As top recruits were flocking to Williamsburg, Virginia last week, many spectators were awaiting the arrival of a select few of the nation’s biggest names on the recruiting trail. Some of these names were familiar, some were under the radar, and some were names of Hall of Famers.
Although there were over 1,000 athletes on hand, ranging from sixth to eleventh grade, some talents stuck out like a sore thumb, on and off the sizzling turf of the Warhill Sports Complex.
Under the careful tutelage of former NFL coaches and players, Football University’s Top Gun camp served as a stage for some of the nation’s biggest names, including a familiar one in Barry Sanders.
Sanders , a junior-to-be at Heritage Hall in Okalahoma City, began his quest on being known for his football skills rather than his hand-me-down name given to him by Barry Sr.
Last week, Sanders showed he is much more than just a Hall of Famer’s son.
Running in the range of a 4.4-forty, Sanders showed an incredible ability to change direction combined with devastating cutback skills. Standing at 5’11, 190 pounds, Sanders looks every bit of his father.
The junior running back currently has seven offers—including Tennessee, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma State, his father’s alma-mater, standing out the most.
Blocking for Sanders in 7-on-7’s was Donovan Smith , one of the top up-and-coming left tackle prospects in the country. Smith, ranked No. 238 overall in the country by Rivals, looked even better than expected.
He proved to be the best offensive line prospect at the camp by far, displaying raw athletic skills and quick feet that dominated defenders. In addition to being a special talent, Smith is also a special kid as he is extremely mature for his 17 years of age.
After a fantastic week, fully expect Smith’s stock to rise and offer list to expand quickly. Right now, the Maryland product’s best offer is Penn State, but expect a few other schools to jump in the mix. As of now, his recruitment is open and he has no intentions on committing anytime soon.
On the defensive line, both Ray Drew and Stephon Tuitt opened coaches’ and scout’s eyes as they dominated everyone, but Smith all week long.
Drew , the No. 15 overall prospect, looks physically like a college senior at 17 years-old. “Rev” Drew holds offers from almost all of the big name schools in the country, and for a good reason.
Drew possesses a rare combination of speed and strength. Coming off the edge, Drew may be the next big thing to hit college football come next fall. Whichever school is lucky enough to land this stud recruit will be getting an instant game changer and a player who will build a permanent home in opponent backfields.
As of now, Drew hasn’t cut down his list and is listening to what every program has to say. It is hard to predict where this phenom would end up, but don’t be surprised if he ends up at Miami or in-state Georgia. Notre Dame and Auburn may be the dark horses here. Drew will be taking all of his officials before deciding somewhere around (or even after) signing day.
Drew’s good friend, Tuitt , was easily the second-best defensive linemen at Top Gun. Standing at an imposing six feet, six inches, and weighing in at 260 pounds, Tuitt also brings rare speed and strength to the table.
Many see this Georgian making the transition to defensive tackle in college football, but he is best fitted at defensive end. His frame and skill-set suggest that he would be best fitted for the strong side.
After a dominating week, expect Tuitt’s stock to rise as well. Currently sitting as the No. 59 overall prospect on Rivals, don’t be surprised if Tuitt makes a push for five-star status over the course of the season.
Like Drew, Tuitt is also fielding calls from almost everyone in the country. However, a few standout for this elite prospect. Georgia Tech may be the assumed leader here, but don’t count out the Irish or Miami just yet. Tuitt will be taking his officials before making his end decision.
The future destinations of these four elite recruits may not be known quite yet, but the wherever that destination turns out to be, you can be sure that these names will be newsworthy around college football for the next four years.