April 22, 2007

Va., N.C. represent in Athens

ATHENS, Ga. - While the NIKE Camp held Saturday at the UNiversity of Georgia showcased plenty of talent from the Peach State, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and other areas, there was also a strong contingent of players from North Carolina and a few from Virginia, led by running back Kevin Whaley.

Whaley, from Virginia Beach (Va.) Salem, has the skillset to be a top scat-back in college. He showed quick feet in drills, good hands in the one-on-ones and was excellent in the open field. Whaley has offers from UConn, Maryland and Virginia Tech and will fit nicely in many offenses.

Joining Whaley from Virginia was Virginia Beach (Va.) Oscar Smith wideout Todd Harrelson. Harrelson has good size and excellent body control. He used his frame to fend off defenders in one-on-ones and showed surprising quickness for a bigger receiver on long passes. Both Virginia and Virginia Tech have offered Harrelson while NC State, North Carolina and Maryland are trying to pull him out of state.

While Whaley and Harrelson represented the Dominion State, there was an even stronger group on hand from North Carolina.

Three top running backs led the North Carolina contingent led by Durham (Va.) Hillside's Gary Douglas. Douglas has good size at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds and showed a burst. Douglas has offers from NC State, East Carolina and Cal.

He will be battling in the Hillside backfield with 2009 stud Desmond Scott, who was also on hand. Scott was one of the quickest backs at the camp and cuts on a dime. He already boasts offers from Clemson, North Carolina and NC State.

NC State has also offered running back Duane Spencer from Asheville (N.C.) A.C. Reynolds. Spencer showed off athleticism and his versatility.

Quarterbacks Braden Hanson and Jacob Charest followed up their Elite 11 workout performances with solid showings at the camp. Hanson, from Charlotte (N.C.) Latin, continued to show his touch while Charest, from Matthews (N.C.) Butler, continued to zip the ball into tight spaces.

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