OXFORD, Miss. – On a blistering hot day in Northern Mississippi, the campus of Ole Miss saw some elite prospects take part in one of its top camps of the summer and 247Sports was on hand to take in the action.
Trey Bledsoe followed up his commitment with a strong performance.
Below we take a look at the top ten performances of the day.
1. Jonathan Cook, CB, Spanish Fort, AL – Though there was no clear runaway choice as the top performer on Friday, Cook could make as strong of a case as anyone. The defensive back is and effortless glider in his backpedal and shows natural hips with the ability to turn and run with ease. Athletically, Cook jumped out from the second he stepped on the field.
2. Duke Riley, LB, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis – One of the linebackers that is very high on the Ole Miss radar, Riley lived up to his billing. He showed tremendous ability to get in the hip pocket of tight ends and running backs vertically and he also showed the ball skills to make plays on the football while maintaining proper relationship with his receiver. An instinctual player in pads, Riley showed plus athleticism as well.
3. Nate Andrews, WR, Fairhope, Ala. – Though Andrews is undersized as a receiver, he doesn’t play small. He gets up field with strength, and he is a smooth route-runner. Once off the line, he really accelerates vertically well and then he plays big with the ball in the air. Andrews is another receiver whose athleticism jumped out off the field early on in his performance.
4. Charles Standberry, WR, Montgomery (Ala.) Carver (class of 2014)– Though he’s an underclassman, Standberry was the best route-runner in attendance. Though he’s a bigger prospect, Standberry shows fantastic feet and stops and starts with awesome precision. Though he did have a few drops on some tough balls, Standberry doesn’t fight the football and doesn’t look like ball skills are any kind of an issue.
5. Deangelo Yancey, WR, Atlanta (Ga.) Mays – Yancey had an outstanding day. Not only did he run solid routes but he displayed the skills to make every kind of catch. For Yancey, a big target with better-than-average athleticism, much of his success came from his ability to use his long reach and active
hands at the line of scrimmage to get off the line well against press. He gets in and out of his breaks well, often showing nice explosiveness and solid one-cut ability.
6. Khalid Cannon, OL, Gadsden (Ala.) Gadsden City – There weren’t a lot of prospects that really stood out on the offensive line but Cannon had some very impressive reps. Cannon doesn’t carry a lot of mass but he has a frame that can add more. His feet and reactionary ability was the best in camp and as he gets stronger he could become dominant. Even more impressive is that Cannon could see a future at any spot on the offensive line of scrimmage.
7. Trey Bledsoe, WR, Grenada, Miss. – Bledsoe committed to Ole Miss as an under-the-radar type of prospect but he has started to emerge as a player that could be a steal. On Friday, Bledsoe worked out at wide receiver and he displayed really good size and the ability to make some tough plays on the ball in the air. He is still extremely raw as a route-runner but he could be a couple of years away from being an SEC difference maker.
8. Jeremy Johnson, QB, Montgomery (Ala.) Carver – Johnson, an Auburn commit, showed off what makes him special on Friday and that is a unique arm. He throws a beautiful deep ball and he has the feet and in-pocket athleticism to do some very good things on the next level. Some call Johnson “raw”. That doesn’t really tell the story. He’s got a crisp deliver, good feet and a huge arm. The high ceiling is definitely there.
9. Rashard Fant, CB, Fairburn (Ga.) Our Lady of Mercy – Listed at 5-10, that may be generous for Fant. The defensive back is certainly undersized but he still was one of the toughest matchups for wide receivers on Friday. He’s a feisty defender that accelerates out of his t-step really well and closes on the football quickly. He may be a nickel type defender on the next level and one that has some big play potential.
10. Demetrius Monday, CB, Fairburn (Ga.) Artlington Christian – The Cincinnati commit had mixed results Friday. The good news? He finished much better than he started. Early on, Monday seemed to lack just a little focus. But later in camp, his physicality came into play and he appeared to be much more locked in. The result: he excelled in press coverage, and showed strong instincts to become a disruptive force outside. He took one interception to the house after a great break on the ball, and broke up a handful of other passes.
National analyst Keith Niebuhr contributed to this report.