Nike Camp Results - Va Tech & Stanford

On a cold, wet, and anxious day, the Blacksburg Nike Camp trudged on through for an excellent showing in front of fans, family, and coaches in attendance. Overall, 293 participants registered for the event, and the talent showed to be better than expected ...

Among the seniors, the state of North Carolina showed to have several athletes in the testing, with linebackers Chase Rice (AC Reynolds, NC) and Dannell Ellerbe (Richmond, NC) shining in the 20 yard pro-shuttle and vertical jump as the two were top-two in both categories. Rice had a 3.83 shuttle time and 37.8 vertical, while Ellerbe had a 3.95 shuttle time and 37.9 vertical. Both showed good footwork in drills and also share the same offer of Duke at the moment.

Another physically imposing player was Kent Hicks out of Culpepper, VA. The 6-foot-2, 206 pounder had a 4.13 pro shuttle and a 34.6 inch vertical while pushing the offensive players to the side until told to move back by the coaches in drills. Another smooth Virginia player, who also had the fastest in the 40 at 4.37 on a very slippery surface, was Westfield (VA) receiver Eddie Royal. He moved fluidly in drills, crossing up defensive backs and adjusting well to poor throws. Rounding out the outstanding numbers leaders was Josh Ward (Sevierville, TN) who had 60 reps on the bench. StudentSports planned to video him, but anticipated Ward showing for the Auburn camp.

Between the quarterbacks, two appeared to be heads and shoulders above the rest in two Pennsylvania prospects, Jordan Steffy (Conestoga Valley) and Brian Savage (The Haverford). Crane has excellent mobility and the strongest arm of the camp. His movement on the run did not alter his passing. Savage is more of the prototypical passer at 6-foot-4, and displayed a very accurate passing game. Brian consistently put the ball on the money without allowing receivers to break stride. The two will, most likely, be considered for the Elite 11 camp this summer with Sean Glennon (Westfield, VA) who was in attendance, but did not participate with a cast on his left arm.

While the senior class showed well, the junior class in North Carolina could have same of the more talked about players in two quarterbacks and a running back. Toney Baker (Ragsdale) is a very solidly built running back who placed in the top-twenty of each category at the camp with a 4.50 40, 4.05 shuttle, 25 reps in the bench, and 33.0 inches in the vertical. Baker has great power and explosion when he has the ball, and even caught it surprisingly well. He says that several schools have already displayed plenty of interest, and he is open to all, but wants to go wherever treats him the best. Jon Crompton (Irwin) was with the top quarterback group until the coaches found out he was a junior. Crompton shows a good ability to alter his passes depending on the situation and has a good mixture of arm strength and accuracy. According Jon, four schools have stated they will officially offer on the first day it is available. The final junior has big shoes to fill, as Joe Cox (Independence) will take over for Chris Leak this season. Several colleges noticed the red-haired quarterback, who has plenty of upside and and excellent offense in which to improve his accuracy.

Perhaps the best player in attendance did not participate as Demario Pressley (Dudley, NC) showed up to get his height, weight, and bench numbers (27 reps).

If the Blacksburg Nike Camp is any indication, the East Coast has plenty of very talented players this year.

Below are availible results from participants from both the Virginia Tech and West Coast Nike Camps

Note: A prospect has the option of scratching their forty times if they feel they did not have a good run.

Virginia Tech NIKE Football Training Camp Top Marks
Note: 40 and shuttle run outdoors on grass, in a steady rain.

40-Yard Dash
4.37, Eddie Royal, Westfield (Va.)
4.43, Richard Taylor, Centreville (Va.)
4.44, Darren Ford, Vineland (N.J.)
4.45, J.C. Neal, Lakewood (S.C.)
4.47, Steven Whitehead, Salmen (La.)
4.50, Reginald Johnson, Tarboro (N.C.)
4.50, Toney Baker, Ragsdale (N.C.)
4.50, Jerome Choice, George Wythe-Richmond (Va.)
4.50, Ulysee Davis, Bishop McNamara (Md.)
4.53, Chris Crane, Trinity-Camp Hill (Pa.)
4.53, Daniel Bailey, Centreville (Va.)
4.53, Greg Hurt, Elkin (N.C.)
4.55, Brandon Love, Hillside (N.C.)
4.56, Ben Johnson, AC Reynolds (N.C.)
4.56, Miron Whisonaut, Gaffney (S.C.)
4.56, Martel Thatch, Dudley (N.C.)
4.56, Justin Graham, New Hampton Prep (N.Y.)
4.56, Mykell Arrington, Varina (Va.)
4.56, Brooks Foster, Boiling Springs (S.C.)
4.56, Brandon McIntyre, Pender (N.C.)

20-Yard Shuttle
3.83, Chase Rice, AC Reynolds (N.C.)
3.95, Dannell Ellerbe, Richmond (N.C.)
4.05, Toney Baker, Ragsdale (N.C.)
4.09, Oscar Wdowiak, Goshen (N.Y.)
4.09, Philip Anderson, Plainfield (N.J.)
4.12, Trimaine Goddard, Roanoke (N.C.)
4.13, Jamar Adams, Butler (N.C.)
4.13, Kent Hicks, Culpeper (Va.)
4.17, Jim Gallagher, Peters Township (Pa.)
4.22, Sam Kidd, Freedom (N.C.)
4.23, Filmon Dawkins, West Charlotte (N.C.)
4.23, Billy Riddle, Davie (N.C.)
4.24, Mohamed Massaquoi, Independence (N.C.)
4.25, Lafavis Sistore, Indian Land (S.C.)
4.25, Endor Cooper, C.D. Hylton (Va.)
4.25, Brooks Foster, Boiling Springs (S.C.)
4.25, Brandon Love, Hillside (N.C.)
4.27, Dustin Grutza, Mason County (Ky.)
4.27, Jamaal Edwards, Dudley (N.C.)
4.27, Darren Ford, Vineland (N.J.)
4.27, Lance Phillips, Wellston (Ohio)

Bench(reps of 185 pounds)
60, Josh Ward, Sevier County (Tenn.)
32, Tim Bess, Parkland (N.C.)
32, Juan Williams, Garner (N.C.)
31, Nick Giusti, Linganore (Md.)
30, Brandon Lombardy, Chagrin Falls (Ohio)
30, Dominic Scott, Nansemond River (Va.)
30, Jonathan Terry, Ragsdale (N.C.)
29, Mark Maddox, Benedictine (Va.)
29, Jerry Baker, Summerville (S.C.)
29, Dillon Mullis, Providence (N.C.)
27, John Bradshaw, Stafford (Va.)
27, Nick Grimes, Rose (N.C.)
27, Joe Akers, Hereford (Md.)
27, Anton Narinskiy, Kenston (Ohio)
27, Demario Pressley, Dudley (N.C.)
27, Lance Phillips, Wellston (Ohio)
26, Shaun Branscome, Pulaski County (Va.)
25, Michael Faulds, St. Andrews (R.I.)
25, Philip Eisele, Lindbergh (Mo.)
25, Toney Baker, Ragsdale (N.C.)
25, Rashad Jennings, Lynchburg Christian (Va.)
25, Caleb Churchill, East Wake (N.C.)
25, Taylor Hurst, East Wake (N.C.)

37.9, Dannell Ellerbe, Richmond (N.C.)
37.8, Chase Rice, AC Reynolds (N.C.)
37.5, Austin Casey, Salem (Va.)
36.6, Brad Fitzpatrick, Columbia Central (Tenn.)
36.3, Ben Johnson, AC Reynolds (N.C.)
36.1, Eddie Royal, Westfield (Va.)
35.8, Clarence Vaughn, Robinson (Va.)
35.2, Steve Tate, Centreville (Va.)
35.0, D.J. Grant, Centreville (Va.)
35.0, Reginald Brown, Tarboro (N.C.)
34.7, Richard Taylor, Centreville (Va.)
34.6, Kent Hicks, Culpeper (Va.)
34.3, Chris Cook, Heritage (Va.)
34.1, Mohamed Massaquoi, Independence (N.C.)
34.0, Mike Anderson, Robinson (Va.)
33.7, Steven Whitehead, Salmen (La.)
33.6, Patrick Preston, Franklin County (Va.)
33.4, Marquis Lee, Centreville (Va.)
33.2, Jamar Adams, Butler (N.C.)
33.0, Toney Baker, Ragsdale (N.C.)
33.0, Mitch Allen, Elkin (N.C.)

Stanford Camp - By Brentt Eades

Either somebody on the stopwatches had a nervous thumb or the 2003 Nike Football Training Camp at Stanford had one of the most tremendous gatherings of prep football recruiting talent ever.

The picture-perfect weather and Stanford's quick, turf surface -- plus a quick timer -- probably contributed equally, but this year's throng of nearly 500 athletes who came from as far away as Michigan and
Canada produced some never-before-seen results.

How about these two: 19 different players had 40-yard dash times at 4.45 or lower, plus 16 different players had 20-yard shuttle times at 3.95 or lower. Shoot, the way it went this year, if you ran below 4.00
in the shuttle you wouldn't even be in the top 20.

After all the testing was complete, the players spent two hours on the groomed practice fields, which is within shouting distance of historic Stanford Stadium, going through drills from Nike's staff of expert coaches.

And when it was all complete, a quick scan of those coaches and of Student Sports' staff resulted in a rather quick pick over who should be considered the camp's MVP. Yes, it's another De La Salle player,
this time wideout Cameron Colvin.

Colvin tied for first with the fastest 40-yard dash time of the day (4.31 seconds), clicked off a 3.85 mark in the shuttle, had a 32.4 inch vertical and did 13 reps on the bench. On the field, Colvin's 6-1, 185-pound frame was striking as he ran routes, simply exploding out of his breaks. It looked like he had many of the college coaches in attendance, including USC's Pete Carroll, shaking their heads.

But Colvin was not the only Spartan to show all just why his team has won 138 straight games. Defensive back Willie Glasper checked in at 5-11, 170, with a vertical of 34.2 inches, a 40 of 4.34, a bench of 16 and a shuttle of 3.83. Running back Jackie Bates, who
should step into a starring role this season with the graduation of Maurice Drew, had the day's best vertical jump at 38.6 inches, and also did 19 on the bench with a 4.35 in the 40 and a 4.09 in the shuttle.

"I could have gotten more on the bench, but my shoulder was bugging me a little," Colvin said. "It's great we all did well, but we'll just continue to focus on all of our personal goals."

Two athletes who were among those who came the farthest -- lineman Andrew Woodruff of Victoria, B.C., and receiver Morgan Trent from St. Mary's Orchard Lake, Mich. -- also earned praise as among the best who were there.

Woodruff is a 6-2, 297-pounder who looked good with 30 reps in the bench, a 5.37 in the 40, a 25.9 vertical and a 4.89 in the shuttle. He also was ranked among the top five linemen in position drills. At one
point, Woodruff said he was "playing against Americans for the first time in my life."

The intriguing Canadian prospect said that receiving his invite to the Nike camp two months ago changed his life.

"Once I got registered, and I knew the date was coming up, I thought to myself, ‘Why not start changing now,'" Woodruff said. "I changed my diet and I really hit the track to start working out. I'm going to be
taking a lot home with a lot of new philosophies and new viewpoints."

Trent, who has already committed to Michigan, came all the way out to Stanford because it was the only weekend in his track-dominated spring schecule in which he could get to a Nike camp this year at all. He came in at 6-1, 180 pounds and had 15 on the bench with a 3.88 shuttle, 35.3 vertical and a 4.41 in the 40.

"I thought I did well and it was great to play against the best talent," Trent said. "I really liked the De La Salle players. I can see now why they're so good."

We'll have a position by position breakdown of the camp on Monday.

Stanford Nike Camp
Testing Results
May 10, 2003

Bench Press Reps
45 -- Isley Filiaga (Timpanogos, Utah)
35 -- Eric Walker (St. Paul, Santa Fe Springs, Calif.)
35 -- Moses Foketi (James Logan, Union City, Calif.)
33 -- Daniel Watts (Copper Hills, Utah)
33 -- Joe Mortensen (Clayton Valley, Concord, Calif.)
32 -- Ryan Reynolds (Lake Havasu, Ariz.)
32 -- Chris Biller (De La Salle, Concord, Calif.)
32 -- Phillip Mbakagu (Hayward, Calif.)
32 -- Mike Mattingly (Brophy Prep, Phoenix, Ariz.)
31 -- David Dixon (Atascadero, Calif.)
31 -- Brian Castillo (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills, Calif.)
31 -- Jeff Schweiger (Valley Christian, San Jose, Calif.)
30 -- Tevita Taulanga (Copper Hills, Utah)
30 -- Andrew Woodruff (Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)
30 -- Andrew Wehn (Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, Calif.)

Vertical Jump Inches
38.6 -- Jackie Bates (De La Salle, Concord, Calif.)
36.3 -- Austin Collie (Oak Ridge, El Dorado Hills, Calif.)
35.9 -- Randy Estes (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
35.9 -- Ryan Mole (Righetti, Santa Maria, Calif.)
35.8 -- Tom Grove (Sonora, Calif.)
35.5 -- Marcus Gray (Clovis West, Fresno, Calif.)
35.4 -- Earl Gamble (Grant, Sacramento, Calif.)
35.3 -- Morgan Trent (St. Mary's, Orchard Lake, Mich.)
35.3 -- Roberto McBean (Berkeley, Calif.)
35.3 -- John Flatten (Moreau Catholic, Hayward, Calif.)
35.2 -- Brian Robinson (Pittsburg, Calif.)
35.1 -- Marcus Bishop (Florin, Sacramento, Calif.)
34.8 -- Nokolai Rowe (Del Campo, Fair Oaks, Calif.)
34.6 -- Brandon Anson (Taft, Woodland Hills, Calif.)
34.5 -- John Peel (Chaparral, Scottsdale, Ariz.)
34.5 -- Durrell Peters (Temecula Valley, Temecula, Calif.)
34.5 -- Sean Matthews (Granite Bay, Calif.)
34.5 -- Angelo Jeffery (James Logan, Union City, Calif.)

40-Yard Dash
4.31 -- Cameron Colvin (De La Salle, Concord, Calif.)
4.31 -- Ferrell LeBlanc (Hayward, Calif.)
4.34 -- Willie Glasper (De La Salle, Concord, Calif.)
4.34 -- Ronnie Drummer (North Salinas, Salinas, Calif.)
4.34 -- Kyle Feiler (Fountain Valley, Calif.)
4.35 -- Jackie Bates (De La Salle, Concord, Calif.)
4.35 -- Sammie Stroughter (Granite Bay, Calif.)
4.40 -- Marshawn Lynch (Technical, Oakland, Calif.)
4.40 -- Thomas Quarles (Manteca, Calif.)
4.40 -- Dshawn Dilworth (Vallejo, Calif.)
4.41 -- Chad Dunn (Los Alamitos, Calif.)
4.41 -- Lavelle Hawkins (Edison, Stockton, Calif.)
4.41 -- Morgan Trent (St. Mary's, Orchard Lake, Mich.)
4.42 -- Gerald Rodriguez (Venice, Calif.)
4.43 -- Angelo Fobbs (Serra, San Mateo, Calif.)
4.44 -- Sean Benjamin (Watsonville, Calif.)
4.44 -- Jesse Miguel (Escalon, Calif.)
4.44 -- Casey Gutierrez (Mt. Whitney, Visalia, Calif.)
4.45 -- Angelo Jeffery (James Logan, Union City, Calif.)
4.45 -- Sean Matthews (Granite Bay, Calif.)

20-Yard Shuttle
3.79 -- Bill Hill (Monarch, Colo.)
3.81 -- Syd Thompson (Grant, Sacramento, Calif.)
3.81 -- Matt Evans (Jesuit, Carmichael, Calif.)
3.83 -- Willie Glasper (De La Salle, Concord, Calif.)
3.83 -- Ryan Mole (Righetti, Santa Maria, Calif.)
3.83 -- Jared Vanderbeek (Granite Bay, Calif.)
3.86 -- Mike Neal (Freedom, Oakley, Calif.)
3.85 -- Cameron Colvin (De La Salle, Concord, Calif.)
3.88 -- Morgan Trent (St. Mary's, Orchard Lake, Mich.)
3.89 -- Keith Johnson (Laguna Creek, Elk Grove, Calif.)
3.89 -- DeAndre Green (DeAnza, Richmond, Calif.)
3.89 -- Lovell Chapman (Foothill, Sacramento, Calif.)
3.89 -- Farrell LeBlanc (Hayward, Calif.)
3.90 -- Kevin Jurovich (Valley Christian, San Jose, Calif.)
3.94 -- Aaron Straiten (Antioch, Calif.)
3.94 -- Earl Gamble (Grant, Sacramento, Calif.)

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