June 19, 2006

Five who boosted stock at NIKE Camps

  • style="padding: 2px">Rivals.com Recruiting Wire

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  • Each year, the NIKE Football Training Camp provides the Rivals.com team of analysts a chance to get an up close look at the nation's top talent. Most years, there are multiple prospects that help themselves in terms of the national rankings with stellar showings at the camps.

    Here is a look at five prospects who helped themselves in the eyes of the analysts with outstanding NIKE Camp performances:

    Jordan Bernstine, Des Moines (Iowa) Lincoln

    Position: Safety

    Height: 5-foot-10

    Weight: 200 pounds

    Des Moines, Iowa, does produce good players every year, but it's not often that a top 60 player comes out of the city. But after Jordan Bernstine dominated with a great NIKE Camp in Columbus, he firmly pushed his way up the rankings. He was very good in one-on-ones and in drills, but it was his 4.38-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 41.9-inch vertical leap that truly blew people away. -Jeremy Crabtree

    Click here for video of Bernstine in action

    Chris Culliver, Garner (N.C.)

    Position: Safety/Cornerback

    Height: 6-foot-1

    Weight: 190 pounds

    Culliver, from North Carolina, raised his stock greatly at the Clemson NIKE Camp. Culliver was one of the most impressive defensive backs out of all the NIKE Camps and his blazing sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash along with his physical build made him stand out. His ability in the one-on-ones in solo coverage was impressive, but his future is as a free or strong safety who will be great in run support. A very physical player. -Mike Farrell

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    Brian Price, Los Angeles Crenshaw

    Position: Defensive tackle

    Height: 6-foot-0

    Weight: 270 pounds

    After turning down early offers from USC, Arizona and Cal, Price was already a solid UCLA commitment and well known by many West Coast coaches. But he burst onto the national scene with a dominating performance at the Palo Alto NIKE Camp. He definitely earned a spot in the national top 50 with his performance, which included a great day during the one-on-one competition. There was hardly an offensive lineman that could block him with his quick first step off the line of scrimmage. -Jeremy Crabtree

    Click here for video of Price in action

    Quintin Richardson, Columbia (S.C) Spring Valley

    Position: Offensive tackle

    Height: 6-foot-4

    Weight: 270 pounds

    The athletic two-way lineman showed off his versatility and athleticism at the Gainesville NIKE Camp in May, drawing rave revues from multiple coaches in attendance. Richardson, an early commit to South Carolina, showed that he had the ability to play anywhere on the offensive or defensive line (even tight end) at the camp, tested well and looked solid in one-on-on drills. Richardson hails from the same high school that produced former Florida State standouts Peter and Michael Boulware and Auburn starter Leon Hart. -JC Shurburtt

    Click here for video of Richardson in action

    Martez Wilson, Chicago Simeon

    Position: Defensive end

    Height: 6-foot-3

    Weight: 230 pounds

    People in Chicago were already well aware of Wilson and his amazing athletic ability, but it wasn't until he exploded at the Columbus NIKE Training Camp that people and college coaches across the nation truly appreciated how talented the kid is. He was great in one-on-one drills and he tested quite well and his overall day allowed him to skyrocket up the charts. -Jeremy Crabtree

    Click here for video of Wilson in action

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