What We Learned from Day 1 of “Swag University”
Posted March 17, 2013 10:56 pm
Finestpreps.com hosted a nice camp to check out some top prospects for the Swag University 7-on-7 team located in Western Pennsylvania. After the first practice, filled with over 90 prospects, we’ve already learned a lot. Kids came out working hard and competing to try and earn on a spot on the team. Filled with cutthroat competitiveness, Swag University didn’t disappoint. These are our thoughts after day 1.
The one player that came and dazzled the most was a young buck. North Catholic’s own PJ Gilchrist-Fulmore showed that he is one of the most elite players in the state…. Oh and he’s only going to be a junior. PJ was lining up in the backfield and on the line at receiver; wherever he was on the field, he was not only unguardable, but he was untouchable. DB’s couldn’t get their hands on him to jam at the line. Showing sure-hands and quickness, look for Gilchrist-Fulmore to make a splash during camp season.
More individuals that impressed that have been getting a lot of college interest included Aliquippa’s Terry Swanson and Greensburgh Central Catholic’s Nate Stone. Stone came in looking like a train. He came in looking huge as a middle linebacker and showed that he has no problems in coverage. Swanson was a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball as he looks to be Swag’s ball-hawking safety.
Receivers that looked great for day 1 included Hampton’s Eddie Edwards and Central Catholic’s Cameron Sutherland. Both displayed great hands and were able to get open on some of the most athletic DB’s Western Pennsylvania has to offer. McKeesport’s Shawn Robinson displayed great athleticism and could be a playmaker for the Swag team.
The Gateway secondary, consisting of highly recruited athletes Montae Nicholson, Anthony Davis, and Delvon Randall, looks to be the top secondary in the nation, but a Gator cornerback who often gets overlooked is Roman Denson. Denson displayed the best jams we saw all day, as most receivers couldn’t get off the line when lined up against him. Denson showed that Gateway has great depth in their secondary and that it isn’t only the three stars that the paper writes about.
The Quarterback who turned most heads was Imani Christian’s young buck Erick Taylor. Taylor showed great arm strength for a freshman and looks to burst onto the scene this year. He reminds us a lot of current Akron signee Tom Woodson from Gateway. Erick Taylor is a name you’ll want to remember for a few years to come. Uprep’s Akil Young is graduating this year but this didn’t stop him from showing great accuracy in the pocket as he might be going to a junior college to get more looks.
Now, a lot of individuals showed out to represent their teams, but there was one team in particular that made plays all over the field. The Shady Side Academy trio consisting of Jarred Brevard, Dennis Briggs, and Tyrel Hill dominated competition on Saturday. Brevard showed great quickness in his cuts making most guys miss the simple two-handed tags that had the spectators wowed. Dennis Briggs came in looking all business as if he wanted to earn a scholarship that day, as he was one of the top defensive backs we had on the field. Tyrel Hill came out of nowhere and showed that his name should be brought up when talking about the best Western Pennsylvania athletes. Shady Side Academy seems to have athletes all over the field and looks to have a great football team this year.
Adrenaline was pumping this Saturday with talent all over the field. There were many more guys making plays throughout the day, but these were guys that definitely stood out and look to have a great camp season. We can’t wait until Swag University takes the field again, and when they do, you know Finestpreps.com will be here to keep you updated.