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Roadies: Stars shine at Southeast events

While he's listed at 6-foot-3 and 211 pounds, Metcalf looked bigger, stronger and faster than pretty much every player on the field at the National Select tournament in Hoover. He routinely shed double teams and knows how to use his body to shield defenders from the ball. The reason the Ole Miss commit earned this particular award is because he physically looks like a player who could already be in college, or maybe even the NFL.
Smooth operator
CB Cameron Dantzler, Hammond (La.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Dantzler was one of the top defenders at Mississippi State's Big Dawg Camp and his smooth stride caught plenty of attention. He has some great length, which can be problematic, but Dantzler seemed to glide across the turf during drills and one-on-one competition. His ability to change direction and transition smoothly was quickly noted. He was light on his feet and strong in coverage.
Physical specimen
OLB Ja'Quain Blakely, Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County
Blakely is listed at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, but it may be time to get a new measurement on him. The talented linebacker has a very impressive physique and moves extremely well for a player his size. He plays off the beaten path in Georgia, so he doesn't get as much hype as some other prospects in the state, but with offers from Arkansas, Florida, Michigan and several others, he's no secret to college coaches.
Child's play
WR Daniel Crowell, Meridian, Miss.
Crowell dominated the competition and seemed to be working on a different level than everyone else at Mississippi State's Big Dawg Camp. Crowell did whatever he wanted during one-on-one competition and there was little anyone else could do about it.
Two-way standout
OLB Lyndell Wilson Montgomery (Ala.) Carver
Of all the prospects who might have ended up on this list heading into the weekend, Wilson wouldn't have been one of the name's mentioned. But when things got going at the National Select tournament, there he was starting at running back and linebacker for his Carver team. Wilson made several plays coming out of the backfield, including a diving touchdown, and was also a force for his team on the defensive side.
Best feet
ATH D.D. Bowie, Morton, Miss.
The routes were not textbook, but he definitely had defensive backs twisting and turning at Mississippi State's Big Dawg camp. He was throwing down triple and quadruple moves on helpless defenders trying to keep up. So he gets the nod for having the fanciest footwork of the weekend. His size is also something else to watch, but this one goes out to him for being so light and quick on his feet.
Best hands
TE Thaddeus Moss, Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek
Question the speed, but Moss didn't need much to create enough space to make the catch. It did not matter if he had guys hanging off of him or if he had to make a quick, acrobatic adjustment to make the grab, if it was in his area Moss was more than likely coming down with the catch. He was also the guy Mallard Creek knew it could depend on in the clutch, and more times than not he made a special play.
WR Malik Heath, Jackson (Miss.) Callaway
Heath recently picked up his first two offers from in-state schools Ole Miss and Mississippi State, but the 2018 prospect has the talent to be a national recruit in the future. He's impressed at every major event he's attended this offseason and at 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds as a rising sophomore, he will likely only become a more difficult matchup for defensive backs in the future.
Sleeper alert
ATH Qwazavia Lee, Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County
Lee was Mr. Excitement at the National Select event in Hoover, darting all over the field and making play after play for his squad. He already has a handful of FBS offers, with Iowa being the most notable, but with his speed and elusiveness, there has to be a spread team that could use Lee's talents with the ball in his hands. His size is the main knock on him, but whichever school lands Lee is getting a dynamic playmaker.
Stock raised
CB Cameron Dantzler, Hammond (La.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Dantzler has shown some vast improvements over the past several months. He was not only smooth and quick, but he was also strong and physical. He stayed balanced and kept good technique. He had a big performance at Big Dawg Camp and it was not his only big performance of the summer. Both performances indicate he is due for a move up from his current 5.5, three-star ranking.
ATH Randrecous Davis Atlanta (Ga.) Mays
At Dawg Night, Davis was performing like a man on a mission, making play after play and blowing by even the fastest defenders. The only thing that could stop Davis was poorly thrown balls, and he even made some spectacular plays on a few of those. His performance was so impressive it prompted Georgia to push for his commitment and he obliged by making the call for the school earlier this week.
Bell cow baller
RB Cam Akers Clinton, Miss.
It's not easy to stand next to All-American running back Nick Chubb and still look physically impressive, but that's exactly what Akers was able to do Saturday at Dawg Night. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound rising junior could easily be confused for one of the current Georgia players working the camp and when he participated in drills, he also looked like he could suit up for the Dawgs this fall. Akers added an offer following the camp and also has Alabama and several other schools on his list. He only helped solidify his spot in the 2017 Rivals100.
Jason Howell
Mid-South Recruiting Analyst
Woody Wommack
Southeast Recruiting Analyst
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