The first day of the last session of Nebraska Summer camps commenced today and that means, testing, testing and more testing. Would anyone rise to the top or would there be anyone that would cement themselves in the eyes of others? Players like Robert Rands of Bellevue East were there to make sure that you weren't about to forget about them. He succeeded and in style.
Robert Rands was easily the
impressive athlete I saw today just
on sheer numbers. The one number
that will hamper him is that stating
his height. The 5'8" Rands is very
athletic, but his height could cost
him as far as recruiting attention.
Starting off at the 40 yard dash, Rands' first run was a blistering 4.48. And, while Rands didn't top that in his next run, he more than improved once he hit the shuttle. Reeling off a super-impressive 4.08, it seemed Rands was just getting warmed up. He was as when Robert got to the vertical, his 37 inch jump had to have sealed this round of testing as his and all his on the day.
With numbers like that you'd think that Rands might have his choice of schools from around the country to choose from. Sadly enough, Rand's size (apprx. 5'8" 160 lbs.) has hindered the recruiting process. Rands is the complete package, athletically speaking, but it might be a big enough package to get offers from schools that were he just 3 to 4 inches taller, would be clamoring over each other for a shot at this Bellevue East star.
One player that
definitely didn't have size issues was 6' ½" was Kearney High's, Trevor
Peterson. At 234 lbs,
One of those unsung, but
not to be outdone was Trevor
Peterson. His size alone is inviting,
but his 40 time along with his vert.
jump are what really stood out.
There's a lot more camp to go to see
just how nimble on his feet he is,
but Peterson is off to a great start.
One of the more interesting stories could be that of Clifton Bridges. A middle linebacker out of Louisiana, Bridges will soon be a member of Lincoln Southeast. Transferring from the Bayou state, Bridges brings some definite size as he over 6'2" and weighs in at around 265 lbs. That's huge for any linebacker and his layoff during this move up to Nebraska has lessened his speed a bit, Bridges not quite hitting his own expectations with a best-time of 5.1 in the 40.
Bridges did say of running the 40 though that it wasn't quite the same as running down someone on the field. "Just running just to be running, it's hard to go as fast as you can." he said. "But, you put that ball in your hands, I'll get you. That's what matters."
There are a couple of other names that should be ones to look for over the next couple of days:
Travis Thomas of Bellevue East - A 6'3 ½" and almost 280 pound DT, Thomas ran a best time of 5.19 in the 40.
Ricky Massa of Lincoln high - Another player that stands around 6'3" , but this WR/DB prospect churned out an impressive 4.5.
Of course, there's a lot more players to watch that were there for the first day of camp, but this is just day one and just like anything, it's a process in figuring them all out.
I don't think there will be an overriding theme with this camp as there seemed to be with the last one however. It seems to be a nice mix and match of a variety of capable athletes.
Also, be on the look out for Will Powers as he's expected to show up tomorrow and you can bet that the coaches will be excited to have in attendance what should be one of the top rated rush ends in the country.
Check out tomorrow's recap as it's the long day for all campers and the day where the men separate themselves from the boys. It's where the standouts stand out to be sure.
Steve Ryan can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-730-5619