As predicted, the talent really poured into Gainesville for the Elite Quarterback Camp and the second individual camp. Most of the practice centered on one-on-drills and unlike last week, each battle was equally exciting.
Last week it was Florida commit Jonathan Dowling who impressed by not only dominating each receiver he faced while lining up at corner, he was also one of the top receivers as well. That wasn’t the case Monday. While he was still one of the most talented prospects yet again on the field, the limelight was stolen by Daytona Beach, Mainland receiver O.J. Ross.
First off, Ross might not have the height of some of the other receivers — he’s barely 5-foot-10 — but he’s a physical specimen and he’s got some wheels. He continuously beat each defender he went against. He even got the best of Dowling a couple times. His hands were great and he ran crisp, smooth routes as well. Ross made every quarterback — no matter the skill level — look good.
Ocala, Trinity Catholic receiver Kadron Boone is no stranger to Florida’s program and has been rumored to be a silent commitment for the Gators for some time. He looked as natural a receiver as any. His cuts were superb and he certainly has top-end speed. He didn’t drop one ball and blew by everyone he faced.
Someone’s gotta throw you the ball in order for you to do something, and there were a bunch of talented arms working out Monday. Gator commit Trey Burton was out and physically he looks to be in the best shape of his life. He’s put on some good pounds, and it looks like his arm strength has improved. He still has some touch issues at times.
Some out-of-state kids showed off a little as well Monday. Concord, N.C., Northwest Cabarrus athlete Jeremy Cannon showed some really nice touch on his passes. He was leading receivers well and showed some good arm strength, too. The question about Cannon, however, is durability. He suffered a torn ACL last year and has had two surgeries. He was wearing a brace on his knee and because of the one-on-one setup, he didn’t get to move around much.
Another quarterback getting some looks was Trevor Olson of Evergreen, Co. The 6-5, 205-pound Olson has gotten interest from Colorado State and has camped at CSU, San Diego State and worked out at the Rivals100 camp this year.
Even though this is considered to be mainly a quarterback camp, one guy getting a lot of attention from coach Urban Meyer was Whitefish Bay, Wi., Whitefish Bay punter Will Hagerup. Hagerup displayed quite the leg inside The Swamp, and while he hasn’t committed, the feeling is that it’s only a matter of time before he does.
Some news and notes for the rest of the week:
* Word is that Moreno Valley, Cali., Rancho Verde defensive end Ronald Powell is supposed to arrive in Gainesville late Monday and could work out at Tuesday’s camp.
* West Palm Beach, Dwyer teammates Matt Elam and Gerald Christian weren’t present Monday, and Christian told me he’s unsure if they’ll make it to camp this week.
* Lakewood, Calif., quarterback Jesse Scroggins is expected to camp Tuesday through Thursday.
* Pahokee defensive tackle Richard Ash wasn’t present Monday, but is still expected to work out this week.