Head coach Tripp Curry and five of his returning elite players were the first ones to show up for the Southeast Elite Camp, and all were eager to get to work and compete. They did not disappoint.
Leading the charge for the Warriors was quarterback Coty Blanchard
who showcased not only very good arm strength, but tremendous accuracy. It didn't take long for the receivers to decide who they wanted throwing the ball to them in the one-on-one drills.
Blanchard is recruited as a dual-threat after accounting for 39 passing touchdowns last season (2,400 passing yards) and 12 rushing touchdowns. He missed 1,000 yards rushing by 40 yards.
On the offensive side of the ball, along with Blanchard, are his two weapons D.J. Fife
and Gabriel Chambers
Fife is the returning running back with more than 1,500 yards on offense last season. He showed us all on Sunday his ability to catch the football and change directions on a dime making him a tough match-up for opposing defenses.
Fife needs to put on a little weight if he wants to stay in the backfield at the next level, and that is why he is recruited as a slot receiver.
Gabriel Chambers was one of the fastest kids at the camp, and he was the best route runner in attendance. He displayed great athleticism during the one-on-one competition going up high and catching the ball behind the defender's head.
Chambers is recruited as a wide receiver, however college coaches all want him for his ability to change the game as a return specialist.
Linebacker Caleb Crane
and cornerback Desmond Brown
, who lined up on the other side of the ball, refused to be outdone by their offensive counterparts.
Crane showed great footwork in the individual drills. He made it nearly impossible during the one-on-one session for the tight ends to get into their route because of his physical play at the line of scrimmage.
Crane also displayed his speed when he needed to turn and cover the tight ends and running backs.
Holding down the cornerback position for the Warriors is Desmond Brown. Many coaches use the phrase "all-airport team" for athletes who look physically great.
Brown will make everybody's "all-airport team", but Sunday he demonstrated why he was selected to play defensive back for 'Team Alabama' that finished runner up in the Scout.com/New Level Athletics national 7-on-7 tournament in Tampa, Fla. last month.
Brown played press coverage the whole time during the on-on-one competition in Tuscaloosa, and the receivers who were able to get off the line of scrimmage were not able to find any room to make a catch.
If the Warriors from Cherokee County stay healty and continue to work as hard through the summer as they are now, then their opponents will certainly have their hands full in trying to keep the Warriors from getting to Tuscaloosa for the State Championship game where they are looking for redemption.
FoxSports/Scout.com hosted the Southeast Elite combine in Tuscaloosa on Sunday, and the talent showed up from all across the region to showcase their skills and compete against the best players in the country. The kids from Cherokee County High School in Alabama sent a message to the rest of the state that they are not satisfied with being the "runner-up" from last season.
Several competitors from Alabama.