Hollywood's Top 10 Monday Campers

FightinGators.com was on hand for the full first day of Urban Meyer's Football Camp and came away impressed with some prospects we have seen before and a few new prospects that really put on a show. Here is a look at our top 10 campers from the first day of cam,p which specialized in linemen.

1. In my opinion, the top performer of the day was 2011 prospect DT Tim Jernigan; City (FL) Columbia County HS. Jernigan is a hulking 6-3, 295-pound defensive tackle that actually played a lot at defensive end today. He was the top performer at Friday Night Lights last year and is only going into his junior year here in 2009. The school uniforms look like LSU, but Jernigan was wearing a Gator hat when not on the field at the camp.

2. S/WR Jonathan Dowling; Bradenton (FL) Southeast HS has size, speed, and agility to be a top notch defender, but he showed some big time talent as a receiver on Monday. He is too hard to handle for most DB's because of his size and then blows by most of them anyway because of his speed and quickness. This Gator commitment could end up being a big time receiver in the future instead of a safety.

3. WR Darius Millines; Delray Beach (FL) American Heritage HS just got an offer last week from the Gators and there is little doubt in my mind that he could commit on the spot if he wanted to. One parent in attendance at the camp told me they heard a Gator coach tell Millines' coach they would take him this second if he wanted to. He is extremely quick, fast and has pretty good size. He was the biggest surprise to me and I am just about to say I would be shocked if he isn't in the class.

4. Michael McFarland; Tampa (FL) Blake HS is still growing into his body which is huge and needs more muscle, but he has a big time future ahead of him and is already very good. He is a legitimate 6-6 and can separate with his long strides. He has big hands and just has to mature as a pass catching tight end, which is coming fast for this young man. He will be at camp until Wednesday.

5. WR Ace Sanders; Bradenton (FL) Manatee was the quickest player at camp. He is Brandon James with a little less weight) and probably a little more speed. This guy was told they like him in the Brandon James mold and he lists Florida, Clemson, and West Virginia as his favorite at the moment. Nobody could corral this guy and he always made space instantaneously when he needed to. I think this one will be recruited hard through the whole process because I think he will be a very special player wherever he ends up.

6. DT Louis Nix; Jacksonville (FL) Raines HS showed some quickness he lacked as a junior. Nix is big and powerful, but he now uses his quickness to gain a little leverage and then over power his opponent with that leverage. I really liked the way he played on Monday and I know Coach McCarney was equally impressed by the way he talked to and about him with the other prospects.

7. Jamius Gunsby; LaGrange (GA) has a big arm and can hit most of the throws in this offense. He has good size to him, but isn't a big quarterback. He is very athletic and seemed to catch on rather quickly. I think he has probably moved ahead of all the other uncommitted quarterback prospects on the board at least until they get a personal look at Jesse Scroggins.

8. WR Jalen Saunders; Elk Grove (CA) Pleasant Grove HS is quite the unknown prospect and my California sources never heard of the kid either. He has lightning quick feet and I guess is a bit like Sanders, but I believe Sanders has a bit more bulk to him. The Gators are in on quite a few of these guys, but this is one that would fit in my opinion.

9. Demetre Baker; Orange Park (FL) Orange Park HS is a well put together prospect that runs very well for a linebacker. He needs a little work on his lower body, but has excellent burst and speed as we watched him break up quite a few passes in the middle of the field. He is definitely an option down the road if the Gators feel like they need a linebacker in the class.

10. Terrence Brooks, Dunnellon (FL) Dunnellon HS seemed like the only one ion the morning session that could keep up with Dowling and challenge the big receiver. Brooks broke up two long passes when Dowling got past him and then Brooks ran him down to tap the ball away at the last minute.

Others of note…

QB Marcus Smith; Columbus (GA) Hardaway HS – had some very good throws and seems to have the strength to hit anything. He does lack consistency, but the Gators should have time to mature a quarterback like Smith if they do make a move on him.

WR Michael Bennett; Alpharetta (GA) is one I really like and have liked since I saw him at a combine in Jacksonville back in March. He has good speed, is 6-3, and excellent body control and good ball skills.

WR Brandon Terry; Alpharetta (GA) is bigger than Bennett but isn't quite as fast and doesn't have the body control of Bennett. Still, he is a legitimate 6-5 and has good speed and neither of that is coachable.

WR Khary Franklin; Valdosta (GA) Lowndes HS was another small shifty receiver that performed very well on Monday.

TE Jonathan Garcia Cape Coral (FL) Ida Baker HS is evidently one that has impressed and one we will have to look for in the future.

DE Tavaris Barnes; Jacksonville (FL) First Coast HS has speed and size to be an elite player. He just needs to mix it up a bit more.

Punter Joe Mansour; LaGrange (GA) made a big impression on Urban Meyer or so it seemed with his punting. He wasn't nearly consistent enough, but on about every fourth punt he let off 60-plus yard bombs. I remember Chas Henry not being that consistent either when he came to camp as a rising senior and now he is an All-American type punter.


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