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March 23, 2014
QB1 Group In Midlands Strong
The 2014 QB1 TRAINING DAYS continued this weekend at Brookland-Cayce High School's "The Cage" and it was an outstanding camp. The weather was beautiful and more than 70 quarterbacks and wide receivers were on hand to refine their skills and GET BETTER with the QB1 Performance program.
"This was by far the best camp we've had in two years," said QB1 Quarterback's director Robin Bacon. "The caliber of the players was high and we can see growth and improvement in the players who have been coming to multiple camps. It's easy to see who's been working and who hasn't."
As with each camp, we discuss the performances and workouts after camp and there are always players who standout in our minds.
QUARTERBACK GROUP STRONG
This was one of the strongest collection of quarterbacks we've had at one camp, with so many good signal callers. It is camps like this one that makes me realize how really difficult it is to rank these guys in the recruiting rankings. From the Class of 2015, North Carolina Freedom HS's Titus Smith returned and was, again, one of the stronger arms in the camp. His mechanics are strong and he's very accurate on his throws. Marlboro County's London Johnson is in my Top Five QBs in the state for this next cycle and shows strong skills in camp. He's got a strong arm, is really good on his sprint out accuracy, and has nice touch on the football on the long routes. He works better on our pocket drills on rush reaction than anyone in camp. Other strong rising seniors were Westwood's Nick Leveretter and Rock Hill's Dylan Jones. North Central's Hunter Wyatt spun the ball very well, too. C.E. Murray's Alexander Bradley threw the ball very well and is obviously working hard between camps.
The underclassmen had a strong group from each class all the way down to the 2018 guys. Class of 2016 Southern Guilford (NC) quarterback Rayshawn Knight had a great first camp. He picked up quickly on the drills and he spins the ball very well. What I liked best about him was that he vectors the ball to the receiver in an extremely accurate manner. Spartanburg's Austin Scott continues to look very strong in our camps and was sharp Saturday. QB1 regulars who continue to impress from this class are South Point's Zaylin Burris and Hillcrest's Collin Sneed. Both of those guys have powerful arms and very good accuracy. J.L. Mann's Heath Gerald and Greenwood's C.J. Jackson both looked very good in their first outing, as did Blythewood's David Isreal.
Marlboro County's Jacob Evers and Hartsville's Michael Beans were the strongest among the freshman class. Evers has a very strong arm and hard work has improved his mechanics since the first camp; Beans continues to improve on his throws and looks very good in pocket and footwork drills. 2018 players Cameron Smith (Stratford) and Tahleek Steele (Rock Hill) both have improved tremendously and it shows that they have been to more QB1 camps than any other camper this year.
WIDE RECEIVERS CHALLENGING EACH OTHER
This was easily the top group of wide receivers we've had in camp. While our regulars were very strong with performances by Summerville freshman Cam Burnett and Spartanburg junior Xavier Young, there were some new comers that really put on a show. South Pointe's Chris Smith and Irmo's Manny Banks were both very strong in agilities with their footwork and in the skills sessions. Each have very good speed, sink their hips well in transition, and both highpoint the ball on the long routes. I felt like these two guys stole the show with this receivers' group.
But they were not the only strong talent on hand. C.E. Murray's Martin Bufkin has to be the top compitor in the camp. He has a motor that is full speed, works the drills well, and never hesitates to jump in to get extra reps. He's confident and has a likable swag about him. Brookland-Cayce's Romello Cook looked very good in his first workout, as did fellow Bearcat, Dagon Amaker. Both of those guys are 2015 players. Lugoff-Elgin's Gunnar Catoe and Wando's Michael Varzell were strong 2016 guys among the receivers.
The Class of 2017 was well represented in the receivers group. Northwestern's Ryan Kaoud, Marlboro County's Zach Norton, and Dorman's Alex Revel all had strong camps. It is no surprise that all are returners to the camp and that work shows in workouts. Chapin tight end Will Register was among the top ten in camp based on work outs and has a very good skill set. He could easily play at the "Z" or even in the slot if he had to.
The young crowd from the 2018 group continues to work hard Wando's John Varzell was the leader in this group; again, not surprising as John is a multi-camp attender and the hard work is paying off.
QB1 PLAYERS CONTINUE TO GAIN RECOGNITION
The QB1 Performanc program not only prepares these players for their seasons through skill development and refinement, but we go the extra mile to get our players the exposure they deserve. The 2014 Class saw 19 of our QB1 alum signe Letters of Intent to play college football. We had four players on the 2013 Shrine Bowl football Team, nine players in the North-South All-Star game, and two All-Americans.
This year, we have already started getting exposure for the next recruiting cycles. We've managed to get multiple players into the Nike and UnderArmour invitation only camps, and are working on several of our quarterbacks to get invites to Elite Eleven regionals. QB1 has produced three Golden Gun award winners at Elite 11 events and one NO. 5 finisher at the national Elite 11 event.
These guys are headed to Nike and UnderArmour next weekend.
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