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April 6, 2013

Charleston QB1 Training Day Loaded With Talent

The QB1 QB-WR TRAINING DAYS landed at Porter Gaud High School on Saturday and the talent level continues to reach high marks set by previous camps. With some of the top talent from the low country, we were able to get a good read on a lot of gifted players.

I'd like to thank Porter Gaud head coach Rick Reetz of Porter-Gaud for hosting the QB1 Training Day at their gorgeous facilities.

The quarterback group for the Charleston camp at Porter Gaud did not showcase the big names that we've had at some of our other camps but the skill level still met our expectations. This group was large in numbers in the freshman and sophomore class, but the juniors whom were on hand were impressive.

Matthew Harkness, Berekely HS (2014) - Harkness came in with some things in mind to work on, including his footwork, and he was able to get that work in. He's got a sturdy, athletic frame and throws a very nice football. His release is sometimes slow, but the balls he threw in placement drills were on the money with just the right velocity depending on the route. Harkness was very strong in the goal line/red zone session of throws. I believe he has a chance to be be one of the better players at the position in the low country if he continues to work on this feet and consistency in his release.

Devin Kilgore, Cane Bay HS (2014) - Kilgore is a QB1 veteran; after attending the QB1 Challenge last year, and a couple of the QB1 TRAINING DAYS this Spring, he continues to improve. He's got a strong arm with good ball placement. He's proficient in his footwork and in placement drills hit the right routes quickly. If there's something he needs to work on it is knowing when to use touch on the football, as he can sometimes use a little too much of his arm strength making it difficult for receivers to get the reception. Like Harkness, Kilgore looked very good in the goal line/red zone throwing session.

William Coleman, Wando HS (2015) - Coleman shows nice mechanics in workouts and has a strong arm. His footwork is good but an area he can improve upon. I think that his arm strength is more than adequate but ball placement needs some work. In the placement drills, he was proficient in placement but in the performance/routes tree phase, struggled with placement. That said, it was, at times, very windy today and a lot of balls with air under them got carried. Add to that the fact one is throwing to unfamiliar receivers and you can lighten the assessment of placement. Overall, I think Coleman is going to be a very good signal caller and will get good coaching under Jimmy Noonan at Wando.

Bailey Hart, Wando HS (2016) - I like this kid. He has a quarterback swagger about him and I could watch him and see self confidence. He struggles a little with weight transfer and follow through, making his passes sail high at times. When corrected and concious of it, he throws as good a pass as anyone in his class or at this camp. He's got good footwork otherwise, a strong arm, and thows the long balls very nicely. When he corrects the follow through issue, he's going to be a very good quarterback and will throw the short and mid-range passes as well as he hits the long ones.

Porter Gaud had two quarterbacks in workouts with sophomore Russell Tyler and freshman Henry Hay. Both threw the ball well placement drills, as well as the shorter passes in perfomance/routes. Goose Creek freshman Dominique Jefferson showed promise in the performance phase, throwing all of the short and mid-range routes well. Pinewood Prep's Kristopher Johnson looked strong in drills and was proficient in the performance phase of the camp. Ridge Christian's Terrell Peterson (2016) showed improvement since his last camp appearance in Columbia.

There was a good group of middle school players in camp, as well. Berkeley's Darius Douglas (2017) looked very good in drills and in performance. He's going to be a strong challenger at Berkeley after Harkness graduates next year. A good group of 2018 players included Hakim Martin of Howard Middle School, Oliver Michaud of Laing Middle School, Joseph Jenrette of Bluist Academy

As I watched the receivers work through a very difficult and intense phase one of position specific agilities, I became worried about this group. Overall, they struggled with their footwork and it was quickly evident that they had not performed many of the drills we were requiring of them. There were a couple who stood out but there were not more than two who completed this phase with what I would term "proficient." A couple of the drills that we put receivers through are drills that, if performed correctly in front of the college recruiter, will get them pulled to the side for a chat after camp.

The good thing about this group is that they improved as the camp went on; what they lacked in the footwork in agilities they more than made up for with their hands and route running in the performance phase. Like with the quarterbacks, a few of the older receivers really stood out, along with one very promising eighth grader.

Sean Smith, TE, Summerville HS (2014) - Sean is a QB1 frequent flyer and is a pro at our drills. He looked sharp in drills, routes, and showed excellent hands as he has at every camp he's been at. I believe he has the ability to easily play at a mid-major DI level and if given the chance could perhaps develop at a BCS school. At 6-6, 230, he has the physical frame to build on and is as athletic as any tight end in the state.

Jordan Barnes, WR, Goose Creek HS (2014) - Barnes was also proficient in the agilities and ran very good routes. He is very coachable and when corrected on body position against defenders, picked it up immediatley. He's got very good speed out of his breaks and has excellent hands. He could be a very good replacement in tb the Goose Creek offense with the loss of Tramel Terry to graduation.

Chris German, WR, Stratford HS (2014) - German performed most of the agilities well, but could use some work on his body control in breaks. He still runs good patters, stays flat when he's supposed to and has great hands. He's definitley got the potential to play on Saturdays at some level.

Dee Harley, WR, Berkeley (2014) - Harley has very good speed and body control; he sticks his foot in the ground and transitions very well and has great hands. I like him. His height will be a recruiting challenge but he could definitely be a slot player at the the DII level.

Donnell Bryan, WR, Pinewood Prep (2014) - A very good showing for this rising senior from SCISA. Like most, needs work in the the footwork agilities, but ran  nice patterns, was strong in his breaks, and had soft hands. A very good target. Like Harley, has the height issue to deal with.

Rob Thomas, WR, Porter Gaud (2014) - Mechanically sound; picked up agilities quick; ran very good routes in performance phase. Has soft hands; lacks break away/separation speed but makes up for it with precise route running.

Foster Moe, WR, Porter Gaud (2014) - One of the most coachable kids in the camp; what he lacks in speed he more than makes up for with his hustle. Has sure hands, ran good routes, and was is a "only have to correct it one time" player. I like this kid.

Ben Jaques, TE, Wando (2015) - Struggled in agilities but was very impressive in every other phase of camp; ran good patterns and has very good hands. Lacks speed and needs to work on getting his shoulders down in body control when making cuts, but overall a very good target at receiver. Plays tight end for Wando but could be valuable in the passing game.

Cam Burnette, WR, Summerville (2017) - Eighth grader was as impressive as anyone in the group. Picked up agilities quickly and when it came to the performance/routes phase, looked like a veteran. Runs routes with control and for a young receiver, very good at sticking his foot in the ground and transitioning in break; has excellent hands. Lacks speed burst right now, but that will come as he develops physically and gets a strong core. This kid has the potential to be a very good football player.

Akeem Johnson, TE, Edisto (2014) - Johnson has been to a couple of QB1 sessions and has done well at each. He's got soft hands and continues to improve in his route running. Does not have blazing speed but as he continues to sharpen the route running will become better in transition.

Other receivers who turned in good days were Calhoun Academy's Griffin Creekmore (2014) who plays running back, Summerville's David Coccoli (2015), Pinewood Prep's Jared Stenger (2015), Porter Gaud freshmen Michael Barry and Matt Naumoff, Goose Creek freshman TE Tanner Sineath,

If you are interested in attending a QB1 TRAINING DAY session visit the link below;  if you are a coach and interested in bringing a QB1TRAINING DAY to your school, email qb1@sc.rr.com

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