April 21, 2007

NIKE Camp Notebook: UGA Targets Shine

Not a lot of prospects with Georgia offers attended the Athens NIKE Camp on Saturday, but the ones that did stepped their game up. Three of the top targets for the Dawgs were named best at their positions and some of the others really stood out during their positional drills. A few prospects that entered the camp without offers could be close to receiving one as well.

Two Georgia commitments took home the award of best at position and one UGA linebacker took home the award for that position. The best running back on Saturday was clearly Martin Ward of Jonesboro (Ga.) - Mount Zion High School.

Ward measured in at close to 5-foot-11 and 196-pounds first thing Saturday and he began showing his ability at the beginning. He showed quick feet, good balance, good hips, and the ability to make people miss. The NIKE staff raved about his hands, feet, and vision on Saturday. The Bulldog commitment was named the best running back at the Athens NIKE Camp.

The top defensive back of the day went to Ward's cousin Brandon Boykin. Boykin has not played much cornerback in his high school days, but you couldn't tell that this weekend. He showed great hips, good strength, great athleticism, and ball skills. He was constantly showing his hands when he had the ability to make a play on the ball. Quite a few current Bulldogs (Prince Miller, C.J. Byrd, Tony Wilson, and Bryan Evans to name a few) were on hand for the one on one drills and they were all happy he was a Dawg.

Boykin is an athlete that plays quarterback in high school, but he is going to UGA to play corner. "It felt like home out here today," he said. "I thought I did well out there today. I knew Coach Martinez was watching me and that was great."

He had not played corner much, but he was happy with his performance overall. "I could always do better, but I thought I did well. I wanted to make Georgia proud of me and I think I did that."

Some UGA targets showed why the Dawgs are high on them

A number of prospects Georgia has already offered showed their ability today. Greater Atlanta Christian linebacker Christian Robinson was named the top linebacker after the camp and he really brought his top game on Saturday.

The biggest thing for Robinson is he is not scared to compete. He wanted to be at the front of the line each time and he was constantly looking to learn and make a play. He showed good hips, nice recovery speed, and the ability to move laterally. Robinson quickly showed Saturday why schools are really picking up interest in him. More offers are sure to be on their way.

Going into the camp the biggest name was arguably wide receiver Tavarres King. King picked up an offer from Georgia almost a year ago on the same practice fields as the camp was held on and the Dawgs have been high on his list ever since.

King immediately showed why he had close to 20 offers now as he just glided through the ladder drills showing his quick feet, fluid hips, and balance. He was catching people quite often during mat drills and just looked as smooth as ever. Early on during the one on one drills, King dropped a couple passes which isn't like him, but he bounced back with great hands to close out the day. He was still the top receiver there in many eyes.

One of the deepest positions at this NIKE Camp was offensive line and two of the better ones were Omoregie Uzzi and Cordy Glenn. Glenn looked like a monster out there at 6-foot-6 and 310-pounds. Uzzi was an intimidating prospect at 6-foot-3, 305-pounds.

Glenn worked at tackle and showed he was light on his feet throughout the day. He has a long extention when he reaches out and he looked like the perfect tackle prospect much of the day. He is still raw in pass blocking, but he improved throughout the sessions and showed his power and ability to drive people off the ball when run blocking.

Uzzi is just a specimen on the OL and he used brute strength today during the drills. He is used to playing defensive line and his athleticism continued to show during the drills. He moves quite well and he showed why he has around 10 scholarship offers. Uzzi wasn't fond of making the move to OL at first, but after the camp he looked at it differently.

"It wasn't as bad or as hard as I thought it was going to be," he said. "I knew it was going to be different, but I think I did pretty well. It was nice to go out there and learn technique and I will keep on working on it at Chamblee."

Other prospects performed well too

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