With some of the top names in the South taking part the camp will go down as one of the more talented in recent years at AU with as many as 50 potential Division I players in attendance.
Among the top performers was wide receiver Kamar Aiken. A standout at Chamanade Madonna Prep in Hollywood, Fla., the physical wide receiver was among the top players in the camp. While he didn't run a 40-yard dash, the 6-2, 205 Aiken performed well in the one-on-one drills and left no doubt that he's one of the South's top receivers.
Kamar Aiken is a big receiver who uses his size to go across the middle and make the tough grab.
Easily one of the more impressive physical specimens in attendance at the camp was Williamson tight end Nick Fairley. Measuring in at 6-3 ½, 258, Fairley ran a 5.03 40-yard dash and had a vertical jump of 29 inches. Fairley showed good hands in one-on-one drills but definitely looks like his future is on the line in college.
Defensively several top players performed well as linemen Neland Ball from Jackson, Ga. and Adewale Ojomo (6-2 ½, 216) from Hialeah, Fla. stood up well against some top offensive line talent that included tackle Chase Dumphord from Paris, Ken. Checking in at 6-5, 313, Dumphord showed good footwork and got better as the day progressed. Ojomo had a 35 inch vertical, a 4.78 40-yard dash and a 4.41 second short shuttle, all very good numbers.
Camps are always a time to find speed and there was plenty to go around on Saturday as several top times were turned in by wide receivers and defensive backs. The best time of the day came from junior wide receiver Harry Adams (5-10 1/2, 173) from Dillard High in Ft. Lauderdale. One of the top sprinters in Florida his first two years of high school, Adams ran back-to-back hand-held stopwatch times of 4.3 and 4.37 seconds to blow away the field. Also showing out was Danny Daggett from Josey High in Augusta, Ga. He ran a sub 4.4 time and was impressive in drills.
Another top time came from Eufaula quarterback Jerrell Jernigan. Despite his 5-9, 170 frame, Jernigan is one of the top playmakers in Alabama for the 2006 season and Saturday he gave a glimpse of what opponents have in store this fall. Working with the wide receivers, Jernigan ran a 4.48 40-yard dash to have one of the Top 10 times overall.
Jonathan Dwyer shows his skills during drills with the running backs.
While some numbers were good, many of the top players chose to watch instead of performing. At the top of the heap as far as notoriety goes were a pair of running backs. Marietta's Jonathan Dwyer and Panama City's Enrique Davis both made the trip to Auburn on Saturday to check out the facilities and coaching staff. While Dwyer decided to work out in the one-on-one drills against other players, Davis instead spent his time touring the campus and city. He said that the time spent in Auburn was well worth it for him.
"I like Auburn a lot," Davis says. "They've been one of the schools with me from day one. It was nice to be here and check out the facilities and hang out with Mike (Michael McNeil) and Kenny Irons. I also hung out with Jonathan Dwyer and Bailey (Bailey Woods). We just all had a good time clowning around and checking out Auburn.
"It was nice hanging out with Kenny Irons. I got to talk to Coach (Tommy) Tuberville and Coach (Steve) Ensminger and all the Auburn coaches. The whole coaching staff, I like all of them and get a good feeling about every single thing.
"Auburn is just a great place," he adds. "They have produced a lot of great running backs like Bo Jackson, Cadillac (Carnell Williams), Ronnie Brown and now Kenny Irons. He's good too. They always have top-notch running backs and that's something I look at. They have a back going over 1,000 yards every time you look and they use more than one back. Two of them shine in one season. I look at that."
With his trip to Auburn, Davis said that the Tigers are definitely one of the teams he's looking heavily at as he continues to prepare for his senior season. With offers too numerous to count, Davis said that he's got his list narrowed down to a manageable number as the calendar inches towards August.
"I have a top seven," Davis said. "The schools I'm looking at real hard are of course Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Florida State and I'm still looking at N.C. State and South Carolina. Florida is still in there I guess, a little bit."
Davis wasn't the only top-rated player who watched from the sidelines as two of Alabama's top prospects came down early Saturday morning to meet with the coaching staff before the camp began. Linebacker Eltoro Freeman from Benjamin Russell High in Alexander City has offers from several top schools, but Auburn appears to be the leader after his visit. He's expected to make a decision as early as next week.
Auburn linebacker coach James Willis gives instruction to Marshall "Scottie" Williams, who also camped at Auburn in June. He transferred to Southwest DeKalb, Ga., High for his senior season.
Defensive lineman Josh Chapman from Hoover High also visited with his family and met with the coaches before the camp began. Chapman says that he hopes to have a final decision before the season begins. He says his trip to Auburn has the Tigers seriously in the running and they are expected to be the team to beat when the final decision is announced.
Quarterback Kodi Burns, who made the long trip to Auburn from Arkansas, didn't work out at the camp, but did meet with AU offensive coordinator and QB coach Al Borges and offensive line coach Hugh Nall, who is recruiting him for the Tigers.