Kameryn Metcalf is one of the best players from the Orlando, FL area in the Class of 2022.
The 5-foot-8, 157-pound Metcalf, who attends Bridgewater Middle School, is a dynamic prospect that works as a quarterback, running back, tight end and linebacker for the East Orlando Predators organization.
During his outstanding youth football career, Metcalf has also played for the Fayetteville Buccaneers and West Orange Bobcats.
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Metcalf has already received plenty of recognition during his outstanding youth career, such as:
East Orlando Jr MVP 2016 EOJP 12u, East Orlando Jr MVP 2017 EOJP 14u, FYFCL All Conference Team 2017 and Football Hotbed All American (6th and 7th grade).
Metcalf is humbled for the opportunities to showcase his skills against the best of the best.
“To me it humbles me and gives me more drive and determination to keep doing what I am doing. It pushes me even that much more and gives me another goal to exceed,” Metcalf said. “The experience of those all star events was some like no other. They allowed me to compete with the best of the best. It showed me what others are doing in their football career and how much more I have to do to continue to get better.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Metcalf is determined to give it his all.
Metcalf is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Metcalf steps between the lines.
“My mindset when I play at my position is that I will be the best. My mindset is very aggressive and focused,” Metcalf said. “Though I play my game with much aggression it is controlled aggression. I play full speed all game with only one speed. Full speed.”
Metcalf has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Metcalf tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“What I love most about playing football is the family. I love the brotherhood and camaraderie of playing football,” Metcalf said. “I love the fact that I know my brother has my back and that I have his. I love knowing that he will do whatever it takes for me and the team and that I know I will do the same for them.”
Metcalf has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Playing football has taught me many things that I incorporate into my life. Football has taught me that in life you have to work for everything and nothing will be handed to you,” Metcalf said. “I learned you have to have a voice of your own and fight every day for your spot and job because there is always someone right behind you just as hungry as you are.”
Metcalf recalls his favorite football memory.
“When we played the Patuxent Rhinos at AAU Nationals in 2017. It was a feeling I will never forget, even though we lost that game in triple OT. I caught the interception to take our game into overtime. During overtime I scored three times at three different offensive positions, running back, quarterback and receiver,” Metcalf said. “I felt my team was relying on me, the coaches were going to me and the fans were cheering for me. Even though we lost I felt unstoppable.”
Jade Gummer has coached Metcalf for one year with the East Orlando Predators organization.
Gummer explains the best parts of Metcalf’s game.
“Kam is a true technician. He spends so much time in film study and off the field work in the off season that when he gets on the field it truly is the dress rehearsal,” Gummer said. “He is a student of the game and a coach on the field. He knows the other team’s tendencies even before the coaches.”
Metcalf takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Metcalf makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“The way I demonstrate being a good teammate is by being the one person on the field everyone knows they can count on. Whenever I am on the field my teammates and coaches will know that I will always go 100 percent on every play and that I have their backs. I will never give up,” Metcalf said. “The best advice I have given my teammates is play for your brother. I can recall one game specifically when one of our teammates was injured and we had to finish the game without him. Everyone was down because our brother (our teammate) was a very impactful on when he was on the field. I could see the pain in their eyes. I told them we had to finish this game strong and do it for him. We came out of that game with a 32-0 victory.”
Gummer adds that Metcalf is one of those consummate teammates that every squad needs to be successful.
“On the field he is the unquestioned leader, but his commitment to his training with coach Tom Shaw, his film study and his love the game and his teammates makes him the unquestioned leader at all times,” Gummer said. “His leadership is demonstrated by his contributions on the field.”
Metcalf is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“One of the many things I have learned from my coaches about being a better player and person is that hard work pays off and staying truthful to your word will give you miles of success,” Metcalf said. “I also learned to continue to be a good leader and role model.”
Gummer is an advocate of Metcalf’s capabilities.
“Against the rival Apopka Raptors he not only started at linebacker and made key stops but he also made key blocks from the running back and tight end positions as well as lined up in the backfield and ran the ball for touchdowns,” Gummer said. “He epitomizes what it takes to be a team player and truly embodies the will to win.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Metcalf also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Metcalf has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“His football IQ makes him a special player. His keen awareness for what he is supposed to do and what all of those around him are supposed to do makes him a special talent,” Gummer said. “ I have never been around or coached a player with a better football IQ on both sides of the ball. It is incredibly apparent that Kam studies the game at home and on a very high level. Talk football with 10 seconds with his mom or brother and you will see that they are a football family.”
Metcalf is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft in any way possible.
“Blue collar/lunch box mentality to practice every day,” Metcalf said. “He puts in the work and it shows on Saturday.”
Gummer explains why he compares Metcalf to this former Michigan star.
“Because of his uncanny versatility on both offense and defense Kam’s skill set reminds me a lot of Jabril Peppers in how he can be utilized,” Gummer said. “He can easily play corner, linebacker or drop to safety. Then he can help you in the return game or line up at any skill position and make things happen with the ball in his hands.”
Meanwhile, Metcalf looks up to the player selected by the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
“A player I look up to is Minkah Fitzpatrick,” Metcalf said. “I look up to Minkah because I love the style of play he has and the versatility of his game. His size, speed, agility and football awareness is amazing. I look up to him very much.”
Metcalf is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“My goals on and off the field are to go to college, play football, get an amazing education and take care of my family. ‘Faith, Family and Football’ is my motto. I want to be the best player who was ever drafted and the best person I can be,” Metcalf said. “I want to be the Michael Jordan of the NFL. I want to be the guy who kids look up to and want to be like.”
Before the pros, Metcalf dreams of following in Fitzpatrick’s footsteps at Alabama.
“I want to play for Alabama because growing up I always watched Alabama defensive players and their aggressive defense,” Metcalf said. “I have visited the Crimson Tides stadium multiple times and standing in the stadiums shadow on the steps feels like home.”
Metcalf lists math as his favorite subject in school.
“It is challenging,” Metcalf said. “I love being challenged and math makes me work very hard and think through the processes.”
Gummer outlines the next areas of improvement for Metcalf.
“Because Kam is such and unselfish player, he is constantly making up for the blemishes of the team,” Gummer said. “However, this season he truly is focusing on developing his personal skills as a defensive back that will help translate his crazy football IQ to the field as a varsity player.”
Gummer believes the sky is the limit as long as Metcalf continues to stay hungry.
“Kam has Power 5 talent with an Ivy League IQ and GPA,” Gummer said. “ Not for nothing, he is an absolutely dynamic kid on and off the field. He’s a ‘Yes ma’am, yes sir’ kid with a smile that will light up any every room he steps in to. To know Kam is to have met a friend.”
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