Nike Camp -- Photos from Tuscaloosa

The Turnout for the Nike camp in Tuscaloosa was even better than expected, as several walk ups bolstered an already impressive list of talent. It was a warm day, and the skill positions shined. Here are a few pictures from today's action.

Tom Nash, the Strength and Conditioning coach for the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots, instructs the camp participants in proper ways to achieve their goals of becoming bigger faster and stronger.

Student Sports' Andy Bark gives out instruction for the day.

University of Alabama Quarterback Brodie Croyle demonstrates a drill while Head Coach Dennis Franchione looks on. Croyle calmly went through the drills that made him the #1 QB prospect in the nation 2 years ago.

Auburn Head Coach Tommy Tuberville observes the action.

Brodie Croyle stands next to Junior phenom Jemarcus Russell. If there was any questions going in to today about whether or not Russell was a legit 6-6 and one of the top prospects in the entire country, they were put to rest today. Russell throws the ball absolutely effortlessly, and it will be fun to compare him with Chris Leak at the camp in Athens.

Jemarcus Russell warms up.

With the wealth of talent on the field, it was hard for any one player to stand out at the wide receiver position, but Rosedale, MS receiver Chris Johnson sent a buzz through the crowd several times as he made one acrobatic catch after another.

Cedar Bluff, AL quarterback Cole Peace gets a drink. Peace showed patience and a strong arm during the individual drills.

Corey White of Bessemer, AL stood out in the RB drills. Tall and muscular, could play linebacker as well.

QB Curtis Taylor of Franklinton, LA is tall and has a smooth release.

Davious Gillespie of Tupelo, MS is compact looking, until one stand next to him and realizes he is a solid 6'0 and 210 pound running back.

The 2 time Georgia State Champion Parkview Panthers were well represented today. They lose only 5 starters from a 30-0 team. From Left: David Overmyer, Joseph Sturdivant, Todd Brooks, Dustin Wade, and Zeb McKinzey.

Parkview's Dustin Wade did everything well today. Not the flashiest of quarterbacks, but easily one of the steadiest.

Hands down the best defensive back in the camp on this day, Eric Gray of Trinity, AL made play after play after play in the one on one drills. On consecutive plays he showed his make up speed on a deep ball, and he showed his anticipation and quickness to come from behind and knock away a skinny post.

The biggest argument on the way to Tuscaloosa wasn't whether Ernie Sims was a #1 player in the south, it was whether to list him #1 at LB or RB. For the record, Ernie Sims and his 2 friends, left bicep and right bicep, went through drills a LB today.

Still not convinced? Ernie Sims runs the stride check. One high school coach has said that "He's an NFL Linebacker right now. Another, said today, "That's the next Bo Jackson or Herschel Walker." That's a lot of pressure, but if there is anyone physically able of meeting those expectations, it's Ernie Sims.

Offensive line may be one of the hardest positions on the field to come in and play as a true freshman, but River Ridge, LA product Jerry Sevin looks like he just came over from the Alabama practice field as a 5th year senior. At 6'3 290, he moved effortlessly through the agility drills. Some have called him the #1 center prospect in the entire nation.

Jerry Sevin and Zeb McKinzey look to go through the ladder drills. It's this drill that trips up most players, especially the linemen. Sevin and McKinzey were exceptional with their footwork.

Lexington Catholic athlete John Logan's 4.32 forty time on a notoriously slow surface sent shockwaves through the camp. A muscular 6'0 and 170 pounds, the soft-spoken Logan's stock just shot through the roof.

Johnny Daniels of Vicksburg, MS made sure the defensive linemen were well represented as well. He looked every ounce of 6'2 and 270 pounds, and he wasn't soft.

3 of the best looking defensive linemen in the camp went through drills together, from left: Xavier Mitchell of Long Beach, MS, Quontin Groves of Greenville, MS, and Devrick Hampton of Greenville, MS. The only battle better than the one on one drills was the argument that teammates Hampton and Groves had in the parking lot on who is the better defensive end (all in good fun of course).

WR Matt Caddell did not disappoint at the camp today. He had been touted as one of the top WR's in the south. Caddell, from McCalla, AL proceeded to have the best vertical jump at 39.4 and finished second in the shuttle. Oh yeah, he caught everything that was thrown near him as well.

Another player that looked physically ready for the NFL was the muscular 6-1 and 205 pound WR Chad Jackson from Hoover, AL. Exceptionally strong, he also turned in a 4.46 40 time.

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