Glass expects excellence

Krista Sager

Tuesday marked the Day 2 of the 9th Annual Atlanta Quarterbacks and Receivers camp. The camp was started by Walton High School Offensive Coordinator, Tripp Allen and is held in Walton’s Raider Valley. The camp runs Monday through Wednesday morning of this week. I am a former Walton Raider myself and went to the camp in its first year as an 11th grade receiver. This is my second year coming to the camp as a coach.

St. Pius X junior safety Nick Glass rode into Raider Valley early Tuesday morning with his teammates for Day 2 of the Atlanta Quarterback and Receivers camp. Glass was a key contributor on the 2011 Golden Lions defense that advanced to the Class AAA state quarterfinals. The unit held eight teams to less than six points and recorded five shutouts over the course of the year. Geno Smith was the leader of the defense for St. Pius X last season, and the shutdown defensive back will be playing for the Alabama Crimson Tide in 2012. After Glass’s successful sophomore season and Smith’s departure, the Golden Lions will look for Glass to lead the defense in 2012.

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Glass already ranks as one of the state’s top recruits for 2014. The four-star safety has committed to the University of Georgia and currently possesses FBS size, with half of his high school career still to come.

This is Glass’s second year coming to the Atlanta Quarterback and Receiver camp,and I got a chance to talk to him about the upcoming season and what lies ahead for the future Bulldog.

When Georgia showed immediate interest and offered Glass, it meant everything in his decision.

“They were my number one choice before the recruiting process began, so when they gave me an offer right away I knew it was a good fit for me,” said Glass.

The Bulldogs have already started recruiting heavily for the 2014 season, and Glass is aware of it. Glass was naming off all the talent already joining him in the 2014 Bulldog class and hopes to persuade others to join him.

“I want to put up big numbers this next season, and I want that fifth star next to my name,” said Glass. “I want us to be the top recruiting class in the country.”

Class of 2013 lineman and future Bulldog Brandon Kublanow was also working hard in Raider Valley early Tuesday morning. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Kublanow, otherwise known as the “The Finisher,” committed to the University of Georgia in late May and will play on the offensive line for Walton in this upcoming season. Kublanow was working with a speed and agility trainer, running and performing drills on the track on what was a day off for the linemen.

Walton’s Parker McLeod continued to throw good balls today, and after many of the quarterbacks had ran out of gas by the end, McLeod remained consistent and dominant in his drop and delivery. From the first rep to the last rep today, McLeod was extremely focused and firing the ball.

Glass and Tyren Jones are the two superstars at the camp that are not either a quarterback or receiver. They both camped here last year, and they always seem to run routes one after the other. Both Jones and Glass are taking advantage of getting reps outside of their positions for once, and seem to be having fun with it. Day 3 starts Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. in Raider Valley.

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