May 21, 2006

Seven FSU coaches on hand for NIKE Camp

GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA -- The second of two NIKE Training Camps in Florida took place in Gainesville on Saturday afternoon. As is usually the case when there's a high profile camp in the Sunshine State, blue chip prospects were everywhere. That fact was not lost on the college coaching community as well over 100 coaches were on hand to witness the four-hour camp.

Even though the camp took pace in the shadows of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Florida State was well represented. Assistant coaches Kevin Steele, Jody Allen, Odell Haggins, John Lilly, Mark McHale, Daryl Dickey and Billy Sexton were all on hand to evaluate the nearly 400 prospects that took part in the camp. There were also a handful of head coaches in attendance including Urban Meyer (Florida), Ralph Friedgen (Maryland) and Charlie Weis (Notre Dame).

A large majority of the participants were Florida natives, but there were representatives from several other states. Even though the Clemson NIKE Camp takes place today, a handful of elite prospects from the Palmetto State made the long trip to Gainesville and they didn't disappoint.

Rivals100 teammates Gary Gray (South Carolina commitment) and Mark Barnes from Richland Northeast High School in Columbia both performed extremely well. In fact, after dominating one-on-one drills at cornerback, many recruiting analysts on hand felt that Gray might have been the top prospect at the camp. Other South Carolina natives taking part in the camp that stood out were wide receiver Dontrelle Inman, defensive end Cliff Matthews, and offensive lineman Quintin Richardson, who lined up at tight end.

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