We thought the NIKE Camp at Clemson this past weekend had a chance to be good but it was even better than we anticipated. Despite the threat of thunder showers, the weather held up for the most part and we had a chance to see some very good players work out. For the first time this year, our Camp MVP went to a player who is still waiting for his first scholarship offer but he's a high level Div I prospect in our eyes and proved it this past Sunday.
The talent in the South is second to none and the camp at Clemson was no exception. Leading the way was one of the nation's top five quarterbacks in Willy Korn, a great looking receiver prospect in Xavier Dye, one of the fastest defensive backs we've seen this year in Chris Culliver and a strong group of linemen on both sides of the ball led by defensive tackles Jarvis Jenkins, Tydreke Powell and Cameron Heyward and offensive lineman T-Bob Hebert.
Still, with all that talent, the best player we saw on this day was Garner (N.C.) running back Josh Oglesby. The athlete kicked off his day with a great showing in the testing categories measuring in at a rock solid 5-11, 205 pounds and running a 4.43 in the 40, 4.19 in the shuttle, jumped 32 inches in the vertical and did 28 reps on the bench. His 90.0 SPARQ Rating was one of the five best in the camp, a camp which had 400 players in attendance.
Oglesby was equally as impressive in the position drills and drew raves from lead NIKE RB coach and former Chicago Bear Maurice Douglas.
"He's one of the three best backs I've worked with on this entire tour," Douglas said. "He's big, fast and very explosive. Every one of the coaches who worked a group had Josh as their top guy, we were all talking about him after the camp. He's a great kid as well and very coachable, he's going to be a very good player at the next level."
Oglesby was nearly speechless when informed that he was our Camp MVP.
"Man, that's unbelievable," Oglesby said. "This camp was great, there was a lot of hype behind it and it felt good to go out there and compete side by side with all these Div I prospects. I mean there were players from South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, all over the south, some great players who are being recruited by everyone
And to go out and be named the best of the best, it's a great honor.
"Overall, I was really happy with how I did although I think I could have tested a little better to be honest. I did 28 reps on the bench but I was shooting for 30, that was my goal coming in. I was also hoping to jump higher but I think I did pretty well overall."
We understand a NIKE Camp performance is only part of the recruiting process and how a player does with pads on is the most important thing. Still after watching Oglesby on Sunday, it's baffling no one has stepped up with an offer yet. He had a solid junior season rushing for 1,032 yards and 13 touchdowns a year ago after being used primarily as a defensive back his sophomore season.
"A lot of schools are looking at me but no one has offered yet," Oglesby said. "My dad played at North Carolina and that's my top school right now but they said I'm their third guy right now behind Ryan Houston and Brian Maddox. I saw Houston at the camp but he was just hanging out on the sidelines and Maddox wasn't here. I was hoping to compete against both of those guys but I guess they didn't feel they needed to work out since they already have all their offers.
"Right now, the schools talking to me the most about an early offer are North Carolina State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. I have a crazy schedule this summer and I'll be camping at a ton of schools hoping to earn an offer the old fashioned way by working hard for it. I'll start off by camping with East Carolina and Wake Forest and then I'll finish things off camping with North Carolina, Clemson, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Tennessee and NC State.
"My goal is to go out and earn an offer from all those schools. I'm just going to keep working hard and show everyone I'm one of the best backs around."