MIAMI, Fla.- The annual Miami Nike Football Training Camp, which was held Sunday at Barry University, again featured many of the top prospects from the state of Florida for both the 2013 and 2014 classes. Here’s a look at the top 10 prospects from the event, which includes two of the top prospects at their respective positions in the 2013 class and several promising 2014 prospects.
Florida running back commit Kelvin Taylor was the top prospect at Sunday's Nike Football Training Camp.
1- Kelvin Taylor, RB, Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Day
There is no doubt that Taylor, who measured in at 5-foot-10, 216 pounds, is one of the best ball carriers in the country on Friday night when the pads come on, but Sunday he displayed excellent all-around versatility and performed about as well as a running back prospect can in the camp setting. Taylor was superb in the blocking/pass protection drills, showing tremendous power and balance. Not only did he catch the ball well out of the backfield in passing drills, he also lined up in the slot and out wide in pass skel drills. We feel he may very well be the best running back prospect in the country in this class. Taylor, the son of former Florida and NFL running back Fred Taylor, is committed to the Gators.
2- Matthew Thomas, LB, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington
Thomas, the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker prospect according to 247Sports, measured in at 6-foot-3.5, 201 pounds and had no trouble in coverage during one-on-one and pass skel work. Of note is Thomas’ tremendous wingspan, which we estimate to be 6 feet, 6-7 inches. Thomas also was awarded with the SPARQ MVP following the event and has already been invited to The Opening, an all-star prospect camp this summer in Portland, Ore., sponsored by Nike. On the recruiting front, Miami, Alabama, Florida and Florida State all are schools in the mix.
3- Rashard Robinson, CB, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
Robinson has flown under the radar since the end of the 2011 season after transferring to Ely (the alma mater of Patrick Peterson) from Deerfield Beach. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder, who has been timed at sub-4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash, has the length and frame that college coaches covet but can rarely find at the cornerback position. He also has quick feet, reaction and ball skills to go with it. Florida State recently offered and we expect Robinson to be in the double digits offer-wise following the spring evaluation period. Robinson debuts with an overall grade of 90 and a four-star ranking on 247Sports.
4- Trevor Darling, OT, Miami (Fla.) Central (Class of 2014)
Darling is already committed to Miami (Fla.) and the Hurricanes are getting a good one. During one-on-ones, he displayed quick feet and the athleticism to block many of the speedy defenders that he went against. There is no doubt that the 6-foot-5, 300-pounder is going to have to reshape his body during the next two years to be ready for college football, but the foundation certainly is there.
5- Shawun Lurry, WR, Inlet Grove (Fla.) (Class of 2014)
As he has done in the past at events like this, Lurry has proven to have very few peers when it comes to change-of-direction. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder created instant separation against any cornerback that tried to defend him during one-on-ones and seven-on-seven work. Thus far, no schools have stepped forward with early verbal offers, but expect him to be a popular 2014 prospect in May.
6- K.C. McDermott, OT, Palm Beach (Fla.) Central (Class of 2014)
This is the third McDermott and we feel like he’s the best McDermott. He displayed outstanding feet, frame and size during position drills and the one-on-one portion of the camp (where he was rarely beaten). McDermott has reshaped in the past year and now has the body of a tackle (lean, with the ability to add weight) and right now projects to be a Future Top247 prospect. He recently attended the spring game at Miami (Fla.) where his brother plays.
7- Jacob McCrary, WR, Miami (Fla.) Coral Reef (Class of 2014)
McCrary has impressed us before in the 7-on-7 setting and backed up that first impression Sunday. His natural strength and ability to play through contact impressed as well as his ability to snatch the ball out of the air with near perfect arm extension. McCrary does not currently claim any early offers, but is already receiving interest from multiple SEC and ACC programs.
8- Maquedius Bain, DT, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
Bain measured in at 6-foot-3, 308 pounds prior to the event and while he had an uninspiring effort in the position drills, he won more than his share of reps during the one-on-one portion and was the top defensive line prospect there. With that, we feel his ultimate highest upside is at offensive guard. Bain said prior to the camp he remains a soft verbal to Florida State, but he is “keeping his options open”. There is strong buzz that he ultimately ends up at Miami.
9- Jesus Wilson, WR, Miami (Fla.) Columbus
Wilson was one of several slot receiver prospects on hand and proved to be a tough cover in the short and intermediate passing game. The receiver MVP by the NFTC coaches ran precise routes, got his head around quickly, made clean receptions and burst up the field vertically. FIU, Oklahoma State, Vanderbilt and Marshall, among others, have offered. Florida State and a host of programs are showing interest.
10- Sandley Jean-Felix, OT, Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson
We’ve watched Jean-Felix in this setting since his freshman year and while he’s always had size, he’s struggled moving his feet and exceptionally long arms during drills. After watching him on Sunday in one-on-ones, his coordination is rapidly catching up with his body and he’s a different prospect now. Jean-Felix is going to need to have a strong spring and also camp at several programs this summer because he missed his junior year because of academics, but we feel if he takes care of business he can end up being a major find for some program and has exceptional long-term upside.
Here were the MVPs by position as determined by the Nike Football Training Camp coaching staff.
Quarterback: Sean White, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna
Running Back: Joseph Yearby, Miami (Fla.) Central
Wide Receiver: Jesus Wilson
Offensive Line: Jomel Ribalta, Hialeah (Fla.)
Defensive Line: Paul James, Miami (Fla.) Dr. Krop
Defensive Back: Soujourn Shelton, Plantation (Fla.)
Linebacker: Evan Harvey, Palm Beach (Fla.) Dwyer
SPARQ: Matthew Thomas
JC Shurburtt contributed to this report