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By Tim Winters, 07/15/20, 4:00PM EDT


Seven Union County football players descended on the VTO Sports Elite 100 showcase event held at the Matthews Sportsplex on Sunday.

Ryan McEvoy (Metrolina Christian), Dominick Kelley (Cuthbertson), Gavin Thomas (Cuthbertson), Myles Lopez (Cuthbertson), Tommy Miller (Metrolina Christian), Austin Burns (Parkwood) and Cole Hardy (Parkwood). 

It was my first look at Metrolina's Ryan McEvoy (6'2", 185), the rising senior QB. McEvoy looked sharp, throwing a deep ball consistently and accurately. 

Dominick Kelley (6',1", 212), a rising OL sophomore at Cuthbertson, competed well and did not appear overwhelmed by a camp filled with upperclassmen. 

Gavin Thomas (6'6", 225) and Myles Lopez (6'4", 300) the final two linemen were representing Cuthbertson HS. Thomas, a defensive lineman, has impressive size with quick feet and burst- a nightmare for O-linemen and QBs.

Lopez had an outstanding combine, excelling during morning and afternoon sessions enough for the rising senior to earn a Top 5 OL performance voted on by VTO camp coaches.

Tommy Miller (5'11", 180), is Metrolina's rising junior defensive back who played very well during the few stints I was able to witness.  Miller grabbed the first interception during the 7v7 session and finished with at least two picks. Miller is explosive, athletic, and flexible, one of the best coverage DBs in Union County. 

Austin Burns (6'2", 210) is Parkwood's rising senior who played in the OLB spot last season and was the team's backup QB.  Burns competed as a QB on Sunday as played well, displaying both a strong arm and touch.  Burns was the team's leading tackler last season and named to the Union County Dream Team. 

Cody Hardy (6'5", 235) was Parkwood's second-leading tackler and placed second on the team's sack list last season.  Unfortunately, I didn't catch many of Hardy's reps on Sunday, but I've seen him in live Friday night game action on a few occasions. He has a motor,  intensity, and focus on the ball carrier that you want from the linebacker position.

The Elite 100 is one of the premier annual combine events in Charlotte. Typically held in March, VTO Sports, like everyone else trying to run a business, had to reschedule their calendar. 

Drawing over 200 athletes from the Carolinas and as far as Pennsylvania and Ohio, VTO Sports did a great job managing the whole event under the current NC Phase 2 Covid-19 restrictions. It was a significant undertaking overseeing simultaneous activities on four soccer fields.

The four fields were broken up by position- QBs,  WRs, OL/DL, and LB/DB. Multiple position coaches were responsible for not only coaching but also establishing and maintaining physical distance amongst athletes.

Tag(s): UCPS Athletics  Parkwood  Cuthbertson  Cuthbertson Varsity Football  Parkwood V Football