Top performers: SPE Elite Camp 2018

The SPE Elite Camp in Sulphur, La. featured prospects from as far away as California and New Jersey to go with those from Arkansaw, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas on Saturday Feb 3, 2018. Mater Dei (CA) 4-Star DB Elias Ricks walks away with the MVP.

The SPE Elite Camp in Sulphur, La. featured prospects from as far away as California and New Jersey to go with those from ArkansawMississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Texas on Saturday Feb 3, 2018.

Here’s some recruiting notes and a look at some of the players who stood out.

SPE Elite Camp MVP

Elias Ricks took home the MVP the 2020 6’2 180 pound DB showed why he is already a DB with many offers. It is easy to see why he picked up his latest offer LSU, he also has offers from UCLA, Florida, Ole Miss., Oregon, Nebraska, Louisville, and Arizona have offered the sophomore along with many others. He is a Richard Sherman type DB. He is in the 6-foot-2, 185-pound range, Ricks has good technique and he has great ball skills and is very physical.

Top Performers

2020 gunslinger DJ Uiagalelei from California stepped up and delivered. Despite the bad weather conditions it didn’t stop him from throwing the football. The kid has a major league arm with awesome leadership skills.  He has a very quick release and throws a very nice sprial. DJ stands at 6’5 235 pounds and can make every throw on the field. With that type of arm and frame I look to watch him improve in all areas of his game. He took home the top QB award at the annual SPE Elite Camp event and visited LSU on Feb 4 of this year. DJ spoke with gotmix news about LSU. He mentioned that he likes the fact that LSU has a strong love for big QB’s. He holds current offers from LSU, Florida St., Oregon, Alabama, USC, Michigan, Florida and Utah and many more.


2019 Destrshan (Louisiana) product Quinton Torbor The 6-foot-2, 182-pounder is long and ran great routes and displayed great hands at SPE Elite Camp. He made some nice grabs, showing good balance to go up and high-point passes with good body control.


2020 LB Eric Mixon North Shore (Texas) who is in the 6-foot-0, 205-pound range, moved well in space and has a solid frame that could translate to playing inside or outside on the next level. He flashed some nice footwork and acceleration in individual drills.

QB TJ Finley 2020 Ponchatoula (La.) came to SPE Elite Camp quarterback check in at 6-foot-6, 235-pound range. He passing the eye test, the 2020 signal caller added good zip on his passes. He was impressive with good arm strength and a good zip on the short to intermediate throws. He is a impressive athlete with very great upside.

WR Kris Hutson California 2019 WR is a player that will be one of the most exciting players in the class of 2020. He caught the ball well and used his speed and play making ability to his advantage in going up and over several defensive backs.

A impressive DB at the camp was New Jersey own Donovan Bunch from Winslow Township High School. The 2019, 5-foot-11, 165-pound defensive back, who already holds offers from Rugters, N.C. State, Boston College, Syracuse, Temple, Buffalo, and Umass. He is visited LSU on that Sunday Feb 4, 2018.

Klein Oak running back Dorian Manuel was the most versatile player at the camp. To be able to play and catch the ball as a WR is just special. He has a lot of speed and showed good hands that could translate to playing in the slot on the next level due to his size. 

2019 cornerback Eldridge Franklin was one of the better defensive backs lining up at corner and safety. The florida DB is very explosive at safety, but he is a guy who could get on the field early in nickel and dime packages at the next level if he continues to get better.

Drake Metcalf 2020 offensive tackle was another California prospect look impressive at the SPE Elite Camp. He is 6-foot-3, 265 pounds, but the St. John Bosco product looks like he will be a force to be reckon with. He we adds some weight to his frame this year and could be the best OL in the country. Metcalf has good feet and it’s obvious he is well-coached. 

Alexandria 2020 DT Jacobian Guillory was a beast in the 1-on-1’s. Guillory showed that he should attract any 3-4 scheme in America as stated by Sonny Shipp from 247sports. The 6-foot-3  and 330 pounds loves the weight room. He has posted a 700-plus pound squat that is sure to grab any NCAA football program. The prospect flexed his muscle in individual drills, as well as one-on-one’s. No one came close to the pop you heard when he hit the bags with exceptionally strong, quick hands. The bottom line with him is you can’t deny his strength and quickness.

Caleb Leach  6’4/218 pound TE/ATH from Many Louisiana put on a show at SPE Elite Camp in 1on1’s and 7on7 action. He shows the ability to catch the football and could be one of the best TE in Louisiana with his ability to run routes and create match up problems for defenses. He has a long frame and build to become a hybrid (Y) type TE at the next level.

Taylor Eaton (ATH) Aldine MacArthur, TX is flying under the radar. DB’s had a hard time staying with him. He is one of the most explosive player in this receiving class and possesses elite overall skills. He has adequate size and is a serious vertical threat as he has top notch deep speed. He is a threat to score almost everytime he touches the ball from just about anywhere on the field RB/WR.

Mason Pierce from Dawson High School in Texas is just dangerous at SPE Elite Camp he walk away with the Top WR award. Pierce plays for the EPS Blaze 7v7 as one of there slot WR. Pierce is an explosive slot receiver, He is electric with the ball in his hands. Pierce made several defenders miss in the open field and scored a number of touchdowns throughout the day. Pierce is almost impossible to cover 1-on-1 in this setting.

QB CJ Montes, Arcadia (CA) Arcadia even though he is 2021 he was one of the better quarterback at the event. The quarterback was accurate throughout the day and made smart decisions. During 7on7 he made some clutch throws down the stretch. Montes has a offer from Nevada and interest from Oregon.

Clifton McDowell from Spring (TX) was consistent and accurate, McDowell is 6’3/225 pound is a major dual threat in the Houston area. He made a lot of strong throws. He showed off his range, connecting with several WR on deep routes. He was comfortable throwing to various depths on the field, and he rarely forced the ball.

Joshua Eaton 6’3/180 pound ATH from Aldine MacArthur (TX) was a technician and precise. He ran good routes and came out of breaks well, caught the ball at its highest point and was used his size to fend off defensive backs. He caught the ball in traffic and displayed body control and strong hands.

Events like this are not built for running backs, but Tahj Brooks Manor Texas showed his tremendous talent. He showed very good change of direction and burst.

Da’Ren Zeno put up some monster numbers last year in Louisiana. He looked the part of an older player with more experience. He was physically dominant, exploited smaller players on fly routes, he showed why he was a Class 2A First-Team All-State selection out of Welsh (La.). He caught the ball well and got good separation on a day when many of the defensive backs were holding and getting away with it.


The Foster defensive tackle moves well and had some impressive reps during 1-on-1s where he showed off impressive technique. Robert Harbor film is awesome he is a DT who creates lots of problems with his motor.

Other players who competed well and are players to watch:

ATH Terry Lambert Magnolia (AR)

QB Dematrius Davis North Shore (TX)

DT Williams Myles Scotlandville (LA)

QB Hunter Hulsey Clinton (MS)

FS Ja’Darius Clark Alexandria Senior (LA)

WR Cesar Cervantes Aldine MacArthur (TX)

DL Na’im Rodman St. John Bosco (CA)

DB Ellis Malik LaGrange (LA)

WR Freddie Mango Ferriday (LA)

QB Palermo Sal Live Oak (LA)

QB Prince Bey Winslow Township (NJ)

ATH Reggie Strong Orange Lutheran (CA)

DB Cameron Watts Union (OK)

OL Dominic Perez Corona (CA)

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