May 14, 2007

Jersey NIKE dominated by Posey

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - The Garden State hosted the NIKE Camp on Sunday but it was a player from Ohio who dominated the event. Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle wide receiver DeVier Posey made the trip from the Midwest and was clearly the most outstanding player at the camp.

Posey, who has relatives in the area, chose the Rutgers camp to strut his stuff. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder is a polished receiver who runs terrific routes and has a surprising burst. Posey sells his routes well and has tremendous footwork. He explodes in and out of his cuts and turns on the jets to separate when the ball is in the air. He also has a sure set of hands. Posey dominated the one-on-ones. He is already committed to Ohio State.

The wideout position was very deep at the camp. In addition to Posey, Laureldale (Pa.) Muhlenberg wide receiver Vaughn Carraway was also impressive. He needs to fill out his frame quite a bit, but he has good speed and excellent ball skills. Bloomfield, Conn. standout Marcus Cooper used his good size and body control to be successful in the one-on-ones and Windsor, Conn. stud Justin Wilson was smooth all day.

Alexandria (Va.) Edison wideout Ben Barber isn't the biggest wideout but he can run and looks the part of a slot receiver at the next level.

The defensive back position was deep as well. Charlottesville (Va.) Albermarle cornerback Mike Beckford has excellent size and was the most physical of the defensive backs in the one-on-ones. Piscatway, N.J. corner Dwayne Gratz was also outstanding in the one-on-ones, especially playing press coverage. He gets a nice jam off the line of scrimmage and can turn and run.

West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep cornerback Grant Mayes won a few and lost a few in the one-on-ones but his confidence and willingness to call out the best is rare. Charlotte (N.C.) Independence safety Adam Byrd made the trip north and looked the part and Radnor (Pa.) Archbishop Carroll safety Geoffrey Prather looks like a future linebacker with solid coverage skills.

A few other defensive backs who impressed included Norfolk (Va.) Maury corner Ricky Nichols and Falmouth (Va.) Stafford corner Dante Cook as well as Collegeville (Pa.) Perkiomen Valley's Abdul Smith.

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