March 27, 2013

Rivals Camp Series Miami: What We Learned

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla. -- The third weekend of the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour wrapped up Sunday, and many top story lines emerged from last weekend's events. Here are Five Things We Learned from the camp at North Broward Prep that featured many top prospects from South Florida.

1. Defensive backs are deep for 2014

Guys such as Nigel Patten and Chris Lammons were as good as advertised, but several other names stood out in the crowded field. Patten stayed in the hip pocket of receivers downfield and Lammons was always in good position.

Two safeties who caught our eye during one-on-ones were Louisville commit Michael Johnson and Carter Jacobs. On the hoof, both players look like strong safety in the box-type defenders. However, when left on an island each athlete excelled in coverage while showing good closing speed and instincts.

Pahokee (Fla.) defensive back Jay Hopson was a pleasant surprise as he got his hands on a few passes. Alex Jasmin continues to impress on the offseason scene. He is always around the ball and doesn't back down from a challenge.

2. Rivals100 running back likes to compete

On a day when other Rivals100 running backs chose not to participate in the Rivals Camp Series located in their backyard, Joseph Yearby came out looking to climb up the rankings ladder.

In drills he showed his excellent agility, jump cuts, and burst. He is a natural runner with tremendous quickness, but he does possess the home run speed once in the open field.

During one-on-ones, he was able to get open consistently. However, during the second stage of competition he had to gear down due to a minor injury. Yearby is solid to Miami, but expect USF to make a run at him as his former high school head coach Telly Lockette is coaching tailbacks for the Bulls.

3. Slot receivers impress

The one-on-one portion of the camp always benefits some of the smaller, quicker receivers and Sunday was no exception. Jarius Brown had a great afternoon, making several plays while juking would-be defenders. Coral Gables (Fla.) wideout Antiwone Johnson was a touch match-up for defensive backs using his quickness to get open off the line.

A pair of youngsters who really emerged were Sam Bruce, Shaquille Green, and Tavares Martin. Bruce is crafty setting up his man and knows to get separation. He benefits from playing alongside the aforementioned Brown and teammate Emmanuel Soto at Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School.

Much like Bruce, Green plays for a prolific offense and program at Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington. Green is a space player that can beat you from the backfield or in the slot. One of the offensive coaches said, "No one has been able to hold him all day."

Martin is more of a vertical threat and caught a few go routes and post patterns. The all-state flanker has the tools to be a reliable target at the next level.

4. Dumervil emerges

It's hard to miss Harry Dumervil at 6-foot-7 and around 350 pounds. He not only towers over the opposition, but he overpowers them, too.

Once one-on-ones got under way, he settled in nicely at tackle before moving over to guard. His time at guard impressed the Rivals.com staff and other spectators as he won his share of battles notably against Rivals250 defensive tackle Khairi Clark. Dumervil manhandled Clark with his punch and long arms. He didn't allow Clark to get underneath him or get him off balance.

The Oakland Park (Fla.) Northeast standout should have several colleges stopping by this spring to get a glimpse up close of this under-the-radar prospect.

5. Ramsey one to watch

Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Dillard defensive back Randy Ramsey is a taller corner who isn't afraid to mix it up at the line of scrimmage.

The versatile secondary prospect covers a lot of ground with his speed and closing ability. Six-foot-2 corners don't grow on trees, so it will be intriguing to see if he stays on an island or shifts to safety. Either way, he is one to watch throughout the offseason heading into next fall.

His older brother Allen Ramsey plays defensive back at Wake Forest. We expect the Demon Deacons and others to jump in the mix for the South Florida star.




 

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