CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Several dozen major college prospects showed up on a cold, wet and windy day to compete in Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp, and here are some of the ones that caught our eyes.
Four-star OLB Christian Miller impressed with his ability -- and his upside.
Kevin Crosby, TE, Bamberg (S.C.) Bamberg Ehrhardt -- Crosby braved the weather and shined. He's a thick H-back type with a solid power base and nice quick-twitch features that thrives in the passing game. His one-cut ability sets him apart from most players with his height and build, and his route running was strong despite competing on a slick field.
Chris Durkin, QB, Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline -- After getting an up-close look at the midwest standout, it's easy to see why schools such as California and Michigan State have offered. Durkin is a big kid (he's 6-feet-4) with a big arm. He not only spun the ball about as well as any quarterback on hand, he got it from A to B pretty quickly. The elements did little to impede his performance, which is something few others on hand could say.
Will Grier, QB, Davidson (N.C.) Day -- One week after lighting it up at the VTO Sports Prep 100, the country's No. 2 pro-style quarterback produced another very good outing. Last Sunday, Grier's arm blew people away. This time, we were most impressed with his athleticism and footwork, the latter of which was near flawless at times. Grier's understanding of how to play the position from a technical standpoint also stands out.
Elijah Hood, RB, Charlotte Catholic (N.C.) -- There has always been some debate about whether Hood, the No. 7 athlete in the 247Composite, should be a running back or linebacker in college. Last fall, he had a huge season on offense, and he was solid there Sunday. Hood is chiseled physically, and displays great flexibility. His feet and his brain always seem to be in sync, and that was evident during position drills. Hoods also showed versatility with his ability to catch the ball.
Albert Huggins, DE, Orangeburg (S.C.) Orangeburg-Wilkinson (2015) -- Arguably the most impressive sophomore on hand, Huggins picked up an Alabama offer Friday and two days later showed us why. The 6-feet-3, 260-pounder, who probably will end up playing tackle in college, carries excellent weight and has a big, strong body from top to bottom. In position drills, he was explosive and utilized a ferocious rip. During one-on-ones, Huggins was lightning-quick at the snap, then displayed speed, aggression and sound counter moves.
Caleb Kinlaw, RB, Goose Creek (S.C.) -- As well as Hood competed, it actually was Kinlaw that came home with MVP honors at running back. This is an offensive player that really can do a little bit of everything. Kinlaw displays nice balance, and the ability to wiggle without losing much speed. When he plants his foot in the ground, he can change directions quickly -- and effectively.
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Hinesville (Ga.) Liberty County -- The No. 1 inside linebacker in the 247Composite drove four hours to compete, then turned in a solid performance. He's big, he's quick and he's explosive. Most impressive was McMillan's ability to cut sharply at a high speed, even on a wet field. He also took coaching well.
Christian Miller, OLB, Columbia (S.C.) Spring Valley -- The four-star Florida commit, who won linebacker MVP honors, is an intriguing prospect. With Miller, it's not just about what he is now, but largely about what he could become. At this stage, he's tall and somewhat lanky, yet flexible, quick and agile. With his 6-feet-3, 1/2-inch frame, Miller really could grow into a very big kid. He definitely appears to be a high-ceiling guy when you combine the body with the ability.
Tyler Queen, Kennesaw (Ga.) North Cobb (2015) -- The sophomore signal caller held his own in a strong quarterback group both in drills and in competition. His footwork was impressive, and so was his ability to get a good amount of spin despite the terrible weather conditions. Queen also was pretty accurate with his passes.
Bentley Spain, OT, Charlotte (N.C.) Providence -- After missing most of his junior season with a knee injury, the 6-feet-6, 293-pound Spain is back and looks better than ever. Physically, he has added good weight and appears to be pretty lean. In position drills, Spain was quick and smooth. During one-on-ones, the No 100 overall prospect and No. 9 tackle in the 247Composite displayed excellent footwork, a beautiful kick step and very good strength to dominate the competition.
CAMP MVP WINNERS
The following players were the position MVPs Sunday -- QB Grier, RB Kinlaw, WR Dominique Heath of Huntersville (N.C.) Hopewell, OL Spain, DL Enoch Smith of Chicago (Ill.) Mount Carmel, LB Miller and DB M.J. Stewart of Arlington (Va.) Yorktown.
Stewart drove all the way from Chicago to compete in the event. The three-star 247Composite product has multiple offers.
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