Monday, March 18, 2013
Finding the Future: Orlando NFTC
By Kipp Adams
Editor's note: Finding the Future is a RecruitingNation feature that will appear throughout camps and combine season, ranking prospects strictly on their on-field performance at the particular event. It does not reflect where each will land when the class is ranked by ESPN.
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Most of the prospects in attendance Saturday at the Nike Football Training Camp here were rising seniors, but a handful of underclassmen also took advantage of an invitation to the event, several of whom compared well against their older counterparts.
1. 2015 WR George Campbell
6-foot-4, 178 pounds
Tarpon Springs (Fla.) East Lake
Considering: 15 offers, including Florida, FSU, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Texas A&M
What we learned: Coming off an impressive showing at the Under Armour All-America Game Combine in January, Campbell again tested quite well, especially for his class. The rising junior ran a 4.47 40-yard dash and had a 37-inch vertical in morning testing, and showed great body control for a bigger wideout later in the day.
"Campbell is a long, lean and versatile athlete,” said ESPN national recruiting analyst Craig Haubert. “He worked out with the receivers, but with his frame and athleticism he could project to a few different positions at the next level. He showed that he will be one of the top prospects in the 2015 class.
2. 2015 CB Von Davis
Mount Dora (Fla.) High School
Considering: Receiving interest from South Carolina
What we learned: In a group that included Florida commit Duke Dawson and NFTC defensive back MVP Kyle Gibson, Davis more than held his own against older competitors. Davis was in position to break up several passes in the 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 drills.
Haubert said he was impressed with the 2015 prospect's footwork in the individual drills.
"Davis had nice size and great feet," Haubert said. "I really liked his football and I would project him as a very good defensive back prospect in the 2015 class."
At 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds, Davis has the size and athletic ability to play either safety or cornerback on the next level. After a strong showing, Davis can expect to see more attention from college coaches.
3. 2015 OL Martez Ivey
Apopka (Fla.) High School
Considering: Early offers from FSU, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma and South Carolina; hopes to get Florida offer
What we learned: Not many looked better physically on the field than Ivey, and his play in 1-on-1 drills backed it up. Going up against a defensive lineman that outweighed him by almost 25 pounds, Ivey stonewalled the defender on the first rep, and did a nice job maintaining his vertical set to mirror him on the followup.
"He's still a bit raw, but he's an O-line prospect with a lot of great tools to develop,” Haubert said. “He showed good flexibility and quick feet. He's got a lot of upside -- he's one to watch in the trenches.
4. 2016 QB Xavier Gaines
Frostproof (Fla.) HS
Considering: Offers from Clemson, Florida, FSU and UMass
What we learned: While the talent pool at quarterback was not one of the better groups, Gaines stood out as a BCS-caliber passer. He connected very well with running backs and tight ends on intermediate routes, and showed the pocket presence needed to quickly go through progressions.
“It's kind of early to talk about 2016 kids now, but it will be here before you know it and Gaines is a guy that you probably want to make note of now,” Haubert said.
5. 2015 OL Luke Hiers
Lake Wales (Fla.) HS
Considering: Offers from Alabama, Florida, LSU and USF
What we learned: Hiers loves to mix it up in the trenches, and showed he could hang with anyone in attendance by driving his opponent into the dirt on more than one occasion.
“Would have loved to have seen more reps from Hiers, but was impressed with what I saw,” Haubert said. “He is a strong kid who I will be watching down the road to track his physical development.”