Commentary

Trickett among award winners

Originally Published: April 28, 2009
By Brian Stumpf | ESPNRISE.com

There was plenty of talent at the Nike Football Training Camp at the Florida State. These prospects were the best of the best.

Position MVPS

QB, Clint Trickett, 6-2, 168, Tallahassee (Fla.) North Florida Christian

Trickett put forth a second solid outing this spring, backing up his good showing at the Orlando EA SPORTS Elite 11 in March with an MVP showing at FSU. Trickett was by far the most polished and consistent QB in attendance and projects well in the future as he'll only get stronger as his body continues to mature.

RB, Roy Finch, 5-7, 162, Niceville (Fla.) Finch arrived late and missed most of the SPARQ7 portion of the camp, but didn't miss a beat, hopping into the position drills and showing as explosive of a burst and lateral quickness as seen in any RB on the NFTC tour to this point. Built like a tank, Finch is similar to former FSU back Antone Smith and should have his choice of colleges come Signing Day.

WR, Kenny Shaw, 5-11 1/2, 155, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips

There were several national-caliber WRs in Tallahassee, but Shaw's dominating effort made the MVP selection and easy one for the WR staff. A second team all-state pick last fall after setting school records with 64 catches for 914 yards and 10 TDs, Shaw possesses a great combination of raw speed and route-running ability, and was able to create separation from DBs all day long.

OL, Ian Silberman, 6-5, 256, Fleming Island (Fla.) Silberman's outing on Sunday was one of the more impressive to this point of an OL at an NFTC. The Florida commit passed the eyeball test from the second he walked in the door, looking like and NFL rush end physically, but played like Tarzan as well in the drills, turning away DL after DL in the 1-on-1 pass rush session with his great feet and hands.

DL, Jerricho Lee, 5-11, 260, Tallahassee (Fla.) Godby

This super active DT doesn't fit the cooker-cutter mold sizewise for a Division I recruit, but has that ability similar to Class of 2009 Madison County High product Jacobbi McDaniel. Built low to the ground with a thick trunk and great burst off the ball, Lee is one for SEC and ACC schools to add to their lists.

LB, Shannon Brown, 6-0, 241, Adel (Ga.) Cook, Class of '11

It's rare for an underclassman to take home position MVP honors at a Nike Camp, but that's how impressive Brown was on Sunday. The rising junior showed incredible speed at 240 pounds and should be a major DI recruit next year after totaling 78 tackles and eight sacks while rushing for 750 yards a year ago.

DB, Blake Bell, 5-6½, 129, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln

While the undersized Bell doesn't have a big name like some of the other DBs in attendance, his showing in drills and 1-on-1s was too strong for the staff to overlook as he earned the MVP honors. The Lincoln High product showed an outstanding break on the football and had as many interceptions as any DB this year at the NFTCs.