E7TC Small Skill Camp: A Few Defensive Standouts to Track

BCP, January 17, 2019- Even with the 8th E7 skills camp behind us, the push to put out content on our athletes will remain; highlighting their successes and telling their stories. Here’s another three of the plentiful that made their mark on Sunday and a little insight on one featured athlete in particular I got a chance to speak with.

“Overall it was a great experience- I learned a couple new techniques that I carried out through the camp. The camp is beneficial to athletes around because it gives them the opportunity to work on their craft individually and my favorite part is competing in the one on ones. BCP is always one of the very first camps, and it gets you ready for other camps and spring football.”

Young ins’ got to eat too! – Jesuit’s polished upcoming junior, DB Jordan Young never let up on a single drill, showcasing his tenacious grind and lightning quick feet. He never underestimated his completion and proved to handle a variety of routes thrown at him; demonstrating his fluent multi-coverage skill-set.

“I’m just ready to get back on the field with my brothers, ball out, keep God first, have fun, and focus on the number one goal- making it to states.”
Listed at a whopping 6’185 pounds, the soon-to-be junior registered 7 pass break-ups, 35 total tackles, 25 solo, 1 TFL, an interception and a fumble recovery in his sophomore campaign; adding true value to Jesuit’s deep Class 5A State Semifinal playoff run.

“At the age of 5-10, I was a child rapper… so I love music and also like to play video games. I used to volunteer in the children’s ministry at grace family church, but now I attend my grandma’s church called prayer station outreach ministries. I also like to go to places like the movies and paint balling with my close friends and childhood teammates.”

Bow down to Bowers – A George Jenkins High product, 5’8” 156-pound first-year CB, Nasir Bowers sets the tone on the outer defensive edge for Jenkins and made his name known this BCP signature event. Nasir looked the part, attacking a wide range of contenders with his low center of gravity and cat-like reflexes. His acute vision and sharp instincts aided the Eagles’ 7-3 winning season, showing huge upside for three more varsity-starting years to come as the golden ticket to Jenkins’ future defensive successes.

With no MaxPreps stats posted, we turn to his Freshie film that displays 4 INT’s, one being a 30-yard pick-six, defending against multiple passes and drive-defining tackles, a blocked punt returned 10 yards for TD, a 75-yard kickoff return for a TD, collecting some big-time KOR yardage as a nifty return specialist. All this in his varsity debut- I repeat AS A FRESHMAN!

Stemming from the Shadows – Plant City’s own, 5’10” 170-pound rising senior DB Shermonte Hargrove did his thang this past weekend, placing himself at the forefront to any challenge that presents itself. He was locked-in, playing every ball well, regardless of the outcome, didn’t bite easy and tracked the receivers like white on rice.

According to MaxPreps, Hargrove recorded 9 total tackles, 5 solo and 45 rushing yards on 16 touches in a short span of games. Yet, just from watching him, his on-field contributions exceed anything the stat-line portrays and as the class ahead of him departs, I believe, as the next man up, he will carry out a considerably larger workload in both backfields for the orange and white.

Vaughan Sixbury, BCP Contributor