DUBLIN, Ohio – A loaded group of prospects spanning from rising freshmen to seniors arrived in the Columbus area on Thursday for the three-day Football University Top Gun – High School Camp.
Notre Dame RB commit Elijah Hood is one of the top prospects attending the FBU Top Gun Camp.
Following Opening Ceremonies, campers were welcomed by NFL players Johnathan Franklin and Denard Robinson, before heading to classroom sessions. There was one evening workout before the players headed back to the hotel in anticipation of a busy day including two practices on Friday.
Here is a list of things of note from the first day.
-Notre Dame running back commit Elijah Hood continues where he left off from The Opening in early July. The Top100 prospect and future U.S. Army All-American has big-time burst after catching the football, and the 5-foot-11 ½, 222-pound Hood has soft hands.
-The offensive line group is deep and talented, led by five-star 2015 Texas commit Maea Teuhema. There weren’t a ton of 1-on-1 reps the first day, but the 6-foot-5, 345-pound Teuhema was dominant when given the opportunity. St. Louis (Mo.) Christian Brothers College offensive tackle Brian Wallace impressed with his frame (6-6, 300) and strength, easily lifting a 233-pound camper in the air and moving him forward during drills. Top100 2015 offensive tackle Tristen Hoge was also undefeated in 1-on-1s lining up at center. He delivers a strong punch and like Teuhema finishes his blocks. Notre Dame is the early leader for Hoge.
-Three underclassmen quarterbacks in 2015 Brady White, 2016 Seth Green and 2017 Lindell Stone came out throwing completions. All three are accurate and were hitting receivers in stride. Green threw a couple nice balls over the top of the defense right into the bucket. Both Green and Stone have frames with a lot of promise. Plenty of physical upside. Green has been offered by Louisville and Minnesota while UCLA has extended a scholarship to Stone. White has a full-ride from San Jose State and feels Oklahoma State is close to offering.
-Tennessee Top100 safety commit Todd Kelly showed he has cover skills, checking the best receivers in attendance. The future U.S. Army All-American had several pass breakups and was the best defensive back on day one.
-Top100 2015 running back Jacques Patrick arrived late, but quickly jumped out on the field catching a couple deep balls during 1-on-1s. Coming off a recent swing through several SEC and ACC schools, Patrick said Alabama was his best trip because of the new facilities the Crimson Tide program has.
2014 OT Brian Wallace impressed with his frame and strength on Thursday. He visited Ohio State on Wednesday and has the Buckeyes in his lead group along with Iowa, Nebraska, Alabama and Arkansas.
-Receiver Trent Irwin was the top pass-catcher on day one, breaking down corners with seamless route running. It definitely didn’t hurt that he had teammate Brady White delivering the football. Irwin was the only player to have success against Kelly, beating the future Vol with a nasty double move to end the workout. Irwin worked out wearing Cal socks and has offers from the Bears and Colorado. Stanford is the scholarship he really wants.
-Blue-chip 2016 Rahshaun Smith played defensive end as a freshman but will move to outside linebacker as a sophomore. He worked out from that position on Thursday and showed he has the ability to play in space. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Smith also has great length, covering a lot of ground and getting into passing lanes with his long arms. According to his coaches, Smith talks the most about Virginia Tech and Ohio State early in the process. He arrived wearing a Buckeyes shirt.
-Big-time 2017 running back Dylan Moses lived up to the hype. The 6-foot, 217-pound playmaker worked out at running back and used his sub 4.5 speed to run away from defenders. According to his father, Alabama and LSU are recruiting his son the hardest. Both have offered, as have several others. Don’t expect a decision from Moses until February 2017.
Day One Recruiting Stories
-Top247 Offensive Lineman Demetrius Knox On His Top Two of UCLA and Ohio State. He’s also scheduled official visits to see the Bruins, Buckeyes, Florida and Florida State. Miami and TCU remain in the mix.
-Florida State Top100 receiver commit Markell Pack says he’ll take an official visit to Arkansas during the fall. He’ll also be back in Tallahassee for the Miami game.
-More from Top100 2015 offensive tackle Tristen Hoge on his high interest in Notre Dame and when he’ll be back to South Bend in the fall..
***Before the camp, Wallace visited Ohio State on Wednesday and has the Buckeyes in his top six along with Iowa, Alabama, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
“The visit, I liked it a lot,” Wallace said. “It was my first time being there. The football program, the academics, that’s why I’m going to college in the first place. Coach (Urban) Meyer said they have three senior starters right now that are going to leave so they need linemen that can step up.”
Wallace said he plans to take all five official visits before deciding. He has yet to schedule one of them. He added that he’s aiming to make a decision sometime during the middle of his senior season.
***Rockwall (Texas) High Top247 2015 athlete Chris Warren says that Alabama and Baylor have made the biggest early impression on him. He is coming off a visit to Tuscaloosa earlier in the week and the Bears were his first offer.
While in the Midwest, Warren looks forward to visiting Ohio State next Monday and Michigan on Tuesday. He also plans to hit Clemson before heading home.
***Towson (Md.) Calvert Hall four-star 2015 cornerback Dionte Austin said that Indiana and Virginia Tech are the two standing out at this point. He and teammates Rahshaun Smith, Juantez McRae and Lawrence Cager will all visit Florida and Florida State next week.
***Top247 2015 quarterback James Morgan camped at several places this summer including Arizona State, Michigan State, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. He feels the Sun Devils and Spartans could be close to offering.
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