CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The first stop of the NIKE Training Camp Tour attracted more than 250 of the top players in the Southeast to the University of Miami campus on Sunday. The NIKE Camp is a great opportunity for many of the nation's top players to either improve or decrease their stock in the eyes of national recruiting analysts. Rivals.com now presents a look at the Hot 11 players from the camp in the evaluations of recruiting analysts Jeremy Crabtree and Jeremy Patterson.
Not only did Fayson of Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough test off the charts with a 4.32-second time in the 40-yard dash, he also put up 17 reps of 185 pounds in the bench press, had a 36-inch vertical leap and a 4.01-second time in the shuttle. He also showed drastic improvement in his passing technique. He still is a little raw and has more room for improvement as a quarterback, but the upside is definitely there for him to be a major athlete that also happens to play quarterback.
Sure Paris of Vero Beach (Fla.) Sebastian River was a known name heading into the event, but nobody expected him to blow up like he did. He entered the camp as a solid prospect but left as a potential national recruit. Paris measured in at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, clocked a 4.54-second 40-yard dash time, 4.5 shuttle, 16 repetitions in the bench-press and a 29-inch vertical leap. In the one-on-one drills everybody that he went up against he beat With a lightning fast first step, long arms and a thin frame that has plenty of room for growth, he was this year's version of Ricky Jean Francois at the camp.
Tampa represented again as Rose, the big lineman from Tampa Jefferson, was the top offensive lineman in the camp. Rose didn't exactly blow the doors off when he clocked in a 5.7-seconds in the 40, but when he got on the field and got to showcase his great blocking ability. He went head-to-head with all of the very talented defensive linemen in the camp and came out ahead every time. He had very good pass pro technique and his long arms and brute strength made it impossible to get past him. He entered the camp considered to be an elite national recruit, and he didn't do anything to diminish that thought.
Heath of Palm Beach (Fla.) Lakes looked remarkable in the speed and agility portion of the camp, in drills and in one-on-one competition. Heath clocked a 4.6-second time and was one of the most commanding prospects at receiver. It would have been exciting to see him head over to defense and work on locking down some of the talented receivers because he's just as talented on that side of the ball, but he looked the part of a national recruit that will have more offers than he can handle.
James of Immokalee, Fla., came into the camp recognized as one of the nation's truly elite running backs. He said he was disappointed that he didn't run as well as he expected when he clocked a 4.6-second time in the 40 because of a tweaked hamstring. But in the looks and on the field department James definitely excelled. He measured in at 6-foot and 201 pounds, was long, lean and looked like a cheetah with his ability to change direction and accelerate in the blink of an eye. He entered the camp as an elite national prospect, and he left at the same level.
Deas said he wasn't pleased with his 40-time of 5.3 seconds, but he had to be happy with everything else he did on Sunday. Deas was the only defensive lineman that gave Rose a true test. Even though he wasn't able to beat him head-to-head Deas pushed Rose to the limit, and he also dominated everybody else he faced. He has the build and body of an interior lineman, and he had some of the biggest biceps ever seen. Once he tones the rest of his body, he will be a real keeper.
Paris' clone at the camp was Drummer of West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman. Wearing bright, shiny blue shoes, Drummer stood out in every portion of the camp. Drummer said he slipped twice while running the 40 and still managed to block a 4.95. He also had a decent 4.4 shuttle, 16 reps on the bench and a 32-inch vertical leap. But it was in the one-on-one drills where his quick first step and long arms allowing him to get past the would-be blocker time after time.
There is nothing hokie about this stud receiver from Pahokee, Fla. With a lean frame that is suited for speed, Porter couldn't be caught in the one-on-one drills. He beat defenders time after time with a combination of fluid routes and jaw-dropping breaks to the ball. Entering the camp, Porter was just starting to wake up to recruiters, but watch for his stock to shoot up the charts after a solid performance on the field Sunday against some of the best skill players in the nation.
Lewis of Hialeah (Fla.) Miami Lakes really started to grow on observers throughout the drill portion of the camp. After making strides at the EA Sports Elite 11 Regional Quarterback workout, Lewis continued to improve Sunday afternoon. He had a strong arm, solid mechanics and as the day went on he became more accurate and accurate. He still has room for improvement, but his great frame, very good athletic ability and eagerness to learn and get better pushed him up the list and likely into the minds of colleges.
Holloway of Hollywood (Fla.) Parkway Academy tested through the roof and even though he did get beat a few times in one-on-one drills, his solid overall performance earns him a spot on this list. At 5-8 and 153 pounds, Holloway finished fourth in the 40 with a 4.35-second time. He also racked up a SPARQ score - a formula that combines all of the testing results together - of 91 and just missed taking home top camp honors.
You could have picked a number of defensive backs to fit this spot, but the nod goes to Thomas of Zephyrhills, Fla. Thomas measured in at 6-0 3/4 and 186 pounds, clocked a 4.55 40 and had a 4.06 shuttle time. He was also amazing in ladder and cone drills, displaying quick feet and great ability to change direction. In one-on-ones he was also solid, using his strong upper-body to play tight with the receiver. Thomas was one of many really talented defensive backs, and the one thing he does share with the others in the group - the will to compete.
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