Final Grades and wrapup on A&M NIKE Football Camp

There were well over 100 college coaches in attendance at the NIKE Football Training Camp held in College Station, Texas, on Saturday including the head coaches from ASU, Colorado, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, Texas A&M and UCLA.

With 326 participants working out and learning speed drills in the 90 degree weather, that meant there was one college coach for every three players to be evaluated.

Fortunately, a gentle breeze kept things fairly comfortable.

For the second camp in a row, a standout running back walked away with MVP honors.

Samson Taylor from The Woodlands, Texas showed why he has offers already from schools like Texas A&M and Northwestern: at 5-11, 200 pounds he ran a 4.34 in the 40, a 3.97 in the shuttle (one of five who ran under 4.00), jumped 37 inches in the 40 and did 21 reps of 185 pounds on the bench press.

"He was every bit as good as Andrew Johnson last week," running back position coordinator Mike Fletcher said, comparing Taylor to the Penn State NIKE Camp MVP.

Johnson told after the camp that he likes Miami and Penn State at this point. As a junior, he had 115 for 707 yards and also had 15 receptions for 275 yards.

Two quarterbacks stood out and according to those watching the drills were "1 and 1A." They were Kirby Freeman from Brownwood, Texas, and Robbie Reid of Houston North Shore.

Freeman weighed in at 6-2, 188 pounds and ran a 4.62 in the 40 and a 3.94 shuttle time.

Last year, the QB completed 86 of 159 passes for 1,315-yards, had a 54% completion rate, and nine touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,121 yards, had a 6.5 yards per carry average, and 12 touchdowns.

Colorado and Purdue are among his early offers.

"Kirby really came on strong after struggling early," said Greg Biggins, the Student Sports Dir. of Recruiting. "He has a live arm and is a little more refined than Robbie."

Reid's stats were 6-3, 216 and an impressive 4.46 in the 40. He too has early offers including Arizona, Northwestern, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State.

"If I had to play a guy right now," stated QB drill leader Bob Johnson, "I'd take Kirby, but watch out for Robbie's upside."

Here are other players who were rated tops at their positions and will be reported on later:

RB: Brandon Roberson (Pearland TX)
WR: Jeremy Haynes (Waller TX); Kerry Franks (West Orange-Stark, Orange TX)
OL: Herman Johnson (Denton TX)
DL: Brian Jones (Everman TX); Eddie Rollman (Burnet TX)
LB: Rashad Bobino (La Marque TX); Trey Bennett (Newton TX); Charles Robinson(North Shore, Houston TX)
DB: Not Available

(note: these are the unofficial results; the official results will be released next week. Hts and Wts measured at camp w/out shoes.)

Top 40s
Todd Walker (jr.) (Plugerville TX) NA/NA QB---4.28
Lamor Hall (Harker Heights TX) 5-6 1/2, 153 Ath---4.30
Daniel Charbonnet (The Woodlands) 5-10 1/2, 167 DB/WR---4.31
Sampson Taylor (The Woodlands TX) 5-11, 200 RB---4.34
Mack Brand (John Jay TX) 6-2 1/2, 181 Ath---4.35
Hugh Charles (Keller TX) 5-7 1/2, 176 DB/RB--- 4.35
Ramoncey Taylor (Belton TX) 5-10, 181 DB/WR---4.35

Vertical Jump (inches)
Felix Jones (B.T. Washington, Tulsa OK) 5-10, 190 WR---40.0
Clavoris Sibley (Westlake LA) 5-11, 201 WR/DB---39.1
James Steptoe (NA/NA) 5-8, 149 WR---38.7
Erick Hatchett (Willis TX) 5-6, 165 Ath---38.5
Karland Bennett (Berkner, Richardson TX) 5-11 1/2, 184 LB/DB---38.4

Top 20-Yard-Shuttles
Mack Breed (John Jay TX) 6-2 1/2, 181 Ath---3.86
B.J. Mathis (Berkner, Richardson TX) 5-6, 155 RB---3.90
Justin Allen (Glenpool OK) 6-0 1/2, 184 WR/DB---3.90
Hugh Charles (Keller TX) 5-7 1/2, 176 DB/RB----3.93
Kirby Freeman (Brownwood TX) 6-2, 188 QB---3.94

Bench Press (max reps of 185 pounds)
Brody Van Degrift (Medicine Lodge KS) 5-10 1/2, 269 OL/DL---33
Jared Mayes (J.J. Pierce, Richardson TX) 5-11, 254 OL/DL---32
Jeremiah Chapman (China Spring) 6-2 1/2, 216 DE---30
Byron Richmond (Humble TX) 5-9, 202 DB---30
David Thompson (NA/NA) 6-5, 339 OL---30

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