Nike Camp Standouts

In Sunday's update, The Territory's <b>Dave Peters </b> focused on the quarterback prospects at the Florida Nike camp in Gainesville. Today we will talk about some of the other prospects who stood out. Click here to read this <b>exclusive </b>coverage from Dave.

Editor's Note: The Territory's Dave Peters attended the Florida Nike Camp in Gainesville Sunday.


Jacksonville Mandarin cornerback Tony Carter got the top billing at the camp by winning the MVP award.

Despite checking in undersized (5-foot-9 and 145 pounds), the speedy defensive back turned heads by running a blazing 4.31 second 40-yard dash and recording a 32 inch vertical. According to his head coach, Carter had the fastest time at the camp. In skeleton drills Carter stuck to wide receivers like glue. He got beat once by the pump fake but for the most part he was way too quick and fast for his man to get open.

Even with an outstanding showing, Carter wasn't totally satisfied.

I did all right," Carter said. "I could have done better."

On Saturday, Carter attended the Florida State spring game and had the opportunity to speak with defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews.

Carter has been getting a lot of media attention but there's another defensive back in the Mustang secondary that's no slouch. Safety C.J. Hirschman checked in at 190 pounds and he ran a 4.58 40- yard dash. He had a very nice day by performing well in drills.

So far he has had offers from Syracuse, Stanford, Mississippi State and FAU.

Another Mandarin player to watch for is running back is Johnnie Hunt. He ran a 4.58 40 and he could be Jacksonville top rusher in 2003.

Probably one of the most outstanding looking athletes at the camp was linebacker/tight end Brandon Siler. The Orlando Evans high school junior checked in at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds and he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds. During drills, it was next to impossible to cover him. There is no doubt that he will be one of the most sought out linebacker/tight end prospects in the country.

Kenny Ingram of Orlando Edgewater was another athlete that caught The Territory's eye. The 6-foot-5 and 195 pound wide receiver/safety ran around a 4.5 40 time in the camp. On Sunday, he lined up as a wide receiver and made several nice catches. With his size and speed combination, he could become very dangerous at the next level.

Some of the teams he's favoring early are Miami, Florida State, Oklahoma, North Carolina State and Colorado. Ingram has been told that Miami and Florida State will most likely offer him this spring.

Another wide receiver that got the attention of onlookers was Lake City Columbia's Reshaun Jones. The 6-foot-1 and 170 pound standout used his size, speed and athletic ability to make a lot of nice catches. Cornelius Ingram mentioned how well the North Florida prospect looked.

Wakulla's Jim Tartt passed the eyeball test. The 6-foot-4 and 310 pound offensive lineman looks like his body is ready for the NFL. Right now, he has a top three of Georgia, Florida and Florida State.

After the camp, the buzz going around the Locker room was how impressive Haines City teammates Tony Joiner (Safety) and Johnnie Williams (linebacker) looked. Williams grew up a Florida State fan while Joiner rooted for the Canes.

With the Noles need for safety and Coach Odell Haggins recruiting Polk County, it will be interesting to see if the Bartow native can turn Joiner away from the Canes.

Look for interviews and photos on several of these players during the course of the week.


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