Liberty County High School football players Richard LeCounte, Jacari Roberts and Jacquez Williams all participated in the 2014 MVP Football Camp on Sunday in Valdosta, and one Panther was recognized for his outstanding play.
LeCounte took home the prize for the top underclassman, and according to national recruiting analyst Chad Simmons, that recognition was no big surprise.
“LeCounte is a freshman with a dozen scholarship offers already, and he showed why Sunday,” Simmons said. “After making an unbelievable one-handed catch during the defensive-back drills, he continued to shine in coverage all afternoon. He has great instincts, he makes plays on the ball, and he has great range. The 2017 prospect out of Hinesville … will be able to name his school.”
247sports.com writer Kipp Adams said, “In a field of several sophomore and junior (Football Bowl Subdivision) prospects, the freshman once again gave the most dominating performance. The 6-foot-1 cornerback makes it look easy on the field and is very fluid in his transition and is not lacking in confidence either. There is no doubt that LeCounte is an elite prospect, and schools such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia and Ohio State have already come forward with offers.”
Matt Osborne of SouthernPigskin.com said LeCounte impressed the coaches in attendance with his elite speed, foot quickness and ball skills. LeCounte first caused eyebrows to rise when he finished the 40-yard dash in 4.47 seconds. “LeCounte would go on to shut down every receiver that came his way the remainder of the afternoon,” Osborne wrote. “After he made it very apparent early on that he was impossible to beat with speed, most receivers tried to defeat LeCounte by relying on shorter routes with quick cuts. LeCounte countered by bursting out of his breaks to deflect numerous passes. He concluded his day by jumping an underneath route and intercepting the pass in the one-on-one showcase — after which, he spiked the ball in celebration.”
Osborne added that LeCounte is rated as a five-star prospect in the 2017 class.
Panther offensive coordinator Ryan Glazer said Roberts and Williams also had impressive showings at the camp.
According to scout.com, more than 250 football players took part in the camp on Sunday, with high-school players from Alabama, Florida, Virginia and Georgia making up the bulk of the participants.