NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Vanderbilt football program hosted its first Senior Elite Camp for rising 12th graders on Sunday. VandySports.com was on hand for the one-day event and now takes a closer look at some of the top performers from the camp.
Top performers listed below in alphabetical order.
Vanderbilt Senior Elite Camp One Hot 11
6-3/215, Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy
As rangy linebacker, Bars has the chance to be an impact level defender in college. He has solid size and quickness. Bars showed some of those quicks on Sunday while in one-on-ones against tight ends and running backs, making a few pass deflections. His ability to force things to the outside and close on the edge may have made him the top linebacker at the camp. The local standout should start to garner offers soon.
6-5/190, Roswell (Ga.) High
Boyd's long frame, quickness and hands impressed many in attendence. Might have answered any questions about his seperation as he was able to get enough space from defensive backs for most of the camp. Displayed solid hands, catching nearly everything that was thrown, especially on jump balls. Catches the ball at its highest point and shields his hands from defenders. Anyone looking for a big, above average possession receiver should look Boyd's way.
6-7/240, Lebanon (Tenn.) Wilson Central
Clemmons is athletic and sound, with a solid frame. Might be undersized right now, but he should gain a considerable amount of weight with time. He showed his great feet at the camp as well as sound base. Has better than average strength for his size, which may mean that he won't need to get above 280 pounds to play in a spread type offense. The Wilson Central standout should have more offers in the future, and a VU Offer appears to be quite possible.
6-1/170, Hiram (Ga.) High
Cook might have been the surprise of the camp. A bit of an unknown, Cook showed solid hands throughout the camp and made some of the most spectacular catches of the event. A bit of a wirey prospect, Cook also showed good feet in transition and by the end of the day, was running some solid routes. Seperation and overall top-end speed may be a question mark for Cook, but he could be a good option as a slot receiver.
6-4/210, Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy
The local quarterback may have less actual varsity experience then most quarterbacks at the camp, but he may also have the most upside. Colbert showed a good, consistent arm during most of the camp, with a good follow-thru and solid ball placement. He also looked like a natural on his drops and his feet are natural. More athletic than probably given credit for. Time will tell how his recruitment will work out with this being his only season as a starter, but he looks like a true D1-A prospect.
6-1/191, Norcross (Ga.) High
Perhaps the most physically impressive performer, Davis showed good speed and consistant hands for much of the day. Not a burner by any means, but strong and tough to press, he was consistently getting seperated from defensive backs during one-on-ones and has good overall ball skills. Has good feet and uses them to plant and turn, creating extra space down the field. Davis currently has an offer from Louisiana-Monroe but looked like he was a BCS level prospect on Sunday.
6-2/211, Millbrook (Ala.) Stanhope Elmore
Perhaps the top quarterback in attendence on Sunday. Favor has a good sound frame at slightly under 6-foot-3 and good body mass. Threw a nice, powerful ball for most of the day with accuracy and touch. Can throw the deep ball with solid velocity and placement. Favor feet always seems to be in the right place and he's athletic enough to move around the pocket with little effort. Does not appear to be someone to take off at the first sign of trouble either. Overall, Favor looked like a solid QB prospect on Sunday who should garner more scholarship offers soon.
6-3/190, Oneonta (Ala.) High
Smith was one of the few prospects who arrived at Vanderbilt with a Commodore offer already in hand and the targeted prospect didn't disappoint. Has good size and height, with a lower body that looks ready for college right now. Smith showed good feet and route running ability on Sunday and caught most passes thrown with little effort. You can tell he's a experienced pass catcher as the ball just seemed to glide into his hands. Smith looks like a definite impact level possession guy with the ability to be a big target in the red zone. Would do well in VU's offense.
6-0/165, Memphis (Tenn.) Ridgeway
Long legged Memphis prospect impressed with his speed and quickness on Sunday and when he concentrated on his man, showed sound ball skill. Picked off a couple of passes on the day and showed the ability to press off the line. Tucker did have a habit of grabbing during one-on-ones down the field and did seem to play the receivers hands than what he was doing, but in a group of corners that might not have been exceptionally deep, Tucker was one of the best. If he keeps working on his overall technique, Tucker should rise this fall.
5-10/165, Lilburn (Ga.) Parkview
Speedy cornerback prospect has been one of Georgia high school's top track athletes and that seemed to translate on the field on Sunday. Made a couple of solid plays on the ball and was surprisingly successful in press coverage. Vann is in a program at Parkview that has produced several high-level prospects in the past and while it's hard to tell right now if he will be another in the line, he should get considerable attention this fall from Division 1-A programs. Seems to have some good upside and a frame that could add some more size.
6-2/220, Milan (Tenn.) High
Williamson was one of the most physically impressive defenders at the camp, possessing a solid frame and good overall bulk. Might not have been a true 6-foot-2, but Williamson still showed good range and played big against tight ends and running backs during one-on-ones. He also seemed to know where to go during much of Coach Belin's position instruction. Williamson is one of the best linebackers in the state of Tennessee this year and should get BCS level opportunities as his recruitment goes on. Has solid upside.
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