BALTIMORE -- The last stop on the Under Amour tour brought out some of the region's top prospects and some noteworthy sleepers. Sunday featured great performances from upperclassmen, particularly at the skill positions, despite consistent reps in 95-degree heat.
The running back group was one of the deepest and two prospects headlined the unit with strong showings.
On film, Crusoe Gongbay (Rockville, Md.) shows flashes of under-the-radar running talent, and he was just as impressive in person. He looks as if he has gained a lot of size since his junior season and has a strong, compact body structure with the room to add more size. One of top backs in Maryland, Gongbay ran and tested well with a best time of 4.51 in the 40 and 7.09 in the long shuttle. From a skill-set standpoint, he looked smooth for a thicker back in his lateral movements and showed good burst out of his cuts during drills. He's a nice target in the passing game as well, and while he needs to polish his hands, he lined up in the slot on a few occasions and created mismatches on linebackers of lesser athleticism. The three-star running back holds just a written offer from New Mexico but said he had a verbal from Temple and Colorado. That list should grow, as Gongbay said a lot of programs are waiting for final junior grades and test scores.
Malcolm Crockett (Washington/Collegiate Academy) was the other back who stood out from the pack. He ran a 4.5 flat during testing and was explosive and physical during drills and one-on-ones. A difficult matchup for linebackers in space with his blend of good quickness and power, the top back in the Washington area has a lot of interest on the recruiting trail. He claims offers from Michigan, West Virginia, Georgia Tech, NC State, Marshall and Temple. With pads on, he's a strong downhill runner with good explosiveness through the hole and said he is looking for an I-formation offense to best showcase his inline skill set.
Big receiver Bridge shows big skills
Dexter Bridge (King of Prussia, Pa./Conestoga) was not overly flashy but still showed BCS-conference-level talent on a few occasions. He currently holds offers from Illinois and NC State and is hearing from a few other big programs such as Michigan State and Rutgers. Bridge is a big-framed receiver with some room for continued physical development, which will complement his possession-type skill set. He's not a burner (4.59 40) and tends to gear down out of his break, but he shows good natural explosion (31.5 vert) off the line and is difficult to press and take away leverage on. Bridge also has big, strong hands and a large catch radius and caught the majority of balls thrown to him away from his frame. He's a likely a solid second or third receiver at the major-college level.
Defensive backs move to the front of the line
The defense back unit had another successful day.
Justin Motley (Landstown, Va./Virginia Beach) continued to prove he's a 2012 DB to watch, and a few rising seniors established themselves with strong performances. Hasker Hudgens' (Greenville, S.C./Southside) junior season was his first playing organized football, but you would never know it. He displayed great range as a high-point safety and used his good height, wingspan and overall body length to get over the top of routes and break up passes. Hudgens lacks great initial burst off the hash and great top speed, but this long-strider could be a late bloomer if he can continue to develop physically.
Jerrell Armstrong (New Bern, N.C.) ran well during testing (4.5 40) and was one of the better cover corners in Baltimore. He recovers quickly and is a competitor on the contested jump-ball showing good leaping and high-point skills for a shorter corner. In regard to his college recruitment, Armstrong said he played mostly quarterback last year and only has sophomore film that showcases his cover skills. Programs such as North Carolina, East Carolina and Duke are awaiting senior film before fully evaluating.
Other notable DB performance came from two Maryland natives; Lorenzo Fisher (Elkridge, Md./Friendship) and Juleon Killikelly (Baltimore, Md./Western Tech).
Fisher posted a 4.59 40 but actually played faster during one-on-ones and was very difficult to create separation on with his good breaking quickness and underneath anticipation skills. He made a couple of great undercuts on out routes and is currently holding offers from some non-BCS schools, including Eastern Michigan and Buffalo.
Only a rising junior, Killikelly is already one of the fastest track athletes in Baltimore and a potential BCS-conference prospect with the fluid cover skills and instincts. He lacks great height but posted impressive times of 4.49 in the 40 and 4.31 in the short shuttle.
• 2012 Running back Brian Regan (Cherry Hill, N.J.) was clocked at a 4.37 and posted the fastest time of the day. The New Jersey native missed half his season last year with a broken wrist but should have a breakout fall with the ability he displayed in Baltimore.
• Quarterback Mike Faful (Hunt Valley, Md./Loyola Blakefield) showed well-rounded skills. He was smooth and consistent in his drop and setup.
• Keep your eye on 2013 quarterback Juwaan Williams (Stone Mountain, Ga./Tucker). Aside from natural athleticism at the position, he showed balanced footwork and patience going through his downfield progressions for just a rising sophomore.
• 2012 receiver Jaleel Dukes (Hylton, Va./Woodbridge) has some size to his frame for an outside receiver and used his length to make a couple of nice grabs away from his body.
Billy Tucker is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting and has close to a decade of coaching experience at the college and high school levels.