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March 22, 2013
Rivals Camp Series Miami: Speed to burn
The Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour is a new series of invitation-only regional camps for selected participants who are considered among the best in the country at their respective positions.
On Saturday, the tour makes a stop in Lakeland, located outside of the Orlando metro area, and then heads to Coconut Creek, just north of the Fort Lauderdale and Miami area, for the Sunday finale.
Rivals.com Southeast recruiting analyst Kynon Codrington tells us what we can expect on Day 2 of the Sunshine State weekend.
1. Loaded potato at wide receiver
Rivals100 flanker Ermon Lane is the highest-rated pass-catcher scheduled to be in attendance. Lane has major offers for good reason.
He is an exceptional vertical threat and attacks the ball at its highest point to go with good body control. Alabama and Miami have done a good job recruiting him to this point, but he isn't tipping his hand on who leads.
Follow Rivals250 wideout's Ryeshene Bronson, Johnnie Dixon, and Corey Holmes bring speed to the edge. Holmes was clocked at 4.48 at the Under Armour All-American Combine in January. The four-star athlete hold offers from Michigan and Notre Dame, among others.
Bronson is a long, lanky receiver who can make the acrobatic catch look easy. At the aforementioned Under Armour Combine, he made a one-handed grab in the red zone over a defensive back for a score. The Florida commit needs to add some weight to his upper body, but that should come as his body fills out.
Dixon has great linear speed to go with soft hands. He is very fluid and natural out of his breaks. The four-star split end has been to Florida and Miami last fall to check out games. Alabama is another school on his radar.
Lee has nearly 20 offers, but we haven't seen him on the camp scene. He isn't a flashy athlete, but he knows how to make plays.
Rudolph recently de-committed from Miami to open things back up. On the field he is a reliable target who can keep the chains moving or get over the top for a big play. Auburn, Florida, and Georgia are in the mix for the West Palm Beach (Fla.) Cardinal Newman standout.
2. Dynamic backfield
Cook is an excellent athlete who can play defensive back or wide receiver at the next level, thus we have rated slightly higher than Yearby. His nickname is "Fast" Dalvin and for good reason. He has superior speed and is a home run threat anywhere on the field. The Clemson recruit reminds us of former Tigers star and Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller.
Yearby's game is vision, cutting ability, and open-field, make-you-miss ability.
The Miami pledge has rushed for more than 3,400 yards in the past two years while leading his team to a state championship as a junior and a runner-up finish as a sophomore.
D' Ernest Johnson, Brandon Powell, and Jordan Scarlett can't be overlooked. Johnson is a four-star combo back who provides speed and power. Georgia and South Florida have offered to date. He has been in contact with Florida, but he is still waiting for an offer from the Gators.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Powell is a talented tailback with the ability to play defense in college if he wanted to make the switch. He picked up a recent offer from Wisconsin at running back, but LSU has offered as a cornerback. The Deerfield Beach native prefers offense in college, although he is giving defense a thought depending on the school and best situation for him.
Scarlett is the only 2015 rusher on the list of notables, but he is built like a college freshman starter. The bruising halfback rushed for 1,351 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore. Alabama, Ohio State, and UCLA have offered among several others.
3. Versatile signal-callers
Treon Harris is the only four-star in the group although he is listed as an athlete. Harris is the ideal dual-threat quarterback who can beat you with his legs when the play breaks down, but he don't let his athleticism fool you; He is a dangerous passer. He passed for 2,587 yards and 32 scores against seven interceptions while rushing for 751 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior. Clemson, Florida State and Illinois are just a few schools that have offered.
Edouard is a player who's still developing, but his arm strength is without question. He is able to drive the ball down field on vertical routes and connect on intermediate throws as well. One area he needs to improve is his decision-making and becoming more consistent against better competition. He committed to Miami last month, but is still being recruited by other programs.
Pierre and White play on the same 7-on-7 team out of South Florida. Pierre has great size and when he is in rhythm he can hit all the throws on the passing tree. Duke and Nebraska are among the schools coming after the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Miami (Fla.) Coral Reef.
White is probably the most consistent of the bunch and has the best mechanics. One thing we are looking for on Sunday is how White connects on post patterns and fitting throws in tight space when he has to put some RPMs on the ball.
4. Anchor down
Led by Rivals100 offensive tackle K.C. McDermott, the offensive line will look to win the battle along the interior. McDermott has excellent size to go with good long arms to wall-off defenders. He needs to be careful of heaving and lunging coming off the ball, causing him to lose leverage on his opponent. Miami and Notre Dame are battling for his services.
Trevor Darling is an impressive run-blocker.
It's easy to open holes for guys such as the previously mentioned Cook and Yearby. Darling's upper body is solid, but we would like to see him shore up his frame. He will probably add some tone once he hits a good college weight program and if he does he should be an anchor on the right side of the line. The Miami target should do well in 1-on-1s because of his physical style.
Miami (Fla.) Central offensive center Raul Diaz has started to flash some big-time ability on the camp circuit recently. Diaz picked up offensive line MVP honors at the Miami NFTC last weekend. He plays with sound technique and is quick enough to snap and engage with a nose guard or blitzing linebacker. The tough road-grader reports early offers from Florida International and N.C. State.
5. Snuggies in the secondary
Quincy Wilson is a big, physical corner. The Rivals250 defensive back can handle bigger receivers at the line of scrimmage without getting overpowered. Wilson is a solid open-field tackler as well who also returns punts for his team. He has more than 25 offers, with the latest coming from Georgia. His father Chad Wilson played for Miami, but the Hurricanes have yet to offer the local standout.
Four-star cornerback Nigel Patten is a sticky cover man with great instincts and ball skills. He is very quick and is always in good position. Florida State, Kentucky, and Miami are a few of his suitors.
New Alabama assistant coach Mario Cristobal didn't waste time recruiting the fertile ground of the tri-county of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach County when he offered athlete Chris Lammons at cornerback. Lammons spent his junior year at quarterback, but he has speed, hips, and natural instincts to excel in the secondary. Florida and Miami will work hard to keep the athletic playmaker home come signing day.
Some coaches at Miramar (Fla.) feel Cole has a chance to be as good as five-star and Miami cornerback Tracy Howard. West Virginia was one of the first schools to offer. N.C. State added its name to Cole's offer sheet this week.
Irvin is the nephew of former Miami and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin. He signed up as a defensive back, but he could work out at receiver or running back. Either way the super sophomore with good bloodlines figures to be a national recruit before he takes a snap as a junior. Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, and Miami are among his early list of big name offers.