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5 Thoughts on Warren Academy Showcase Camp

August 20, 2020

Former Husker and NFL player Steve Warren organized the Warren Academy Showcase Saturday. High school prospects from the area came out to take advantage of the first opportunity for recruiting exposure in a while after spring and summer evaluations were lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total there were around 140 prospects that came out to go through position drills and one-on-ones.

Hail Varsity was on the scene to check out the action. Here are my five thoughts from the camp.

Fidone Is the Real Deal

Coming into the camp there was a buzz about 4-star tight end Thomas Fidone‍ being in attendance. He certainly didn’t need to showcase his skills. He is one of the most heavily recruited tight ends in the country. But he wanted to compete and he did not disappoint. Fidone is an impressive looking prospect physically. He moves well too and is a mismatch nightmare for defenders.

It’s easy to see why the Huskers, LSU, Texas and others are chasing him. Stay tuned to Hail Varsity for more from Fidone on where his recruitment stands.

Deshawn Woods Is an Impressive Athlete

When you see the 2022 Omaha Central lineman you quickly see why he has the early offers that he does. At 6-3, 260-pounds, he doesn’t have much bad weight on him at all. Woods had a really nice camp particularly in the one-on-one run blocking drills.

I’ll have more later on his recruitment. But Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa State are the schools contacting him most at this point.

Kaden Helms Will Blow Up

We’ve talked a lot about 2021 prospect Keagan Johnson or 2022 tight end Micah Riley. It’s time for Husker fans to get to know Kaden Helms. The hybrid tight end has a great frame at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds. He ran good routes and displayed good hands through the camp on Saturday. Iowa State is his lone offer right now. I expect that to change in a big way soon. He’s a legitimate Power 5 prospect in a long line of them from Bellevue West.

Makhi Nelson-Douglas One to Watch

Nelson-Douglas is one of the prospects in the state who was affected most by camps and visits not happening this spring and summer. I believe he’d be on recruiting radars much more if he could have gone on the road to show what he can do. He has displayed good size, quickness and aggression during camp. He could have a big senior season at Elkhorn South.

Great to Have Football Back

It’s been a tough stretch for young athletes as they hopefully prepare for a football season this year. When events like the Warren Academy Showcase happen it’s easy to remember why they are so important for high school athletes. Many athletes were able to show they’ve been working through the pandemic. Players like athlete Aiden Young, offensive lineman Isaac Zatechka, defensive linema Aiden Betz and defensive lineman Kaedyn Reynolds all had great days showing their skill sets. Hopefully this camp is a sign of what’s to come in the state of Nebraska.

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