At a National Playmaker's Academy workout, top talent isn’t in shortage. Some of the best prospects from across Tennessee converge at least once a week to compete and improve their craft. This Saturday was no different, and three Lebanon standouts surprised many with their efforts.
Athlete Chandler Crite plays quarterback at Lebanon, but the 2019 prospect worked out at wide receiver in the workout. Crite displayed solid quickness and good hands through out the day.
“When I was a Daviess County (Kentucky) as a freshman, I played wide receiver and also some safety. Last season as a sophomore, I played quarterback at Lebanon. I bring a good attitude, and I just love the game of football,” said Crite.
“This year, I think they could rotate me at corner and safety and just move me around the field. I really like it at Lebanon. It’s a lot of fun, and we have a new coach. He’s hard on us, and he makes us work.”
In addition to his work on the football field, Crite also works in the classroom. The 6-foot and 175-pound athlete sports a 3.6 GPA. He also ran track and played basketball while at his previous school.
“I did track to keep my speed up and me sure that I didn’t lose anything and get me faster. I played basketball as a freshman just to stay in shape. I did the 200, 400, 4X1, and the 100,” said Crite.
Crite no longer plays basketball or runs track as he is now focused on improving in football.
“I want to work on the take off and catching the football more consistent. I just want to work on the things to make me better. I want to camp at Tennessee and Vanderbilt this summer,” said Crite.
Crite’s teammate, linebacker Kemon Neuble, also had a solid day. The 6-foot and 215-pound linebacker showed agile feet and great awareness throughout the day.
“I got hurt back last summer, and that slowed me down last season. I am 100% now. I feel pretty good now. I’m looking forward to the year,” said Neuble.
“I feel like my speed has gotten a lot better. I feel like that I can move much better. I am a lot stronger. My strength is my aggressiveness. I am hands on which is what I like to do. I feel like that is the best part of my game.”
The 2018 linebacker feels 100% now, but he is still focused on improving his speed and quickness this offseason.
“I want to improve my footwork this spring. You know that slow feet don’t eat. I’ve got to get my feet faster,” said Neuble.
Another name that caught the eye of several in attendance was 2018 wide receiver Adewale Oluwatobi. The 5-foot-10 and 170-pound wide receiver was consistent throughout the day.
“I bring crazy explosiveness, ball skills, and moves. I bring big play ability. I can catch the short one and take it to the house. I can catch the deep ball. I can make 1-on-1 plays. I can do whatever coach needs me to do. I bring athleticism and explosiveness,” said OIuwatobi.
If he continues to show improvement, he’s a prospect that could definitely turn heads on the summer camp circuit. Until then, he hopes to improve some things this spring.
“I need to work on foot work. With better footwork, I can run crisper routes and be more efficient. I need to work with my quarterback and the route tree just to make sure that everything is good for the season,” said Olewatobi.