The fourth annual Kickoff Weekend football mini-camp got underway at IMG Academy, March 15-17. This year’s camp featured more than 100 participants from 15 states, taking the first step towards earning an invitation to the All-Madden Mini-Camp, to be held July 26-28. The three-day Kickoff Weekend is modeled after an NFL mini-camp. Players underwent individual position work, in addition to classroom film study sessions. Players also advanced through intense 1-on-1, 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 competition.
At the conclusion of camp, individual awards were given to the top performers. The winners included:
- Camp MVP: Tristan Allen (San Diego, CA; class of 2014)
- Offensive MVP: Chad Lewellyn (Louisville, KY; class of 2014)
- Defensive MVP: Chavez Pownell (Tampa, FL; class of 2014)
- Offensive Big Man MVP: Alex Harrison (Tallahasse, FL; class of 2015)
- Defensive Big Man MVP: Ezra Taylor (Severna Park, MD; class of 2014)
- Offensive Underclassmen MVP: Micah Massey (Houston, TX; class of 2015)
- Defensive Underclassmen MVP: Scooter Harrington (Greenwich, CT; class of 2016)
- Special Teams MVP: Jorge Powell (Miami, FL; class of 2014)
Photos of the Kickoff Weekend camp award winners:
However, the award winners weren't the only standouts on the weekend. Here are some honorable mentions from the weekend:
- Quarterback/ATH Will Edwards (Birmingham, Ala.; class of 2014) received his first scholarship offer during the weekend camp when he received news from Middle Tennessee State.
- There was an impressive group of class of 2015 signal callers including: Nicholas Andreas (Danvers, Mass.), Henry Houden (Madison, Wisc.), Diego Chrysler (McAllen, Texas), Simon Vadas (Cleveland, Ohio), and Nathan Harris (Deatsville, Ala.).
- Running back Breyon Thomas (Atlanta, Ga.; class of 2015) appears to be an effective downhill runner with a great combination of size and speed.
- Traveling from San Francisco, wide receiver Dylan Elder is a hard working guy that will continue to progress in the class of 2015.
- The offensive line group improved over the weekend, and a few class of 2014 prospects attended camp to better prepare for college camps this summer, including Wade Grady (Ridgeland, Miss.) and Charles Harden (Windsor, N.C.).
- Defensive lineman Ethan Wakelin (Ontario, Canada; class of 2016) impressed coaches with his work ethic and development over a 10-day period.
- Linebacker Nick Thomas (Concordia, Kan.) proved why he will be one of the top linebackers in the class of 2015.
- Max Mangum (Austin, TX; class of 2016) showed he’s a capable player on both sides of the ball playing the quarterback and cornerback positions.
- Kickers Clayton Steels (Cleveland, Tenn.; class of 2014) and William Russell (Nova Scotia, Canada; class of 2015) will both receive college interest.