RU Camp at Palm Beach Lakes

The first stop on SOR.com's tour of our coverage of RU's Florida Camps will be in Palm Beach County. The prospects on hand brought their A-game, practiced with effort and enthusiasm and had an overall great experience.

Of the more than 700 prospects that were on hand at all 4 Rutgers Camps, somewhere between 5 and 10-percent will actually sign on with a Division-IA/IAA school when the next Letter of Intent Day rolls around. What that means is that the vast majority of prospects took advantage of an opportunity that they will not have in the years to come - to work closely with a Division-1 coaching staff.

When Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano stated that The State of Rutgers was to include a pipeline to Florida many wondered how that would actually work out - practically speaking. From speaking to High School Coaches in attendance, parents, and players, it became abundantly clear why Rutgers was so respected and why that pipeline exists. It exists because the Rutgers staff shows their appreciation and gratitude for Florida's communities by doing what others have openly wondered other schools have not - holding instructional camps to the benefit of all.

After registration and warm-ups, the day began with individual instruction from each of the Rutgers Coaching staff members.  Individual attention payed to each player on hand - the individual groups were sufficiently small so practically speaking this was not an unrealizable goal. After 90 minutes of instruction on proper stands, form, technique, and movement testing followed.  The morning session concluded with 1-on-1s, after which 7-on7s finished off the day in the afternoon.

What follows are some of the group images from the day, including profiles on some of the top prospects on hand.  In the coming days and weeks SOR.com will also bring to you individual prospect interviews from those in attendance.

Players assemble and receive initial assignments before group warm-ups.

Though the thermometer reached 90F, the Rutgers staff addressed the importance of proper technique during warm-ups.

Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano [right] and Rutgers Defensive Backs Coach Chris Demarest [left] looking on.

Rutgers Offensive Line Coach Kyle Flood working with his pupils.

Rutgers Defensive Line Coach Cary Godette making a point.

D-I prospect A.J. Ganguzza (West Boca) - #76 - working with Coach Godette.


Name: Jefferson Dor

Height: 6'3"     Weight: 180     School: Atlantic HS (Delray Beach FL)     Position: WR

Schools of Interest: Louisville, Ohio, Rutgers, Minnesota, UCLA, Louisiana-Lafayette [no offers]

Skinny: Dor is a smooth runner that played behind 2 D-1 prospects as a Junior and saw limited action as a result.  Still rather raw, Dor has the most important of attributes that cannot be taught - size.  He will be the main guy at Atlantic HS this year and many school's eyes will be on him.

Name: Zacchaeus Brown

Height: 5'10"     Weight: 200     School: Royal Palm Beach HS (Royal Palm Beach FL)     Position: RB

Schools of Interest: Pittsburgh (offer), Ohio (offer), Rutgers (no offer), Minnesota (offer), Troy (offer), West Virginia (offer), LSU (no offer), Georgia Tech (offer)

Skinny: Brown is a fluid runner that displays good change of direction.  Brown will be splitting time with teammate Brandon Pendergrass (Senior and a D-1 prospect) this upcoming fall in the Wildcats backfield.

Brown putting in OT duty with Rutgers Running Backs Coach Robert Jackson

Name: Rashad Brinson

Height: 6'     Weight: 225     School: Palm Beach Lakes HS (Palm Beach, FL)     Position: FB/LB

Schools of Interest: NA

Skinny: Brinson is a prospect that is currently under the radar.  Brinson certainly passes the eyeball test and could project on either side of the ball at the next level as either a FB or LB. At the Hollywood - MSL Combine earlier this spring Brinson narrowly missed being named to the Elite 22.  His recruitment will heavily rely on his summer camp performance and Senior season.

Name: J.B. Clark

Height: 6'3"     Weight: 200     School: Jupiter HS (Jupiter, FL)     Position: QB

Schools of Interest: Duke, FIU, Georgia Tech, Indiana, Louisville, South Carolina, Connecticut [no offers]

Skinny: Hands down the best signal-caller on hand at any of the south Florida camps.  Clark displayed great footwork, a nice touch when necessary, and has impressive arm strength. Not many know about Clark because he plays in a predominantly running offense (Wing-T) and has not yet had the opportunity to showcase his god-given ability.  After his camping tour, Clark should have no problem selecting among the many offers that will come his way.

All eyes were on Clark's tight spirals, all afternoon.

Name: Nick Provo, with Rutgers Assistant Head Coach Darren Rizzi

Height: 6'3"     Weight: 215     School: John I. Leonard HS (Lake Worth, FL)     Position: TE

Schools of Interest: FIU (offer), South Carolina, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Rutgers

Skinny: A very smooth runner for his size Provo is 1-inch short of being a nationally recruited prospect.  Provo may look the part of a boy-scout, but do not be fooled, he is a terror on the field. A polished runner and receiver, Provo is too fast for the LBers and too strong for the DBs.  Provo caught every single pass thrown his way.  In short, there was not a single player who could defend him, even when double teamed during 7-on-7s.   


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