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March 9, 2006

Junior to Watch Blog: 3/9

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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 continues to take a look at some of the early returnees...

*DeSoto (Texas) athlete Von Miller possesses a unique combination of size at 6-3, 211 pounds, and speed, with a best of 4.44 in the 40. Primarily a defensive end last fall in DeSoto's 3-3-5 defensive set, Miller recorded 38 tackles and seven and a half sacks while taking on numerous double teams. He'd like to stay at defensive end in college, but his athletic ability and size could also land him at the linebacker position. Either way, it's clear that Miller will have his share of suitors, as Texas A&M and Ole Miss have already offered and numerous others are sending consistent mail. Miller lists his top schools as Texas, Miami, Florida, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, and he'll attend the April 22nd NIKE Camp in College Station.

*Another top Lone Star State prospect who'll be in College Station on April 22nd is Lancaster offensive tackle Anthony Morgan. The massive 6-4, 336 pounder is a two-time all-district selection, earning first team honors on the defensive side of the ball and second team honors on offense as a junior after a standout year. Blessed with natural strength (335-pound bench max) and quick feet, Morgan should be one of the top O-line recruits in Texas this year and already has five early offers from the likes of Baylor, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss and Alabama. Morgan lists those five amongst his early favorites along with Texas and Oklahoma.

*Fort Washington (Md.) Friendly QB Joe Haden recently attended Miami's Junior Day. "We had a great visit to Miami last week, the weather was great and the coaches were very hospitable," reports Haden's father Joe Sr. "Joe liked the school and the electric atmosphere." Haden also picked up three new verbal offers in the past week from Florida, Temple and Akron, to go along with previous offers from the likes of Georgia, Virginia, North Carolina, Rutgers, Marshall and UConn. Haden, a 5-11, 190 pounder with 4.46 speed in the 40, was a second team all-state pick last fall as a junior, passing for 1,959 yards and 22 TDs while rushing for another 478 yards and six scores. He'll attend both the NIKE Camp and Elite 11 camp in State College on May 6th.

*6-0, 170 pound William Cole has played a lot of positions so far in his two seasons on the Cedar Hill (Texas) varsity, but that's not a bad thing - the coaches just want to make use of Cole's explosive abilities in many different ways. Cole played primarily quarterback as a sophomore, rushing for nearly 1,000 yards while passing for just under 2,000, and then switched to wide receiver and running back as a junior, when he earned all-district honors as a pass-catcher. Cole sees himself as either a wideout or cornerback in college, and with a best of 4.40 in the 40 and a 34-inch vertical jump, he's equipped to play either position well. Cole is already holding offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Baylor and lists the Aggies and Cowboys amongst his favorites along with Florida, LSU and FSU. Cole will look to show his stuff on April 22nd at the NIKE Camp in College Station.

*The Peach State is loaded with running backs in the Class of 2007, and one of the best to watch for is 5-9, 185 pound Roddy Jones out of Chamblee. Jones has had back-to-back big seasons, earning both all-area and Class 4A honorable mention all-state honors in 2004 and 2005. As a sophomore in '04, Jones ran for 1,369 yards and 16 scores and he topped that last fall by rambling for 1,654 yards and 24 TDs. Jones combines 4.5 speed with great balance and toughness for a back his size. Georgia Tech has offered first and stands out as his top school right now, but Jones also likes Georgia, Notre Dame, LSU and Clemson, and hopes to draw more offers with a great showing at the NIKE Camp in Athens on April 29th in front of numerous college coaches.

*One of the most dynamic players in Ohio last season was Monroe wide receiver Josh Herron, who's also known as "J-Skeet" by his teammates because of his ability to break a play anytime he touches the ball. Herron did that quite a bit last fall, as the 5-10, 190 pounder caught 64 passes for 1,031 yards and eight touchdowns, rushed for 211 yards and two more scores and also returned three punts for TDs while helping his team to a 12-2 record and earning all-state honorable mention honors. Herron's big-play ability is aided by his 4.5 speed and great agility, and those skills have drawn early offers from Miami-Ohio and Akron out of the MAC. West Virginia, Ohio State, Iowa, Virginia Tech and Texas rank as Herron's early list of favorite schools, and he'll attend the May 5th NIKE Camp in Columbus to better his skills and compete with the rest of the Buckeye State's top prospects.

*6-4, 273 pound offensive guard Jason Hannan out of Waxahachie (Texas) picked up his first offer this past weekend from the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Aside from the early offer, Hannan is currently receiving interest from Miami, Texas A&M, Georgia Tech, Baylor and SMU. He is a two-time all-district selection and plans on attending the April 22nd NIKE Camp in College Station.

*[db]Dave Molk[/db] has been starting at Lemont (Ill.) Township since his sophomore year and turned in a fine season in 2005, earning all-area and all-conference honors at center. The 6-3, 270 pounder is super strong with a best of 360 pounds on the bench press, but also has good athletic ability, with a reported 5.0 40-yard dash time. After his solid junior season, Molk has received an early offer from Northwestern and lists the Wildcats as his early leader, followed by the likes of Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois. Molk will attend the May 5th NIKE Camp in Columbus.

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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