. He possesses excellent overall size and the body control of a contortionist. When in tight coverage he was able to high point the ball like a rebounder on the hardwood. This kid definitely has DI ability but may be just short academically to qualify at that level. He currently has offers from Saginaw Valley State and California, PA. This past season he caught 60 passes for 1,048 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Alex Duncan, 5-10-1/2/176, DB, Chapel Hill HS, NC
Duncan may have caught more passes than some of the receivers in practice today. He has a nice smooth backpedal and hips that rotate like a revolving door. His ability to turn while backpedaling allows him to attack the ball before the receiver can make a play. In a span of ten minutes he picked off at least three passes. His size speed combination may have scared off some BCS schools but he is a great fit for the Naval Academy. This past season he had seven picks. And double digit pass breakups.
Dubois Ross, 6-0/180, WR, Liberty HS, PA
When you look up the definition of smooth in Webster’s dictionary you’ll find a picture of Dubois Ross. This guy comes off the ball like a gazelle with a great head and shoulder fake that corkscrews the defensive back into the turf. He then attacks the ball with his hands away from his body and in one smooth motion hits his top vertical speed. The skill set he possesses is ideal for a slot receiver of corner. It is still hard to believe that Buffalo is his biggest offer. Nothing against the Bulls but this football player has BCS ability. Ross played in a triple option offense but still managed 467 yards and five touchdowns on just 11 catches.
Dane Stevens, 6-3/315, OL, Mt. Paran Christian School, GA
Stevens has already been called out by his position coach as one of the top lineman on the Senior South team. He has the size and competitive drive to compete right now in college. What really stood out to me was his excellent pad level at the point of attack and leg drive once engaged with the defender. He claims a Georgia Tech offer but is leaning to a preferred walk-on option that has been presented to him by his dream school USC.
DonQuale Williams, 6-3/190, WR, Williston-Northampton HS, MA
Williams sticks out because he is one of the taller receivers at this event. He has deceptive speed because of his long strides and he knows how to catch the ball at its highest point. This guy is ideal for the fade pass inside the red zone. It is no wonder he averaged over 24 yards per reception this past season. Right now he has an offer from NEC school Bryant but he is still receiving interest from Rhode Island and New Hampshire of the Colonial Athletic Association.
Quentin Hall, 6-5/285, OL, Thayer Academy, MA
Hall is one of the best looking offensive tackles at this event regardless of grade. He has very little bad body weight and is very light on his feet. This big Ugly knows how to use his long arms with good hand placement to keep defenders locked up. Hall is a natural hip and knee bender that looks great in his stance with the frame to play at 300 plus pounds. He is already receiving strong interest from Boston College, Bryant, Connecticut and NC State.
Tobe Ezeokoli, 5-10/170, WR, San Diego-Mt. Carmel HS, CA
This week Ezeokoli is working out on the offensive side of the ball after stellar junior season that saw him rack up 53 tackles, 13 PBU’s, and four picks. What caught my eye was his silky smooth route running and ability to adjust to the ball while it is in the air. He attacks the ball with his hands away from his body not allowing the defensive back to make a play. He also looks to have legit 4.5 speed. His versatility will allow him to project on either side of the ball.
Dimitri Leverett, 6-0/185, QB/ATH, Bartow HS, FL
Boy has this kid come a long way from this past summer as a signal caller! Leverett has excellent overall throwing mechanics with a quick flick of the wrist as the ball comes out of his hand spinning like a top. I also like the weight transfer he uses to generate speed on his passes. He may also have the best arm strength of all the junior signal callers. This guy also has a lot of wiggle and excellent speed making him a threat to score with his legs. He has the skill set to project as a signal caller, receiver, of safety.
Jarrett Mitchell, 5-10/180, RB, Kubasaki HS, Japan
This football player just looks great in his pads. Mitchell has excellent overall body structure and a frame that will allow him to eventually play at 195-pounds. He runs with excellent forward body lean and has the balance to bounce off would-be-tacklers while gaining positive yardage. This past season he ran for 1,400 yards and ten touchdowns on just 139 carries while also catching ten passes for 200 yards and three scores. He may have the most talent of any back in the junior or senior group. Right now he is attracting early interest from Cincinnati, Rutgers, and South Florida.
Malik Miller, 5-9/180, RB, Griffin HS, GA
Miller has the ideal size and body structure for an all-purpose back. He has excellent lower body size and is ripped from head to toe. He seems to be very coachable listening intently to the coaches as they install the offensive game plan. Miller hits the hole quickly and does not seem to fear running the ball between the tackles. Miller is already a two-way standout for one of the most athletic schools in the Peach State. He has been on the varsity since his freshman year.
Tre Nation, 5-10/190, RB/ATH, Leeds HS, AL
Nation proved to be one of the more versatile tailbacks at this event. When not taking reps as a running back he jumped in as a wide out and flashed very soft hands with the ability to make yards after the catch. He possesses excellent upper body mass which will provide durability and the ability to bounce off linebackers. This past year as a freshman on the varsity he carried the ball 274 times for 1,890 yards and 21 scores. Nation has already attracted the attention of several major colleges in the Southeast.
Robert Washington, 5-10/185, RB/ATH, Southlake Christian Academy, NC
Washington was the other very versatile freshman running back on Wednesday. When not taking reps as a running back he ran routes as a receiver. He is dangerous with the ball and his hands and has the speed to pull away from the other competitors in his age group at this camp. I look for the Freshman/Sophomore North squad to get the ball in his hands during the scrimmage. This past season he ran the ball 89 times for 1,017 yards and 11 scores while also catching ten passes for 141 yards. He already claims a verbal offer from a SEC school.
Jarius Brents, 5-9/165, DB, Hazelwood MS New Albany, IN
This is the first time I have ever written about a 7th grader. Brents skill set is well beyond his years as a player. He looks smooth, balanced, and agile in his backpedal. This allows him pounce out and make plays on the ball. His ability to attack the ball with his hands allows him to become a potential difference maker as a cornerback. He is more technically sound than most of the older kids at this All-Star extravaganza. I don’t like tooting the horn of younger kids so they can stay focused on honing their skills and developing as young men but this kid is already something special.