Gainesville Nike Camp

For the first time, two NIKE training camps were held in the same state on back-to-back days and the talent at the Gainesville NIKE camp Sunday was every bit as good as the event held one day earlier in Miami.

The camp in Gainesville offered phenomenal facilities.

Camp MVP went to talented defensive back Tony Carter of Mandarin (Jacksonville, Fla.). Carter, at 5-9 1/2, 145 pounds, clocked a 4.37 40 and a 31.8 vertical. While the testing results were eye-catching, it was his performance in the one-on-one drills that allowed Carter to live up to the hype of being one of the nation's top 5 corners. Carter already has offers from Florida's Big Three -- Florida, Florida State and Miami.

Three talented quarterbacks emerged from the camp. Student Sports Junior All-American Xavier Lee of Seabreeze (Daytona, Fla.), 6-3, 209, ran a 4.5 40 and displayed the strongest arm in the camp. Cornelius Ingram of Hawthorne (Fla.) checked in at 6-4, 191 and also ran a 4.5 40. Ingram, an outstanding basketball player, is very raw and shows potential to be very good. Drew Weatherford of Land O'Lakes (Fla.) showed a good arm and is fundamentally sound. Weatherford is 6-3, 205.

Position coaches said there were between five and 10 definite Division I-A running backs at the Gainesville camp, led by Byron Comer of William Raines (Jacksonville, Fla.).

The receiving group prompted Student Sports player personnel director Brian Stumpf to call it a "great group with the fewest number of drops at any camp we've seen." The top receivers were Johnny Peyton of Pasco (Dade City, Fla.) and Brian Perkins of Pensacola (Fla.). Peyton, who has played only one year of football, is 6-2, 185 pounds and ran a 4.56 40. Peyton had played basketball before picking up football.

The top offensive linemen were Matthew Hardrick of Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.) and Drew Miller of Riverview (Sarasota, Fla.). Hardrick was a Student Sports Sophomore All-American last fall. Miller, who checked in at 6-5, 310 pounds, posted a 27 on the bench and has offers from Florida and Duke.

The defensive linemen were led by Clifford Avril of Clay (Green Cove, Fla.) and Casey Adams of Windsor (Mo.).

Another Student Sports Sophomore All-American Matt Lewis of Mainland (Daytona, Fla.) ran a pair of 4.7s while weighing 220. Lewis is shaping up to be a strong preseason All-American candidate a year from now.

Note: these are just some of the early comments gleaned from those who ran the camp. Keep checking the message board as we'll have more from the Gainesville Camp as well at this location.


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