Nike Camp Takes Over Gainesville

More than 300 of the top prospects from Florida and Georgia will be on hand at the practice facilities of the University of Florida Sunday. The Florida Gators are hard pressing a great deal of the prospects that should be in attendance and will no doubt love to have them on campus to look around. will be on hand to cover the camp and bring back our impressions.

Unlike the Nike combines, the camp will focus more on individual skills at each position and give the players in attendance a great deal of time working with coaches about techniques and the things they need to practice to be better football players.

In a great year for quarterbacks nationally, the Gainesville showcase promises to host some big names. At the top of the list for Florida is Jeff Driskel of Oveido Hagerty. Driskel is a big time signal caller that has all the tools Florida is looking for in a sharp passer. Hard charging Phillip Ely of Tampa Plant should also be in attendance. Ely has been in the spotlight for a couple of years now and has progressed physically to go with his ability to throw and move with the ball in his hands.

Kevin Sousa of Lake Nona is an intriguing prospect with big time size and athletic ability at the quarterback position. We spotted Sousa at a combine in Jacksonville in February and he really showed some tools to be a big timer. The top out of state signal caller expected in is C.J. Uzomah of North Gwinett. Uzomah is another fine athlete that has a nice arm and is being coveted by plenty f big time schools.

Some local flavor includes Gator legacies Kade Bell of Neptune Beach Fletcher and Ryan McGriff of Gainesville. Bell is the son of Gator great quarterback Kerwin Bell and is starting to attract some major interest from big time programs. McGriff is part of the extended McGriff family of Gator Greats and is a promising quarterback for the Purple Hurricanes this season.

Two very promising quarterbacks for the 2012 class that are scheduled to attend the camp are Gray Crow of Clearwater Countryside and Nathan Peterman of Jacksonville Bartram Trail. Crow transferred from Ocala Trinity Catholic and has some great tools for the game while Peterman is an up and comer and along with Bell helped the Jacksonville 7-on-7 team win the big tournament in Tampa last month. Peterman is a smart quarterback that doesn't make too many mistakes.

At running back, another one of the Gators top targets will be on hand with James Wilder Jr. of Tampa Plant. Wilder is a super athlete and could be five-stars at several positions, he is off and on whether he wants to play running back or not. Another serious talent expected in is Demetrius Hart of Orlando Dr. Phillips. Hart is smooth and fast and has some pretty good size to him. He is exceptional for a running back in the passing game as well.

Florida State committed running back Eric Beverly of Jacksonville First Coast is also expected in. Beverly was an early commitment to the Seminoles.

A couple of fast risers at running backs should be in Gainesville as well. Tre Mason of Park Vista is a burner who is starting to make some noise among recruiting fans. Tom Smith of Apopka can bruise you or run around you and comes from a great program.

Two studly underclassmen running backs are expected on Florida's campus this weekend as well. Class of 2012 big back Matt Jones of Armwood has really started to make some noise on the recruiting circuit. While Gator Great legacy Kelvin Taylor of Belle Glade Glades Day will be here in somewhat of a flashback from 15 years ago being the son of Fred Taylor.

Fullback Hunter Joyer of Tampa Catholic may be the only fullback the Gators are recruiting this year and he is a special one with size, power, and the ability to move at his size.

Receiver is another good group led by Florida target Kelvin Benjamin of Belle Glade Glades Central. Benjamin stands about 6-6 and weighs in around 210 pounds. He is a monster receiver that can go up and catch anything thrown his way. He should do well with excellent coaching and good quarterbacks at this event. Andre Davis of Tampa Jefferson is a big name on the recruiting front and every big school in Florida and the south is recruiting him. Ja'Juan Story of Brooksville Nature Coast Tech is another big receiver that everyone including Florida is hot after.

Isiah Myers of Olympia is the step brother of last year's dynamic cornerback Lo Wood and all Myers does is make plays. He had a huge weekend in March at the Tampa 7-on-7. One other receiver to watch this weekend is local boy Saveion Gibson of Gainesville Eastside. We met up with Gibson in Jacksonville at a combine a few months ago and he has some tools for the next level.

The top tight end in attendance would also be the top defensive end in attendance. Brandon Fulse of Ft. Meade is a beast and will really make a great player on either side of the ball and wherever he goes.

The offensive line has a very good representation in a year not thought to be too great with numbers. Georgio Newberry of Ft. Pierce Central is a prospect Gator recruiting fans are well aware of. Garrett Clark of Daytona Beach Mainland is expected in and when all is said and done, he will grade out very well at the camp. Tony Posada of Tampa Plant has some great size and is really starting to build some momentum in recruiting circles. Trey Pettis of DeLand is committed to FSU, but has been to Florida several times since that commitment. Nathan Theus of Jacksonville Bolles is a long snapping specialist and a center and will be attending with his younger brother from the 2012 class. John Theus is already being recruited heavy even though he is a an underclassman.

Besides Fulse who we mentioned at tight end, there are a trio of intriguing defensive ends that are scheduled in. Gainesville HS has a pair of bookends in Trevarris Saulsberry and Jordan Williams that already have offers from the likes of South Florida. Ryan Bryson of St. Augustine Pedro Menendez was in camp at Florida last year as a sophomore and was very impressive. He was big then and should be much bigger now.

At linebacker it is another mall but solid group at the top. Serderious Bryant of Sanford Seminole, Robert Way of Belle Glade Glades Central, Tony Steward of St. Augustine Pedro Menendez, and A.J. Johnson of Gainesville (GA) are expected to be here. Steward camped at Florida a year ago and has great speed and tenacity for the position. Johnson had an extended visit in Gainesville for spring practices last month.

At cornerback, Nick Waisome of Groveland Southlake seems to be the front runner and has offers from all over the place including the Gators. Waisome has been to Gainesville numerous times including last month for spring practice. Joe Eason of Pahokee and Spencer Waseem of Apopka are two corners that have really good size and pretty good speed as well...they are two we will be watching.

The safety position is expected to be the most loaded of the bunch. Led off by the big time tandem of Wayne Lyons of Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas and HaSean Clinton-Dix of Orlando Dr. Phillips. These two will be regarded as two of the top five in the nation at safety when all is said and done.

Chris Johnson of Ocala Trinity Catholic is a combine warrior and often leaves camps and combines as the best player at the safety position. It will be interesting to see how he stacks up to these other guys in this setting.

Karlos Williams of Davenport Ridge Community and Cortez Davis of Daytona Beach Mainland are both committed to FSU and also quality prospects at the safety position.

With more than 300 prospects expected in there will certainly be more stars to come out of the mix. We will be there to cover it for you.

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