Miami Nike Camp Review

On a beautiful Saturday morning in Miami over 200 kids showed up for this year's camp. With several players standing out here's a quick recap of the day top performers. Willie Willams (left) was dominant as many expected. Williams led a very talented group of linebackers at today's camp.


No major Division I prospects.


South Dade standout Charlie Jones and Killian star Bobby Washington were the two most talented backs on the field today. At 5-10 200 Jones showed why he's been one of the best running backs in the state the last two seasons. Although he injured his quad late in the camp he had an outstanding day. Washington, who turned in a 4.6/40 performed exceptionally well for the second year in a row.


One kid that I thought had an outstanding day was Glades Central standout Albert Dukes. At 6-1 and roughly 180 pounds Dukes had a 4.6/40 after slipping out of the blocks and was running in tennis shoes. Built tremendously well for a kid his size (his calves were as big as any receiver's today). Dukes dominated during 1-on-1 drills and looked very smooth running routes and catching passes. St. Thomas Aquinas standout Brandon Ledbetter checked in at 6-4 ½ 207 pounds. Built like a young Jeremy Shockey, Ledbetter ran a 4.7/40 and jumped 29 inches. The talented receiver was in a good mood as well. When I referred to him as a TE prospect he quickly corrected me by telling me he was a wide receiver. Unfortunately for Brandon I still think he is going to be a tight end in college – a very good one. Carol City's Akeem Robinson, at 6-5 and 235 pounds, passed the look test as well as anybody. With tremendous athletic ability Robinson looked very good in drills and could even be a DE at the next level.


Lake Worth's Andy Cius (6-3, 242) was a little undersized but displayed an athletic frame (the same way Chris Myers did when he checked in at 245 his senior year) and really looked impressive in both run blocking and pass protection drills. Edison's Jackie Claude (6-3, 280) was another standout performer on the OL. He displayed good footwork, used his hands well and dominated each of his 1-on-1 drills.


One of the top players at this position was John I. Leonard standout Mike Mangold, who checked in at 6-2 ½ and 221 after losing several pounds last week because of the flu. Mangold, who ran a 4.65/40, looks very impressive and energetic during every drill. Two kids that I was really looking forward to seeing (Ely's Brandon Daniel and Booker T.'s Antonio Dixon) both showed up and did well. Dixon, who checked in at 345 pounds, is a wide body tackle that had light feet and tossed his opponents around today rather easily.


Five years from now I'm going to remember this morning when I was standing watching a drill that included 12 linebackers. At least five of them have the ability to play anywhere they want. Led by Carol City's Willie Williams, who still says he's trying to get a hardship to play this season, started turning heads the minute he walked on campus this morning. At 6-3 and 225 pounds Williams ran his 40 times in 4.43 and 4.65. Either way the kid can flat out run. Williams has the potential to be one of the nation's elite linebacker prospects. Lake Mary's Keith Rivers, who made the three and a half-hour trip was also outstanding. At 6-3 and 222 pounds Rivers ran a 4.6/40 has extremely long arms and turned heads the entire afternoon with his performance. Edison's Brouce Mompremier, at 6-0 and 205 pounds reminds me of a slightly bigger version of Ali Highmith last year. The talented linebacker showed the instincts that allowed him to make over 150 tackles as a junior. South Miami's Javier Estopinan at 6-2 and 225 displayed excellent athletic ability, extremely light feet and a good nose for the football. Tampa Bay Tech's Maurice Crum, Jr., who's father player on one of Miami's National Title teams, was at the camp and also displayed excellent athletic ability at 6-1 and 210 pounds. There were several other linebackers who looked impressive including North Lauderdale's Pig Smith who is built like he is ready for the NFL and George Jenkins standout Mozell Axson who's father played at Miami. Axson had a very strong day although he only measured in at 5-10 he looked very good in drills and ran a 4.7/40. Another standout linebacker who was in attendance today was Carol City's Vernon Wilder. However Wilder did not participate in any of the camp's activities because he is still recovering from shoulder surgery. "I feel great," Wilder told me. "But I really wanted to be out here with all of these other great linebackers today."


Two of the kids that I was impressed with today were Columbus standout J.R. Bryant and Jackson's Jason Ruger. Both are 6-0+ and both have light feet and both looked very impressive during one-on-one drills.

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