- By Jason Dougas Lewis
- In High School
The Sound Mind Sound Body football camp was a playing ground for the six Los Angeles high school players that made the trip.
The Cali Boys: (L to R) Marcus Moore (Culver City High School), David Williams (Dorsey High School), Noah Whitney (Dorsey High School), Coach Jay "Speedy" Tatum, Stanley "Scrappy" Norman (Culver City High School), and Jason Lewis Jr. (Fairfax High School)
Culver City cornerback Stanley "Scrappy" Norman was taking the fight to the wide receivers, as he was named the camp's MVP. 1,200 athletes were on hand, and Norman was the best. Photo by Jason Lewis
Dorsey wide receiver David Williams did not have any problems against some of the nation's best high school cornerbacks, as he was named the camp's best wide receiver. Photo by Jason Lewis
Article originally published in the Los Angeles Sentinel www.lasentinel.net
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor (2010-2013)
Athletic trainers Jeff Johnson and Jay "Speedy" Tatum of Elite Athletes in Los Angeles put out the word that there would be a number of scouts from major colleges at the Sound Mind Sound Body football camp in Detroit, Michigan. Scouts from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, and several other Mid-Western schools.
Six local players answered that call, as David Williams (Dorsey High School), Noah Whitney (Dorsey High School), Equanimeous St. Brown (Servite High School), Jason Lewis Jr. (Fairfax High School), Stanley "Scrappy" Norman (Culver City High School), and Marcus Moore (Culver City High School) made the trip out to play against some of the best high school athletes in the nation.
By the end of the camp, everybody was talking about 'The Cali Boys' because they dominated across the board.
Norman, a cornerback going into his junior year, was named the camp's MVP, as he lived up to his nickname, "Scrappy." Norman is known to fight with wide receivers and get under their skin, which is where his name comes from. After one receiver from Cleveland pushed off of him to make a catch, Norman took that personal. The next time he lined up against that receiver, he drove the receiver right off the field and pronounced to everybody that he wasn't having any of that.
Williams, who will be a senior this upcoming year, was named the best wide receiver of the camp, as he used his speed to gain separation on defenders, and even when he was not open, he used his size and strength to out muscle the cornerback for the ball. He showed a supreme confidence, as it did not matter who lined up in front of him, he was going to beat his man, several times for touchdowns.
Williams took a smart approach, as he took several passes from Whitney, his quarterback from Dorsey. The two were on the same page as Whitney, who will be a senior, had a great feel for when to release the ball, and where to put it so that Williams could make the catch.
As soon as the scouts saw St. Brown's 6-4, 190 lbs. frame, they were pulling him out of the drill line to talk to him. Some scouts did not even need to see the junior to be run routes to know that they wanted him. When he did line up against defensive back, he showed that his combination of freakish height, size, and abilities were too much for the elite cornerbacks to handle.
Lewis, who will be a senior, was putting on a Houdini act. When cornerbacks would line up close to him in bump and run coverage, they were not able to get a hand on him, and he used quick moves and hand fighting so that the cornerbacks could not bump him. On one play he saw the cornerback with his hands down, so Lewis shoved him off balance and then took off into his pattern.
Moore, who is entering his sophomore year, showed no fear as he lined up with the upper classmen, while most of the other younger players lined up against freshmen and sophomores. He more than held his own, and he will have two more shots at winning the best receiver award as he will return to the camp over the next two seasons.
All of the Los Angeles area players are coached by Elite Athletes, which also coaches college and NFL players. From the training that they have received from Johnson and Tatum, they were able to stand out against several Division I prospects.