Nike Tallahassee Camp Breakdown

Nike put on their annual football camp in Tallahassee at Florida State and more than 250 prospects attended the event. Picking players who shined is difficult as it seemed that almost everyone was on their "A" game Sunday. Here are a few who stood out.

Quarterbacks

I thought Brice Ramsey threw the ball the best of the QBs. The 2013 signal caller from Camden County is looking more and more like one of the nation's best for 2013. His passes had the most zip, he is fundamentally sound, and is a top tier athlete. He has yet to be the guy at Camden, but that will happen this year. We will be hearing plenty from him over the next two years.


South Lake's White doing drills
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Nathan Peterman, Nick Patti, Tyler Cameron, and Zack Hammond were in-state QBs who stood out on Sunday. Peterman is regarded by some close to Bartam Trail as a better prospect than Kyle Parker(Clemson starter), yet his recruitment has yet to take off. He is expecting plenty of schools to visit in the Spring and the offers should follow.

Patti is the state's best QB on the field. There is very little debate about that, but he is 5'10 and that will continue to haunt him on the recruiting trail. He holds three D-1 offers and simply put is a stud. He throws darts, can move, and has the cerebral ability to handle whatever OCs throw at him. Cameron is more athlete than QB and needs to work on his throwing. The consistency is not there yet, but his size, athleticism, and moxie have earned him a number of D-1 offers. Like Tebow, schools need to see that he just flat gets the job done. Hammond is on the rise due to good size and arm strength. He plays in an offense that does not showcase his skill set, but built on a strong performance in Texas at the Elite 11. He recently visited TCU, Oklahoma, and North Texas.

Running Back

Camps are tough on the RBs as they do not ever get a great chance to show what they bring to the table. All eyes were on Derrick Henry for good reason. The 2013 prospect is a rare combination of size(6'3, 225), speed(4.6), and agility. He may end up at a different position and will be one of the nation's most coveted players during the next cycle.

Three "little" guys really impressed: Adam Lane, Dazmond Patterson, and Jamie Gilmore. Lane is a well put together player who showed terrific speed. He may be short, but he packs some weight on that frame. He is even better on the field in pads where his toughness shines. Patterson has probably earned the most accolades this off-season of any player in the state. He simply can't be stopped 1on1. He is just 5'5, but if you are going to be that height, you might as well be built like him(near perfect). Gilmore gets it done with quickness and a great feel for the game.


Brooks was one of the top performer's at the camp
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Wide Receivers

No surprises here as Drico Johnson won the MVP award and James Brooks was fantastic again. Both players started this off-season off the radar and have put themselves amongst the top WRs in the state. Johnson has the great size, hands, and athletic ability to be a no. 1 type. Brooks is short, but well put together. We are still waiting for a CB to step up and shut him down. It did not happen at the 7on7, the ESS combine, nor on Sunday in Tallahassee. Impressive quickness for a player who carries 195 pounds. He will probably be a slot at the next level.

Patrick Harris had the best catch that we saw at the event. He went up in traffic to get it. He is certainly on the skinny side, but plays bigger than his size would indicate. Brooks and Harris will give 2013 QB Kris White a pair of BCS targets next season. Keep an eye on White, he seems to get better every week.

Dr. Phillips's Trey Griffey is really coming around. He has ELITE hands and this off-season has allowed him to develop his game. With Patti at QB, he could have a huge senior season.

The top two TE's were Kelvin Rainey and Laith Harlow. Rainey has not added much weight, but he is a quality athlete with good hands. He could play TE, OLB, or perhaps WR. Harlow has the size that schools are looking for and moves well for a big player. There has been chatter about him adding enough size to go to OL, but he would have a ways to go there. Both players are legit BCS prospects with Rainey seemingly leaning towards South Carolina.

We liked what we saw of Martin County's Justin Simmons. The two-way stand-out has excellent size at 6'2+ and the frame to fill out. He has flown under the radar thus far, but should earn some BCS offers in the Spring. He could play either WR or S.

Offensive Line

Schools flocked to Lake City Columbia last year for Tim Jernigan and they will be back for 2013 OT Laremy Tunsil. At 6'5+ he won the camp MVP award for the OL and has the look of one of the nation's best in that class. He is high on UF and LSU at this time.

Patrick Miller had a good day in drills, but struggled a little in 1on1's. At 6'6, he has what schools are looking for in terms of length and mobility as well as a nasty streak. He is a player that has added a lot of weight over the last year and just needs a little time to get comfortable with that size. He has a bright future and seems destined to play in the SEC.


Casher was dominant in 1on1's
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Defensive Line

A pair of FSU commitments stole the show here: Dante Fowler and Chris Casher. Both were unblockable in the 1on1's and seemed to be feeding off of each other. Both easily could play LB with the way they move and appear to be elite rush end's at the next level. This was our first chance to see Casher(out of state) and he was very, very impressive. Fowler has been doing this everywhere he goes and is clearly the state's top defensive linemen.

Quayvon Hicks showed why he is such an intriguing prospect. Most schools are recruiting him as an athlete with an eye towards FB or perhaps DE.

Linebackers

Hillsborough's Nigel Harris was the most impressive in drills. We first saw him vs. Armwood last year and the 2013 prospect was light's out at Nike. He's young, thus obviously needs to add some weight and strength, but he moves like a Safety and dominated out there.

Godby's Kadeem Thomas is put together the right way and showed better mobility than we expected. He is all of 220 pounds and used that size during the competition part. He has attracted significant interest on the recruiting trail, but is considered open at this time.

Garrett Hudson and Dallas Griffiths were a pair of impressive North Florida Christian prospects. Griffiths is following in the shoe's of his brother(Dallas) and is nice looking 2012 prospect. Hudson is the son of FSU's LB coach and played mainly DE a year ago, but will transition back to LB next year. At 6'2, he already has the size for BCS football. He had a strong camp and is certainly one to track for 2013.

Plant City's Jalen Butler had a strong day catching the eye of Scout.com's national analyst Scott Kennedy. His team is loaded with talent and Butler looks like a top defensive prospect.

Olympia's Ryan Bishop is very impressive physically. Cameron McCurry won the MVP award. He is a rising prospect from a school that has had been producing D-1 players.


Blanks showed why he is highly coveted on the recruiting trail
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Defensive Backs

This was probably the top group at the event with stand-outs Marcus Maye, P.J. Williams, Travis Blanks, Chris Bivins, Leon McQuay, and T.J. Davis. Each of those players are well known on the recruiting trail and all helped their stock in some way.

Maye is likely to play Strong Safety and is built just about perfect for that role. Williams, Blanks, and Davis are combo DBs who could help at both CB and S. Williams looks to have the best chance at playing CB and shined in the 7on7 portion where he did not allow the WR off the line of scrimmage. Blanks has added some weight and it is easy to see why he is coveted by Georgia, Auburn, and Clemson. Bivins continued his strong run of impressive performances and looks to be a pure CB at the next level. McQuay is likely to be one of the top prospects in the state(2013) and will be coveted by everyone. UF is way out in front for his services.

Lucas Thompson and Marcell Harris are not as well known, but they will be in the future. Thompson looks like a no brainer at Safety, but he showed some good coverage skills and might be the big CB that teams covet. Harris is another 2013 player that is moving over to South Lake and should provide them with another top DB after Nick Waisome graduated last year. At 195+ he already has college size and still has two more years to develop.

Overall

It was a great camp with a ton of talent. It was well run with the kids always moving from station to station and it was very competitive.

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