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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.
COACHES BUYING INTO THE SYSTEM
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."
QUARTERBACK GROUP VERY STRONG
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.
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 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.
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.
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