Miami NFTC: Defensive Preview

The Nike Football Training Camps are headed to Florida this weekend with events being held Saturday in Orlando and Sunday in Miami. will have full coverage of both events, today we preview the defensive side of the ball in Miami.


There is no shortage of defensive line talent with headliners Jason Strowbridge, Marlon Gonzalez, and Keivonnis Davis. Strowbridge is a long athlete with an impressive first step that could fit into several different defensive schemes. Gonzalez plays the game as hard as anyone and he is very stout at the point of attack. At 250-255 pounds he could end up anywhere on the line. Davis has flown under the radar a bit, but expect that to change after this weekend.

There is no question that it is a down year at the defensive tackle position in the Sunshine State, while we expect some names to emerge as the process continues, right now it is still "light" on top tier kids. Rising junior Aaron Thompson has the potential to be the best in the state in his class, while light in the seat (very young), pop the film in and you will see a player that dominates inside.

At 6-2 plus McFadden has ideal length at cornerback
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Miami did an excellent job of identifying Charles Perry early in the process. A long-time commitment Perry has continued to progress as a prospect and reminds many of an "early 90s" Miami linebacker----one that can play sideline to sideline and cover like a DB. Emilio Gibbs has not garnered the attention he deserves, his size should stand out as well as his moxie and competitiveness.

Dominic Sheppard and Te'von Coney are both being recruited to the BCS level. Sheppard has the size schools are looking for and will need to show the speed and fluidity in drills to play against spread based attacks. Coney's stock has been on the rise.


Like the wide receiver position on offense, there is no shortage of DBs who will be in attendance. 1on1's should be insanely competitive at this event.

Headlining the cornerback position is Tarvarus McFadden, Tim Irvin, Tyler Byrd, Rashad Fenton, Trevon Sands, and Davante Davis. Both McFadden and Davis stand 6-1 plus and have ideal size for the college game. Irvin is a tremendous athlete that shows physicality on the edge. Byrd can fly, he has rare speed and special tools. Fenton and Sands are Dade County play-makers who have seen their stock take off over the past six weeks.

Safeties Rashard Causey, Calvin Brewton, Kevin Williams, and Kendrell McFaddden will patrol the middle of the field and each brings a little something different to the table. Brewton is coming off an injury so he is itching to compete against the best. Williams, Causey, and McFadden are representing a particularly deep year in Broward County at the Safety spot. As good as this group is in shorts, it is better in pads.

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