After weeks of cooler than normal weather, temperatures soared near ninety with no clouds in sight Saturday for Boston College’s first one-day clinic of the summer. The nice weather brought out its fair share of local players, but the Eagles hosted top prospects from Fort Lauderdale to Canada to St. Louis. Of that large expanse of players, a few familiar names – and a couple sleepers – stood out.
2013 WR Dionte Taylor
1. Timothy Brady, QB: At virtually every camp he has been to, the refrain has been the same – he throws a great ball, but he just needs a couple more inches. Saturday was no different. Despite varying sizes, abilities and routes among his receivers, Brady’s timing was on point more than any of the quarterback’s in attendance. His ball never wobbled and he could throw a flare to the running back just as well as a “go” route forty yards down field.
2. David Knevel, OT: This massive Canadian prospect has been listed elsewhere as between 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-8 and around 270 pounds. Sounds massive, but it’s also not true. He’s bigger. Knevel measured in at a hair over 6-foot-9 and 285 pounds on Saturday. Looking at him, your first thought is that he has to be uncoordinated. That couldn’t be further from the truth, though, as he flew through bag drills and was capable of moving his feet well enough to hold off most everyone in 1-on-1’s. Missouri has offered, while Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt and others are close.
3. Anthony Firkser, TE: Fairly unknown outside of the Northeast, one could see why the 6-foot-3, 215 pound tight end has been picking up a lot of interest from schools lately. When he goes through agility drills, he does it with the speed and precision of a wide receiver, while his routes were crisp and well-timed. During 1-on-1’s, he caught seven of eight passes – the only miss being a bad throw by the quarterback. I was fairly shocked to learn the Manalapan (NJ) prospect did not have an offer. That will change quickly if he performs like that all summer.
4. Nick Internicola, LB: The three-star, 89-rated prospect blazed through the five cone drill, showed good speed when running routes and never seemed to get tired as fellow campers bent over to catch their breath, or even puke. There’s a debate among where he should play at the next level but, after watching him on Saturday, it seems obvious that he is best suited for outside linebacker. He has prototypical size (6-foot-3 and around 220 pounds) and has the speed to keep up with most running backs. The only issue was his hip movement. He was beat more than once in 1-on-1’s when the back went up field instead of the more traditional hitch or out route.
5. Chasz Wright, OT: Wright is someone that caught my eye just standing around during registration. He’s physically imposing at a well-built 6-foot-6, 271 pounds. Looking at his frame, he could shape things up, add about 20 pounds and still have the mobility that was on display Saturday. The three-star, 82-rated prospect has offers from Connecticut and Old Dominion, but I expect others to be added to that list soon.
6. Matt Milano, DB: The 6-foot, 190 pound safety came all the way up from Orlando and certainly showed why Florida is arguably the deepest state for football talent in the country. Ranked as the No. 158 player in Florida and holding an offer from Air Force, Milano made the other campers look silly in 1-on-1’s on both sides of the ball. He blanketed receivers at defensive back and got open with ease when he occasionally lined up on offense. He showed good hips, quick feet and a fast backpedal.
7. George Vinson, LB: Holding a host of offers from smaller schools, the Damascus (MD) linebacker showed why the big boys of college football are eager to keep tabs on him. He’s thick, has excellent hips for a linebacker and showed good footwork in bag drills. During 1-on-1’s, he was rarely beaten by the running backs and made good jumps on the ball, knocking down more than one pass.
8. Neil Morrison, S: The south Florida prospect already holds an offer from Boston College and he proved on Saturday that the Eagles’ coaches have a keen eye for talent. He moves fluidly during drills and moves downhill quickly, looking like he could be a big hitter at the next level. In fact, the idea of him being an outside linebacker doesn’t seem too far-fetched, despite his 5-foot-11 height.
2013 S Neil Morrison
9. Dionte Taylor, WR: The three-star, 86-rated prospect certainly would have been higher on the list had he participated for the entire day. However, a groin injury limited him to about half the drills and only a handful of reps in 1-on-1’s. He’s lightning quick and effortlessly outdid his fellow campers in agility drills. It’s scary to think that was only about 70 percent.
10. Myles Allen, RB: The Landon School (MD) prospects has been hearing from a host of Ivy League and academically-renowned schools already, but Saturday he showed how he would contribute on the gridiron. He’s thick up top with huge legs that make him an ideal between the tackles runner. During 1-on-1’s, he got open regularly and showed capable hands. He screams “traditional, pro-style fullback.”
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