After last year's camp which was dominated by excellent wide receiver prospects, many believed this year's group of receivers would not be quite as talented.
Headlining the group was one of the most talented wide receivers I've ever seen at this age - Tampa Jefferson's Andre Caldwell.
The brother of former Florida wideout Reche, Caldwell put on quite a show. After checking in at 6-foot-1 and 177 pounds, he ripped off an impressive 4.19 shuttle run and then dominated every drill he was put through, including 1 on 1 drills at the end of the camp. At 6-1, he has idea height for the college game and he plays with outstanding body control. There wasn't a better route-runner there, and he displayed big play flair all afternoon. I think his game will translate really well and Caldwell could be a Top 5 overall prospect in Florida right now.
Two kids that worked out with the wide receivers but will likely end up playing another position at the next level were Palm Bay's Reggie Nelson and Boca Raton's Jimmy Sutton.
At 6-feet and 174 pounds, Nelson had a blazing 4.34 shuttle run and had a 4.37 40-time. During drills, he was off the charts athletically. He's the type of athlete that doesn't come around too often. He's very quick to pick up on little aspects of his game, and in 1 on 1 drills, he attacked the ball in the air better than any wideout at the camp. That's one of the reasons I think he's the state's top safety prospect and like Caldwell, might be a Top 5 overall prospect in Florida.
Sutton checked in at 5-foot-10 1/2 and 168 pounds. He ran a camp-best 3.90 shuttle time, showing off incredible lateral quickness. His ability to burst in and out of his cuts is on par with Senorice Moss from last year. However, Sutton doesn't have the greatest hands and he's not the best route-runner yet. Like Nelson though, when the ball's in the air, he attacks it. He doubled as a cornerback during some of the drills and looked absolutely natural. He's in your pocket with coverage and has big play flair from that position. He reminds me a lot of Terrell Walden from last year's camp. I think Sutton has major upside as a cornerback, and might be one of the state's top three prospects at that position.
Although he'll play running back for Barron Collier H.S. this season, Oscar Walker showed last Sunday why he'll be an exciting wide receiver prospect for a lot of coaches. He measured 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, and he has a tremendous physical build. Walker was the best player at the camp in terms of beating his man coming off the line of scrimmage. When he decides to get physical, forget about it. He also showed off rare quickness for someone that size by turning in a 4.18 shuttle run, third best among all the wide receivers. I think the combination of size and speed/quickness alone will allow Walker to be a major Div 1 prospect, then you combine his skills as a player on the field, it makes him even more attractive. One of the top overall athletes at the entire camp, Walker is definitely an upper Div 1 prospect right now in my opinion.
Another south Florida standout put on quite a show as Deerfield Beach's Brooks Turner was at his best. After measuring at 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds, Turner showed off blazing quickness by turning in a 4.09 shuttle run. During drills, he was as good a deep ball threat as there was at the camp. He has excellent acceleration and he's very explosive. With good hands and above average roues, Turner is definitely a mid level Div 1 prospect right now with the upside to become an upper level kid by the end of this season.
Although he hasn't gotten a lot of playing time in his prep career yet, St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Floyd Reddick was very impressive last Sunday. For those who remember it, Reddick is the receiver who blew by Greg Threat for a long touchdown pass in last December's Class 4A state championship game. He checked in at 5-foot-11 and 184 pounds and ran a 4.18 in the shuttle. Although he's not as polished as some of the other receivers, the upside to develop into a very good prospect is there. Reddick is a mid level Div 1 prospect right now, and a strong senior season could send his stock soaring through the roof.
It must be nice to catch passes from what might be the state's top quarterback -- Xavier Lee from Daytona Beach Seabreeze. That's what Kenny Scott -- even though he also plays some running back for the Sandcrabs -- does. He came to the NIKE Camp with Lee and opened up a lot of eyes himself. At 6-foot-1 1/2 and 173 pounds, he has ideal size to make the college transition. A tremendous athlete, Scott ran a 4.37 shuttle time, and then followed it up by doing well in all the wide receiver drills, including smoking every cornerback he faced during 1 on 1 drills. Scott solidifed himself as a definite mid level Div 1 prospect at the camp.
So while last year's group seemed to have a special place in UM NIKE Camp history, I think this group's actually a bit more talented as a whole. Several other wide receivers at the camp will also sign Division 1 scholarships, but I thought this was the cream of the crop.
Next up - Tight Ends.
NIKE Camp Review - Wide Receivers
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