WOODBRIDGE, Va. – CollegePrepWorld put on its first prospect camp Saturday at Woodbridge High School in northern Virginia, truncating the day’s schedule to account for the conditions.
Wyatt Teller intends to visit Clemson and Michigan before making his decision.
The event will wrap up Sunday with a symposium educating prospects on the importance of academics, filtering one’s social media, and other pertinent personal topics – featuring presentations from a few former NFL players.
Here, though, are news and notes about the top performers and prospects from Saturday’s competition:
Four-star defensive end Wyatt Teller (Liberty/Bealeton, Va.) was a man among boys, whether lining up at his routine position or rolling in for reps at defensive tackle and offensive tackle, just to give the other better participants athletic competition. Teller’s blend of size (6-4 ½, 250), strength and quickness were bound to stand out in the field, but what really merited attention was Teller’s attitude.
Frankly, not many prospects of his caliber would have come out in the 106-degree heat for this event with nothing really to prove. But Teller made it a point to be a vocal leader, a cheerleader and set the work ethic standard.
Teller disputed the perception that Virginia edges Virginia Tech in his recruitment, but he reiterated the intent to visit both Clemson and Michigan soon before making a decision – possibly by the end of the summer.
Few prospects have visited as many schools this summer as three-star cornerback Evrett Edwards (Woodbridge/Woodbridge, Va.), a Duke commitment. He’s been to all four of North Carolina’s FBS programs, seen Illinois and Northwestern, awoke to find himself at Georgia Tech. For that matter, he competed Saturday without having slept the previous night, having arrived home from an unofficial visit at shortly after 1 a.m.
Edwards remains committed to Duke but plans to visit Alabama in two weeks with his five-star 2014 teammate, defensive tackle Da’Shawn Hand. He then hopes to make Clemson’s July 20 recruiting gathering. The Tigers have offered.
Joining the juniors
The state of Virginia’s relatively excessive talent for the 2014 class has been well-documented, and two more prospects bear positioning on the radar.
Brian Roberts (C.D. Hylton/Woodbridge, Va.) is a 6-2, 227-pound defensive end who was limited to playing right guard as a sophomore because of a fractured ankle suffered before the season. Roberts has a defined upper body, long arms and posted a 4.94 in one of his two hand-timed 40s.
Alec Eberle (Atlee/Mechanicsville, Va.) is a hard-nosed 6-3, 251-pound defensive lineman. Eberle has camped at Maryland, Virginia, Georgia Tech and Penn State and is slated to visit Wake Forest on July 15, South Carolina on July 17 and Virginia on July 21. Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland have expressed the strongest interest in Eberle, a Texas native.
Virginia quarterback commitment Corwin Cutler (Ocean Lakes/Virginia Beach, Va.) sported his team colors with navy blue socks adorned with orange and white stripes.
2015 athlete Mike Majette (Woodbridge/Woodbridge, Va.) picked up an offer from West Virginia about two months ago and might visit the Mountaineers before the summer is over. The long-armed Majette (5-11, 180) plays quarterback in high school but projects as a defensive back at his present composition.
Another 2015 athlete, Jalen Christian (Demascus/Demascus, Md.), arrived late and turned spectator. Christian (5-10, 160), a slot receiver/cornerback/kick returner, was offered early this year by both South Carolina and N.C. State when those schools stopped by to pursue recent Northwestern receiver commitment Zach Bradshaw. Christian had planned to accompany Bradshaw to South Carolina in two weeks, but Bradshaw’s pledge cancelled the trip.
Edwards posted the fastest hand-timed 40 in the sweltering heat and perhaps slow surface, registering a 4.67. Majette had a pair of 4.68s, and 2014 Woodbridge outside linebacker/safety Marcus Boone (5-11, 177), had a 4.78.
Speed headlines the resume of an off-radar 2013 prospect, safety Brian Schmied (Mountain View/Stafford, Va.). Schmied (6-1, 190), a transfer from Colonial Forge, said he picked up an offer from Virginia offensive coordinator Bill Lazor on July 4 after posting a 4.4 40 at Virginia’s camp as well as that of Virginia Tech. Schmied also cites a Richmond offer and is scheduled to attend its camp in two weeks.
His former teammate at Colonial Forge, ’13 outside linebacker/safety Troy Washington (6-2, 195), was one of the better-looking prospects on the hoof. Washington has interest from Duke and is slated to visit Georgia Tech next week.
The only offensive line prospect to even slow Teller was Woodbridge guard Randy Kumah (6-1, 290), who is believed close to a VMI offer. Kumah drove Teller off his line in their first rep against one another, and he recovered well to muster a debatable draw in the third rep of their series.
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