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February 14, 2006Note: We hope you enjoy this free story on StudentSportsFootball.com. Student Sports produces the NIKE Camps, NIKE Combines, Elite 11 Quarterback events and coverage of these elite events plus top recruiting coverage will be part of our premium coverage all winter and spring. If you haven't subscribed to StudentSportsFootball.com until now, this is a perfect time to start!
The first batch of NIKE Camp registration information has been mailed out to prospects all over the country and already many are beginning to return their forms and confirm their spots for one of the 12 NIKE Camps across the country. Today the Blog takes a look at some of the early returnees...
*South Florida is a traditional breeding ground for great linebacker prospects, and this year figures to be no different. One of the state's best in the Class of 2007 should be Ft. Lauderdale Boyd Anderson's Josh Bynes, who's already reeled in his first scholarship offer from Duke. Bynes had an outstanding junior season, earning all-county honors after totaling 147 tackles, 33 tackles for loss and forcing eight fumbles from his middle linebacker position. He had a solid showing at last year's NIKE Camp in Miami, finishing with a 60.42 SPARQ Rating, and should improve that mark this year with his 4.6 speed and current 310-pound bench press. The 6-2, 215 pounder lists Miami, Georgia, Florida, Iowa and LSU as his top five and is receiving mail from all five plus FSU, Oklahoma, Alabama, Auburn and others. He'll once again attend the NIKE Camp in Miami this April 9th.
*6-1, 262 pound Tyler McDermott out of Lake Worth (Fla.) Palm Beach Central is already showing signs of being one of the top center prospects in Florida this year. McDermott tested very well at the recent NIKE Combine in Boca Raton, clocking a 5.14 40, benching 20 reps and running a quick 4.44 shuttle on his way to a 57.99 SPARQ Rating. McDermott is a two-time all-conference pick and was a second team all-county selection as a junior. He'll be a four-year starter at PBCHS and carries a 3.7 GPA and has scored an 1180 on the SAT. He lists his favorite colleges as Northwestern, Duke, Miami, Michigan and Auburn and will attend the NIKE Camp in Miami on April 9th.
*Another player coming off a strong showing at the Boca Raton NIKE Combine is 6-0, 195 pound defensive back Derrick Hallman. The Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central standout ran a 4.56 40 and a 4.12 shuttle, finishing with an outstanding 75.70 SPARQ Rating at the event. He's coming off a solid junior season in which he recorded 61 tackles and intercepted three passes. Hallman, who carries a 3.6 GPA, already is getting mail from UCF, Florida, Duke, Rutgers, Auburn, Louisville, Miami and others. He lists his current favorites as Miami, Florida, Florida State, Auburn and Georgia and he'll attend the April 9th NIKE Camp in Miami.
*James Kirkendoll out of Round Rock (Texas) could be one of the state's top football/basketball prospects this year in the Lone Star State. The 6-0, 170 pounder with reported 4.47 speed in the 40 was an all-district performer last fall on the gridiron as a wideout, snagging 50 passes for over 600 yards, and has a high of 45 points in a single game on the court this year as well. His current favorites include Texas, Miami, Clemson, Oklahoma and Notre Dame and he plans on camping at UT, Miami and Notre Dame this summer. He'll also attend the April 22nd NIKE Camp at College Station.
*Broderick Ferguson, a 6-1, 185 pound safety out of Montgomery (Ala.) Sidney Lanier, had a big season as a junior is starting to get some college interest. After recording 94 tackles, four interceptions and two sacks last fall, Ferguson is getting consistent mail from the likes of Clemson, Mississippi State and Indiana. Ferguson reports 4.61 speed in the 40 and a 34-inch vertical jump. His current favorites include Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, Auburn and UAB. He'll attend the April 29th NIKE Camp in Athens.
*Big 6-5, 280 pound offensive tackle Lewis Field out of Floyd (Iowa) Charles City is hoping to emerge as one of the state's top OL prospects this year. Field was an all-area and second team all-conference pick as a junior and maintains a perfect 4.0 GPA. He currently lists Iowa, Iowa State, Indiana, Purdue and Alabama as his favorite colleges and is getting mail from all of those schools plus BYU. He plans on camping at Iowa and Iowa State this summer and will also attend the Columbus NIKE Camp on May 5th.
*St. Joseph (Mo.) Central two-way lineman Brendan Donaldson comes from great bloodlines as his father Amos played football at Kansas State. Brendan, a 6-3, 240 pounder, is hoping to also play D-I football, and is starting to get some looks after a solid junior season. With reported 4.82 speed in the 40 and a 300 pound bench press, Donaldson has good agility and strength and also is solid in the classroom with a 3.89 GPA. His current favorites include Kansas State, Iowa, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Missouri and he'll attend the NIKE Camp in Columbus on May 5th.
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