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May 21, 2006
Clemson NIKE Camp preview
The first-ever NIKE Camp on the campus of Clemson University will take place Sunday and will feature several highly-recruited prospects from the Carolinas and around the Southeast.
The camp will be the last NIKE Camp until this season's finale June 10 on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Here's a look at some of the top offensive and defensive prospects expecting to compete on Sunday.
The most highly regarded prospect at Sunday's camp will be Clemson commit Willy Korn from Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound signal caller is expected to be ranked among the nation's elite when the first Rivals100 is released in early June and will get the chance to show why people are mentioning Korn any time the nation's top quarterback prospects are discussed.
Greenville (S.C.) quarterback Matt Lentz has been flying under-the-radar early, but he has the tools to develop into a good college quarterback. He will get the chance to showcase those tools Sunday.
Matthews (N.C.) Butler's Ryan Houston isn't expected to work out because of an injury, but he is the headliner at the running back position this weekend. While some speculate that he may end up on the defensive line, it's not out of the question for Houston to play running back at the next level if he can work himself back into playing shape.
Greenville (N.C.) South Central's Tyrell Worthington has a number of offers from schools in the Carolinas. He does, however, project as a cornerback at the next level.
A sleeper to watch at the running back position is Columbia (S.C.) scat back Nick Bethea. On film, Bethea showcases plenty of talent and a strong showing at the camp could gain him more attention.
A pair of Alabama prospects, Ryan Pugh of Hoover and William Vlachos of Mountain Brook, headline the crop of offensive linemen heading to Clemson. Pugh is one of the top center prospects in the Southeast while Valachos, though somewhat of a sleeper, has big-time upside.
Another center prospect, Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian T-Bob Hebert is a prospect to watch.
Sumter (S.C.) prospect Kendrick Pressley was a relative unknown until picking up an early verbal offer from Virginia Tech last month. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder is one of the most dynamic athletes in the Midlands of South Carolina and Sunday's showing will go a long way toward determining what position at the next level suits him best.
Marquis Coleman of Chester (S.C.) is getting a great deal of early interest. He is listed as an athlete, but projects as a safety in college.
Laurinburg (N.C.) Scotland County defensive end Travian Robertson and Suwanee (Ga.) Peachtree Ridge defensive tackle Cameron Heyward are two potential Rivals100 prospects that will get the chance to show off their skills Sunday.
Both have scholarship offers from multiple SEC and ACC programs.
Clemson verbal commit Jarvis Jenkins of Daniel gave his pledge to the Tigers early in the process, so he's been flying under-the-radar compared to other, non-committed prospects. Sunday, Jenkins will get the opportunity to show why multiple college coaching staffs are high on his ability.
Durham (N.C.) Riverside's Wesley Saunders projects as a defensive lineman at the next level and should work out at that position Sunday, though there is an outside chance he will work at tight end.
Need a sleeper to watch on the defensive line? Union (S.C.) defensive tackle Devon Thompson is a prospect that will play Division I-A football somewhere. He currently has no scholarship offers, but that could change with a strong showing Sunday.
Michael McNeil of Mobile (Ala.) Davidson has seen his stock soar during the May evaluation period. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder has scholarship offers from in-state powers Alabama and Auburn, along with Florida State, Arkansas, Louisville and others.
McNeil will get the chance to show off his coverage skills in the one-on-one drills Sunday.
Spartanburg (S.C.) Broome cornerback Markish Jones could work out at wide receiver, but he projects as a corner in most programs. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder could test off the charts. He won four events at the South Carolina Class 2A state track meet a couple of weeks ago. Florida State and Clemson could be close to offering Jones.
N.C. State commitment Chris Culliver of Garner (N.C.) will get the chance to show off his speed and coverage skills. Despite his early pledge to the Wolfpack, he still is being recruited heavily.
Featured in Rivals.com's "Five on the Rise" segment, Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes linebacker Stanley Hunter has been a prospect that has risen up the board of several college programs in recent weeks. Hunter picked up scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and South Carolina, to go along with Clemson and North Carolina, and is getting serious attention from Florida State.
Hunter should test well. His speed and athletic ability, along with his tenacity, are his biggest assets.
Spartanburg (S.C.) Broome's Antwane Glenn is a 6-foot-4, 235-pounder who has a chance to see his stock increase with a standout showing Sunday.
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