Nike Camp Shows Top Area Talent

The weather had been in the 70's all week in North Carolina, but temperatures dipped into the 50's on Saturday, making it a wee chilly for the 200 attendees at the Nike Football Training Camp held in Chapel Hill on Saturday.

However, the eager-to-learn players didn't seem to mind as they came from as far away as Pennsylvania and Kentucky to attend the first Nike Camp of the 2002 campaign.

The next camp will be held Sunday in Miami.

The unanimous MVP of the N.C. Nike Camp was receiver Michael Mason from Rocky Mount High in North Carolina. Mason, who has already committed to the home state Tar Heels, came in bigger than advertised at 6-1 1/2, 170 pounds yet ran the second fastest 40 of the day with a 4.40 clocking.

"Michael ran well and looked awesome in the receiver drills," said Greg Biggins, Director of Recruiting for Student Sports, which produced the camp. "His routes were really crisp, he catches the ball with his hands and is a top 100 national player for sure."

"I had a great time and learned a lot," said Mason. "It was tough in the passing drills, working with quarterbacks who are not on the same page as us (receivers) because we haven't worked together, but it was worth coming for."

While the receiver may have been the top individual, the top position in terms of depth was probably the linemen, especially on the defensive side, according to Biggins. Read more...



TOP TESTING MARKS at North Carolina Camp (unofficial)
note: heights & weights taken at Saturday's camp

40-YARD DASH
1) 4.35 --- Tion Powell (East Duplin, Beulaville), 5-7, 153 RB/CB
2) 4.40 --- Michael Mason (Rocky Mount NC), 6-1 1/2, 170 WR
3) 4.42 --- Nathaniel Smith (Georgetown SC), 5-11 1/2, 192 RB
4) 4.46 --- Doug Fowler (Ledford, Thomasville NC), 5-10 1/2, 172 QB/ATH
5) 4.47 --- Delton Ashburn (Fork Union Military, Fork Union VA), 5-9, 168 DB

VERTICAL JUMP
1) 35.0 --- Rickey Taylor (Ravenscroft, Raleigh NC), 5-9, 180 RB/DB
2) 34.4 --- Isaiah Gardner (Salem, Virginia Beach VA), 5-11, 186 RB
2) 34.4 --- Dequarius Jackson (Britt, Fayetteville NC), 5-10, 170 DB
4) 34.2 --- Carroll Gaddis (Hoke County, Raeford NC), 6-0, 196 QB/ATH
5) 33.2 --- John Washington (Menchville, Newport News VA), 6-0 1/2, 189 WR

BENCH PRESS (reps of 185 pounds)
1) 30 --- Virgil Black (Lexington NC), 6-3, 355 OL
2) 29 --- Isaiah Thomas (Carver, Winston Salem NC), 6-2 1/2, 207 OL
3) 27 --- Nick Oakley (Ocean Lakes, Virginia Beach VA), 6-4 1/2, 232 LB
3) 27 --- Omar Alexander (Columbia NC), 5-10 1/2, 328 DL
5) 25 --- Tiquan Collins (New Bern NC), 5-11 1/2, 230 LB

20-YARD SHUTTLE
1) 4.19 --- Lamonte Stanfield (Western Branch, Chesapeake VA), 5-8 1/2, 160 DB
1) 4.19 --- Brandon Love (current so.) (Hillsdale NC), 5-7 1/2, 172 DB
3) 4.21 --- Nathaniel Smith (Georgetown SC), 5-11 1/2, 192 RB
3) 4.21 --- Albert Chester (Episcopal, Jacksonville FL), 5-10 1/2, 175 QB
5) 4.23 --- Vaughn Rivers (Perry, Pittsburgh PA), 5-8, 158 WR/DB


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