Friday, March 15, 2013
Five stories to watch: Miami NFTC
By Derek Tyson
Here are five storylines for the Miami NFTC.
Wide receivers abound
Watch List wide receivers Jake McCrary (Miami/Coral Reef), Johnnie Dixon (Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer), Travis Rudolph (West Palm Beach, Fla./Cardinal Newman) and Corey Holmes (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) are expected to be in attendance. With top defensive backs Quincy Wilson (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./University School) and Nigel Patten (Miami/Booker T. Washington) also expected, there should be some very intense one-one-one battles on Sunday. Class of 2015 wide receiver Da'Vante Phillips (Miami/Central) might be on the same level as any of the other Watch List receivers.
Elite running backs
Last year, Kelvin Taylor used the Miami NFTC to solidify his spot as the nation's No. 1-ranked back. This year, three of the top running backs in the country are expected to participate. Sony Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage) and Miami Central teammates Dalvin Cook (Miami commit) and Joseph Yearby (Clemson commit), all ESPN Watch List members, will compete to determine who is the top running back in the state of Florida. All three are explosive when running the ball, but each will have a chance to show his blocking and pass-catching skills as well.
McDermott burst on the scene last year at the Miami NFTC. He and Denver Kirkland were far and away the most impressive linemen. At 6-foot-6, 274 pounds, McDermott certainly looks the part of a big-time tackle, and with offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, Ohio State and Oklahoma, his play on the field matches his impressive size. McDermott will be worth watching when he battles Watch List defensive linemen Khairi Clark (Hollywood, Fla./Chaminade-Madona) and Anthony Moten (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas).
University Christian trio
Wilson, a Watch List cornerback, is relatively well known throughout recruiting circles, and rightfully so. Wilson helped lead his team to a state title and has been impressive during recent 7-on-7 events. But Wilson wasn't alone. Outside linebacker Richard Yeargin III has seen his stock improve drastically over the last month. Yeargin has picked up offers from Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Tennesse and South Carolina and will be tested when he squares off against Michel, Yearby and Cook during one-on-one drills. Quarterback Sean White, who transferred in at the beginning of the year, might be the top signal-caller in attendance. White threw for more than 40 touchowns last season.
DTs Khairi Clark and Anthony Moten
Clark might be the top defensive tackle in the state next year. The 6-3, 311-pound athlete will square off with McDermott and Miami (Fla.) offensive line commit Trevor Darling (Miami/Central). Clark will battle with Moten to be named the top defensive linemen in the camp. At 6-4, 279, Moten doesn't have the girth of Clark, but by going up against big-time offensive tackles such as McDermott and Darling, Moten will have every opportunity to prove that he should not be overshadowed.