ROWLAND — Leading into high school football practice starting on July 31, The Robesonian’s sports reporter Jonathan Bym is publishing a countdown of the top 15 players in Robeson County, and South Robeson’s Cameron Werrell comes in at No. 13 on the list.
For the past two seasons, Werrell has been moved into different positions on offense for the Mustangs. Now going into his junior year, Werrell will likely see himself playing a few new positions, but this time on defense.
After making the move to tight end last year following a year at quarterback as a freshman, the big frame of Werrell could see time on the defensive line.
“I want to play defensive end and try to keep everything in the middle and maintain the outside,” Werrell said. “I want to be a run-stopper.”
Even though Werrell fits the bill with a large frame at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds to play on the defensive line, South Robeson coach Clay Jernigan still knows that he will have to prove he deserves the starting spot.
“Cameron will be playing both sides of the ball for us, if he does his part,” Jernigan said. “He’ll be playing tight end for us and probably some linebacker or defensive end.”
With Werrell’s size, Jernigan said that his soon to be three-year varsity starter has already drawn attention from college programs and that this year is his chance to make an impression.
“Cameron being a junior at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, there’s been some big time schools looking at him,” Jernigan said. “Carolina is dying for him to come up to camp.
“There’s just been a lot of people looking at him knowing he’s a junior and seeing what he can do.”
Knowing this, Werrell has goals for himself physically to work on his agility and skill set to continue to draw in attention on his game, and has made that a priority through workouts this summer coming off a knee injury.
“I’m trying to improve from last year and have a better work ethic,” Werrell said. “I’ve been working on my legs and getting my speed up and then being more explosive.
“Last year I can say that I didn’t block like I wanted to and I’m trying to do that and get get better as a blocker.”
Jonathan Bym can be reached at 910-816-1977. Follow him on Twitter @Jonathan_Bym.