Class of 2014: Offense
Running backs Marquie Hinton, Lorenzo James, Keith Metzler (Scared Heart HS, TX) and Jarrett Mitchell all impressed Coach Robert Edwards, while five star recruit Elijah Hood (Charlotte Catholic HS, NC) who has all the tools to be a stud at the next level, along with Deric Deede (Idaho Falls HS, ID), Cullen McGahan (Davidson Day HS, NC), and Andrew Landgrebe (Oskaloosa HS, IA) all wowed Coach Norm Anderson.
Several quarterbacks opened the eyes of Coaches Peter Vaas and Buddy Geis, including Jake Romani (Bloomington HS, IL), Bilal Wallace (Bruton HS, VA), Chance Byrd (Lincoln HS, AL), James Caspary(Central HS, IL), Evan Scales, and Tyler Scott(Greencastle HS, IN). All six of these quarterbacks have the accuracy, poise, and IQ to shine at the next level. Impressing Coaches Gene Dahlquist and Chris Miller was New Jersey native Nick Crusco (Don Bosco Prep HS, NJ) who’s great release, quick feet, excellent velocity, and tremendous accuracy really stood out at the three-day camp. Also opening the eyes of Coach Dahlquist and Miller were Cody Rochon, James Tabary, and Taylor Anderson (Golden Gate HS, FL).
Every quarterback loves a wide receiver they can trust, and there were several of them that stood out at Top Gun. Coaches Billy “White Shoes” Johnson and Charlie Collins were thoroughly impressed by Markell Pack whose height, hands, and speed earned him a selection to the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. Pack was not the only one to show off his skills at camp, others included Davonte Dedmon, Kyle Kinner, Ryan Allison, Shamar Johnson (Choctawhatchee HS, FL), Davonte Perry, Charles Hubbard, Drew Batalor, and Kellen Podes.
At the tight end position three players in particular made a name for themselves, starting with Tyler Zelen who was a good security blanket for his quarterbacks. The other two tight ends that made an impact at camp were both Charles Harris and Eli Perry. These three players all impressed former NFL tight end Coach Ethan Horton.
Offensive linemen possibly have the most important job on
the field, having to protect the quarterback, while also
creating holes for the running back. Multiple linemen made coach McNally’s job fun, starting with 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selectee Demetrius Knox (All Saints Episcopal HS, TX). The future Ohio State Buckeye has great size, hands, and footwork, which allow him to dominate the competition. Joining Knox at the top of Coach McNally’s list were Titus Richards, Jared Caputy (Punahru HS ,HI), and Josh Vizcaino (Blake HS, FL) . In the other group of offensive linemen Coach by Bob Wylie, 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selections Nick Allegretti (Lincoln Way East HS, IL), and Brian Wallace (Christian Brothers College HS, MO) showed why they were selected to this year’s game. Triston Hill, Quadrick Barnes, Parker Subia, Joe Jayzell, and Tyler Smith (Pearl River Central HS, MS) all also made Coach Wylie’s list of impressive linemen.