Georgia Future Stars Tryouts – Albany Recap
Georgia Future Stars tryouts got underway this weekend, and the Sunday stop took us to Albany at Monroe High School. On a nice day for football, some very talented prospects showed up for the Future Stars Camp.
As a 6th grader, there was none better than Juwan Bailey. Already standing 5-9 and 160lbs, Bailey is an imposing figure for a 6th grade linebacker. He is a very athletic player, and ran a 5.1 in the 40, which was top 5 for all 6th graders in both Georgia and Florida. He is a very strong young man that got better and better as the camp went on.
He showed excellent coverage skills in the 1 on 1 session with several pass break ups and a couple of interceptions. After a little coaching up by the coaches, then you could see his aggression take over and that when he began to take over the MVP talk at the camp.
He used his size and quickness to knock running backs off their routes, stop them at the LOS before they could get into their routes, and physically over power them to make plays on the ball.
In a tight battle with QB Chad Mascoe for the MVP, Bailey edged him out as he never came off the field during the 1 on 1 sessions, successfully covering 6th grade and 7th grade backs. Look for Bailey to be a force for the Georgia defense this summer.
The 7th grade MVP came down to a battle between two teammates, QB Chauncey Magwood and WR/DB David Goodwin. During the early stages of the camp it looked as if Magwood would walk away with the Albany camp MVP. Goodwin looked solid and performed well during the group sessions, but Magwood was a standout.
Then the Future Stars went to their 1 on 1 sessions and Goodwin took the competitive level of the camp to another level. As a defensive back, even though Future Stars thinks he is destined to be a safety, he was a dominant corner in the camp. He lined up against all of the top receivers and backs that would split out, and he made play after play.
He demonstrated excellent body control as he would break on passes as they were in the air. He showed great anticipation breaking on quick slants and other short routes. In the end, his play on the defensive side of the ball was enough for him to walk away with the Albany camp 7th grade MVP award. I would expect to see him roaming the secondary in the Future Stars Game making big plays
The Albany 8th grade camp was loaded with top athletes and some defensive linemen. Anybody walking away with the 8th grade MVP was going to earn it. Defensive linemen Travis Lockhart and Joshua Hall, were standing out at defensive end and noseguard. Skill players such as Jacquavious Clines, Musafah Brantley, Tramell Harris, Za’Tarious Anderson and Jashawun Thornton were all explosive at skill positions during group work.
But, once the camp went to 1 on 1 session, Jacquavious Clines and his versatility began to separate himself from the pack. Clines from Tifton, showed he could be dominant from multiple positions during the 1 on 1 session. He made plays at running back with his quickness, at linebacker with his power, at receiver with his speed and hand, but dominated at corner with a combination of it all.
A very polite young man that worked harder than everybody at the camp. He would go from one position to the next during 1 on 1 sessions, never sitting out and absorbing coaching points on the way. He will be a problem for Florida receivers this summer in the Future Stars Game.