LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.- The Orlando Nike Football Training Camp featured many of the top Class of 2013 prospects from the state of Florida, several of whom are among the top prospects at their respective positions nationally.
Vernon Hargreaves III did nothing to dispel the notion that he's the best pure cornerback prospect in years.
Ten players were invited to “The Opening” from the event, the elite national all-star camp, which will be held July 5-8 on the Nike Campus in Beaverton, Ore. Cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, running backs Greg Bryant and Ryan Green, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, offensive guard Ira Denson safeties Leon McQuay III and Marcell Harris, receiver Ahmad Fulwood, defensive lineman DeMarcus Walker and linebacker Quinton Powell all received invites following Sunday’s camp. Below are the top 10 prospects at the event according to 247Sports. This list is determined by a combination of camp performance and overall longterm projection for each prospect.
1- Vernon Hargreaves III, CB, Tampa (Fla.) Wharton
We think Hargreaves is one of the best cornerback prospects in years and Sunday’s showing did little to change our opinion that he is potentially special. Hargreaves possesses a truly special blend of quickness, speed, change of direction and ball skills. His burst out of a T-step is explosive, and his last closing step is another accelerated burst. He is just as adept in press coverage as he is in off coverage, and his ability to make plays on the ball without interfering is elite. South Florida, where his father is an assistant coach, and Florida, are the two strongest programs in the race for his services.
2- Laremy Tunsil, OT, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia
Tunsil, the nation’s top offensive tackle prospect, proved to be quick in his pass set, played with ideal balance, reacted to second moves and handled an initial outside pass rush very well other than his first rep against defensive line MVP Devin Washington. He engulfed the majority of opponents, but did so with a combination of strength, length and athleticism. His feet are quick and his body quickness ideal. Florida is thought to be the team to beat for Tunsil, but watch out for Georgia. We hear the Bulldogs feel like they have a legitimate shot.
3- DeMarcus Walker, DL, Jacksonville (Fla.) Sandalwood
Walker is either a defensive tackle or a big defensive end in a 3-4 alignment, but regardless he’s a talented prospect. His quickness of the ball and hand movement are both advanced and he dominated during one-on-ones for the most part. Walker will make a college decision in the next 30 days or so and it’s Florida or Alabama. Both programs run some sort of variation of a 3-4, so look for him to be at end in college.
4- Ryan Green, RB, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic
Green was pound-for-pound, the best athlete at the event. Every step is full of bursting quickness and acceleration with borderline special change of direction. His ability to push through the ground and run past would be covering linebackers is elite. When running a route with the ball in the air, his ability to explode vertically - and control his body - is exceptional. Notre Dame and Florida State are two programs in good shape for Green, who was doing the Tomahawk Chop during some drills.
5- Greg Bryant, RB, Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage
The Oklahoma commit is powerfully built with quick feet and the ability to play through contact. Bryant proved difficult to slow down for any linebacker during one-on-one drills as every step is powerful, and every cut quick. The 196-pounder has the frame to carry 210-pounds proportioned perfectly.
6- Asiantii Woulard, QB, Winter Park (Fla.)
At first glance, Woulard was one of the most impressive prospects on hand. When the drills started, his feet impressed as well as his balance and overall athleticism for his position. He delivered the ball with a pretty compact motion, and showed the ability to change speeds in this setting. He drew constant praise from former NFL signal caller, and Nike NFTC and Elite 11 instructor Browning Nagle. Woulard was a South Florida commit for some time, but recently de-committed. The Bulls and Florida State appear to be the two strongest for his services. Huge upside.
7- Leon McQuay III, S, Seffner (Fla.) Armwood
McQuay impressed us with his bouncy athleticism and ball skills during the one-on-one portion of the event. His size/athleticism combination backed up what we’ve seen on film, which is why he’s one of the top overall safety prospects in the country during an exceptional cycle at his position. He’s well-coached and is a highly-competitive prospect that will take your head off in pads. McQuay has dozens of scholarship offers, but Florida appears to be in the best shape with Notre Dame and Vanderbilt lurking.
8- Caleb Brantley, DT, Crescent City (Fla.)
Brantley’s size jumps out at you when you see him. He’s 302 pounds right now at approximately 6-foot-2 (or 6-foot-3 as there was some confusion as to what his measured height in socks was at the event), has long arms and is advanced in terms of hand quickness and footwork. He dominated one portion of one-on-ones, but then ran into offensive line MVP Ira Denson during the latter portion. Denson got the best of him. Still, the Florida commit showed us enough that, combined with his film, he’s one of the best in the Southeast at his position for the 2013 cycle.
9- Marcell Harris, S, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips
If there is one thing that continues to impress about Harris - he simply loves competition. While he continues to stack muscle mass on his now 6-foot-1, 209-pound frame, his feet remain quick and his ability to react downhill impressive. While there are smoother safeties in terms of change of direction and back pedal, he has few peers from a physical and mental standpoint. Harris has the body type to carry 230-plus pounds, which does bring into question of whether he will stay at safety long term, or possibly make the move to outside linebacker. Florida (the presumed favorite), Florida State and Texas (will visit this summer) are the three schools in the hunt right now.
10- Devin Washington, DE, Orlando (Fla.) Jones
One thing we knew coming in about Washington is that he was a high-energy/motor prospect that uses his quickness to get after the passer on film. We saw that very thing on Sunday as he used his quickness during one rep to leave Tunsil standing still. Granted, after Tunsil adjusted, he won the rest of the reps, but that was an example of what Washington brings to the table. While undersized (he measured 6-foot-2, 226 pounds), we feel that Washington has high value and a frame to carry more bulk. South Carolina, North Carolina State, UCF, South Florida and a host of others have offered.
MVPsBelow are the position MVP award winners, as determined by the Nike Football Training Camp coaching staff.
Quarterback- Asiantii Woulard
Running Back- Ryan Green
Wide Receiver- Johnell Barnes, Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar
Offensive Line- Ira Denson
Defensive Line- Devin Washington
Linebacker- Quinton Powell, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland
Defensive Back- Leon McQuay III
JC Shurburtt contributed to this report
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