Camp Confidential: Day Two, Session Two

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2015 TE prospect Garrett Williams

CLEMSON – The second session of Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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’s high school football camp was cut short Thursday afternoon by torrential downpours, sending the campers inside the indoor practice facility to watch videos on the big screen.

However, campers managed to get in about an hour’s worth of workouts, and we managed to see several of the best prospects who were on campus.

The first player I started out watching was quarterback Tyler Queen Tyler Queen
6-2, 225
Kennesaw, GA

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, the 2015 prospect out of Kennesaw (GA) North Cobb, who got to spend a lot of time with offensive coordinator Chad MorrisChad Morris
Offensive Coordinator / QBs
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. One high school coach in attendance uttered the word “wow” about ten times while watching Queen go through his drills, and he was indeed putting on a show.

Queen made all of the throws – on the run, from the set, down the sideline, over the middle – and showed outstanding arm strength. You could tell Morris was intrigued by Queen’s blend of size, athleticism and arm strength.

Queen was recently offered by Alabama, and it wasn’t a big surprise to see Queen get a Clemson offer before Thursday was over.

*The next stop on the camp tour was the tight end spot, where I wanted to watch 2015 prospect Garrett Williams Garrett Williams
Tight End
6-4, 215
Orlando, FL

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. Williams showed a nice burst off the line, but it was hard to tell how good he catches the ball because of the slick conditions.

2015 TE prospect Amir Ealey
However, 2015 tight end Amir Ealey out of Irmo (SC) seemed to catch every pass thrown his way, and he looked the part of a big-time tight end. He was brought up by his uncle, who said Ealey has only been playing organized football for three years. The 6-4, 232-pounder was the best blocker out of the bunch, and he responded to the coaching of both former Clemson tight end Durrell Barry and tight ends coach Danny PearmanDanny Pearman
Assistant Head Coach / Tight Ends
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Pearman never called Ealey by name, instead calling him “Irmo” for most of the session. It was easy to see that Ealey was the most athletic of the bunch on hand. His uncle told me that Ealey’s good footwork is a by-product of playing basketball – he played for Irmo this past season – and is considered a big prospect in that sport as well.

Ealey doesn’t have an offer, but Clemson, South Carolina, LSU and Georgia are all increasing their contact and his uncle believes an offer will come soon.

*Another big offensive line prospect caught my eye in the afternoon session – 2015’s Will Jones out of Lugoff-Elgin. Jones’ father Scott is the head coach at Lugoff-Elgin, and he told me that he brought Will to Clemson’s camp to have offensive line coach Robbie CaldwellRobbie Caldwell
Assistant Coach / Offensive Line
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evaluate his son. The elder Jones said that his son is 6-4, 285 and still has room to grown. However, he wants Caldwell to tell him whether his son can play at the next level. Based on what I saw, he will play somewhere.

*I mentioned that George Brown George Brown
Offensive Tackle
6-6, 255
Cincinnati, OH

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, Jr., the big-time 2015 prospect out of Cincinnati, worked out with defensive ends coach Marion HobbyMarion Hobby
Assistant Coach / Defensive Ends
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this morning, and wondered whether he would slip over to Caldwell’s group in the afternoon (he is considered an offensive line prospect by most). He was back with the defensive ends, and that is where his father wants him to play. Clemson has offered, and the Browns will be back for the Georgia game.

I watched Brown again this afternoon, and there is no doubt that he is an absolute stud.

*Four coaches and five players from Ballou High School in Washington, D.C. arrived this morning and took part in the afternoon workouts. The group camped at Clemson at the invitation of Clemson defensive backs coach Mike ReedMike Reed
Defensive Backs Coach
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. Following the Clemson camp, they will head down to Athens for Georgia’s camp.

I asked their head coach the purpose of the trip, and he said it was not only show off his players to the bigger schools, but expose his players to life outside of the Delmarva area. The players he brought are 2015 OL Levon Livingston; 2015 TE William Richardson; 2016 WR Delonte Moore; 2015 WR Malik Pelham; and 2016 QB ChrisDeion Alston.

*I talked to Brandon Simpson, who was Ben Boulware’s position coach at T.L. Hanna, and he told me has already warned defensive coordinator Brent VenablesBrent Venables
Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers
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that Boulware will be the first player to get into a fight on the practice field this fall. He said Boulware doesn’t play dirty, just physical, and some players take exception to that on the practice field.

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