Nike Camp Notes, Part One

Attending Nike Camp is always a thrill, but perhaps no camp was more exhilirating than the one this past Saturday in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event had by far the most talent shown at a midwest camp since the start of Nike Camps. Many of those attending happened to be Hawkeye targets. Here is part one of my Nike Camp Notes.

Anyone who wants to believe it will be a cake walk in landing RB Greg Coleman and WR Adrian Arrington; think again. Michigan has Fred Davis and Arrington as their top two receiver prospects, and Andrew Johnson and Greg Coleman at the tailback spot. Arrington grew up a Wolverine fan, and has helped Coleman become one. It was easy for me to notice Michigan's interest while standing alongside Greg Coleman as Lloyd Carr's eyes never seemed to leave our area. Iowa will have a battle on their hands!

Speaking of Arrington, it is good to know another great athlete from Iowa also happens to be a great kid overall. Adrian is very well spoken, and also very polite. He measured at 6'3 1/2 177, and ran a 4.5. Fred Davis received much of the talk as the top receiver, but Arrington was the most impressive I saw. Some stated Fred ran smoothly, but he also had more problems catching the ball. Adrian ran his routes well, and also was a big target that seemed to bring the ball in from all directions. Not often does the state of Iowa produce a big-time receiver, but Adrian will easily be ranked among the top ten receivers in the country next year!

One defensive player to stand out was Detroit Cass Tech Defensive End Vernon Gholston (6'3 238 4.45) whom listed Iowa and Purdue as two early favorites. The Hawks have spoken about offering Gholston, and if his performance on Saturday has anything to do with it, the offer should be in the mail soon.

With Greg Coleman on the sidelines, it was a weak performance for running backs in Ann Arbor. Dowling's Ashland Grady and Clinton's Kevin Hart both displayed slower speed than expected, and their bodies looked a little rugged for their frame. However, both backs do produce on the field and have a shot of still receiving a D1 scholarship from somewhere.

One sophmore in attendance was linebacker Aaron Romano of Council Bluffs St. Albert. Alex Kanellis was unable to show due to wrestling, but Romano could be the second best prospect in the class of 2005 at this time behind Kanellis.

College coaches from Colorado, Missouri, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan, and Princeton were all there. Expect some Hawkeye coaches to show at the A&M camp this weekend, where I'll also be in attendance.

Tomorrow I will provide notes on QB's Chase Patton and Brian Hoyer, commit LB Matt Kroul, LB Kyle Williams, WR Nathan Swift, and more.

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