Future Stars Game Tryouts – Fayetteville
Tryouts for the 2016 Future Stars Game continue to roll through the state of Georgia where some of the best middle school athletes in the area came out to compete for a spot on Team Georgia’s roster. With players from all over the state having visions of representing team Georgia, we take a look at those that received top honors, and had good performances from the Fayette camp.
At the 6th grade level, Leterrell Gibson was a standout from the moment the camp began. He has a nice frame, good center of balance and a 5.12 in the 40 yard dash, makes him one of the top 5 fastest 6th graders at all tryouts this year. The standout player for the Atlanta Ducks 11 & under team, showed good strength, agility and speed. He also catches the ball well coming out of the backfield, proving he could be
a threat in the passing game. Gibson will join QB Chad Mascoe and RB/LB Juwan Bailey, both from the Albany Camp, on a 6th grade Georgia team that looks like it will be built on speed from every skill position. He caught the ball well coming out of the backfield, proving he could be a threat in the passing game. But, don’t be surprised, if you find Gibson this summer being a star on the defensive side of the ball from the linebacker position. Look forward to him representing Team Georgia well in the Future Stars Game.
In the 7th grade camp, there were two returning starters from the 2015 Future Stars
team that were set to battle for top honors. Jaquez Smith returned for the tryouts, standing 6 foot tall and looking more polished than we saw him last summer. If he was going to repeat as camp MVP this year, he was going to have to top the versatile and athletic TJ Thomas.
Thomas is an athletic player with excellent speed, agility and a high football IQ. He could line up at a number of positions during the game. He could play running back or receiver on offense, or play linebacker, safety or corner on defense. Thomas had another strong showing at camp.
Smith is a tall receiver with good speed. He demonstrated more polished receiving skills this spring than he did last summer. He looked fluid and effortless catching the ball. Team Georgia is hoping he can repeat last year’s performance in the game, when he led Team Georgia in receiving with 3 catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. Smith performed well enough to win his second Future Stars Game Camp MVP award.
The 8th grade camp, again had the the biggest crowd of the day. There were plenty of standout performances from linemen at this camp. At 5’10 and 260lbs, James Ward put on an outstanding performance for the offensive lineman. He lined up against some top defensive ends during one on one drills and won more battle than he lost. One of those defensive linemen was 6ft 225lbs defensive end Aderrius Barron from Barnesville. Barron shows good explosion and technique for a rush end. Nazir Stackhouse returned from last years team. Stackhouse ended the game last year, stopping a Team Florida go ahead drive with a sack and forced fumble. He returns this year, as big as any high school defensive ends you will see standing at 6-3 and 250lbs.
But in the end, an ever steady performer sealed the deal for MVP as he dominated one on one drills play after play. Kalen Sims demonstrated and ability to be unstoppable on offense during one on one drills. He used his quickness and speed to score time and time again on short passes, intermeddiate routes and deep routes.
Though Sims won the MVP, with Ward, Barron, and Stackhouse, they represent four players returning from last years 7th grade team looking to go for back to back wins against Florida.
Last Years Future Stars Game Highlights