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VTO: Carolinas Recap

Last weekend, 247Sports covered VTO Sports Prep 100 camps in York, S.C., and Charlotte, N.C.

UNC OLB/DE commit Robert Dinkins had a strong showing.

Here's a look at some of the players who impressed …


Cayson Collins, OLB, Charlotte (N.C.) Berry Academy -- Physically, Collins might have been the most impressive athlete at the North Carolina event. He just looks like a football player. All muscle. No fat. During position drills, Collins showed excellent agility, foot speed, footwork and hustle. He moves well across the field, and was good in coverage.

Robert Dinkins, OLB/DE, Charlotte (N.C.) Renaissance Olympic -- The North Carolina commit had a solid day working with the linemen. In college, he'll likely be a hybrid OLB/DE because of his size and overall athletic ability. Dinkins not only had quick feet, but looked very strong.

Will Grier, QB, Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day -- The country's No. 2 pro-style quarterback lived up to the hype, and even exceeded it. He spun the ball exceptionally well and seemed to make all the throws with ease. He threw 40-yard strikes, he threw intermediate-range bullets, and he put terrific touch on the ball when that was needed needed. Grier easily had the best performance of any VTO camper all weekend.

Collin Lisa, WR, Alpharetta (Ga.) Chattahoochee -- This is a guy that gets it done play after play after play. As far as route runners went, he arguably was at the top of the list. The defensive backs, which were solid, had trouble sticking with him. We also never saw him drop a pass.

Tyler Powell, DT, Midlothian (Va.) Cosby -- Powell, who is 6-feet-4, 245 pounds, was an animal during one-on-ones in Charlotte. Physically, he must add weight to play tackle in college, but he has the frame to do it. He's strong with a solid power base, and he was quick and aggressive.

Donte Thomas-Williams, RB, Durham (N.C.) Hillside -- At 6-feet, 209 pounds, Thomas-Williams is a big back, but he's also pretty quick. In running back drills, Thomas-Williams showed a good bit of athleticism, speed, balance and power. In blocking drills, he used that strength to push some opponents around.

Trevion Thompson, WR, Durham (N.C.) Hillside -- The heavily recruited Thompson had an outstanding day, at times even making things look effortless. His routes were reasonably sharp and he got in and out of his breaks well. Additionally, he caught every pass in his vicinity. Thompson utilizes his 6-feet-2 frame well, both at the line of scrimmage and when the ball is in the air. He's a four-star prospect for a reason.

Andrew White, DE, Sumter (S.C.) Lakewood -- The 6-feet-3, 230-pound White has only one offer (N.C. State), but looks like someone that should land more. He's put together extremely well, and was very quick off the ball. In one-on-ones, White was practically unblockable.

Others: Elijah Bulger, CB, Fayetteville (N.C.) Douglas Byrd; John Lovett, QB, Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic; Cameron Mattison, S, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek; Kalen McCain, S, Durham (N.C.) Hillside; Trip McNeill, OL, Mocksville (N.C.) Davie County; Isaiah Robinson, RB, Charlotte (N.C.) Independence; Mike Stevens, WR, Davidson (N.C.) Davidson Day.


Kelly Bryant, DQB/ATH, Abbeville (S.C.) Abbeville (2015, VTO Prep 100 South Carolina) -- The 6-feet-3 1/2-inch, 200-pound Bryant plays quarterback for his high school team and he said several colleges are recruiting him to play that position. He competed mostly at quarterback Saturday, and displayed good footwork and decision-making. However, he didn't have a great day spinning the ball, and needs to improve his mechanics. Taking a few snaps at receiver, it was easy to see why that's the spot at which Clemson likes him. He runs well, gets in and out of his breaks nicely and didn't have any drops. Clemson and South Carolina both have offered.

Anthony Ratliff, DQB, Matthews (N.C.) Butler (2015, VTO Prep 100 North Carolina) -- A 6-feet-2, 175-pounder, Ratliff had a strong showing Sunday in Charlotte. His passes were crisp and had excellent spin. He threw well on the run. He showed very good athleticism. And, he was focused throughout the event. When Vols signee Riley Ferguson, also of Butler, was injured last fall, Ratliff stepped in for several games and apparently did some good things. The arm and athleticism. certainly are there.

Mason Veal, OT, Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell (2015, VTO Prep 100 North Carolina) -- The sophomore had some good moments Sunday and appears to have a good bit of long-term potential. He's 6-feet-6, 265 pounds and doesn't carry much bad weight. Veal has reasonably good feet and a long reach. At times, his punch was outstanding. And for someone with his height, he did a nice job keeping his pad level low. What stood out, though, might have been Veal's aggressiveness.

Others: Markeyvious Adams, 2015 WR, Greenwood (S.C); Jay Horton, 2015 WR, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek; Austin Kendall, 2016 QB, Charlotte Christian (N.C.); Adam Lawhorn, 2015 OL, Blacksburg (S.C.); Benjamin LeMay, 2016 RB, Matthews (N.C.) Butler; Nafees Lyon, 2015 DB, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek; Mahlon Medley, 2015 TE, Charlotte (N.C.) Berry Academy; Tyrell Robinson, 2016 DB, Matthews (N.C.) Butler; D'Marco Zeigler, 2016 QB, Columbia (S.C.) Ridge View.


Stephan Askew, OLB, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek; Markell Castle, WR, York (S.C.); Jarvis Jeffries, WDE, Gastonia, NC (Forestview); Luke Lancaster, QB, Spartanburg (S.C.) Oakbrook; Michael Littleton, OT, York (S.C.); Ryan Moore, RB, York (S.C.); Chris Redmond, DT, Columbia (S.C.) Ridge View; Kevin Rucker, RB, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek; Javon Smith, WR, Blythewood (S.C.).

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