March 30, 2007

2007 NIKE Camp season kicks off in Miami


On Sunday, many of Florida's top prospects will head to the University of Miami in Coral Gables for the Miami NIKE Camp. The event, which annually kicks off the NIKE Camp series, is one of the better camps with regards to a high percentage of Division I-A prospects.


This year will be no different and may even represent a slight upturn in the amount of elite talent. The Class of 2008 in South Florida is a resurgent one and figures to restore the tri-county area (Dade, Broward and Palm Beach) to its rightful place among the nation's top talent-producing areas after a couple of somewhat down (by the area's standards) cycles.


Many of Dade's best are expected


Miami Northwestern High School figures to be well-represented. The school won the Florida Class 6A championship and finished 16-0 thanks in part to a star-studded junior class in 2006 and many of those players will be on display in Coral Gables.


Quarterback Jacory Harris, defensive linemen Marcus Forston and Benjamin Jones, linebacker Sean Spence and wide receivers Aldarius Johnson and Tommy Streeter all are expected to be at the event and compete.


Homestead's Marcus Robinson is a fierce pass rusher who could play linebacker or weakside defensive end in college. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder already holds offers from Miami (Fla.) and others and is one of the top prospects in Dade County for the 2008 class.


Defensive back Brandon Harris of Booker T. Washington in Miami is one of the most highly-recruited prospects at his position in this year's class. Auburn, Florida, Miami, Rutgers, Tennessee and West Virginia have stepped forward with scholarship offers for the 5-foot-10, 180-pounder.


Miami Edison offensive lineman Brandon Washington, who committed to the University of Miami this past weekend, is expected to be in attendance. The 6-foot-4, 310-pounder emerged onto the recruiting radar last year with a strong showing at the camp.


Another Miami prospect, Krop linebacker Etienne Sabino, will cap off a tremendous week with the camp. The 6-foot-3, 228-pounder has received offers from Miami, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Louisville this week, to go along with previous offers from a number of programs.


A potential sleeper to watch is Miami Coral Reef linebacker/athlete Malcolm Munroe. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder is the brother of Florida Gators defensive back Dorian Munroe and has the frame and athletic ability to be a major Division I-A prospect.


Another sleeper to watch is Miami Archbishop Carroll athlete George Baker. Baker attended the Miami NIKE Combine and ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash.


Broward's top prospects are confirmed


Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna's Jordan Futch could be one of the top prospects in Broward County this year. The 6-foot-3, 202-pounder already impressed with a strong showing at the Miami NIKE Combine in February, running a 4.58-second 40-yard dash and a 4.16 shuttle. Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Georgia Tech, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wisconsin have stepped forward with scholarship offers for the talented prospect.


Futch's high school teammate, Tarik Rollins, holds an Ole Miss offer. The 6-foot-2, 201-pounder is an SEC/ACC-level prospect at his position and will get the opportunity to compete and showcase his abilities.


Fort Lauderdale Saint Thomas Aquinas is no stranger to putting out top talent. Dorian Graham has an early offer from Duke and will be at the camp. His teammate, quarterback Mike Matthews recently moved to South Florida and enrolled at STA. He will participate in the camp as well.


Many of Palm Beach's best will be there


Pahokee High has three special talents, starting with defensive back Janorris Jenkins. Jenkins is a great high school football player who has the size, speed, toughness and tenacity to be a high-end cornerback prospect on the collegiate level. It will be one of the highlights of the camp to watch Jenkins compete in one-on-one drills.


Another Pahokee standout, wide receiver Martavious Odoms, will be a joy to watch in the one-on-ones. Odoms is a speedy, crafty receiver who excels on deep routes and turning short routes into large gains.


A third Class of 2008 Pahokee prospect, defensive tackle Micanor Regis, is also expected to be in attendance. Regis committed to Miami last weekend.


Atlantic Community safety Karnell Hatcher's reputation as a big hitter has helped him early multiple early scholarship offers. Alabama, Arizona State, LSU, Wisconsin and Ole Miss have offered the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder. Hatcher will get to showcase his coverage skills in the camp.


Lake Worth has two prospects, including quarterback Star Jackson and Joe Looney. Both will be at the camp. Jackson has an early offer from Georgia and Looney is getting looks from a number of programs as well.


Other Florida standouts expected


Three of the top prospects from the Lakeland, Fla., area are expected at the camp.


Kathleen wide receiver/defensive back T.J. Lawrence has multiple scholarship offers and will head to South Florida to compete. Lawrence, who has offers from Virginia Tech and others, has the chance to emerge as an elite prospect with a strong camp showing.


Lake Gibson offensive lineman Ricky Barnum has an early offer from Miami, among others. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder has good athleticism and will get to test himself against some of the best defensive line talent in the state of Florida.


Winter Haven quarterback D.C. Jefferson was the talk of last year's camp. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound signal caller has tremendous arm strength and will get the chance to test his skills throwing to a talented crop of wide receivers against some of the best defensive backs in the Southeast.


One of those defensive backs could be Orlando Boone's Jeremy Brown, who also is confirmed for the camp. Brown has early offers from Auburn and Tennessee, among others, and will get the chance to show why on Sunday.


A potential sleeper is Sanford Seminole's Adrin Haughton. The big, athletic lineman played gets a shot at showing he belongs among the best prospects in the Sunshine State for this year's class.


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