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May 14, 2013

QB1 Training Day Talent Level Rises

The QB1 QB-WR Training Day mini camps returned to Columbia this past weekend for an added date due to demand and the talent level continues to rise at each camp. From the younger players who are growing in their skills to the older guys, everyone is getting better each time out.

Make no mistake about it: QB1 QB-WR TRAINING DAYS is a system designed to make every player who attends better at their position. Each drill was designed or refined to target the areas of weakness that my staff and I have seen in the college camps, on the players' films, and in the national camps that we have worked. There is no standing around at this camp, every player sweats through a difficult and demanding workout, and every player gets a high volume of reps.

"We've seen a tremendous difference in the footwork of Devin (Kilgore)," said Cane Bay assistant Gerald McCulley. "He's like night and day from last year in that department and his throws seem to be a lot more accurate at this point."


The quarterback group in this Columbia camp was strong in talent, with thirty of the state's top signal callers on hand. Here are just a few of the one's who captured my attention and that of my staff, as well.

Demetrius Lewis, Irmo HS, Class of 2014: Demetrius is a frequent flyer with us and, like every other kid in this system, has seen tremendous improvement in his footwork and throwing motion. He's very athletic and I believe he has a future at another position at the Division I level. We worked him out some at wide receiver in camp, as well, and he proved he can be very effective at that position, too, with great vertical ability, good body control, and very good hands.

Michael Knox, C.A. Johnson, Class of 2014: This was Knox's fist QB1 camp, but he is a quick study. He's a very coachable player it it was very evident that this 6-3, 200lbs player is an athlete. He picked up quickly in the agilities, which is very challenging to new comers, and showed good arm strength in the skills sesssion. His footwork needs some work but that will come as he uses these drills to improve in that area. Like Lewis, Knox is a player who can play Division I ball at some position, whether it is safety, where he looks strong on film, or at wide receiver. We had Knox take some reps at wide receiver, as well, with the permission of his coaches, and like Lewis, he excelled in that area as well.

Dalton Helms, Nation Ford, Class of 2014: Helms is a very good athlete and demonstrated quick feet in the agilities sessions. He moved well in the pocket drills in the skills session and showed a strong arm with good accuracy in the sprint out/target throws. He sometimes doesn't follow through on his throws but he's got a good throwing motion and a good high release. He threw a nice, catchable ball in the redzone and goal line session to the receivers.

Derek Olenchuk, Dutch Fork, Class of 2014: Like Knox, this was Olenchuk's first run through QB1. He's got good athleticism and did well in the agilities. He ran through the skills drills with confidence and showed adequate footwork. He's got a very strong arm but needs some work on his throwing motion. He throws with the elbow low and dips his shoulder in his motion, but he still delivers a ball with good velocity. With some work reps on his motion, he could improve his accuracy tremendously. He has a lot of potential and should be, again, very effective for the Silver Foxes in 2013.

Davis King, Hammond School, Class of 2014: King has improved tremendously from the hard work he has put in on his own. From his first QB1 camp to this weekend, he is a different quarterback. He showed he has been working on his footwork, went through the skills sessions with ease, and nailed the targets in the accuracy session with sprint out passes. He is going to be a big assett to the Skyhawks in 2013.

Drae Linton, Central (Pageland), Class of 2015: Linton was a pleasant surprise. He showed great feet in the agilities session and was a quick learner in the skills. He's got a quick release on the ball, despite a somewhat awkward throwing motion. He is very coachable and picked up quickly in the skills session.

Charles Mallory, C.A. Johnson, Class of 2015: Marllory proved to be a quick learner in the position agilities with very quick feet. He strugged a little in the skills session with the footwork, but it was evident he had never performed these type of drills before and he picked up quickly. In the passing accuracy segment, he was impressive. Primarily a jv quarterback last season, this is a young man who could be effective in a back up role on the varsity team for the Hornets. If he can develop and mature quickly, he would increase their offensive strength by enabling them to use Knox elsewhere as another weapon.

Austin Estes, Belton-Honea Path, Class of 2016: Austin is a veteran of the QB1 camps and we (the entire coaching staff) feel like he is the most improved player we've seen in camps. He has worked hard and focuses on everything that he has learned in these camps and applied them to his game. The improvement in his throwing motion, his release, his footwork, and even his confidence level is glaringly evident. Regardless of where he ends up in the quarterback job fight at BHP, he can be a very good leader for his team.

Collin Sneed, Hillcrest, Class of 2016: Sneed was in for his second QB1 camp and was impressive in all phases. He's very athletic with quick and sure feet in the agilities, he showed he's paid attention in the pocket skills challenge drills, and has impressive arm strength and accuracy in the sprint out/target segment. This rising sophomore is going to be one of the better quarterbacks in the Class of 2016 before he's done.

I have to tip my hat to this group of receivers. There were twice as many quarterbacks in camp this weekend so when session three came, they were challenged physically because of the high number of repetitions they were asked to take.

Collin Reed, Boiling Springs, Class of 2015: I'm beginning to sound like a broken record singing this kid's praises. A tight end, he's got as good a work ethic as anyone we've had in any camp. He continues to get better in the agilities and skills session with the wide receivers and our regiment for receivers is very demanding. He has improved vastly in sticking his foot in the ground and transitioning into his routes and he has excellent hands. If we were having a pick up game out there, he would be one of my top picks. He has a bright future.

Oceanez Fluitt, C.E. Murray, Class of 2014: Fluitt gets the award for the best football name! This 6-2, 180lbs athlete was smooth in agilities with good footwork, despite not having done a lot of these drills before. He showed good skills in session two and in session three, ran crisp patters, got into his routes well, and had very good hands. In the Red zone session he made great adjustments to the ball and attacked at its highest point.

De'Ares Nelson, Irmo, Class of 2014: Nelson is a frequent flyer with QB1 and continues to get better. He's small in stature but big in talent. He's got a great skill set as a receiver, excellent hands, and shows explosive speed after the catch. He could be a very nice weapon for Demetrius Lewis in 2013.

Lane Ecton, Dutch Fork, Class of 2015: Ecton may be the best athlete that we had in camp. He showed tremendous athleticism in the agilities and was a quick study in the wide receiver skills session, despite playing primarily defensive back for the Foxes. He has the skills set to do all of the things necessary to play the position well, but he needs reps at catching the football. He's used to separating people from the ball and if he gets in good reps at catching the ball he could be a very dangerous offensive weapon with his speed and skills.

Peter Esaw, Keenan, Class of 2014: Esaw looked strong in the agilities, showing very good athleticism. He worked hard in the skills sessions and was sharp in his routes. During session three, he proved to be one of the better receivers out there. He looked stiff in the skills session but I believe he was challenged by the drills and looked like he had not performed some of them before. Once he caught on, his athleticism carried him through. He's a good looking athlete and a definite offensive weapon who runs very well after the catch.

Tyrell Gallman, Westwood, Class of 2015: Gallman is another frequent flier at the QB1 camps and continues to show a refinement of his skills. He's always very good in agilities, with great body control, shows excellent skills in the skills session, and is always one of the best receivers in the session III with the quarterbacks. He's small, but has great speed and excellent hands.

Will Sweeper, Dutch Fork, Class of 2015: This was Sweep's first QB1 camp but he caught my eyes. He worked hard in agilities and the skills and though he was proficient, didn't really jump out at me. But when we got to session three he showed a great skill set, running his patterns crisp, great ball concentration, and very good hands. He looks raw but he has natural talent and I believe he could be a very good receiver for the Foxes.

Alec DeBoer, Ben Lippen, Class of 2016: Alec is a very athletic player. He's been to several QB1 camps and has always proven to be sharp in agilities, as well as skills. He's got great after burner speed, and good hands. He's a little stiff when he runs which take a little sharpness off of his routes, but that is fixable. He's one of the top freshmen we've had in camp this off-season.

Tony Yarger, Florence Chapel MS, Class of 2018: Each camp, we have a middle schooler or two stand out and this camp it was Tony Yarger. He showed good athleticism in the agilities and skills for a young player, and was really strong in session three with the quarterbacks. For such a young player, he's got a great skill set and has very good hands. He is a hard worker and was demanding on himself during the entire camp.



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