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April 8, 2004MIAMI - The results are in and from the looks of it, the first NIKE Training camp - held Sunday at Miami - will go down as one of the best in the nation. There were numerous players that turned in impressive results in the testing phase of the camp. Here's a look at the top five in the 40-yard dash, bench-press, shuttle and vertical leap.
StudentSports.com is the place to get complete coverage of the NIKE Training Camps, but here's a quick glimpse of the top five performers in each of the events.
The top five times in the 40 from the camp were all lower than 4.37 seconds with Pahokee, Fla., star Antone Smith leading the way, followed by Pampano Beach (Fla.) Ely's Walter McFadden at 4.34, Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier's Taylor Lanigan at 4.35, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons' Michael Greco at 4.37 and James McCray of Homestead at 4.37.
Smith made history at the even, becoming the first player ever to record the fastest 40-yard dash time at NIKE Camp in two consecutive years. He won top honors at the Miami NIKE Camp last year with a time of 4.29 seconds.
The shuttle's time times were lead by Avery Atkins of Daytona Beach Mainland, who finished with a time of 3.90 seconds. Atkins was followed up by Pat Calvary of Bradenton (Fla.) Bayshore at 3.91, Tyler Heintz of Bradenton (Fla.) Southeast at 3.94, Mike Moore of North Broward at 3.97 and Greco at 3.98.
Plantation, Fla., defensive tackle Jeff Owens had the top bench-press numbers with 36 repetitions of 185 pounds. He was followed by Naples, Fla., teammates Spencer Atkins and John Ruder, who both had 35 reps. Four tied with 29 reps, including Smith.
Owens, who is 6-foot-2 and 263 pounds, was also impressive in the camp portion of the event. He stood out in drills and quite possibly was the top defensive lineman at the camp, showing why he already has scholarship offers from Florida State, Auburn, N.C. State and Pittsburgh.
Stud linebacker Neefy Moffett of Palm Bay, Fla., had the top vertical with a 39-inch leap. Wilkin Cadet of Naples, Fla., had a 36.9-inch leap. Moises Plancher of Barron Collier was next at 36.3, followed by Demtrice Morley of Miami Killian and Brandon Williams of South Plantation at 35.3.
Moffett, who measured in at 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, was one of the more impressive players at the camp period. With scholarship offers already from USC, Notre Dame and Kentucky and a top five of Miami, FSU, Florida, USC and LSU, the vertical leap was just one test the linebacker passed with flying colors. He was all over the field in one-on-one situations and throughout the drills.
For expanded coverage of the Miami NIKE Training Camp, you should check out StudentSports.com. Access to StudentSports.com requires an additional membership. Coming Soon! The best is getting better. The Rivals.com Recruiting Database will include all authentic data from this summer's NIKE Training Camp schedule.