As ESPN’s National Recruiting Director and college football analyst, Tom Luginbill is constantly thinking football. Tiring as the trail of seeking blue-chip prospects may be, the former college and professional quarterback got to enjoy being a part of Deion Sanders’ army of coaches that helped put on the Prime Underclassmen Camp at Bishop Verot High School Sunday.
Working with Sanders in similar camps across the country, Luginbill touts the brand of underclass camps as the perfect place for aspiring college football players to get a first taste of competing against better players and beginning to build a portfolio.
"There's a reason we keep this to younger kids because the older kids have done all of this so much," said Luginbill, who worked with the quarterbacks and shared advice with all the position groups. "This is sort of like an introductory, put them through the paces, expose them a little bit to some of this stuff, but not shove it down their throat either."
With a vast knowledge between being a player, coach and long-time analyst, Luginbill’s expertise had the full attention of every participant.
"I told the kids, they look at three areas — their conduct on social media, academically what's required of them throughout high school and how to properly put together accounts like Hudl so they can maximize showing themselves on film," Luginbill said. "We try to get them thinking about things like that and try to help them navigate through the process."
Lehigh defensive lineman and FSU commit DeQuaveon Fuller impresses in drills at Deion Sanders' camp Bryan Cooney, email@example.com
Multiple prospects in the Class of 2021, 2022 and 2023 took to the field with a lot of local flavor that included the likes of Lehigh rising junior and Florida State commit DeQuaveon Fuller. The biggest name in attendance was one of Sanders' sons, Shedeur, a rising junior quarterback that already holds offers from Sanders' alma mater Florida State, Florida, Michigan and LSU. Playing his high school football for Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, Texas, Shedeur enjoyed showcasing his skills in his father's backyard.
"It was real cool, knowing that this is where he came from," Shedeur Sanders said. "He took me by his old house where he grew up and it made me realize that I'm really blessed for where I've come from rather than where he came from."
Deion Sanders' son Shedeur takes part in his father's camp touting offers from the likes of Florida State, Florida and Michigan Bryan Cooney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sanders said that he will be taking part in multiple camps at colleges over the course of the summer, one of which being at Alabama. As no stranger to competing across high-profile camps, Shedeur was impressed with the local and state talent.
"Seeing the different athletes and how they are like, it's going to kind of like it'll be in college," Sanders said. "Everyone's not going to be from the same place, so it's good to see some different talent."
One participant who made the furthest trek to Fort Myers to take part in the proceedings was Jack Pospisil, a slot receiver from Pomona High School outside of Denver.
Video of the Colorado native who flew in for 2 Florida camps this weekend, including the Prime Underclassmen Camp at Bishop Verot on Sunday. Edward Reed, Fort Myers News-Press
Jack Pospisil came all the way from Denver to compete in Southwest Florida and impressed with his route-running and hands Bryan Cooney, email@example.com
"I thought it'd be a good opportunity to come here, get some work in and see where I'm at and get affiliated with Under Armour thing," said Pospisil, who saw an email about the event. "I went to the Nike Opening regional camp in Miami and that's really the only other big event I've done."
Rising eighth grader Richard Young will be a freshman at Lehigh this fall and could be a fun player to watch with his speed and size Bryan Cooney, firstname.lastname@example.org
One local product that turned heads throughout the day was Richard Young, an eighth-grader who will be a freshman this fall at Lehigh. A promising running back prospect, Young clocked in with a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash, which was right up at the top out of all participants.
Video of the running back who ran the fastest 40-meter time at Saturday's Prime Elite Underclassmen Camp at Bishop Verot in Fort Myers. Edward Reed, Fort Myers News-Press
Out of the quarterbacks that performed outside of Sanders, two local signal callers were among the more impressive talents. Community School of Naples rising junior Dylan McNamara received praise from the coaches, and showed a strong arm to go along with his 6-foot-2 frame.
CSN's Dylan McNamara had a strong showing at Deion Sanders' camp and will be an intriguing prospect to watch with his size and arm strength. Bryan Cooney, email@example.com
Bishop Verot rising junior Jacob Azizi displayed impressive accuracy in the throwing drills, also garnering praise on numerous occasions. Azizi threw for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2018 for the Vikings. Being able to be around the camp with Sanders' name attached with it was a big deal for the local quarterback.
Bishop Verot rising junior Jacob Azizi had a strong sophomore season in 2018 and impressed with his touch and accuracy in drills Sunday. Bryan Cooney, firstname.lastname@example.org
"It's pretty crazy how he came back to support where he grew up and is helping us all get recruited and better our game," Azizi said. "It's pretty important to all of us. There was a lot of good competition out there today, Deion's son included. I think I improved out there today with what they were teaching us."
Choctawhatchee quarterback T.W. Key is a promising junior-to-be and has a bright future ahead with an accurate arm. Bryan Cooney, email@example.com
Choctawhatchee quarterback T.W. Key, a member of the Class of 2021, was another quarterback Luginbill noted was a standout.
Cocoa running back Tray Williams is an elusive runner and will be a junior for the Tigers in 2019. Bryan Cooney, firstname.lastname@example.org
A duo of Class of 2022 running backs showed promise as Cocoa's Tray Williams and Armwood's James Smiley each displayed speed and versatility in drills. Smiley holds offers already from Southern Miss and Florida Atlantic.
South Fort Myers wide receiver Malik Curtis is a skilled and promising weapon to keep an eye on this fall for the Wolfpack. Bryan Cooney, email@example.com
South Fort Myers wide receiver Malik Curtis showed his speed and hands in drills throughout the day, and will be a playmaker to keep an eye on this fall for the Wolfpack.
A pair of tight ends turned heads mixed in with the wideouts as Sebring rising junior Jacob Pasley and Treasure Coast rising junior Keegan Davis were big targets that flashed speed and get-off at the line in drills.
"It was pretty cool because everyone knows him, all he did in his career," the 6-foot-5 Pasley said. "I wanted to go out there and do my best and show my stuff off."
Video of the 6-foot-3, 232-pound tight end/linebacker/long snapper at the Prime Underclassmen Camp at Bishop Verot High School Sunday in Fort Myers. Edward Reed, Fort Myers News-Press
Davis has visited USF and Florida and was recently ranked to TCPalm's list of rising sophomores and juniors to watch out for this fall. Doubling as a linebacker and also being a ranked long-snapper, the 6-foot-3 Davis was very excited to partake in the camp.
"It was pretty fun, I loved seeing Deion Sanders out there," Davis said. "It was most definitely worth the trip. I've gone to a Rivals camp in the past, but today they really worked us hard."
Video of linebacker Luther Johnson at Sunday's Prime Elite Underclassmen Camp at Bishop Verot in Fort Myers. Edward Reed, Fort Myers News-Press
Two linebackers had strong showings as Cocoa rising sophomore Ryan Holder more than held his own in coverage drills using his speed and strength. Wekiva rising junior Luther Johnson was another athlete who impressed in one-on-one drills with the running backs.
A number of members of the Lehigh defense also looked impressive as linebacker Jake Chaney, defensive back Omarion Cooper and the aforementioned Fuller were standouts in their position groups.
Chaney was recently invited to the Ray Lewis Academy as the rising junior will compete in the camp at IMG June 14-15. Cooper picked up an offer from North Carolina State this past Thursday and also holds an offer from Louisville. Cooper also earned an invite Saturday to Deion Sanders’ Prime 21 camp later this summer that takes place in Dallas, pitting the top players at their respective positions against one another in a similar combine setting.
Video of the defensive lineman at Saturday's Prime Elite Underclassmen Camp at Bishop Verot in Fort Myers. Edward Reed, Fort Myers News-Press
Perhaps the deepest group in which multiple players showed promise was up front on the offensive and defensive lines. Rickards rising junior Christopher Thomas Jr. at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds flashed impressive footwork and power in drills and one-on-one action.
Video of the 6-foot-5, 240-pound defensive lineman at Saturday's Prime Elite Underclassmen Camp at Bishop Verot in Fort Myers. Edward Reed, Fort Myers News-Press
Rickards rising junior Christopher Johnson, Jr. is a mobile and powerful defensive lineman with a very promising future. Bryan Cooney, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington rising junior RJ Sorenson was another edge rusher that earned praise from coaches for his speed and power in his one-on-one matchups.
Fort Myers rising junior Jonathan Fenelon was another defensive lineman that impressed the coaches with his motor during skill work and one-on-one action.