South Showcase Awards

Rocky Hayes

The South Showcase Combine at Oxford High School was a tremendous success Saturday, April 2, with players coming in from three states to compete in the event. Numerous players grabbed our attention to kick-off their spring evaluation along with the award winners at the different positions.

Jake Ganus, athlete from Chelsea, Ala., walked away as the MVP of the event. Ganus was a standout throughout the day and really shined during the one-on-ones. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete is a pure athlete. He worked out at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back. He was one of the top performers at each position. What stands out the most with Ganus is his competitive attitude. College coaches will keep a close eye this spring as he moves to safety.

Elijah Jenkins, from Birmingham-Parker, Ala., was the top quarterback at the event. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect was terrific in individual drills and one-on-ones. He throws a nice, tight spiral and has a quick release. He has a strong arm and was the most accurate of the quarterbacks. Jenkins needs to add weight, but he can certainly play college football. He is athletic and does a great job seeing the field.

Tevin Heath, offensive tackle from Weaver, Ala., was the top performer on the offensive line. He is 6-foot-4, 225-pounds and very lean. He has long arms, and looks more like a defensive end (which he projects at the next level). Heath was a standout during the one-on-ones and drew a lot of praise from the coaches in attendance. He did a great job using his hands and shuffling his feet.

Derek King, defensive tackle from Phenix City-Central, Ala., wasn't the biggest defensive lineman in attendance (6-1, 282), but he was the most dominant. The 2013 prospect was almost unblockable during the one-on-ones. He is very quick off the ball, and does a great job using his hands. He displayed good strength going up against the bigger linemen, and was able to get good leverage. He is a good underclassman to keep a close watch.

Rocky Hayes, athlete from Heflin-Cleburne County, Ala., won the top defensive skills award. Hayes was a standout throughout the day and clocked a 4.51 40-yard dash after measuring 5-foot-11, 167-pounds. Hayes is an offensive star, but worked out as a cornerback in Oxford. He can touch up on his fundamentals, but he displayed great reaction and has a good backpedal. He was aggressive, and has the speed to make up when he gets beat on a play. Hayes is eager for college coaches to see him this spring.

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