NFTC Miami: 2014's Best

MIAMI, Fla. – The Nike NFTC rolled into Miami Sunday after attracting some of central and northern Florida’s best talent in Orlando Saturday. As is usually the case, the talent on hand in South Florida more than impressed.

The Opening invites from the Miami NFTC (L to R): Dalvin Cook, Joseph Yearby, Chris Lammons, Richard Yeargin III, Johnnie Dixon, Isaiah Wynn.

First up, we take a look at the top performers from the class of 2014 with the class of 2015 to come Monday.

1. Chris Lammons, CB/ATH, Plantation
The 5-foot-10, 172-pound Lammons first burst onto the scene in February at the South Florida Express tryouts, and continued his fast ascent on Sunday. The high school quarterback with offers from Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Ole Miss and others continues to prove that he may be the top cornerback prospect in the Sunshine State due to a physical mentality, very quick feet, explosive burst and the ability to turn and run in an attached manner.

2. Khairi Clark, DT, Hollywood Chaminade Madonna
The Top247 defensive tackle prospect checked in at a shade under 6-foot-2 and 320-pounds, and proved again to move very light on his feet. Not only can Clark bull-rush with natural strength, but also flashed agility, balance and lateral agility today. Clark lists Miami as his favorite, along with interest in Florida, Notre Dame, Georgia, South Carolina and Clemson among others.

3. Trevor Darling, OG, Miami Central
The 6-foot-5, 328-pound Darling was enjoying a good day that went to very good after a pair of dominating reps in one-on-one’s. The No. 138 ranked prospect in the 247Composite flashed the plus feet for his size and natural strength that has made him a nationally recruited prospect. Darling said today that he remains “solid” to the Hurricanes, but will likely make visits to Florida State and Arkansas.

4. Johnnie Dixon, WR, West Palm Beach Dwyer
The 5-foot-10, 192-pound jet showed his elite speed throughout the day, racing by press coverage and over the top on numerous occasions. Dixon, who has run a 10.61 100-meters this spring, not only possesses vertical speed, but is also quick and powerful off the line of scrimmage and working getting into routes. The Top247 prospect has offers from Florida, Miami, Alabama, Auburn and a number of others.

5. Raul Diaz, C, Miami Central
The 6-foot-2, 265-pound high school defensive tackle and center took home offensive line MVP honors Sunday after a dominant run in the one-on-one portion of the training camp. Diaz, who has an offer from Kentucky, was very athletic in his stance with impressive knee bend and was easily the quickest and most physical of the interior offensive line prospects on hand.

6. Dalvin Cook, RB, Miami Central
The 5-foot11, 191-pound Cook got the event late, but jumped right in at running back drills and instantly made his mark without more than bending over to tie his shoes. The Clemson commitment who plans to make all five official visits worked at both running back and cornerback today showing his soft hands and ball skills at both spots. Clemson, Florida, Miami and Alabama are expected to get the Top247 prospect on campus this summer and next fall for official visits. Cook received an invite to The Opening following the NFTC.

7. Chad Thomas, DE, Miami Booker T. Washington
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Thomas not only took home defensive line MVP honors, but also received an invite to The Opening Sunday. As he has shown at various camps and combines, he features a high-ceiling with an impressive combination of quickness, lateral ability, long arms and the frame to carry more than 260-pounds very well proportioned. Miami, Florida State, LSU, Louisville, Florida and others have offered.

Miami (Fla.) Central RB Joseph Yearby is a two-time Miami NFTC running back MVP.

8. Joseph Yearby, RB, Miami Central
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Yearby took home running back MVP honors for a second straight year today, as well as receiving an invite to The Opening. The Miami commitment impressed with his electric feet and laterally ability as always, but caught the attention of many with improved strength which showed up in blocking drills against linebackers. The No. 33-ranked prospect in the 247Compsite rounds out a stellar showing for the Miami Central class of 2014.

9. Isaiah Wynn, OG, St. Petersburg/Lakewood
The 6-foot-2.5, 265-pound Wynn earned an invite to The Opening today showing the quick feet, agility, balance and knee bend that has been evident since his sophomore year watching in person or on video. Wynn has offers from Florida State, Arkansas, Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Ole Miss, South Florida and a host of others.

10. Randy Ramsey, S/OLB, Fort Lauderdale/Dillard
The brother of Wake Forest defensive back Allen Ramsey came into Sunday without much fan fare, if any. After measuring 6-foot-2 ¾ and 205-pounds with a strong-looking frame, he caught our attention. While Ramsey worked at safety, and showed quality feet and agility in drill work, he may well project to safety or outside linebacker long term with a frame that could stack mass. Wake Forest has offered.

Quick Hitters

- 247Composite five-star offensive tackle Kc McDermott (Palm Beach/Central) was another offensive line prospect that stood out. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound right tackle prospect, who is down to Miami and Notre Dame with a decision expected the first of April, flashed the quick feet and agility that has made him a nationally recruited prospect.

- Louisville commitment Michael Johnson (Hialeah/Champagnat) flashed the range that makes him a heavily recruited safety. The 6-foot-3, 180-pounder closed from hash mark to boundary with ease on several occasions.

- Cornerback Al Harris Jr. (Fort Lauderdale/St. Thomas Aquinas) continues to show he is sound in his technique as expected. The 5-foot-10.5, 160-pounder will be one of the last in the class to develop physically, and that provides him a high-ceiling. He has offers from South Carolina, Florida State, Louisville, Cincinnati, Penn State, Purdue and Rutgers.

- Cornerback Nigel Patten (Miami/Booker T. Washington) was one of the more competitive prospects in attendance. The 5-foot-8.5, 173-pounder proved to be adept in press coverage, and was one of the quicker cornerbacks on hand. Florida State, Miami, Ole Miss and Tennessee have offered.

Miami Hurricane quarterback commit Alin Edouard spun the ball well Sunday at the Miami NFTC.

- Wide receiver Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale/St. Thomas Aquinas) took home the SPARQ awards following Friday’s testing in Orlando that included a 4.53 forty-yard dash and 38-inch vertical. Holmes, who will visit Notre Dame in April, flashed his athletic ability in one-on-one’s easily getting over the top of coverage.

- Miami quarterback commitment Alin Edouard (Hialeah High) impressed with his compact release and natural action. He flashed the ability to spin the ball and the arm strength to work the ball vertically. Accuracy in the intermediate game is an area for improvement for the 6-foot-1, 175-pound four-star prospect.

- Richard Yeargin III (Fort Lauderdale/University School) took home MVP honors for his work at linebacker, as well as receiving an invite to The Opening. While the 6-foot-3, 226-pounder plays exclusively at linebacker, a move to defensive end at the next level is a possibility. Florida, Clemson, Florida State, Tennessee and many others have offered.

- Sean White (Fort Lauderdale/University School) took home QB MVP honors after a consistent showing, as is usually the case. The 6-foot-1, 204-pound Chaminade transfer has offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Syracuse and others.

- Defensive end Kevin Bronson (Delray Beach/Village Academy) impressed with a quick and long first step and an ideal frame that could carry around 260 pounds in time. The 6-foot-3, 233-pound end has offers from UCF and Massachusetts along with interest from South Carolina, Iowa State, Virginia Tech and a growing number of others.

- The quickest player in attendance Sunday was slot wide receiver prospect Lamar Parker (Miami/Booker T. Washington). The 5-foot-8, 152-pounder with verbal offers from FIU, Ole Miss, Marshall and others, blew through drills with very quick feet and explosive burst and change of direction.

Luke Stampini and David Lake contributed to this story.

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