CORNELIUS, N.C.- Highlighted by a stellar showing from four-star, Top247 linebacker Larenz Bryant, Sunday’s Charlotte Nike Football Training Camp at Hough High was one of the highest-quality events in terms of showcasing special talent of the spring camp season to date.
Four-star Auburn commit Carl Lawson could not be slowed during Sunday's Charlotte Nike Football Training Camp.
The following players were invited to “The Opening”, Carl Lawson, Ryan Switzer, Holland Fisher, Peter Kalambayi, Larenz Bryant, Tramel Terry, Josh McNeil and Brice Ramsey.
Ramsey also received an invitation to the Elite 11.
Here’s a look at 247Sports’ top prospects from the event. This list is compiled based on camp performance and overall prospect projection and is focused on Class of 2013 prospects. Look for the top Class of 2014 performers in a forthcoming article.
1- Larenz Bryant, LB, Charlotte (N.C.) Vance
The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Bryant had what one long-time Nike Camp staffer described as “one of the best days every by a linebacker in any Nike Camp ever” and named the MVP at his position by the coaches. Bryant used his long arms and superior lateral ability to shine in pass coverage. The versatile athlete, who also is one of the best running backs in his high school region, is going to make some college program (Georgia, Florida, Clemson and South Carolina are the four strongest) extremely happy.
2- Carl Lawson, DE, Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton
Lawson, an Auburn commit whose stock has risen this spring, had a big showing in one-on-ones, where he virtually could not be blocked. Lawson is a grown man physically and his hand quickness and first step is elite. That was obvious throughout the competitive portion of the camp Sunday.
3- Brice Ramsey, QB, Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County
Ramsey, a Georgia commit, became the sixth quarterback invited to the Elite 11 this summer with his showing Sunday and unlike a couple of weeks ago in Atlanta, he displayed the velocity and touch on his passes that makes him one of the country’s best quarterback prospects. Ramsey had an excellent day in one-on-ones connecting with his receivers and appeared extremely comfortable in the setting.
4- Tramel Terry, WR, Goose Creek (S.C.)
Terry is a thick-built receiver that has elite hands and can flat-out separate from a defensive back in an hurry. Terry won more than his share of reps in one-on-ones and displayed excellent footwork and athleticism in position drills. He is a firm commit to Georgia.
5- Riley Ferguson, QB, Matthews (N.C.) Butler
Ferguson had perhaps his best day throwing the ball at any camp (and he’s been to quite a few) we’ve seen him at this spring. He’s always had a live arm- the issue has been accuracy at times in this setting. Well, on Sunday he was very accurate. Close to two dozen college programs have offered Ferguson, including Alabama, North Carolina, Louisville and others. He also is getting attention from South Carolina and several other programs.
6- Desmond Lawrence, DB, Charlotte (N.C.) Charlotte Christian
Lawrence, a North Carolina commit, is a prospect that we’ve been seriously considering moving to four stars and possibly into the Top247. On film, we believe he’s very close and Sunday’s camp showing, where he showed that he’s a good blend of size, speed and ball skills, may have pushed him over the top in our next rankings update. He may be a free safety long-term as opposed to a cornerback, but we can’t rule out either at this point. Georgia recently offered Lawrence.
7- Holland Fisher, S/LB, Midlothian (Va.)
Fisher, a Virginia Tech commit, projects the highest at linebacker, but the 6-foot-1, 208-pounder showed he can move around quite well in the secondary today at safety during one-on-ones and pass skel drills. In fact, Fisher performed so well that he received an invite to “The Opening” this summer.
8- Josh McNeil, TE, Durham (N.C.) Hillside
There were times on Sunday when McNeil displayed elite hands. He had several “wow” moments where he reached up into the air and snagged the ball. Other times, he suffered from the drops a bit, but there is no doubt that he’s one of the top tight end prospects in the country after watching him in this setting and combining it with his impressive film. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder made his debut as a four-star prospect on Feb. 23 when he had four offers. Now, he has well more than 30 and is the nation’s No. 8 tight end prospect. Alabama and Notre Dame are two of the most recent schools that he says are on his mind. There is no leader or favorites as this one is wide, wide open.
9- Lewis Neal, DE, Wilson (N.C.) James Hunt
Let’s get this out of the way, first- Neal (6-0/6-1, 230) is not the tallest defensive end prospect in the country by any stretch. With that, he has an extremely quick first step and is athletic enough and moves well enough laterally to where he could play in space as a standup linebacker or a hybrid at the next level. Neal decommitted from Ohio State last week amid new interest from LSU.
10- Tyquan Lewis, DE, Tarboro (N.C.)
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Lewis impressed with quick feet and hands and overall athleticism during one-on-one drills. He used his quick first step and a nice spin move to win his share of one-on-one battles. At this point, is safe to call Lewis a North Carolina lean.
The following were named MVPs by the Nike Football Training Camp coaching staff, which is made up of multiple players and coaches with NFL and major college experience. These MVP awards are based on the day’s performance.
Quarterback- Brice Ramsey
Running Back- Khris Francis
Wide Receiver- Cameron Phillips, DeMatha (Md.) Class of 2014
Offensive Line- Mike Sutton, Cary (N.C.) Panther Creek
Linebacker- Larenz Bryant
Defensive Back- Jalen Latter, Charlotte (N.C.) Vance
Defensive Line- Carl Lawson