By: Marvin Chambers 😐 4.0 Sports Media
On a hot Wednesday 400 recruits traveled to Hightstown for the Penn State Satellite Camp, featuring the football coaching staffs of Fordham, led by head coach Andrew Breiner, Penn State, led by head coach James Franklin, hosted by the Peddie School football staff. There was also coaches on-hand from Virginia, South Carolina, UMass and upwards of 30 FCS schools.
Peddie head coach Chris Malleo on the camp: “I think it was just another great opportunity and it proves that although they are busy, satellite camps are great exposure for kids. They pay 50 dollars to work out for 30-40 schools instead of having to pay 200 dollars to work out for one school. So it’s a really unique and special opportunity, I think.”
Penn State head coach James Franklin on satellite camps: “I do actually think the time kind of traveling around like a minor league baseball team is fun and it’s good for the staff. So it’s been good,” Franklin told PennLive.com at camp. “And we’ve been able to get a lot of places, we’ve been able to find some guys. Just as important in this process is being able to eliminate some guys. The guys that you think that you’re interested in and you need to know more about. And whether you find out you like them, or you find out they’re not probably for you, that’s still valuable information.”
There were a number of recruits who stood out at the camp. Here are few prospects we highlighted.
Jahan Dotson (Peddie) class of 2018 wide receiver put on a show for the recruits, despite his 5-10, 170-pound frame. Dotson, get off, foot quickness and body control, in addition to the 4.51-second 40-yard dash he ran. Jahan he didn’t take many reps, but when he did compete, he lost defenders with his crisp routes and his ability to adjust to footballs while it in their air. Dotson teammate and fellow wide receiver Tyron Tucker, at 5-10, 151 pounds, also showed great change of direction and explosiveness off the ball throughout camp.
Artur Sitkowski class of 2018 signal caller a 6-4, 225-pounder from Old Bridge (N.J.), and Allan Walters, a 6-1, 200-pounder now at Peddie, came into the event as two of its most highly recruited and talked about players. Both quarterbacks struggle with their accuracy and control. Sitkowski got to show off his big arm that improved leaps and bounds during the 2015 season. Walters has the arm strength to fit the ball into top spots threw the football with great velocity, and at times, downfield accuracy.
Kamani Addison (Lincoln) class of 2017 running back, a 5-8, 150-pounder, put on another great performance following his last outing at the Hun’s Satellite camp last week. Addison ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash and displayed the foot quickness that has him on the edge of offers from a couple mid-majors and FCS schools. Many recruiters project him to convert into slot receiver in college, due to his frame and how he works the middle of the field.
Jahmin Muse (Elizabeth) N.J. 2017 wide receiver, at 6-1, 190 pounds, came into the event with a hamstring issue which he aggravated even more trying to run the 40-yard dash. The competitor that he is chose to compete through the pain and made a number of tough grabs in traffic with defenders hanging over him.
Dan Dawkins (Peddie) sophomore center a 6-2, 285-pounder, had a tough day in the heat, but did enough on Wednesday to impress some recruiters, he shows very good power when run blocking, keeps his feet moving, and does a good job of staying low and getting under the defender.
Javar Garrett (Peddie) safety who recently re-classified to the 2018 class, displayed good balance and agility in coverage, he has the length that recruiters like to see in a DB/S 6-1, 205 he shows terrific recovery speed, good anticipation and timing to jump routes. So far, he holds offers from Temple and Rutgers, but will definitely have over 20 by this time next year.
Jermaine Wilder Passaic Tech (Wayne, N.J.) junior safety was very impressive on Wednesday camp with his physical play and his ability to anticipate routes and sit in the hip pocket of receivers. Wilder a 6-foot 1 and a solid built 185 lbs., the junior has good size, good instincts, has ball skills, explosive speed, and loves to compete. Only one FCS school has offered Wilder who, in my opinion can play on the FBS level.
Brendan Devera (Wayne Hills) class of 2017 linebacker had a great camp output, earning offers from Albany and Fordham following his performance Wednesday. He’s a 6-1, 228-pounder, who runs a 4.6-second 40-yard dash, shows a great understanding of football, reads well, does a very good job of taking on blockers and staying on his feet.
Antonio Alfano (Bergen Catholic) (Oradell, N.J.) class of 2019 defensive end made a name for himself during OL/DL one-on-ones, competing from both inside and outside and not losing one rep. His 6-4, 260-pound frame, he is an effort guy who refuses to stay blocked, he’s been blessed with natural strength and super strong hands that allow him to disengage to the football. Alfano gained momentum and confidence throughout camp season, which gave the freshman an edge throughout, which led to him receiving Penn State’s solely extended offer of the day.
Some of the other top performers:
DB Eric Robertson, 2017, Paul VI (Haddonfield, N.J.); QB DB Jarrett Paul, 2018, Christ the King (Middle Village, N.Y.); QB Ben Francis, 2019, Voorhees (N.J.); QB Kyle McCord (7th grader from the Cherry Hill area)