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Padgett Ready to Make a Name for Himself

By Matt Osborne
SouthernPigskin.com
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After starting as a freshman for Wayne County, 2017 offensive line prospect Cameron Padgett is primed to make a name for himself on the recruiting trail.

Though not traditionally known as a football power, Wayne County High School in Jesup, Georgia, enjoyed one of the best seasons in program history in 2013, winning 12 games while reaching the semifinals of the Georgia High School State Playoffs.

The catalyst for the Yellow Jackets’ exceptional was a trio of Division I-bound athletes: QB Malique Jackson (Florida State), WR Krenwick Sanders (Wisconsin) and DL Jeremy Patterson (Wisconsin).

With all three of last season’s most dynamic playmakers all moving on to BCS conference teams, Wayne County will now rely heavily upon a young crop of players to keep the program’s trajectory headed in the right direction.

One of the youngest players to whom the Yellow Jackets will turn for production and leadership in the future is 2017 offensive lineman Cameron Padgett.

Despite playing a position which usually does not lend itself to freshmen making immediate impacts, Padgett was able to earn his way into the starting lineup at center thanks to his advanced footwork and technique in the trenches.

It also doesn’t hurt Padgett that he, at six-foot-one, 292 pounds, already bench presses 300 pounds, hang cleans 315 pounds and squats 405 pounds.

Of course, playing elite football runs in Padgett’s family. His older brother, Jordan, recently accepted a scholarship to continue his playing career at the collegiate level.

The younger Padgett brother also has his older brother to thank for his emergence as a starter on varsity as a true freshman.

“I started out the year on JV, but then my brother got hurt and they brought me up to start in his place,” Padgett commented. “Once he got healthy again, they switched his position so that we could both be starters.”

With his brother standing at six-foot-five, Cameron is confident that he will ultimately add a few inches to his frame. When combined with is already advanced technique and exceptional, such a proposition makes Padgett an intriguing prospect to college coaches.

Padgett recently had a chance to display his talents at the first Explosive Southern Pigskin Camp in Savannah, Georgia. Despite playing against many players who were older in age, Padgett was recognized by his positional coach – for Georgia and NFL offensive tackle Bernard Williams, as one of the top three linemen in attendance.

“I think the camp went pretty good,” Padgett said shortly following the award ceremony. “I’ve definitely learned some new things about playing offensive line. I have really good coaches for my high school team, but none of them ever made it to the league, so it was awesome learning from Coach Williams.”

As he continues to grow and mature physically, Padgett will likely develop into an offensive line prospect whom college coaches will contact with great regularity.

If he continues to stay the course, as it appears he is committed to doing, we will be hearing quite a bit about Cameron Padgett over the next three years.

Matt Osborne - Matt Osborne currently serves as the director of recruiting and lead editor for Southern Pigskin. His work has been published in a number of national publications, including USA Today. Although he loves all levels of football, Matt's number one joy in his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattOsborne200. For media requests, please email Matt at matt@southernpigskin.com.