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WA Looking Good In 7-on-7 Scrimmages

June 25, 2014
By Kevin McCloskey of Western Alamance High School



Attached photos courtesy of Kay McCloskey

 

Elon University was the site of a large 7-on-7 skills camp attended by many schools across the area (and across the state).  There were at least 15-20 schools on hand from as far away as Elizabeth City.

 

We went out last night to check out the action and here's a quick synopsis of things/players who caught my eye.

 

  • Only skill players participating.  No linemen.  No pads.  Just helmets.
  • Focus was 99% on the passing game.
  • WA team chemistry was apparent.  I liked what I saw. 
  • Good turnout for WA (players/coaches/volunteers).  As always, Warrior Nation is well represented.

 

Players - just some guys who caught my eye; doesn't mean that others didn't play well.  But these are the guys I noticed.

 

Austin Joyce - Rising Jr.  DB.  Had a couple of nice picks in the secondary.  Good size.  Has spent some time in the weight room.

 

James Hauser - Rising Sr.  WR.  Very impressive.  Not very big, but well muscled.  Has obviously been working hard.  Good speed.  Could be a very pleasant surprise in 2014.


Britton Smith - Rising Sr.  WR/DB.  Has elevated his game to another level.  Was very productive in 2013 and is poised to become "the man" in 2014.  Runs effortlessly and has great hands.  Caught multiple TDs in the 3 scrimmages that I watched.  Looks like Britt & Trey have developed that special WR/QB chemistry that is so important.

 

Trey McCollum - Rising JR.  QB.  Very sharp and precise.  Like Britt, has elevated his game.  Its always nice when players progress from year-to-year.  Has a great touch on the deep ball.  As a junior, shows more poise and leadership.  I'm expecting a HUGE year from Trey.

 

Donovan Apple - Rising SR.  RB.  No running in this scrimmage but I like the way Don was used in the passing game.  If we can get him the ball out in space, watch out!  He'll be a significant mismatch to any CB who tries to tackle Don in the open field.

 

Neil Haizlip - Rising Sr.  WR.  I really think Neil will become an important "possession receiver" for us in 2014.  Good size and strength.  Capable of making the tough catches over the middle.  Like Hauser, Haizlip is another guy who could surprise some folks in 2014 at the WR position.

 


Emmanuel Miles - Rising Jr.  CB.  Eman has been working hard and obviously "wants it" as much as anyone.  Will focus on being a lockdown corner in the WA secondary, but don't be surprised if you see him on offense occasionally.  Has a knack for making the big play.

 

Eli Gordon - Rising Sr.  LB.  Hard to tell in the 7-on-7 scrimmage because hitting is not permitted, but Eli seemed to be in position to take some guys heads off.  He and Blake Deatherage (not present due to summer baseball) will be a strong nucleus at the LB position for the Warriors.

 

BJ Pinnix - Rising So - ??? -  The '???' is the main point.  Where does he play?  BJ is multi-talented and multi-skilled.  It will be up to the Warrior coaching staff to best figure out how/where/when to utilize Pinnix's talents.  Once he gets focused on a specific position, I think BJ will excel.  And by the way...  He's got a "nasty" streak on the field.  He likes to hit people.  Just sayin...  He'll be the guy who generates the "Oooh's and Awwwss" from the crowd for big hits.

 

AJ Love - I like his style.  He's working hard.  Attitude and desire account for a great deal in the long run.  AJ's ready to make a name for himself in 2014.

 

Jake Chrissmon - Rising FR.  QB.  Good size.  Good arm.  Didn't get a lot of PT, but I believe Jake will be a name to keep in mind in the years ahead.   


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