HIGHLAND SPRINGS, Va. -- More than a hundred prospects showed up to compete in last Saturday's College Prep World Virginia camp, and today we take a look at some of the ones that caught our attention.
Nobody could slow No. 2 national recruit Da'Shawn Hand.
Da'Shawn Hand, SDE, Woodbridge, VA (Woodbridge)
Credit Hand for showing up and competing. He's the No. 2 overall prospect in the 247Composite and has a ton of offers, yet he still arrived early, got after it throughout the event and listened to the coaches. Hand was solid in position drills, showing great quickness and flexibility. In one-on-ones, his first step was so explosive he rarely needed to use any counter moves. Physically, he was in a league of his own.
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Virginia Beach, VA (Ocean Lakes)
Body wise, Nnadi probably could stand to lose a little bit of weight in the tummy, but overall he looks pretty good for a 305-pound tackle. Nnadi bends well, and was very quick, and very explosive off the ball. He also displayed great strength. During one-on-ones, the Top247 prospect stole the show by simply overpowering the opposition. Improving his hands would make him even more effective.
Jalyn Holmes, WDE, Norfolk, VA (Lake Taylor)
The 6-feet-5, 225-pound Holmes is the No. 83 prospect and No. 4 weak-side end in the 247Composite, and he certainly looks the part. He's built extremely well, and has long, powerful arms. Holmes explodes off the ball, and when focused was difficult to control. At times, though, he could have done a better job using that reach to fend off the offensive linemen. Holmes also ran a few pass routes and was fluid. It was easy to see why some schools like him at tight end.
Tyler Powell, DT, Midlothian, VA (Cosby)
Competing alongside a strong group of defensive linemen, Powell more than held his own. In testing, he posted the best 40-yard dash of his life -- 4.75 seconds. In drills, he displayed good movement in every direction. During one-on-ones, Powell couldn't be blocked, whether he lined up on the edge or inside. Powell got off the ball well, and used both his hands and quickness to get around his man. He also displayed some nice counter moves. Powell projects as a tackle, and he needs to keep gaining weight, but overall he's a nice prospect.
Jalen Christian, WR, Damascus, MD (Damascus)
The 5-feet-10, 160-pound Christian, a 2015 player, already claims more than a dozen offers, and he had a really nice camp Saturday. Not only did he run sharp routes, but he showed off an excellent pair of hands an nice quickness. Christian was particularly good at getting in and out of his breaks, and on double moves. With the ball in the air, his focus couldn't be broken, which allowed him to catch everything thrown his way.
OTHERS OF NOTE
*Robbie Robinson, CB, Hampton, VA (Phoebus) -- The talented 2016 DB is a promising young prospect that already has an offer from Old Dominion. Receivers had a difficult time shaking the 5-feet-8, 160-pounder, who was quick and instinctive.
*Aaron Glover, OLB, Virginia Beach, VA (Princess Anne) -- The rising senior doesn't have any FBS offers yet, but they could be coming. The 6-feet, 200-pounder covers a good bit of ground, was physical with the backs and showed the ability to cover in space.
Defensive tackle Tyler Powell in action Saturday.
*Ronald Proctor, OL, Bealeton, VA (Liberty) -- The offensive line group wasn't particularly strong as a whole, but Proctor did a lot of nice things. For a big, young kid, his bend wasn't bad, and neither were his footwork and punch.
*Quintin Reynolds, WR, Nokesville, VA (Patriot) -- A somewhat lanky receiver with decent height, Reynolds is flying a bit under the radar, though he did recently land offer No. 1 from Old Dominion. He can make some terrific catches, and he accelerates well.
*JaQuan Watson, OG, Richmond, VA (Hermitage) -- The 6-feet-5, 295-pound Watson certainly passes the eye test. He also has good strength. That said, Watson's agility, footwork and quickness off the ball must greatly improve. If it does, he has FBS potential.