NIKE Camp Recap

Led by an outstanding group of defensive prospects, this year's NIKE Training Camp may have been the best ever. Among the big-time standouts at the camp were St. Thomas Aquinas superstar Tavares Gooden, and Palm Bay teammates Joe Cohen and Reggie Nelson.

It was the day of the defensive ends. There was an incredible amount of defensive ends, including several big time prospects. With Joe Cohen playing running back, it allowed others to take the top honor. And that would go to either Sebastian River's Kevin Williams (6-7, 262, ran a 4.94, and dominted drills. He's a Bryant McKinnie lookalike in the face) or Dillard's Stanley McClover (6-2, 226, ran a 4.56 and was outstanding in 1 on 1 drills).

Cohen was the top prospect there today. I understand a lot of people might like Ernie Sims and that's understandable, but I'll be glad to go with Cohen. He's dominated his entire prep career and his game will translate exceptionally well. He measured at 6-2 1/2 and 238 today, running a 4.47/40 and bench pressing 185 pounds 27 times. He's a very tough kid too, having played 3 games last season with a partial tear in his MCL. This kid will be in the NFL someday, and he says UM is definitely in the thick of things.

Teammate Reggie Nelson proved why he's probably the state's top safety prospect heading into May. At 6-0 and 174, he ran a 4.37 and had an awesome time in the shuttle. He competed at wide receiver per his coach's request, and still dominated. He has a natural feel for this game and athletically, he's off the charts. Also, you want to see a hitter, watch this kid.

The top offensive prospect today was probably Jefferson's Andre Caldwell. He has everything you want in a wide receiver at 6-1. He's a tremendous athlete, and he plays with great body control and pure quickness. He has lots of explosiveness and great hands. Simply a playmaker, he might be the state's No. 1 wide receiver prospect right now. Fortunately, he mentioned UM as much as he did Florida -- where his brother Reche played for three seasons.

UM commitment Dave Howell tested well. He checked in at 6-foot-5 (taller than I expected) and 296. He showed off excellent strength with 26 reps on the bench and did a 4.84 shuttle run. He's a very good athlete who moves his feet very well, but I'm not sure his tenacity level will allow his game to translate to major college football at the DT position. I think he probably has more upside as an offensive guard, and a very good one.

The biggest surprises were a few sleepers doing extremely well. Boca Raton WR/CB Jimmy Sutton was 5-10 1/2 and 168 and ran a 4.41/40, 4.09 shuttle and jumped out of the gym. He lined up mostly as a WR where he's got very good body control and big play flair. His game translates a little better on defense because his hips are so loose and he runs extremely well. He's in your pocket as a cover guy. He kind of reminds me of a young Terrell Walden. Definitely a kid to watch.

Another sleeper that emerged was offensive lineman Mario Henderson from Lehigh Acres (same school as Buchanon). He's a very talented kid and he's huge at 6-7 and 329. He ran well, he plays with good leverage and has quick feet, plus a nasty attitude with good strength to boot. He dominated Howell during 1 on 1 drills on one play. He was probably the best OL at today's camp, although Jacksonville's Aubrey McPhadden is probably a little more talented and might have a little more upside at this stage. Another OL to definitely watch is Andrew Bain at Ely, who was extremely impressive. More on him later.

Again, I'll have much more as the week goes on, but I wanted to give you guys a start to your week!

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