Palm Bay quintet highlight of Miami Nike Camp

As is typical this time of year in South Florida, a downpour hit the Univ. of Miami grass practice fields shortly before the running tests were to be run at the second Nike Football Training Camp of the 2002 season. You'd have guessed the rain would have slowed down the times in both the 40's and the 20-yard shuttles. You'd have guessed wrong...

The top five fastest 40's were all run in the 4.3 range and the top four shuttle marks were also scintillating, under the 4.00 second level.

Weather not withstanding, the speed exhibited on Sunday is not surprising based on the talent and past history of the camps in Miami. Unlike every other Nike Football Camp, which on average draws players from 10 to 14 different states, the Miami camps have consistantly of practically all Florida players and this weekend's camp was not exception.

That's not to say there weren't surprises, however.

With all the Florida talent one school rarely dominates the action like the participants from Palm Bay High in Melbourne did.

The school won the 6A state title in 2000 and went 12-1 last year. Five separate Pirates--Xavier Carter, Joe Cohen, Ron Ellis, Reggie Nelson and Thomas Miller--all cracked the top five in one of the four testing categories (40, bench press, 20-yard shuttle and vertical jump) with two of the four fastest 40's coming from Carter and Nelson. Read More...


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