May 6, 2012

Reeves-Maybin among IFM Camp standouts

NASHVILLE --- Nearly 200 high school football players converged onto the campus of Father Ryan High School in Nashville Sunday for the third-annual In Full Motion prospects camp, which saw a number of the Midstate's top prospects compete and Jalen Reeves-Maybin garner offensive MVP honors with a standout performance.

While Reeves-Maybin was the unquestioned star, he was not the only player turning heads. Dorian Banks was dynamic in the one-on-one position battles from his cornerback spot.

"I thought Reeves-Maybin � It's going to be hard for me to see another kid in the state better than him not named Jalen Ramsey. I'll be honest with you," said camp director Buck Fitzgerald, who has seen the event more than double in size since its inception. "He consistently just pointed to a position and dominated. Line up at receiver and dominate. Line up at corner and dominate. Didn't see him run the ball and didn't get to see him throw, but he would've played quarterback in seven-on-sevens if we hadn't run out of time because of the weather."

Severe lightning in the Nashville area and particularly in very close proximity to Father Ryan High School forced a lengthy delay in the event, which also drew a half-dozen or so participants from defending Class 6A state champion Maryville.

Once camp resumed, however, the players received instruction from a number of former college and professional players and began to amplify the intensity with the one-on-one battles. That's where Banks shined.

"Dorian Banks was pitching a shutout for a while," said Fitzgerald, a former cornerback. "Banks had a really good day. (Wideout) Andre McDonald, if he can get through juco, he's an SEC guy. No question. Charlie Baggett loved him, and he stands alone as far as wide receivers. He finally broke Banks' no-hitter.

"But I was blown away by what he did today in one-on-ones and testing. He performed at the VTO deal in Florida and they had him as one of the sleepers. He dominated receivers today."

Josh Malone, a 2014 wide receiver who owns a Tennessee offer, also flourished. Malone clocked a couple of 4.5 40-yard dashes and also was smoother on his routes. Rashaun Gaulden also continued his impressive ascent. The Brentwood Academy defensive back joins Malone and Emmanuel Smith as early frontrunners to be top-10 players within the state of Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class.

"I thought that Josh Malone looked really good, and he timed really well," Fitzgerald said. "He's come a long way, low 4.5, 4.50. With his size and he's working every day with Brent Alexander, who played 12 years in the league, at 5 a.m.

"And Gaulden looked really fast and really instinctive. I think he'll be a top-3, top-5 type player in the state next year."

Fitzgerald also outlined some others who shined:

"A big surprise was Maleek Hall. He passed the eye test, then he tested well but you don't expect him to perform that well. He was glue on the receivers. He was impressive.

"Darius Hooten, 2013 linemen who's 6-7, 6-8, feet are really good. He's now starting to get some upper-body strength. Dominated with linemen. He's starting to get a nasty streak. He's not there yet, but he's making strides and really improving. He has what you can't teach, size and nimble feet.

"Caleb McLamb dominated on the defensive line. He's probably the best young lineman I've ever seen at his age ever and that's including John Henderson. McLamb's coming back from a devastating knee injury a couple of years ago and really is looking good. He's a 2014 kid.

"Michael Sawyers, besides Corn Elder, is by far Ensworth's second-best player. He started as a freshman last year on the defensive line for an Ensworth team that won state. He looked really good. He's by far their best player outside of Elder. By far.

"Emmanuel Smith, he's probably the best-looking kid. He broke his foot last year but he's going to be one of the very best players in the state in 2014. If he dedicates himself to football and takes a step back from basketball, he's an SEC player for sure. No doubt about that.

"The best quarterback was Matt Williams from Blackmon High School. He put up 340 on Ensworth in the playoffs. He threw it real well and he's already 6-2, 190. Another 2014 kid. I wouldn't be surprised if he blew up and was a legit recruit. He could develop into an SEC-type guy but definitely will have a chance to be a mid-level Division I guy.

"The Myers kid from Maryville, the coaches who worked with quarterbacks all pointed him out to me. He was one of the top-three quarterbacks there today. He threw a really good ball. Those coaches, guys who played in the NFL, were impressed by him."

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