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IMG Academy football program's Kickoff Weekend mini-camp was a hit

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Head coach Chris Weinke addressing the players at the start of Kickoff Weekend

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.