DURHAM, N.C. -- The 2011 Nike Football Training Camp circuit made a stop to Tobacco Road and the campus of Duke University last Sunday. The aura of the famed Cameron Indoor Stadium didn't diminish the football talent on hand at the college basketball powerhouse. Leading the way was the effort from a collection of big-time linebackers with excellent playmaking ability.
While more than 200 competed, here are the top 25 performers based on both NFTC staff feedback and college potential.
QB: Drew Podrebarac, 6-2, 181, (Matthews, N.C./Weddington)
Edged out Butler (Matthews, N.C.) ('13) QB Riley Ferguson for MVP honors. Podrebarac spun it well and was consistent with his footwork and drops. Threw for 2,200 yards and 22 TD's while adding eight rushing scores as a junior.
RB: Jamie Gilmore, 5-7½, 182, (Citra, Fla./North Marion)
It's the third time (Miami and Florida State Nike Camp) we've seen Gilmore in person this spring and each time he impresses. The compact rusher has make-you-miss moves and held his own in blitz pick-up. Sitting on nine offers and has visited Duke and Miami recently.
RB: Todd Gurley, 6-1, 197, (Tarboro, N.C./Tarboro)
Some pundits have projected him as an athlete, but he worked out at RB and proved he has the skill set be a capable college back. His offer total is at six.
WR: Germone Hopper, 5-11½, 170, (Charlotte, N.C./Berry Tech)
The Clemson commit is a versatile athlete that spent time at RB last year, but lined up at WR in Durham. Big time competitor who jumped to the front of the line in one-on-one's. Accounted for 2,000 total yards and 22 scores last fall.
WR: Jody Fuller, 6-0, 206, (Monroe, N.C./Sun Valley)
Fuller had a solid day and is a gifted athlete. Productive junior season with 77 receptions for 850 yards and 14 touchdowns.
WR: Kevin Jones, 5-10½, 177, (Apex, N.C./Middle Creek)
Stood out in SPARQ and position drills according to the lead WR coach. He had a knack for getting open and making plays in half skelly's and one-on-one's. Reports an offer from NC State.
WR: Darren Bullock, 5-11, 172, (Durham, N.C./Southern)
Surprised some on-lookers as he took home the WR MVP award. Bullock demonstrated great feet and ball skills. Showed great understanding of route concepts and patience. Racked up 42 pass receptions for 809 yards and nine touchdowns a year ago.
OL: Jacob Southerland, 6-3½, 273, (Mableton, Ga./Whitfield Academy)
Southerland lists offers from UCF and UAB. He took a bunch of reps in one-on-one's and won most of his battles. Displayed a good attitude and work ethic. Looked comfortable in pass pro sets and individual drills.
OL: Amadou M'Bodj, 6-2½, 296, (Owings, Md./Northern)
Plays with good leverage with a guard body type. Attended multiple Nike Camps this spring and is making the most of the offseason event trail.
OL: Eddie Gordon, 6-1½, 317, (Spartanburg, S.C./Boiling Springs)
Took some dominant reps in one-on-one's and showed some physicality in the trenches. Recently picked up a verbal offer from NC State and has interest from Duke, Georgia Tech, and South Carolina.
OL: Derrick Nelson, 6-3, 283, (Washington, DC./Archbishop Carroll)
Very raw, but has a natural OL skill set. Georgia Tech and Syracuse have offered the all-county prospect. Maryland and Penn State are keeping an eye on him as well.
DL: Korren Kirven, 6-4, 277, (Lynchburg, Va./Brookville)
During the camp portion of one-on-one's he used a good speed burst to get past would-be blockers and get to the QB. He holds 20-plus offers and is one of the top recruits in the state for 2012.
DL: Jamal Marcus, 6-2, 223, (Durham, N.C./Hillside)
Marcus got the nod for DL MVP for the second time after winning the award at last year's Blacksburg Nike Camp as a sophomore. The highly touted junior has double-digit offers after collecting 75 tackles and 17 sacks in 2010.
DL: Caleb Azubike, 6-4, 237, (Nashville, Tenn./McGavock)
Azubike has one of the most chiseled bodies we've seen for a DL this year. Has eight offers and could see the number increase over the summer.
DL: Derek Dowrey, 6-2½, 298, (Winchester, Va./Handley)
Picked up the nickname "Thor" during the day because of his gold locks and resemblance. In one-on-one's he flat out discarded OL trying to block him and it looked like a man among boys. He recorded 145 tackles and 10.5 sacks from the DT position en route to being selected to the AP all-state team.
DL: Adolphus Washington, 6-3½, 258, (Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft)
Washington is a good athlete that will only get better as he masters the fine points of the position. Likes Ohio State and Alabama amongst 20+ offers.
LB: Nick Dawson, 6-2, 226, (Charlotte, N.C./Berry)
It was easy for Dawson to get lost in the wash at the Athens Nike Camp last month after checking in late. At Duke he left no doubts that he belongs among the nation's elite LB recruits for 2012. He grabbed a pick six in half skelly competition and was always around the ball. He is right around the 20-offer mark and the list could grow after his camp outing.
LB: Kwontie Moore, 6-1½, 245, (Norfolk, Va./Norfolk Christian)
In one-on-one's he made a great pass breakup, jumping the flat route and nearly intercepting the pass. On the next rep he made the interception with great anticipation. The recent Virginia commit is a nice piece to the 2012 class for head coach Mike London.
LB: T.J. Burrell, 6-2½, 204, (Plant City, Fla./Goose Creek)
LB coach Chris Gizzi called him the best cover guy in the group.
LB: Peter Kalambayi, 6-2, 230, (Charlotte, N.C./Butler)
Completely dominant in pass rush, he is so fluid and so explosive. Has the versatility to give offensive coordinators nightmares as he can put his hand in the ground or blitz from different gaps.
DB: Drew Madhu, 5-11½, 196, (Tampa, Fla./Plant)
Three-year starter for the powerhouse program from Tampa. Posted 121 tackles and a pick for the 2010 state runner-up Panthers. Tabbed DB MVP and awaiting his first offer. Boston College, Stanford, and UConn are showing interest according to Plant coaches.
DB: Charles Clark ('13), 5-11½, 182, (Suffolk, Va./King's Fork)
Had a very complete afternoon and made several plays in the half skelly portion of competition. Really impressed the staff and he is one to keep an eye on for the 2012 season.
DB: Phillip Williamson, 6-2, 206, (Durham, N.C./Charles E. Jordan)
Big backside defender that could end up at linebacker in college. He committed to North Carolina last week.
DB: Devontre Parnell, 5-10, 166, (Winnsboro, S.C./Fairfield Central)
Competed with an injured shoulder and showed the toughness coaches look for in a DB. Collected six picks during junior year and sports six BCS offers.
ATH: Jay Jay McCullough, 6-3½, 228, (Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford)
The jumbo athlete decided to work out with the WR's. Played RB last year and has been offered as a H-back, WR, and OLB. He was able to get open, but couldn't finish looking uncomfortable on routes. Clemson and Miami have offered among a few others.