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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Camp Pride 2017 Defensiveback Report: Top Performers & Overview

Defensiveback is sometimes the most crowded group in any camp setting, as CB's and S's look to lock down and tune up their skills vs. receivers.  Camp Pride was no exception as the camp's overall defensive MVP was a Safety, Reggie Pearson.  Hot on Pearson's trail for the top honor was a contingent of talented defensivebacks that we'll review.

Coaches MVP and Top 12 Overviews
Overall Top Performers by position
Periscope live footage
Facebook Album, Backdrop Pictures
Facebook Album, Live Pictures

River Rouge 2018 SS Reggie Pearson was the most dialed-in attendee at Camp Pride as he traveled along with a bus of teammates from River Rouge.  Pearson brought home the honor of overall defensive MVP with a strong and lasting performance that left no doubt Pearson is one of the top Safety prospects anywhere.  The Wisconsin commit in 1 on 1's barely allowed anything all day with numerous interceptions and pass breakups.  We had Pearson as our #5 2018 prospect and his performance begged the question, if it wasn't such a crowded field, should Pearson have been moved up higher?

Cass Tech 2018 CB/WR Kalon Gervin our #1 prospect in the entire Class of 2018, looked the part.  Gervin had a fine camp performance that was a full display of how good Gervin is.  Gervin matches up physically above any receiver, so his press coverage / jam is phenomenal and field IQ / coverage is every bit the way an elite CB should be.  Gervin wasn't perfect in 1 on 1's, but it didn't really matter as he still made a ton of great plays that other CB's simply cannot at this point.  Gervin currently holds 31 offers, we were not even out of Brighton (Legacy Center in Brighton was host of Camp Pride) on the day of the camp before we got a message from Gervin saying that Purdue just offered him.

Cass Tech 2019 CB Xavier Goldsmith has a physical presence and drive well beyond anyone his age and older as Goldsmith isn't afraid to go up against quicker, bigger, or stronger receivers and maintains a physical and aggressive coverage style on each.  Goldsmith holds 9 offers and with the passion and overall fluidity he displays, it's apparent why 9 schools have offered already despite being young and inexperienced on Varsity.

River Rouge 2019 DB Corry Thomas is an aggressive and physical DB who clawed his way as a Sophomore to start on a stacked River Rouge defense.  Thomas has great ball skills at a young age and when we say he has speed to burn we're not exaggerating.  Thomas can move very well.  During the previous summer, Thomas picked up his first 3 offers.

Detroit King 2018 Slot/DB Jaeveyon Morton is a spectacular athlete and left no doubt about that during the year and Camp Pride.  Morton is just so fast, elusive, and strong that few players are able to keep up with him.  In Camp Pride he performed exceptionally well on both sides of the ball.  As a DB we couldn't count a lost rep, as he was batting down balls each rep.  Morton received offers soon after his junior highlight film was released and there's much more to come.

Saline 2019 DB MJ Griffin impressed us several times in the past year or so, but Griffin saved his best performance for Camp Pride as the incoming Hornet is fierce.  Griffin was very solid in coverage and was being physical with receivers, pushing a few out of routes.  Griffin will continue to see a spike in recruitment as he's grown more since the season ended.

Birmingham Groves 2018 WR/DB Collin Heard had a great day in coverage, probably the most underlooked CB throughout the day.  Heard didn't back down from anyone and displayed very tight coverage skills.  Heard's top strength on the day was definitely his ball skills which allowed him to knock away numerous passes.

Cass Tech 2018 S/DB Chaz Jones lengthy and quick Safety who moves well and has great ball skills.  Had 3 interceptions during 1 on 1's.

Farmington Hills Harrison 2019 CB Roderick Heard physical and strong CB who uses his hands well.  Still young and growing, but holds an early offer from Temple.

Redford Thurston 2018 DB Keion Harris is a smart and instinctive defensive back that cover tight and matchup physically with any other receiver.

Brother Rice 2018 CB/WR Dwayne Thompson a long and rangy CB who isn't afraid to mix it up with opponents and has very tight cover skills.  Thompson recently picked up his first offer from Columbia.

East English Village Prep 2018 RB/CB Zhamaine March a quick and strong defensive back who moves around well in coverage.  Very few receivers were unable to match the speed and strength of March during the day.  March holds 5 offers, but that number will surely rise.

Brother Rice 2018 SS/DB Lawrence Reeves is a fluid and physical specimen that will provide a college with an able body that can do all that is asked of from the Safety position.  Reeves has plenty of tools already in place that will make for a smooth transition when the time comes.

Davison 2018 CB Anthony Fordham is a well rounded out CB who has a good blend of size and speed that is still developing and rounding out his potential.

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