BATON ROUGE, La. – There are prospect camps, there are so called ‘elite’ prospect camps and then there is the event that LSU is hosting on campus this week. ‘Prospect camp’ just doesn’t seem to do justice to the incredible array of talent that has been compiled on LSU’s campus.
Cameron Robinson goes to work against Isaiah Washington on Monday.
The group includes the top two players in the country, four of the nation’s top 15 recruits, five five-stars and six of the top 32 players in the Top247 rankings. I could go on. It is truly a who’s who event of the nation’s top prospects. Even better for LSU, they are all looking very comfortable with each other.
With that kind of talent on campus, some rare competition opportunities emerge and we got a chance to see some of the best emerge from the pack. Due to the volume of talent in attendance, a ranked list is near impossible so we’ve resorted to a tiered system of indentifying the day’s standouts.
Best of the best
Cameron Robinson, OT, West Monroe – Recently named as the top prospect in the country by 247Sports, Robinson lived up to that ranking on Monday. He’s as good as any offensive tackle prospect I’ve seen in the last seven years and if he lost a rep on Monday, I didn’t see it.
Tony Brown, CB, Beaumont Ozen – Brown showed up for the afternoon session on Monday and immediately stood out. He’s just different athletically than everyone else and he has unbelievable make up speed and closing ability. Les Miles even called him over the offensive side of the ball for a few reps where Brown easily got behind the defense on vertical routes.
Leonard Fournette, RB, St. Augustine – Fournette didn’t have his most consistent day as a pass-catcher but his ability to run routes as a big powerful, bruising back is amazing. When he does catch the ball and turn up field, his cuts and upfield burst is striking.
Malachi Dupre, WR, John Curtis – Dupre had an outstanding day on Monday even for his high standards. He caught the ball naturally and really pressured the defense as an up-field route-runner. He can high point the football extremely well but his ability to flash hands on timing routes in the middle of the field were much improved.
Speedy Noil, WR, Edna Karr – If there was a No. 2 performer after Robinson, Noil would be my pick. He’s just so explosive and he makes good defensive backs look slow. He was open all day in 7on7, whether it was just out-running the defense on the outside or just making himself accessible on underneath routes. Noil is simply an electric athlete.
Kevin Toliver, CB, Jacksonville Trinity Christian (Class of 2015)– An LSU commit, Toliver has that ideal, long cornerback frame that is only going to get more impressive as he matures. Battling against the top prospects in the class above him, Toliver didn’t flinch. Even on the rare occasions a Trey Quin or Malachi Dupre beat him in a rep, he never looked overmatched.
Gerald Willis, DE, Edna Karr – If anyone was going to challenge Robinson on the defensive line, Willis was the one. He has the frame that allows him to project as a defensive tackle to some but his athleticism off the edge was the best in attendance. Willis has an extremely explosive first step and his stock should continue to climb.
Elite in any setting
Will Clapp, OG, Brother Martin – An LSU commit, Clapp is competitive, physical and athletic. When he got beat, he battled back and put together some really strong follow-up reps. He plays with a flat back and good leverage in the run-block drills and really moves well athletically in pass blocking.
Brandon Harris, QB, Parkway – Harris was the most talented quarterback in attendance and at times during the day, he was really dealing. Harris has a live arm and can make some really elite throws while also possessing elite athleticism. It had to be encouraging for LSU to watch him get in a great rhythm with other potential targets like Dupre, Noil and Trey Quinn.
Trey Quinn, WR, Barbe – Quinn isn’t as flashy as Dupre or Noil but he was very productive in his own right. The four-star showed plenty of speed but also played physical and can finish a catch in traffic or with a defender draped on him.
Worth talking about
Jared Cornelius, WR, Evangel – Cornelius got better as the day progressed and by the end of camp on Monday, he had emerged into one of the most productive wideouts because of his crisp route-running and sure hands.
Garrald McDowell, DE, Covington – McDowell had the misfortune of being matched up against Robinson most of the day and he struggled along with everyone else trying to win that battle but any time another offensive lineman was in front of him, he was dominant with his quickness and powerful burst.
Arthur McGinnis, LB, Warren Easton (Class of 2015) – A big-bodied linebacker, McGinnis stands out on the hoof but he also displayed surprising athleticism, particularly in coverage.
T.D. Moton, DT, Calvary Baptist (Class of 2015) – Moton played all over the defensive line on Monday and was particularly effective on the inside going to work on guards and impressing LSU coaches.
Santos Ramirez, CB, Evangel – Listed as a safety, Ramirez projects better to a big cornerback and though he wasn’t up to the task with the five-star types like Noil and Dupre, he was impressive handling just about everyone else.
Isaiah Washington, DE, Edna Karr (Class of 2015) – A high upside defender, Washington has a body that makes him stand out but he really showed some good athleticism coming off the edge as well and he has the look of a prospect that will become highly recruited.
Donovan Wilson, CB, Woodlawn – Wilson was another safety that has the athleticism to be a great cornerback. His length is outstanding and he is very physical at the line of scrimmage. Though he’s raw, Wilson has an opportunity to be really special as he gets coached up.