June 29, 2007

Florida flavor to Rutgers camp

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - If it wasn't for the familiar surroundings and the Jersey smog, one might have thought they were in the sunny state of Florida on Monday. But alas, it wasn't the Sunshine State, it was the Rutgers Summer Camp where most of the talent came from the south led by cornerback Janoris Jenkins.

Jenkins, a 5-foot-10, 167-pounder from Pahokee, Fla., was outstanding in 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 action and is clearly one of the best cornerbacks in the country. He's so smooth in his backpedal and is a quick-twitch athlete. He's also very physical and strong for his size. Jenkins also has the confidence needed to dominate at the position. Jenkins boasts offers from Rutgers, Florida, Miami, Auburn, Florida State, LSU and many others.

Jenkins was joined by teammate Martavious Odoms. Odoms is on the small side for a wideout at 5-foot-8, but he's very quick and goes up and gets the ball against taller defensive backs. However, he did have a case of the drops early on. Odoms boasts offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Notre Dame, Auburn, Georgia and Miami.

Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington was also well represented. Cornerback Brandon Harris does everything effortlessly and was dominant on defense and on offense as a wideout. Harris has incredible closing speed and baits the quarterback perfectly. Harris has offers from Florida, Miami, Ohio State, Rutgers and many others.

Booker T. wide receivers Thearon Collier and Davon Johnson were also impressive. Collier is tiny at 5-foot-9 and 163 pounds, but he can flat out fly. The Miami commitment has good hops and goes up and gets the ball in traffic. He'll be a solid slot receiver and special teams guy for the 'Canes. Johnson has better size and is more explosive. He has an extra gear you cant teach and he lulls cornerbacks into thinking he's already reached top speed. When he turns on the jets, the 5-foot-11, 161-pounder can outrace anyone. He has offers from LSU, Miami, Rutgers, South Carolina and others.

Quarterback Sancho McDonald is starting to blow up. McDonald is now 6-foot-3 and a muscular 190 pounds and he's improved as much as any quarterback in the last few months. McDonald's accuracy is excellent, his confidence is high and he has good vision. He constantly made the right read and decision in 7-on-7 play. He has offers from LSU and Minnesota and others will follow quickly.

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