Last Saturday’s Baltimore Nike Football Training Camp featured a deep and talented pool of prospects. Here’s a look at some odds and ends from that event.
Pennsylvania athlete Thaddius Smith was an impressive Class of 2014 prospect last Saturday at the Baltimore Nike Football Training Camp.
While the nation’s top two Class of 2014 prospects- defensive end Da’Shawn Hand (Woodbridge, Va.) and defensive tackle Andrew Brown (Chesapeake, Va./Indian River) and five-star safety Quin Blanding (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) all were among the top overall performers at the event, there were more underclassmen that impressed.
Thaddius Smith, ATH, Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O’Hara
The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Smith worked out as a running back and was impressive during all of the drills and the one-on-ones. We aren’t sure exactly where he will play position-wise in college, but there is no question that he has elite ability and should be one of the more heavily-pursued prospects in Pennsylvania for the 2014 cycle.
Adonis Jennings, WR, Sicklerville (N.J.) Timber Creek
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Jennings already has an offer from Rutgers while Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Penn State, Florida and a number of others have inquired about him. Jennings runs good routes, has excellent hands and size and is above average from a speed standpoint. We expect him to rate among the nation’s Top247 prospects for the Class of 2014 initially.
Chris Godwin, WR, Middletown (Del.)
Godwin has impressed in multiple camp settings and is impressive on film. We were surprised at how thickly-built Godwin is as he appears to have a longer and skinnier build on film. Godwin won his share of one-on-one reps and impressed in all of the drills. Rutgers, North Carolina State and Boston College are among the programs to offer early.
Four-star wide receiver Jamil Kamara is an impressive 2014 athlete.
Jamil Kamara, WR, Virginia Beach (Va.) Princess Anne
Kamara measured in at 6-foot-2, 197 pounds and is a physical matchup problem for smaller defenders. He has good hands and above average speed, which helps him at the receiver position. Because of his size, though, there’s a chance that during the course of the next two seasons he could outgrow receiver and perhaps project better on defense. As of right now, though, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Miami (Fla.) and others have offered him as a receiver.
Demetrius Johnson, WR, Annapolis (Md.) Annapolis Christian
Like Kamara, Johnson is a big-bodied receiver that could project at a number of positions at the college level. He was one of the more impressive underclassmen physically at the event and is getting early interest from Boston College and Maryland, among others
William Crest, QB, Baltimore (Md.) Dunbar
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Crest, who made his debut at No. 47 overall in the 2014 Top247, has excellent size and a big arm. He impressed in those areas and with his maturity in this camp setting, just as he has done in others. Ohio State has offered, along with Maryland, Marshall, Purdue, Rutgers, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Darius Wade, QB, Middletown (Del.)
The 6-foot-2, 193-pound Wade has a live arm and should not be overlooked when talking about top signal callers for the 2014 cycle in the Mid-Atlantic area of the country. While he is somewhat raw, during the next two seasons, working with receivers like Godwin, we feel he can polish his skills and be a somewhat coveted prospect. Delaware and Massachusetts already have issued verbal offers.
The stock of Brooklyn DE/jumbo athlete Ebenezer Ogundeko is on the rise.
New York shows up
The Big Apple was well-represented at the event. New York City area prospects on the Empire State side don’t always get the exposure, but when you glance at NFL roster numbers, New York State produces professional football players at a high rate (it’s on par with New Jersey). Four of the best from New York were on display in Baltimore.
Ebenzer Ogundeko, DE, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Jefferson- The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder is about a half inch shorter than his listed size, but has long arms and excellent athletic ability. He was impressive in position drills and won his share of reps during one-on-ones. We think he could actually stand up and play linebacker in some systems and his rating should rise on 247Sports in the near future. Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame and others have recently offered the former Connecticut commit.
Gus Edwards, RB, Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville- For college programs looking for a big running back, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Edwards is how you draw them up physically. He also has good balance, feet and vision and enough speed to do damage. Edwards claims offers from Connecticut, Indiana, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple and Vanderbilt and it would not surprise us at all to see him get more moving forward.
Rashaad Coward, DT, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Sheepshead Bay- Coward is an intriguing prospect on film- he’s raw, but has clear athletic upside. He was about what we thought he would be in person at the camp and that’s good enough to play at a BCS-level program. We look for his recruitment to pick up during the summer as he camps are various college programs and also think he could project nicely as an interior offensive lineman longterm.
Malique Belfort, WR, Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville- Belfort is a 6-foot-3 receiver with solid hands and above average athleticism. A two-sport athlete, he’s got BCS-level potential in football if he continues to develop and add strength.
-Florida cornerback commit Tre Bell (Jersey City, N.J./St. Peter’s Prep) was overshadowed a bit by the performances of Kendall Fuller and Eli Woodard, but there’s no question that the long-armed prospect, who shows good ability against the run on film, is an athlete that can compete in the Southeastern Conference.
There is no question that four-star Michael Parker is an exceptional athlete.
-The same was true for three-star Notre Dame cornerback commit Devin Butler (Washington, D.C./Gonzaga). The 6-foot, 180-pounder has good hips, size and length and though Fuller and Woodard were both exceptional, Butler was very good in his own right.
-The recruitment of four-star athlete Michael Parker (Nokesville, Va./Kettle Run) has been well-documented. He committed to Maryland, then didn’t and what school he ultimately ends up signing with remains a question. What is not in question is Parker’s athletic ability. Saturday, he showed he can move around quite well for a player his size and it backs up what we’ve seen from him on film. Wherever he ends up, both in terms of college program and position, he’s got great upside.
-Defensive end Dajaun Drennon (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) continues to impress every time we see him. The 6-foot-3, 230-pounder has filled out, gain strength and showed more quickness than previously in one-on-one drills. We expect him to move up in the 247Sports prospect rankings in the near future. Rutgers is battling a number of other programs for his services.
-The stock of athlete Jahmere Irvin-Sills (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian) continues to climb. Irvin-Sills is quick and competitive and won more than his fair share of one-on-ones during the event. He is up to 10 offers, including perceived favorite West Virginia.
-Virginia quarterback commit Corwin Cutler (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) had one of his best days in a camp setting. He had excellent accuracy to go along with his normally strong arm and was outstanding during one-on-ones. The Cavaliers have a good one.
-Speaking of quarterbacks, Maryland commit Shane Cockerille (Baltimore, Md./Gilman) had another good outing after impressing at the New York City Elite 11 a couple of weeks ago. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder has a big arm and was accurate during drills. His ranking with 247Sports will be higher in the near future.
-Quarterback Timothy Brady (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate) was again impressive (he also threw the ball well at the New York City Elite 11) and if he were a few inches taller, he would project at a much higher level. Temple has offered. West Virginia and others are showing interest. He enters the 247Sports prospect rankings this week with an overall grade of 77.
-Four-star running back Taquan Mizzell (Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside) continued to show that he’s one of the best in the country in this setting because of his skill in the passing game. He won the running back MVP award from the coaches and earned an invite to “The Opening”. Virginia continues to be the team to beat for Mizzell.
Top247 running back Taquan Mizzell continues to impress in camp settings and is one of the most skilled running back prospects in the passing game in the country.
-Four-star athlete Delando Johnson (Baltimore, Md./Calvert Hall) had an excellent showing, working out at wide receiver. In fact, he was one of the only receivers that even had a chance against Fuller during one-on-ones. Johnson likely projects as a big safety or outside linebacker in college, but has always impressed on offense in this setting. Wake Forest was one of his most recent offers and we expect his list of suitors to expand significantly between now and national signing day.
This and that
After seeing him at the camp, it’s pretty obvious why running back Zaire Williams (Sicklerville, N.J./Timber Creek) is a prospect on the rise. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder has an excellent build and can run. ...Four-star defensive end Tashawn Bower (Somerville, N.J./Immaculata) measured in at 6-foot-5, 241 pounds and though overshadowed by some of the other top talent on the defensive line at the event, was very good. He plans to narrow his list this summer after taking some visits. Alabama and LSU are tentatively scheduled to get unofficial visits the first weekend of June. ...Clemson linebacker commit Dorian O’Daniel (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) is an extremely athletic linebacker and impressed particularly in coverage. He showed up to the event decked out in Tigers’ gear. ...An injury sidetracked wide receiver MVP David Coggins (Waterbury, Conn./Sacred Heart) during his junior year, but if last Saturday combined with his sophomore film, is any indication, he’s clearly a BCS-level Division I prospect. We expect him to get offers from college programs during summer camps. He made his debut in the 247Sports prospect rankings as an 84 (three-star).