Miami Nike Camp Defensive Stars

Miami Nike Camp Defensive Stars

Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp in Miami gave over 200 players the opportunity to receive coaching on core fundamentals to improve their game.


Giorgio Newberry walked away with Defensive Line MVP honors. Newberry has a lot of upside and prototype size. He needs to continue to work on his game and pass rushing skills. Some consider him an OT prospect going forward, either way he will be playing BCS football down the road. Ricardo Williams still needs to continue adding weight and strength, but his athletic package is top tier. Williams gets by on raw athleticism, when that starts to change his game will really take off. Fort Pierce Westwood's Demetris Anderson was the top DT in attendance. At 6'2, 280 he has prototype size and the athleticism to match. He is a well put together player physically with raw strength, there is not a lot of bad weight in that 280 pounds which is rare for a high school junior DT. Deon Green and Giovani Francois had their moments as well.

Two of the better known DEs were in attendance, but did not work out. Dwyer's Curt Maggitt(shoulder) and Northeast's B.J. Dubose(flu) watched the action.


Camps are notoriously tough on the LBs, players who like to have the pads on and hit. It is tough to cover RBs in space with little concept of scheme. Still a number of LBs had solid days. Booker T. Washington's Tellus Jones walked away with MVP honors. He was the most consistent of the LBs in attendance. Coral Gables Denzel Perryman has the athleticism, he is an inch or two short of ideal, but it is easy to see why this is a player who makes plays sideline to sideline. A pair of Northwestern LBs look the part. We know Lyndon Edwards can get up the field, but he was better in space than expected. Demetrius Allen is more of an inside type, but he showed he can drop into coverage as well.


Perhaps the deepest group at the event was the DBs and St. Thomas's Marcus Roberson walked away with the MVP award. Roberson continues to improve as a CB, with the attention that the Raiders get in the Spring, it will be interesting to see who jumps on the talented athlete. South Lake's Nick Waisome had a very good day, he has gotten stronger over the last year and it shows with his ability to lock down bigger wideouts. At 5'10, he lacks ideal height, but he can cover like a glove. His team mate, Jordan Montgomery, is beginning to make a name for himself. Montgomery could be that physical Strong Safety, or could move up to LB at the next level. He can run and shows quality instincts against the pass.

Both Treasure Coast DBs had excellent days as well. Most want to question Keelin Smith's ability at CB, he continues to answer all the questions. At 6'2, he has added considerable strength, he obviously could transition to Safety, but we feel he is the big CB that every school is looking for. Lamarcus Brutus is one of the most consistent performers week in and week out. He is just rock solid, he also will get a look at both CB and S. Pace's Jabari Gorman has tremendous ball skills. While he did not answer the CB question, he did show that it is no fluke he is always around the ball. Plantation's Jeremy Cash is a Safety, but we liked his willingness to jump in there and cover in one on one's. He is a very good athlete who probably projects to more of a Strong Safety role down the road.

Despite the deep 2011 group in attendance, a pair of 2012 prospects stood out. Booker T. Washington's Amos Leggett and Miramar's Tracy Howard look like elite CB prospects in that class. Leggett has that famous Dade County swagger, he likes to mix it up and has the athletic tools that are highly coveted on the recruiting trail. Howard caught our eye in the State Title game last year and has built on that performance with another impressive showing on Sunday. Both players are in the 5'10 range, but are just sophomores. Howard will be joined in the secondary by a pair of McArthur transfers, Steve Montgomery and Nick North, in 2010. The Patriot's should have the top secondary in South Florida. Recommended Stories

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