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Miami NFTC: Top 2015 performers

MIAMI, Fla. – The Nike Football Training Camp 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.

After taking a look at the top performers in the class of 2014 Sunday, we shift gears to the 2015 standouts in what figures to be a loaded cycle in that area.


Cornerback Tyrek Cole (Miramar, Fla.) was the most impressive Class of 2015 performer at Sunday's Miami Nike Football Training Camp.

1. Tyrek Cole, CB, Miramar- The 5-foot-10.5, 170-pound Cole was the best cornerback at February’s South Florida Express tryout, and backed that up Sunday as the most impressive corner at the NFTC. Cole is as natural and fluid as they come at the position, and does a terrific job of getting his head around and making finishing plays while staying attached. Florida is considered the early favorite over Miami and Florida State. The trio has offered, along with West Virginia.

2. Jovon Durante, WR, Miami Dr. Krop- The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Durante was as explosive as any receiver on hand Sunday, and it especially showed zipping by press coverage getting into routes. After the catch, Durante was as explosive as any on hand with a blend of quickness, feel and the ability to accelerate. Miami, Clemson, USF and Marshall have offered. He lists North Carolina, South Carolina and Oregon as programs he hopes offers.

3. Minkah Fitzpatrick, CB. Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep- One week after standing out at the Next Level Nation 5 Star Showcase in Frederick, Md., the 6-foot-0, 180-pound corner made the trip south with several prospects from his area to test themselves against the fastest prospects in the country. As expected, the sophomore with offers from Rutgers and Connecticut more than held his own. His ability to stick the foot in the ground and burst showed up in drills and in one-on-one’s.

4. Da’Vante Phillips, WR, Miami Central- While the class of 2014 at Miami Central receives much of the fan fare for good reason, wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips continues to prove he belongs in the conversation with the best. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Phillips features a strong lower body that he uses to push through the ground, along with the hands, ball skills and playmaking ability that has already led to verbal offers from Miami, Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Clemson.

5. Devonaire Clarington, TE, Miami Southridge- Physically, there wasn’t a more impressive prospect of the 2015 group yesterday than Clarington. It’s not necessarily how the 6-foot-5, 230-pounder looks today, but where his frame will take him in time. On the field, Clarington showed plus quickness off the line and getting into routes and the ability to track the ball. Miami, Florida State, Alabama and others have already offered.

6. Shawn Burgess-Becker, WR/ATH, Pomano Beach Monarch- The 6-foot, 175-pound receiver and safety was among the most competitive and impressive wide receivers Sunday. Not only did he beat some very talented corners deep, and finished with impressive ball skills, but he also showed the ability to create separation out of cuts in the intermediate game. Miami is the school mentioned first by the sophomore that picked off five passes in 2012.

7. Tavarus McFadden, S, Fort Lauderdale American Heritage- McFadden impressed first at the South Florida Express tryouts in February, and again on Sunday. As well as the sophomore with verbal offers from Florida State, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, LSU and others moved in drills, it’s his frame and upside that really catches the eye. McFadden stands nearly 6-foot-3 and weighs 180-pounds with the frame to carry more than 200-pounds in time with a strong look.

Quick Hitters

- A second sophomore with the last name McFadden of note is safety Kendrell McFadden (Miami/McArthur). While the 6-foot-2, 172-pounder struggled at times in footwork drills, the ability and ceiling are certainly present and accounted for. McFadden reports verbal offers from Kansas State, Florida State, Florida, FIU and others.

- Among the many 2015 running backs on hand, 5-foot-11, 180-pound Jordan Cronkrite (Miami/Westminster Christian) stood out with a blend of quick feet, above average change of direction and the frame to carry more than 200-pounds in time.

- A second running back that stood out was Charles Perry (West Palm Beach/Royal Palm Beach). The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Cardinal Newman transfer features an impressive body type and the feet and agility to go with it.

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