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April 13, 2005

Making a name

CORAL GABLES, Fla. The first stop of the NIKE Training Camp Tour attracted more than 250 of the top players in the Southeast to the University of Miami campus on Sunday. The NIKE Camp is a great opportunity for sleepers to emerge and make a name for themselves for national recruiting analysts. Rivals.com now presents a look at 11 sleepers in the evaluations of recruiting analyst Jeremy Patterson.

Lattarius Thomas, WR
A big, physical wide receiver who not only passed the eyeball test with flying colors, but tested well and and beat up on defensive backs on drills all day. He has the size to go up and get the ball and the field presence to make adjustments to an overthrown or underthrown ball. He has soft hands and according to him isn't afraid to take a hit when the lights come on.
Tamarcus Porter, WR Porter recently transferred into Pahokee from Royal Palm Beach because of the wing T offense at his former school wasn't allowing him to get many touches. Though he didn't test off the charts on Sunday he did have a solid day in testing. However, it was his performance in the drills, particulary in the one on one's when he torched defensive backs repeatedly that caught our eye. While he is an impressive player physically, he has all the football intangibles to make him a great college prospect.
Tim Brown, WR

It was said at the camp on several different occasions that if Brown were 6-foot-3, instead of 5-foot-7 he would get strong consideration
as the nation's top player. That could indeed be the case, but he is still a remarkable prospect despite his size. He ran the best routes of any receiver in the camp and had the best hands you'll see in America. Not only that, but Brown has started as a freshman for one of the nation's top high school programs. He put up one of the most amazing shuttle times ever seen at the camp with a 3.89 second shuttle, showcasing his lateral quickness.
Chasman Davis, LB
If we had a top ten ranking for the best looking prospects there physically, Davis would rank No. 1. He plays defensive end in high school, but has the perfect build for a college linebacker and will make the move there. He moves well and has tremendous strength and did well in everything he participated in. He received his first scholarship offer last week from the University of Georgia, but when college coaches have a chance to eyeball this kid next month expect many more offers to be on the way.
Jared Martin, DT Martin is a guy that could end up being in the mold of Kendrick Stewart who signed with Florida State last year. He is an undersized defensive lineman who measures in at 6-foot-1, however, he was extremely tough to deal with in drills all day. He has explosiveness of the line, but is a true bull rush defensive tackle. He moves well laterally and really uses his leverage well against bigger defensive lineman.

Kevin Perez, OL
Perez was on the radar screen going into the camp, but really raised his stock. He has great size and awesome movement for a man of his stature. He will likely play guard or center on the next level where he'll use his brute strength to bully people around. He isn't all brawn though, he showed great knee bend and flexinility in the one on one's. He helped lead Killian to a state 6A title as a junior, Florida's largest classification.
Jaquan Williams, DB
A virtual an unknown out of the Tampa area coming into the camp, Williams tested very well putting up a 4.48 second 40-yard dash and a 30-inch vertical jump. He also has great size at 6-foot-0 plus making it easier for him to match up with receivers and allowing him to go up for the ball and make the tough play. If he isn't shy to come up and lay the
lick when the lights come on then he could work himself up the charts to a nice position when rankings time roll around.
Chris Paul-Etienne, QB/ATH Several times during the camp, the camp coaches paused and asked him what school he played for. Perhaps that was because he was throwing the ball with velocity rarely seen. Many of the wide receivers weren't able to catch his passes, not because they weren't on the money, but because the ball was coming at them so hard. He has a thin frame, but will be able to add weight on the next level. He started last season at Edison and will try to lead the program to a state title this fall. This kid has all the tools to be a very good college quarterback.
Michael Johnson, DB

With biceps that looked like tree trunks, there wasn't a more physically impressive looking defensive back-linebacker hybrid than Johnson. He showed good mobility in drills and in one-on-one competition. His name is just now starting to move up the recruiting charts, and once coaches come to see Johnson in person this spring, he will likely pick up offers just because he has the look. It also helps that he has the game, too.

Antonio Lowery, LB
Lowery has a great burst and great natural instincts. He's very athletic, competitive and is the perfect mold for today's linebacker. He makes plays and was knocking down balls in the one on ones and showing great run support in the drills. Has unlimited potential and after a strong showing Sunday, he's gone from sleeper to legit major Division I prospect.

Audie Augustine, DE

Augustine of Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast is a name that hasn't really hit the recruiting charts yet, but should now that he had such a successful camp. Augustine worked out with the defensive ends, but honestly, he has the build and frame of an outside linebacker. He was able to get around almost every blocker that he faced in one-on-one drills simply because he was faster than them. He also has the look of a solid prospect with a lean frame that is muscular but still has plenty of room to grow into in the future.

For expanded coverage of the Miami NIKE Training Camp, you should check out StudentSportsFootball.com. Access to StudentSportsFootball.com requires an additional membership. Coming Soon! The best is getting better. The Rivals.com Recruiting Database will include all authentic data from this summer's NIKE Training Camp schedule.

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