February 16, 2006

Junior to Watch Blog: 2/16

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The first batch of NIKE Camp registration information has been mailed out to prospects all over the country and already many are beginning to return their forms and confirm their spots for one of the 12 NIKE Camps across the country. Today the Blog takes a look at some of the early returnees...

*The Class of 2007 is looking strong in Tennessee and one of the state's top recruits will be 6-1, 180 pound wide receiver Todd Campbell. Campbell was a Class 5 all-state selection last fall after a junior season in which he caught 35 passes for 817 yards and 12 touchdowns, and his great season and athletic ability (4.5 40, 37-inch vertical jump) have attracted the interest of many major colleges. Campbell already has offers from five schools - Tennessee, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and Kansas State - and is receiving strong interest from several others. Also a good track athlete with bests of 10.8 in the 100 meter dash and 21.9 in the 200, Campbell currently lists his favorite colleges as Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, LSU and Florida. He'll show his stuff at the April 29th NIKE Camp in Athens.

*Dayton (Ohio) Northmont quarterback Clay Belton has picked up his first offer, and it won't be his last. The 6-6, 220 pound lefty was offered by Bowling Green earlier today, according to his father Craig. The strong-armed signal caller hit 196 of 320 passes for 2,750 yards with 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a junior, earning all-conference and all-area honors, and the offer from Bowling Green won't be the last in all likelihood. Currently Belton lists his favorite schools as Ohio State, Texas, Florida, Notre Dame and Michigan State, but is receiving mail from numerous programs and is open to all schools. Look for Belton's highlights in the next week on ssfootball.com. Belton will attend the May 5th NIKE Camp in Columbus.

*Another Midwest prospect that can already boast an early offer is 6-3, 295 pound offensive lineman Niko Mafuli from St. Louis (Mo.) University. Mafuli has been offered by instate school Missouri and is also hearing from and looking at Iowa, Northwestern, Notre Dame and Oregon to name a few. Mafuli, who played tackle for his team last year but could play either tackle, guard or center in college, was an all-state and all-metro selection as a junior and reports a 4.9 40 time and a best of 365 pounds on the bench press. He'll attend the May 5th NIKE Camp in Columbus.

*One of the top linebackers in Georgia for next year will be 6-1, 220 pound Kyle Jackson out of McDonough Union Grove. Last fall Jackson racked up 110 tackles and was in on a lot of big plays, making 28 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, two interceptions and forcing seven fumbles. Following the season he was named all-region and all-area. Jackson reports 4.7 speed in the 40 and has a best of 11.2 in the 100 meter dash. Jackson is getting mail from schools all over the country and currently lists his favorites as Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, Notre Dame and Tennessee, in no particular order. He plans on attending several camps this summer, including Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Notre Dame and Maryland. Jackson will also attend the NIKE Camp in Athens on April 29th.

*6-1, 223 pound Clay Beeler had an outstanding junior season and the colleges have begun to take notice. The Waverly (Ohio) Huntington LB/RB is receiving mail from the likes of Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio U., Ball State and others after a junior season in which he totaled 104 tackles and two sacks while also rushing for 1,022 yards and eight scores on his way to all-state honorable mention honors. Beeler reports 4.75 speed in the 40 and a 295-pound bench press and is lifting four days a week and working with a speed trainer another three days to improve those marks. He lists his favorite colleges as Indiana, Ohio State, Bowling Green, Ohio U. and Illinois. Beeler will attend the May 5th NIKE Camp in Columbus.

*Rugged 5-11, 220 pound fullback Kevin Hahn is hoping to follow in the footsteps of his older brother Matt Hahn, a fullback at Penn State, and play football at the Division I level. Hahn is on the right track after a productive year last fall at Dix Hills (N.Y.) Half Hollow Hills West, where he rushed for 1,050 yards and 12 touchdowns while totaling 85 tackles and eight sacks as a middle linebacker. Hahn is very strong with a 395-pound bench press and moves well with a 4.6 40 time. He currently lists his favorite schools as Rutgers, Syracuse, Penn State, Virginia and Penn and will attend the May 6th NIKE Camp in State College.

*Miles Stroter grabs a lot of the attention at Chicago (Ill.) King, but another prospect to watch there is 5-9, 165 pound defensive back Jerrell Parks. Parks had 42 tackles, three interceptions and forced two fumbles with his hard-hitting style last fall. He can also cover with his 4.5 speed and has a best of 10.9 in the 100 meter dash. Parks plans on camping with Ohio State, Illinois and Michigan State this summer and his current college favorites include Miami, Georgia, Ohio State, Tennessee and Florida. He'll attend the May 5th NIKE Camp in Columbus.

*Birmingham (Ala.) Mountain Brook DE/LB Drew Traylor has landed his first two scholarship offers. Vanderbilt offered the 6-5, 220 pounder last week and today the Kentucky Wildcats sent an offer Traylor's way. Traylor recorded 61 tackles and five sacks as a junior and was selected to play in the Alabama North-South Junior all-star game last December.

*5-10, 180 pound DB/RB Ray Winkler out of Mishawaka (Ind.) St. Joseph's is another top prospect who'll be in attendance at the May 5th NIKE Camp in Columbus. Winkler is coming off of a solid junior season in which he rushed for 856 yards and 13 scores while also totaling 59 tackles and three interceptions on defense. He ran one of the top shuttle times, 4.12, at last year's NIKE Camp in Ann Arbor. Winkler lists his current favorite colleges as Northern Illinois, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame and Ohio State.

If you are a coach or parent that would like to get a top junior involved with the NIKE Camps,
NIKE Combines or Elite 11 Quarterback events, or featured on the Junior to Watch Blog, email Brian Stumpf if you are located in the Eastern or Central part of the country ([email protected]) or Greg Biggins ([email protected]) if you are in the West.


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