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QB1 Group In Midlands Strong

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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,
style="font-weight: bold;">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.
style="font-weight: bold;"> 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.
style="font-weight: bold;">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
style="font-weight: bold;">South Point's Zaylin Burris and
style="font-weight: bold;">Hillcrest's Collin Sneed. Both of
those guys have powerful arms and very good accuracy.
style="font-weight: bold;"> J.L. Mann's Heath Gerald and
style="font-weight: bold;">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
style="font-weight: bold;">Summerville freshman Cam Burnett and
Spartanburg junior Xavier Young,
there were some new comers that really put on a show.
style="font-weight: bold;">South Pointe's Chris Smith and
style="font-weight: bold;"> 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.
style="font-weight: bold;">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.
style="font-weight: bold;">Brookland-Cayce's Romello Cook
looked very good in his first workout, as did fellow Bearcat,
style="font-weight: bold;">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.
style="font-weight: bold;">Northwestern's Ryan Kaoud,
style="font-weight: bold;">Marlboro County's Zach Norton, and
style="font-weight: bold;">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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