Top performers: NPA Sports showcases Tennessee talent
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- NPA Sports produces major FBS talent every recruiting cycle and this one will be no different. The Tennessee-based training group held its showcase event on Saturday and showed off dozens of prospects with college futures in the process. Below are notes on some of the players that stood out from the pack at the camp.
Sutton’s 6-foot-6, 285-pound frame comes with almost zero bad weight, which allows him to flash some incredible agility for a massive tackle. On Saturday, the four-star prospect was clearly the most polished lineman at the event. And while he wasn’t perfect in one-on-one drills, his upside is striking. Sutton will visit Penn State next week and is high on schools such as Miami, North Carolina, Duke, Georgia, Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Northwestern.
Barnes is an impressive physical prospect and nearly impossible to jam. He comes with enough speed to be a deep threat in addition to being a big target over the middle. On Saturday, he showed off his change of pace that devastated defenders and showed the type of versatility that will serve him well at the college level. Barnes is interested in schools such as Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Nebraska among others.
Huey was one of the day’s most pleasant surprises, as the unranked cornerback made quite an impression but showcasing some impressive quickness and ball skills. He won most reps he took, showing an ability to run with smaller wideouts and be physical against bigger ones. Huey remains a bit raw, but his athleticism gives him a lofty ceiling. He currently holds offers from Tennessee, Arkansas and South Carolina.
Mitchell made one of the day’s most impressive catches during 7-on-7, elevating to high-point a ball in the back of the end zone. Mitchell showed off notable explosiveness all afternoon, getting separation from almost every defensive back he faced. Mitchell is considering Ole Miss, Tennessee, Kentucky and Louisville among others.
A class-of-2022 prospect, Anderson is one of the best young linemen in the region, he comes with impressive length. And while he needs to add length, he has plenty of time to do that. If he can retain his agility as he gets bigger, Anderson has Rivals250 talent. He is considering a host of SEC schools along with Duke and Virginia.
Breedlove, who outplayed his current ranking, is a strong, physical corner that spent the afternoon shining in 7-on-7 work. He recovers well on the occasion he gives up separation and has solid-enough ball skills. There’s a reason the Tennessee-based defensive back has received a rush of scholarship offers in recent months as word on his talent is spreading. Auburn, Ole Miss, LSU and Tennessee, among others, are involved.
It’s difficult for linebackers to shine in a camp setting, but Colson managed to do so. The 215-pound linebacker moves incredibly well laterally and can turn and run well enough in the event that he’s asked to cover downfield. He did a solid job of disrupting quarterbacks' reads during the 7-on-7 portion of the event. Colson has a long list of offers from schools including Florida State, Tennessee, Auburn, Oklahoma and Arkansas
Grimes didn’t take a ton of reps on Saturday but he won most of the ones he did. Grimes is incredibly quick off the ball for a player of his size and doesn’t rely on power alone, which is often the case with players of his stature. Grimes is committed to Oklahoma and seems to be solid in that pledge.