June 1, 2010

City Area Talent Produces a New Quarterback Name?

YUKON, Okla. - With seven programs in attendance it's no surprise that there was talent to be seen at Yukon's team camp on Tuesday afternoon. It also wasn't surprising that some of said talent had a little trouble shaking off the Memorial day funk.

As Oklahoma City Douglass, Oklahoma City Millwood, Putnam City, Newcastle, Piedmont, and El Reno joined the host Millers many would assume a lead-in featuring recently announced Rivals100 member Josh Turner. However the star defensive back wasn't able to attend due to his busy work schedule but that doesn't mean there wasn't plenty to see.

Perhaps the player with the biggest reputation, in spite of little recruiting discussion, is Yukon quarterback Corbin Jones. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound signal-caller isn't an overwhelming physical presence but seems to continually make solid decisions and has enough velocity to put the ball in tight spaces.

While Jones' future is as a passer he brings enough ability as a runner to make defenses mindful of his skills with his feet, his mixture of run-pass abilities is somewhat reminiscent of former Missouri Tiger star Chase Daniel.

Joining him among 2012 prospects was Douglass offensive lineman Cayman Bundage and Millwood fellow blocker Devin Dobbins. Bundage and Dobbins are near mirror images of one another at about 6-foot-2.5 and 295-pounds.

Dobbins is getting work this year as a left tackle while Bundage is working on the right side and both players bring tremendous athleticism to the position though Bundage is a bit more technically sound at this point in time with the Trojans' numerous blocking schemes making him a bit more diverse as a blocker currently.

Unfortunately the one who might have challenged the two young linemen was never lined up across from them.

In the case of Dobbins it's obvious why his teammate, defensive tackle Davion Pearson, was never an adversary but it seems we'll have to wait until the annual Soul Bowl this fall for even Bundage to take measure of the skilled run-stuffer.

Throughout the day Pearson showed skills on both sides of the ball, using great quickness and strength to beat repeated double teams defensively. Meanwhile when opening lanes for Emilio Gatewood Pearson showed great ability to latch on to linebackers, and even safeties in a few cases, in open space to help his running backs turn short yardage gains into touchdowns.

Of course there were familiar names like Brandon Swindall, Shevin Patton, Emilio Gatewood and Pearson but one new name who emerged to join Jones in the Rivals.com database was Warr Acres (Okla.) Putnam City running back Casey Curtis.

Though not the biggest back on the field Curtis showed off quick feet and ability to turn first down runs into lengthy ones. He'll need to continue to develop physically and get more serious in the weight room but he has a chance to be yet another quality running back in Oklahoma's class of 2012.

Tomorrow: Edmond North Team Camp

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