May 4, 2007

Best of NIKE: Top prospect from each camp

There are five Nike Football Training Camps in the books and six more to go. Here's a look at the top overall prospect at each of the camps so far, according to Rivals.com recruiting analyst JC Shurburtt, who has been at each of the events.





Top prospect from each NIKE Camp


MIAMI, April 1

Patrick Johnson CB, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely

Johnson in action


Johnson was dominant in one-on-one drills during the Miami NIKE Camp. Those drills, in which the quarterback and receiver have natural advantages, are very difficult for a defensive back to perform in at the level Johnson did. Johnson showed off his excellent ball skills and recovery speed and it's clear to anyone who watched him that he has natural ability, size (6-1, 190) and hips to be a lock-down corner in college. Johnson is committed to the University of Miami after considering scholarship offers from all three major in-state Florida programs, most of the Southeast and others.


LOS ANGELES, April 15

Matt Kalil, OT, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite

Kalil in action


The 6-foot-7, 280-pound Kalil has a lean frame and will easily be able to carry good weight when he gets to college. What stands out the most about him are his extremely soft feet and advanced athletic ability. He's also extremely flexible and has long arms, which will allow him to be able to achieve excellence in pass blocking as well as run blocking. Kalil just saw his brother Ryan taken No. 59 overall in the NFL draft and there's an excellent chance that Matt will go even higher if he develops as expected when the time comes. Kalil is committed to the University of Southern California.


ATHENS, April 21

Tavarres King, WR, Mount Airy (Ga.) Habersham Central

King in action


King obviously needs to add some strength and weight to get to where he can be, but the electric wideout proved why many believe he's the top prospect in Georgia at his position for this year's class (it's a good year as fellow Georgians Brice Butler and Josh Jarboe are no slouches). King has good hands and accelerates out of his breaks very, very well. He has little trouble getting separation against defenders and has outstanding hands. King is expected to commit somewhere within the next month and Georgia is his current leader with Clemson, Florida and Notre Dame all being mentioned.


TALLAHASSEE, April 22

Jacobbi McDaniel, DT, Madison (Fla.) Madison County


The Class of 2009 standout not only is explosive off the ball, he's very quick in pursuit and when dealing with secondary blockers. He also has extremely quick hands and great strength for a defensive tackle. McDaniel's skill level is so advanced, he was the camp MVP out of a group that included Class of 2008 standouts Brandon Thompson (who has offers from Florida State, Florida, Clemson, Georgia and others), Earl Okine (committed to Florida) and Anthony Hill (committed to Florida State). Florida State has had excellent success at Madison County High over the years, so expect the Noles to be a major player here.


FORT WORTH, April 28

Jeff Fuller, WR, McKinney Boyd

Fuller in action


King obviously needs to add some strength and weight to get to where he can be, but the electric wideout proved why many believe he's the top prospect in Georgia at his position for this year's class (it's a good year as fellow Georgians Brice Butler and Josh Jarboe are no slouches). King has good hands and accelerates out of his breaks very, very well. He has little trouble getting separation against defenders and has outstanding hands. King is expected to commit somewhere within the next month and Georgia is his current leader with Clemson, Florida and Notre Dame all being mentioned.


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