NIKE Camp - Tight Ends

Tampa Jefferson's Jamesley Jean was the top tight end prospect at this year's camp. He may have been the best tight end I've seen at a Nike camp at UM since Willie Roberts.

The best tight end I've seen in the five-year history of the NIKE Camps at the University of Miami is former Southridge standout Willie Roberts.

That's probably still the case, although Tampa Jefferson's Jamesley Jean is real close.

Jean was the premier tight end prospect at this year's version, after checking in at 6-foot-4 1/2 and 215 pounds. Jean showed very good footwork and quickness all afternoon, especially when he ran a 4.66 shuttle time, tops among tight ends over 200 pounds.

Jean, who is part of what some feel is the best senior class in the state of Florida this season, dominated all the drills. His agility allows him to get a quick release and he has the speed to vertically stretch a defense down the seam. During 1 on 1 drills, he was beating opposing linebackers on a consistent basis.

Although he didn't have the best hands among the tight ends, he does a nice job of making proper position and being able to out-muscle his opponents for the ball at times.

I think Jean's game will translate real well to the college level. Although he may not be a big time prospect just yet, I think he's an mid to upper Division 1 prospect right now.

The second best tight end prospect I saw at the camp was probably South Broward's Matt Pichardo. Although he checked in smaller than I had expected at 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Pichardo had a solid day.

Pichardo has excellent hands and on underneath stuff, he catches everything. Although he doesn't have the speed or athletic ability like Jean to verticall stretch a defense down the middle, he's able to make plays. Pichardo had a 5.03 shuttle run and a 5.1/40, but the necessary athletic ability, toughness, and catchability make him an imteresting prospect, one that I think is a low to mid Div 1 prospect at this point.

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