Prospects show off their speed at Miami Camp

Yesterday's Florida Nike Camp update focused on the quarterbacks. Today we'll take a look at some of the other players that stood out.

Jacksonville Mandarin cornerback Tony Carter got the top billing at the camp by winning the MVP award. Despite checking in undersized (5-foot-9, 145 pounds) the speedy defensive back turned heads by running a blazing 4.31 second 40-yard dash and recording a 32 inch vertical.

According to his head coach, Carter had the fastest time at the camp. In skeleton drills Carter stuck to wide receivers like glue. He got beat once by the pump fake but for the most part he was way too quick and fast for his man to get open.

Even with an outstanding showing, Carter wasn't totally satisfied.

I did all right," Carter said. "I could have done better."

On Saturday Carter attended the Florida State spring game and had the opportunity to speak with Coach Mickey Andrews.

Carter has been getting a lot of media attention but there's another defensive back in the Mustang secondary that's no slouch. Safety C.J. Hirschman checked in at 190 pounds and ran a fast 4.58 40-yard dash. He had a very nice day by performing well in drills.

So far he has had offers from Syracuse, Stanford, Mississippi State, and FAU.

Another Mandarin player to watch for is running back Johnnie Hunt. He ran a 4.58 40 and he could be Jacksonville's top rusher in 2003.

Probably one of the most outstanding looking athletes at the camp was linebacker/tight end Brandon Siler. The Orlando Evans High School junior checked in at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and ran a 40-yard dash in 4.59 seconds. During drills, it was next to impossible to cover him. There is no doubt that he will be one of the most sought out linebacker/tight end prospects in the country.

Kenny Ingram of Orlando Edgewater was another athlete that caught my eye. The 6-foot-5, 195 pound wide receiver/safety's 40 time was around 4.5. On Sunday, he lined up as a wide receiver and made several nice catches. With his size and speed combination, he could become very dangerous at the next level.

Some of the teams he's favoring early are Miami, Florida State, Oklahoma, North Carolina State, and Colorado. Ingram has been told that Miami and Florida State will most likely offer him this spring.

Another wide receiver that got the attention of onlookers was Lake City Columbia's Reshaun Jones. The 6-foot-1, 170 pound standout used his size, speed, and athletic ability to make a lot of nice catches. Cornelius Ingram mentioned how well the North Florida prospect looked.

Wakulla's Jim Tartt passed the eyeball test. The 6-foot-4, 310 pound offensive lineman looks like his body is ready for the NFL. Right now, he has a top three of Georgia, Florida, and Florida State.

After the camp, the buzz going around the locker room was how impressive Haines City teammates Tony Joiner (safety) and Johnnie Williams (linebacker) looked. Williams grew up a Florida State fan while Joiner rooted for the Canes.

With the Noles' need at safety and Coach Odell Haggins recruiting Polk County, it will be interesting to see if the Bartow native can turn Joiner away from the Canes.

Look for interviews and photos of several of these players during the course of the week.

Dave Peters
PittInsiders.com


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