NFTC Chicago: Top Sleepers

The NIKE Football Training Camps are not just for prospects with offers and high profiles, it is also a chance to shine for kids who are ready to emerge. Here are a handful from Chicago who do not have any offers, but showed they can play with anyone.


1. Jesper Horsted
Wide Receiver | Roseville (Minn.) |
Outstanding hands, ball skills and hand-eye coordination were on display as he made several "wow" catches included a one-handed grab that may have been the play of the day.

2. Malik Fuller
Cornerback | Ann Arbor (Mich.) Pioneer |
In a group that featured several who have offers, Fuller came away with MVP honors, displaying quick feet, a competitive nature and produced good results in one on ones.

3. Hasaan Enis
Safety | Atlanta (Ga.) Druid Hills |
Nice sized kid who covered well in one on ones. A nice all around athlete who plays running back in high school but looked at home in the secondary, likely at safety based on size and skill set.

4. Patrick Kilcommons
Offensive Lineman | LaGrange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy |
Kilcommons battled and fought against some of the top defensive linemen in attendance and won his share. He has a good base and solid technique and should impress this summer at camps.

5. Devon Hickman
Guard | Chicago (Ill.) Mt. Carmel |
Another offensive lineman who came in without a ton of press clippings, but showed well. He was solid in one on ones, showing solid athleticism and strength.

6. Michael Owens
Center | LaGrange (Ill.) Nazareth Academy |
Owens had good results in one on ones. He showed the ability to recover when beat initially and did a nice job with his hands. He fits best as a center and that's where he worked out at.

7. Donavan Lynch
Linebacker | Noblesville (Ind.) |
Lynch is a solidly built kid who showed he could move around and play in space. Coupled with what we've seen of him on film, he's definitely one to watch in the spring eval period.

8. Nick Connelly
Defensive End | Red Wing (Minn.) |
Connelly is huge at over 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds. He could be an ideal end in a 3-4 system, but we also like his frame and potential as an offensive tackle if he were to go that route..

9. Cole Kotopka
Quarterback | Plainfield (Ill.) East |
Some of the campers were calling Kotopka "Andrew Luck" because of his size and resemblence to the Colts' star. Kotopka, despite windy conditions, lived up to the name and threw it well.

10. Javon Burruss
Offensive Lineman | Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle |
Massive kid and so strong that when he got his hands on guys, it was over. Struggled more with speed guys, so may be best suited for guard, but had a good showing in one on ones.

11. Dan Werner
Tight End | Mount Vernon (Ind.) |
Good athlete and H-back type who ran good routes and caught the ball well. Better speed and quickness than expected and an all-around good performance.

HONORABLE MENTION
Erik Mikkelson - OL - Oswego (Ill.)
Tirone Young - RB - Warren Central (Ind.)
Eugene Shulski - RB - Kenosha Tremper (Wisc.)
Michael King - WR - West Bloofield (Mich.)
Jaxon Brown - S - Eau Claire Regis (Wisc.)
Vance Barnes - RB - Minnetonka (Minn.)
Deshawn Foster - WR - Detroit Mumford (Mich.)
Ja'Mar Antwine - WR - Pontiac



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