Memphis NFTC All-Camp Team
Over 270 top prospects from Tennessee and beyond gathered Sunday, April 14 in Memphis for the seventh stop of the 2013 Nike Football Training Camp tour. Here is a look at the 25 standout performers that make up the Memphis All-NFTC team including Minnesota center J.C. Hassenauer (pictured, middle).
Note: Selections are based upon camp performance as evaluated by the NFTC staff as well as past and projected on-field performance. Athletes are in the Class of 2014 unless otherwise noted.
QB: Joseph Willis, 6-4, 222, Madison Central (Madison, Miss.)
Results: 5.04 40, 4.90 SH, 31’ PB, 26.3” VJ, 56.07 SPARQ
Breakdown: Willis is a new name to track on the QB carousel nationally after an eye-opening performance Sunday, which had one QB coach at the camp comparing his breakout to that of eventual Elite 11 MVP Asiantii Woulard’s last spring at the Orlando event. We’re not sure Willis will end up at the finals just yet but the big, strong-armed passer was head and shoulders above the rest Sunday and certainly deserves a thorough evaluation by schools in the Southeast.
RB: Malik Dear (’15), 5-9 ½, 201, Murrah (Jackson, Miss.)
Results: 4.45 40, 4.28 SH, 36’ PB, 34.9” VJ, 110.67 SPARQ
Breakdown: The Mississippi 6A Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore last fall after scoring 32 times and accounting for over 2,200 yards rushing and receiving, Dear entered Sunday with a rep and certainly lived up to it. He dominated in testing despite a sore ankle, clocking the event’s third-best SPARQ rating and third-fastest 40-yard dash and then had an excellent camp, flashing his natural pass-catching skills out of the backfield and holding up well in pass-pro. Hard to think that there will be a more heavily pursued playing in the Magnolia State for the Class of ’15, as Dear already holds offers from Alabama and Texas to name a few.
RB: Triston Luke (’15), 5-7, 175, Fort Campbell (Kent.)
Results: 4.67 40, 4.09 SH, 36.5’ PB, 36.6” VJ, 106.32 SPARQ
Breakdown: No one player earned more oohs and ahhs from the spectators on Sunday than this emerging rising junior from the Bluegrass State. Luke was simply spectacular in the open field and had linebackers on skates trying to corral him in the pursuit drills. Has a good deal of muscle packed onto his 5-7 frame and was ultra-productive on the field last year as well, rushing for 1,935 yards and 30 touchdowns. Named RB MVP post-camp.
WR: Josh Malone, 6-2, 189, Station Camp (Gallatin, Tenn.)
Results: 4.52 40, 4.38 SH, 37’ PB
Breakdown: Highly regarded before the event, Malone backed it up Sunday, standing head and shoulders above the rest of the pass-catchers in attendance while earning WR MVP honors and an invite to The Opening. Has sneaky speed but biggest strengths are route-running ability and his transitions in and out of his breaks, which are superb for a taller wideout. Had a drop or two but also had a few spectacular grabs. Tennessee, FSU and Notre Dame are in the top group for this prize receiver.
WR Cornelius Sturghill, 5-10 ½, 167, Melrose (Memphis, Tenn.)
Results: 4.67 40, 4.40 SH, 33’ PB, 30.9” VJ, 78.66
Breakdown: Whereas Malone dominated with his size/speed/route-running, Sturghill stood out as the flashy, quick “waterbug” of the event. Was very good after the catch and made some grabs in traffic that one normally doesn’t expect the sub 6-foot receiver to come down with. Is coming off of a big junior year in which he caught 31 balls for 680 yards and six scores while intercepting four passes. UCLA, Mississippi State, Vandy and others have offered.
TE: Sammie Epps, 6-2 ½, 211, Pillow Academy (Greenwood, Miss.)
Results: 4.75 40, 4.41 SH, 40’ PB, 32.5” VJ, 99.93 SPARQ
Breakdown: Epps had to leave the camp before its completion due to a knee bruise but before his exit he certainly gave observers a glimpse of the upside he possesses for the next level. Epps worked primarily at wideout but figures to grow into a tight end in college and that’s what he’s planning on playing when he gets to Ole Miss. He projects very well at that position with his big frame and excellent athletic ability. Still will fight the ball every once and awhile but is a hard-working and very coachable kid. Caught 33 passes for 401 yards and three scores as a junior.
OL: J.C. Hassenauer, 6-1 ½, 290, East Ridge (Woodbury, Minn.)
Results: 5.40 40, 4.37 SH, 34.5′ PB, 29.1″ VJ, 90.39 SPARQ
Breakdown: In a year full of good centers on the NFTC tour, Hassenauer might have been the brightest star, matching up against some of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country and coming out on top. Hassenauer is as technically sound as you’ll see at the high school level, playing with great knee bend and a solid wide base. After battling against the like of Josh Frazier and Bijhon Jackson, Hassenauer was named OL MVP of the Memphis NFTC.
OL: Curtis Parker, 6-1, 275, North Little Rock (Ark.)
Results: Did Not Test
Breakdown: Parker, who holds the all-time power ball toss record at 53 feet, improved on his showing in Dallas a week earlier, with an all-camp type campaign in Memphis. He’s technically raw, but Parker battles and is exceptionally quick out of his stance. As he learns to be patient and utilize his hands rather than his head while blocking, Parker will develop into a nice center prospect.
OL: Kevin Pendleton, 6-4, 328, West (Lee’s Summit, Mo.)
Results: 6.10 40, 4.87 Shuttle, 35.5′ PB, 19.2″ VJ, 64.86 SPARQ
Breakdown: This Missouri and Memphis offeree was one of the few guys who consistently hung in there with the talented DL group. He had some trouble with speed rushers coming off the edge, but once he gets his hands locked on you, it is game over. As shown by his 4.87 shuttle, Pendleton possesses good lateral quickness despite his size, and that should only improve after a college strength coach has some time to remold his body.
OL: Drew Richmond (‘15), 6-5 ½, 305, University School (Memphis, Tenn.)
Results: 5.55 40, 5.33 Shuttle, 35.0′ PB, 23.3″ VJ, 64.26 SPARQ
Breakdown: There’s a reason Richmond already has offers from around the country. He’s as physically gifted as any linemen regardless of class, and is a true competitor, jumping up for every rep he could get. Richmond had a rough go of it at the start of one-on-ones, jumping out to defensive ends, rather than setting back vertically, but he improved with every rep, and should be one of the top prospects in the class of 2015 regardless of position.
OL: Rod Taylor, 6–2 ½, 307, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
Results: 5.25 40, 4.81 SH, 35.0′ PB, 25.3″ VJ, 82.83 SPARQ
Breakdown: The No. 9 overall offensive lineman in the ESPN150 worked at tackle, but where he really shined is once he moved into guard for a few reps. He doesn’t quite have the ideal length or frame for a tackle, but he was simply unbeatable when moved to guard. He’s got exceptionally quick feet and is a mauler. Look for Taylor to slot into some lucky team’s offensive line early in his career.
ATH: Devin Voorhies, 6-1, 199, Wilkinson County (Woodville, Miss.)
Results: 4.47 SH, 37’ PB
Breakdown: Many have this LSU commit pegged as a safety in college and he may still ultimately end up there but Voorhies worked out at WR on Sunday and more then held his own. Not a 4.3 or 4.4 guy in terms of speed but Voorhies can cover some ground and created separation with ease by utilizing his big frame at the top of his routes. Is a natural pass-catcher with strong hands. Played mostly quarterback as a junior, passing for 1,530 yards and eight scores while rushing for another 700 and 16 touchdowns.
DL: Derek Barnett, 6–2 ½, 269, Brentwood Academy (Brentwood, Tenn.)
Results: 5.07 40, 4.53 SH, 38.5′ PB, 28.3″ VJ, 89.91 SPARQ
Breakdown: Barnett, who was Tennessee’s Mr. Football as a junior, made big fans of the NFTC DL Coaches. He took what was taught all day and implemented in very effectively in drills. He’s not an unbelievably explosive athlete, but he is exceptionally smooth and plays with great pad level off the edge. He was able to keep tackles’ hands off of him and bend the corner throughout the camp. Also a talented tight end, Barnett will have to pick both a college and a position as he moves onto the next level.
DL: Josh Frazier, 6–4, 332, Har-Ber (Springdale, Ark.)
Results: 5.00 Shuttle, 38.0′ PB, 26.8″ VJ
Breakdown: Frazier has just about as much upside as any player we’ve seen this year. At 6-4 and 332 pounds, Frazier jumped nearly 27 inches off the ground, hinting at the explosiveness he possesses. Frazier is very raw however, and is purely a bull-rusher at this point. That should be enough to make him a good college player, but with the right coaching, the Arkansas native could be very special.
DL: Davon Godchaux, 6-3 ½, 271, Plaquemine (La.)
Results: Did Not Test
Breakdown: The Plaquemine product made his way up to Memphis for the NFTC and did not disappoint. Godchaux has a college-ready physique, and does not look the 271 pounds he measured in at. He does play as both a defensive tackle and defensive end for his high school squad, but should end up as a 3-4 defensive end in college. It doesn’t show up on his tape, but Godchaux showed a nice arsenal of pass rush moves and kept tackles off balance all-day.
DL: Garrald McDowell, 6–1, 254, Covington (La.)
Results: 5.06 40, 4.69 SH
Breakdown: McDowell was the talk of the talented DL group. While most defensive linemen are just trying to string together pass rush moves, McDowell is already at the stage where he’s setting up offensive linemen. He went unbeaten in one-on-ones, working both outside at defensive end and inside at a 3-technique, and is an interesting prospect to project to the next level. He’s got the frame to bulk up and play inside as a defensive tackle but also has enough quickness to play as a standup linebacker at the line of scrimmage. After his standout performance, McDowell received an invite to The Opening.
DL: Breeland Speaks, 6–3, 281, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
Results: 5.21 40, 4.66 SH, 38.0′ PB, 28.4″ VJ, 87.33 SPARQ
Breakdown: Hard to imagine a 280 pound high school linebacker, but Speaks fills that role for his Callaway squad. This growing prospect, however, will slot in as a 3-tecnique at the college level. Speaks was a bit under-the-radar due to his lack of tape in the trenches, but he did enough to surpass some bigger names and was named DL MVP of the Memphis NFTC. His two in-state programs, Mississippi State and Ole Miss have offered, but that should be just the beginning for this big-time athlete.
LB: Genard Avery, 6-0 ½, 242, Grenada (Miss.)
Results: 4.73 40, 4.53 SH, 36.0’ PB, 32.1” VJ, 94.71 SPARQ
Breakdown: A man-child physically, reminds NFTC coaches of the physical maturity of FSU signee Jeff Luc from a few years back. His hands when engaging TEs and redirecting routes is freakish – he launches people. Closing speed when he finds the ball was scary to watch too – can only imagine what he does with the pads on. Healthy mean streak to him, the big guys up front will respect that about him. With better body control, he could be at that top tier. Had 111 tackles and six sacks as a junior to earn 6A all-state honors.
LB: Alvin Moore, 6-0, 188, Bassfield (Miss.)
Results: 4.38 40, 4.06 SH, 33.5’ PB, 34.9” VJ, 115.14 SPARQ
Breakdown: Moore is 4.3 on the timer and “4.whatever it takes” on the field, making a ton of plays on Sunday. He brings a level of control and smoothness with all that explosiveness that will bring his future D Coordinator a lot of confidence – you can keep him out there in multiple scenarios. He will create favorable matchups on Special Teams and will rally those around him to play beyond their previous limits. Was an all-area player for state champion Bassfield as a junior, totaling 103 tackles and four sacks. Southern Miss has offered.
LB: Petera Wilson, 6-2, 216, White Station (Memphis, Tenn.)
Results: 4.92 40, 35’ PB, 37.1” VJ
Breakdown: Wilson has the look and feel of a long, lean running back, but his attitude is pure defense. For a teenager, Wilson is full of good internal dialogue – it rubs off on the players around him. His ability to change gears is top shelf and he has plenty of room to put on quality muscle. Earned LB MVP honors on Sunday as well as an invite to The Opening. Was a Class 6A all-state pick as a junior and has Alabama, Florida, FSU, Georgia and LSU.
DB: Terrence Alexander, 5-9 ½, 177, John Curtis (River Ridge, La.)
Results: 4.45 40, 4.23 SH, 34’ PB, 35.8” VJ, 105.54 SPARQ
Breakdown: Few DBs tested as well as this John Curtis standout and Alexander then showed his technical acumen as well in drills, displaying great footwork and patience in his backpedal. Very coachable and competitive player who took a ton of reps. Not the biggest but always seemed to be in the right position to make a play on the football. Had 38 tackles and four interceptions as a junior.
DB: C.J. Hampton, 6-0 ½, 192, Meridian (Miss.)
Results: 4.48 40, 4.53 SH, 36’ PB, 33.5” VJ, 95.85 SPARQ
Breakdown: Coaches loved Hampton’s attitude and approach from the jump at camp as he competed hard and soaked up every bit of coaching. During half-skelly period he showed great hips and ball skills breaking on the ball and covering ground. Ran very well for a safety as well. Named DB MVP and invited to The Opening at camp’s end. Committed to Ole Miss and was a Class 6A all-state selection as a junior last fall.
DB: Mattrell McGraw, 5-10, 174, John Curtis (River Ridge, La.)
Results: Did not test
Breakdown: Doesn’t have prototypical size for a safety but was excellent in coverage all day and changes gears very well. Coaches loved the way he used his hands and feet when in press to maintain leverage; could also slide inside and play nickel in college potentially. Has been on fire recruiting-wise lately adding several big offers. Totaled 65 tackles and four interceptions as a junior.
DB: Emmanuel Smith, 6-2, 200, Oakland (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)
Results: 4.70 40, 4.41 SH, 36.5’ PB, 32.6” VJ, 92.19 SPARQ
Breakdown: This rangy, athletic safety oozes with upside. Has a tremendous frame and stood out physically (looks like the type that will grow into a Will LB) amongst the rest of a very good group of d-backs. Showed surprisingly strong cover skills in 1on1s. Very versatile as he had 77 tackles and a pick while also rushing for 777 yards and passing for 628 yards as a junior. Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Louisville, Oregon State and others have offered.
DB: Ronald Walker, no HT/WT, Callaway (Jackson, Miss.)
Results: 4.67 40, 4.43 SH, 33’ PB, 34.7” VJ
Breakdown: No question that Walker is raw, but when you look at him he has the body, size and has the ability to be a big-time safety on the next level. He showed that he could get off the hash and break on ball making several plays during half-skelly. Turns his hips well during individual position specific. howed great leaping ability during ball drills and half skelly period. Committed to Ole Miss.