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May 6, 2013

QB1 Talent Shines Through Clouds and Rain


QB1's second Quarterback and Wide Receiver training day in Charleston went over well and again, QB1 player proved that they have no fear of water as we trained through the rain that began to fall during the third and final hour of the camp.
 
From QB1's inception, we have maintained to the players that they need to focus on the things that they CAN control and no worry about those things they cannot control, such as the weather. They were warriors in the weather and it was, as always, a great camp that saw everyone get better.
 
The quarterback group was strong and discussion among staff is that while the QB1 Training Days focuses on all players, it is evident that it is transforming into a camp for elite players who seek to refine their skills, as well as the more novice players seeking to better their skills.

QUARTERBACK GROUP STRONG
Jacob Park of Stratford was easily the top quarterback in this camp and the best we've seen this year. That comes as no surprise, as he has been my No. 1 QB in the state for the past two seasons. Park has all of the skills with no glitches and a poweful arm that can deliver the ball on any route. He's gotten so proficient at his footwork and looks really good on his drops from under center, which a lot of today's quarterbacks struggle with because of rarely lining up there. He's got a very quick release and nice delivery; accuracy is solid.
 
I felt like the second best quarterback we had in camp was Cane Bay's Devin Kilgore. This 6-4, 212lbs signal caller has improved each time we've seen him in camp. He's got good footwork and has really polished his mechanical skills. He has a smooth delivery and a quick release and his arm strength is as good as any in the camps we've seen. I look for him to be an FCS prospect and if he can get in front of some coaches this Summer, could see some offers.

Orangeburg-Wilkinson's Austin Bradley was at his first QB1 Training Day yesterday, but proved to be very coachable, picking up the drills quickly with his athleticism. He' has a smooth throwing motion; needs to work on his release a little but his accuracy does not suffer currenlty. I was impressed with his showcase of skills in his first outting.
 
Goose Creek's Dantez Bennamon showed a lot of raw talent as a passer, considering he is not asked to throw the ball a lot in the Gator's ground game attack. He's got a strong arm and while he struggled with some of the pocket footwork drills, he was very strong in agilities, demonstrating strong athleticism. He told me that this was the first time he had done some of the pocket foot work skill challenges and considering that, did farely well. This kid has the ability to play at the next level; it will more than likely be at another position but he will execute the Gators' offense well.
 
Ashely Ridge freshman Steven Duncan showed improvement just within the past two weeks. He has some work to do with his footwork but he's got a big sturdy frame, more than adequate arm strength and accuracy, and a strong work ethic. One of the better freshmen quarterbacks that we've seen in this camp series.
 
Goose Creek had two freshmen on hand and both looked good in drills. Dominique Jefferson showed good athleticism in agilities, as did teammate Austin Brehmer. <

WIDE RECEIVER GROUP SMALL BUT TALENTED
The Wide receiver group was small in number but they were certainly not short in talent. There were two receivers that stood out to QB1 receiver coach Robert Wells and myself.
 
Summerville eighth grader Cameron Burnette was in for his second camp and was, again, one of the top performers among the receivers. He displayed excellent body control in agilities and skills, is able to stick his foot in the ground and transition with great speed, and he has excellent hands, with the ability to turn and run up the field well. This is a kid that I think can play at the varsity level as he comes into the high school this fall as a freshman.

Pinewood Prep rising senior Donnell Bryan was excellent in skills and agilities and showed a phenomenol concentration and ability to catch the tough passes. He's got excellent hands and great breakaway speed. This is the type of player who can be a difference maker in SCISA football. I can only imagine the damage he could do if they get him the ball in space.

Foster Moe of Porter Gaud was, again, impressive to me. I liked this kid in the previous Charleston camp because of his hustle, hard work, and fundamentally sount technique. He's not going to woe you with his speed, but he does everything the right way and has excellent hands. I would take this kid on my team any day of the week and go to battle.
 
Porter Gaud had several receivers in camp and all showed excellent hands. Not quite as fleet footed as Burnette and Bryan, they do have excellent hands are players who will enable the Cyclones to move the ball down field if they can find a quarterback to get them the football.
 
Valentinio Fazi of Goose Creek diplayed a lot of athleticism and, like the other receivers in camp, showed great hands. While we did not do times yesterday, Fazi showed good speed burst coming out of his cuts and after the catch. Could make a good slot receiver.



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