March 30, 2006

Junior to Watch Blog: 3/30

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NIKE Camp registration information has been mailed out to prospects all over the country and already many are beginning to return their forms and confirm their spots for one of the 12 NIKE Camps across the country. Today the Blog continues to take a look at some of the top confirmed attendees...

*Homestead (Fla.) has a tremendous junior class that will be back for their senior seasons this fall, and one of the Broncos' will be looking to improve upon their 4-4 mark versus tough Class 6A District 16 competetion. One of Homestead's top players for next year will be linebacker/strong safety Maurice Harris. Harris, a 6-2, 200 pounder, totaled 80 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior last fall, as a key cog in a Homestead defense that only allowed 12 points per game. He has the size and speed to play either safety or outside linebacker in college, judging from his performance at last year's NIKE Camp in Miami, where he clocked a 4.62 40 and a 4.25 shuttle on his way to a 67.07 SPARQ Rating. Harris currently lists his favorites schools as Miami, Florida, FSU and North Carolina, reporting offers from Miami and Florida, and he'll attend the NIKE Camp in Miami again this spring on April 9th.

Perhaps Homestead's top prospect in this year's class is wide receiver Alphonso Bryant. Well-built at 6-2, 200 pounds, Bryant is also a terrific athlete, recording a 73.12 SPARQ Rating at last year's NIKE Camp, where he was one of the top underclassmen in attendance along with teammate Harris. His combination of speed (4.44 in the 40) and strength (315 pound bench press) have drawn comparisons to a young Andre Johnson, and not surprisingly Bryant, who was an honorable mention all-Dade pick as a junior, lists Miami as one of his early favorites. The Canes are also among the first to offer Bryant a scholarship, along with Florida State, Florida, South Carolina and Pitt. Bryant likes those schools along with Clemson and USC early on and will look to impress on April 9th at the NIKE Camp in Miami.

While Bryant maybe the most dynamic weapon on the Homestead offense, the player that makes the whole unit go is 6-0, 183 pound quarterback A'Jami Guyton. Another very good athlete who could play a number of different positions in college with his 4.5 speed, Guyton lined up primarily under center last fall and totaled 16 touchdowns while passing for 858 yards and rushing for another 312 in eight games. Also a part of the Homestead basketball team, Guyton currently likes Georgia, LSU, Tennessee, FSU and Oklahoma, and has also picked up his first offer from Pitt. Guyton will attend the NIKE Camp on April 9th and also the Elite 11 QB regional camp on April 8th in Miami.

Bryant and Guyton should lead the Homestead offense in '06 and a player that will lead the defense is 6-3, 230 pound defensive end Jameil Farrington. Farrington was Homestead's top defensive lineman and an honorable mention all-Dade pick in '05 after totaling 14 sacks and 55 tackles. Another very good athlete with a best of 4.7 in the 40 yard dash, Farrington will attract his own list of suitors this coming year and already boasts an offer from Pitt. The speedy rush end currently lists Miami, NC State, LSU, Georgia and Florida as his top schools. Farrington will be alongside his teammates on April 9th at the NIKE Camp in Miami.

*The state of Delaware is not known as a football hotbed, but every couple of years a big-time prospect seems to emerge from The First State. This year appears to be one of those years, as 6-5, 250 pound defensive end Devon Still already holds a bushel of offers and is drawing looks from schools all over the nation. The Wilmington Howard lineman had a big junior year, totaling 55 tackles, 21 tackles for loss and five sacks to earn second team all-state honors while also starting at offensive tackle and earning third team all-state there as Howard finished 9-2. Still's big frame and athletic ability have made him a big priority for most of the college coaches on the East Coast early on, as Still already lists 15 offers and more are coming in each week. Penn State, Syracuse, Maryland, Virginia Tech and Tennessee are Still's current college favorites and he has offers from all five except the Volunteers. Still will attend the May 6th NIKE Camp in State College.

*Charlotte (N.C.) Vance produced a top defensive back in the Class of 2006 in Virginia signee Rico Bell and the Cougars have another one for this year in Justin Byers. Bell used a huge showing at the NIKE Camp a year ago (4.37 40 in Blacksburg) to vault onto the national scene, and the 6-1, 180 pound Byers hopes to do the same this year, as he plans on attending the April 29th NIKE Camp in Athens. The speedy cornerback had 75 tackles, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries a year ago, earning all-conference honors. NC State is the first to offer Byers and they rank as his favorite college, followed by Clemson, Virginia, Florida and Georgia.

*Being freakishly big at 6-6, 325 pounds, but also possessing good mobility with a best of 5.1 in the 40-yard dash, offensive tackle Sergio Glenn figures to draw his fair share of attention from colleges over the next 10 months leading up to Signing Day. Currently receiving mail from the likes of North Carolina, NC State, Clemson, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, East Carolina, Virginia, Viginia Tech and Wake Forest to name a few, Winston-Salem (N.C.) North Forsyth big man lists the Wolfpack, Fighting Irish, Tigers, Pirates and Volunteers as some of his early favorites. An all-area pick as a junior, Glenn will be one of many stars from the Carolinas in attendance at the May 21st NIKE Camp in Clemson.



If you are a coach or parent that would like to get a top junior involved with the NIKE Camps,
NIKE Combines or Elite 11 Quarterback events, or featured on the Junior to Watch Blog, email Brian Stumpf if you are located in the Eastern or Central part of the country ([email protected]) or Greg Biggins ([email protected]) if you are in the West.





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