Locked Down Wear and TheDBGuru.com Skills & Drills camp featured one of a kind ladders and cones drills. DB Guru Tony Perry has coached and trained some of the top defensive backs in the nation over the last two decades. But his ladder and cone drills are beneficial for every position on the gridiron.
Fresno (Calif.) Central quarterback Mike Baker has been of the most consistent performers this spring. He earned his first offer earlier this month from San Diego State. The 2012 prospect got a lot of work in during 1-on-1s routinely hitting his receivers on target. But more impressive was his ability to smoothly run through the ladder and cone drills.
Fresno (Calif.) San Joaquin Memorial running back Chris Brown blends a nice combination of speed and power on the gridiron. On Saturday, he showed good footwork and ran solid routes in 1-on-1s. Central running back Robert Johnson missed the drills but was the top back in 1-on-1s.
Kingsburg (Calif.) tight end Benton Bray ran precise routes and was impossible to cover in 1-on-1s. San Joaquin Memorial tight end Mason Ruiz has excellent size (6-4, 248) and showed good speed and agility in drills. Sanger (Calif.) wide receiver/defensive end Christian Hill is another intriguing prospect. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he has a frame that screams end. However, he missed 1-on-1s with a slight injury.
Fresno (Calif.) Bullard offensive guard Stephon McCray is one of the top prospects in the West in 2012. He had a slight foot injury that hampered him most of the day. With McCray aside, San Joaquin Memorial left tackle David Keller stole the show. At 6-foot-5 and 286 pounds, he has a college ready body. More importantly, he has the footwork and long reach to play left tackle at the next level.
Defensively, it was all about the DBs.
Central cornerback Tee Shepard breezed through the drills, but he had to sit out 1-on-1s with an injured finger he sustained at the Fresno State team camp earlier this month. Kingsburg safety Garrett Steele had a great camp. He can play running back, slot receiver, or defensive back. He worked mostly at safety locking down backs and receivers. Fresno (Calif.) Hoover cornerback Tevin Ivy locked down receivers despite a tweaked ankle. San Joaquin Memorial defensive back Titus Garrett is one to watch in the 2012 class. He is extremely light on his feet and has fluid hips.
Mason Ruiz and David Keller
Coach Tony Perry with camp's top performers: (L to R) Robert Johnson, Tee Shepard, Tevin Ivy, Benton Bray, Mike Baker, and Garrett Steele.