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Top ESPFC Performers: Class of 2019

By Barry Every
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The top performers from the Class of 2019 at this year's ESPFC, as seen by Southern Pigskin Recruiting Analyst Barry Every.

This past Sunday Explosive Sports Training, ESPNCoastal and hosted their annual football camp at Chris Gilman Stadium on the campus of Camden County High School. Nearly 75 local prep players from the Coastal and First Coast Region were on hand to show off their football acumen.

Each participant took part in the 40-yard dash, agility drills, individual position work and one-on-ones. The skilled position players also finished the camp with a spirited round of three-on-fours.

Players were evaluated based on size, growth potential, athleticism and performance; awards were not taken into consideration. Making this list does not ensure success after high school, as does not making the list guarantee that one’s football career is over upon high school graduation.

When college coaches evaluate young athletes several factors are taken into consideration. Obviously their overall athleticism and size are two critical criteria. But just as important is a prospective recruits game film, character and of course academic prowess.

No matter how good someone may be at the game of football, a bad character reference or the inability to reach NCAA academic standards can gravely deter ones potential to be recruited.

Below are the top rising senior performers for the class of 2019 as seen by Recruiting Analyst, Barry Every. Players are listed in alphabetical order by last name.

Antwuan Alexander, S, Yulee (Fla.) 6-0/195, 4.7-40

Alexander stood out early in the camp as one of the defensive backs that had the ideal length to project as an FCS/FBS level safety. He demonstrated quick feet and the ability to get out of his backpedal quickly. Those skills carried over into the one-on-ones where Alexander proved to be a magician, flashing his slight-of-hand on errant passes. His size bodes very well versus the opposing run game. Alexander could work on improving his top end speed, that being said he looks the part of a ball-hawking defensive intimidator who takes good angles and showed excellent instincts.

Logan Berryhill, WR, Camden County (Ga.) 6-3/181, 4.59-40

No receiver in the camp looked as statuesque as this young man. Berryhill is very long limbed and has the height to be a nightmare matchup for smaller defensive backs. Just as impressive was his top end speed, as Berryhill ran one of the top 40-times of the day. Combine his size, speed and ball skills and you have a potential wideout that could be a difference maker at the next level. Berryhill had one of the most impressive catches of the day during three-on-four. He skied over the top of a defensive back and somehow contorted his body in a way to make a play on an underthrown ball. If he continues to improve his route running and can consistently make acrobatic receptions his stock will surely take off soon.

KeAndre Cain, S, Tattnall County (Ga.) 6-0/181, 4.53-40

The camp was blessed with safeties that not only passed the eyeball test, but could really ride out. Cain looked very smooth during agilities, though he could work a tad on his lateral quickness. His frame will easily allow him to play at around 200-pounds at the next level. And that closing speed is something that should attract the attention of college recruiters. Though he plays free safety in high school, Cain may be best suited as a strong safety because he is simply not afraid to mix it up. Contact guys are just so hard to find. 

Jalen Davis, LB, Camden County (Ga.) 5-10.5/192, 4.65-40

Davis was actually the leading rusher for the Wildcats this past season. Low and behold where to a find him working out at – linebacker. He was by far the most agile, explosive and quickest backer during agility drills. Davis is very flexible in the hips and knees and can change directions on a dime. Right now he doesn’t have the ideal size for that position, but he could easily project as that in-the-box safety with ball skills. With most colleges running the spread attack, smaller linebackers that can cover and possess ball skills have a place on the field. College coaches should take note of his quick twitch muscle fiber and overall body structure.

Kaleb Dawson, Ath, Camden County (Ga.) 5-11/177, 4.7-40

Dawson was the other rising senior running back from Camden County that had a strong day. He has very good length and a frame that can easily hold another 20 pounds of muscle mass. But it wasn’t his running back skillset that caught my eye, but his ability to attack the ball with his hands. Dawson does need to work on lengthening his stride, but what allowed him to create separation were his ultra-quick feet. He made several catches in tight coverage. This is possible because he finds the ball quickly and has very good body control. Dawson could project as a slot receiver or all-purpose back at the next level.

Trace Dorminy, TE, Frederica Academy (Ga.) 6-4.5/215, 4.92-40

Dorminy worked out at quarterback and tight end throughout the camp, running between the two positions all day. But the position he excelled at on this day was as a huge pass receiving target. Dorminy has incredible lower body structure and should eventually project as an every-down tight end. His frame will easily hold another 35 to 40 pounds of muscle mass. Combine size with soft hands and you get a sheer mismatch for linebackers and safeties. His length and athleticism could also attract college coaches searching for potential strong side defensive ends. It is possible he’ll get looks at quarterback, but my money is at either defensive end or tight end, especially if he wants to play college ball at the highest possible level. Let’s face it there are more tight ends on a roster than quarterbacks. Tight ends are used on all special teams units, as athletic blockers and of course play a huge role in the passing game. Dorminy currently has an offer from Army, and more should be on the horizon because he body type is rare.

Deon Durden, WR, Tattnall County (Ga.) 6-2/171, 4.62-40

Berryhill was not the lone skyscraping vertical threat at the camp that had an impressive performance. Durden does a standout job of attacking the ball away from his body. Even in drills you could see his eye contact never leave the ball, as he snatched it out of the air and brought it in to the body. His route running has surely improved since last season’s ESPFC Camp. Durden does a good job of selling his routes and tight-roping the sidelines. His deceptive long striders speed makes him a serious deep ball threat. One area he does need to improve upon is adding more muscle mass which will help when blocking and in jump ball situations.

Jordan Richo, LB, Yulee (Fla.) 6-2/193, 4.7-40

Not only did he take home LB MVP honors, his performance was so dominate I couldn’t wait to get home and watch his junior film. Well, there is no doubt about him being a downhill striker. But, what stood out about his performance at the camp? For starters he clearly passes the eyeball test when looking at length and growth potential. Though he needs to work on playing lower at point of attack, Richo simply rockets out of his drops in full tilt mode. No linebacker reacted quicker to the ball, as his instincts were above and beyond almost any linebacker and defensive back in the camp. His athleticism and awareness allowed him to make more plays than anyone else.  Richo currently has an offer from Minnesota.

Daveon Sanders, Ath, Lee County (Ga.) 5-8/168, 4.75-40

The transfer from Albany (Ga.) Westover had a strong day during one-on-ones, so much that he may best project as a shifty slot receiver. Sanders possesses extremely quick feet and can cut like a knife through butter. He then does a great job of finding the ball and attacking it with his hands. For a running back he has impressive body control. Right now he is a space guy that needs to work on lengthening his stride; he is much quicker than he his fast. The athletic ability is there he just needs to harness it. He should be a welcomed addition to Coach Dean Fabrizio no-huddle offensive attack  this fall.

David Vann, OL, Wayne County (Ga.) 6-3/274, 5.2-40

Nastiness, athleticism and experience is what set Vann apart from the younger, yet talented offensive lineman. Vann proved to be a natural hip and knee bender with the quickness to get to the second level. While his counterparts attacked during pass protection, Vann waited patiently in his chair for pass rushers. He used good hand placement and quick feet to keep his opponents from getting to the quarterback. He is nimble enough to counter pass rushing moves while still being able to deliver spirited jabs to their underbelly. Vann most likely projects as an athletic guard or a possible center at the next level. His strong showing earned him the distinction of being named OL MVP versus very stiff competition.