South Florida offers one of the richest talent pools in the nation for football prospects, so it was no shock that the Miami Nike Football Training Camp was loaded with talent. There were several big names in attendance, but maybe the biggest surprise was the presence of some potential sleepers from the area. Here is a look at some of the highlights from Sunday as the training camp tour got kicked off.
Jeff Luc (Port St. Lucie, Fla./ Treasure Coast), ILB
The linebacker prospect passed several tests starting with the eye ball test. He was a very impressive looking player who had layers of muscle stacked on his frame. In a group of some good looking prospects, Luc stood out. He also passed the performance test as he took home the linebacker MVP award. He continually showed throughout the camp that he is not all looks. In one drill, against the running backs, he was basically unblockable. He showed excellent quickness with the ability to either attack blockers with his club and swim moves or he simply ran through them. He also ran well in coverage drills and proved he belongs amongst the elite prospects in this class.
Todd Chandler (Miami, Fla. /Northwestern), DT
Chandler impressed us on film with his motor and athleticism. After missing significant time in 2008 due to injury, we had some concerns as well as questions about his height. On Sunday, those questions were answered. As far as the injury, Chandler looks to be 100 percent healed and that is not good news for opposing offensive linemen. He moved well and showed no ill effects from his knee injury. As far as size, the thickly built defensive tackle does lack ideal height. We wish he was taller, but he proved he can still cause problems. He was quick off the ball in one-on-one drills, was violent with his hands with the ability to strike blockers and work past. He also showed he could use his lack of height to get lower then blockers and power his way back. Chandler had a good day and helped solidify our thought that he is amongst the top prospects in the nation at his position.
Delvin Jones (Miami, Fla. / Palmetto), DE/TE
On film, Jones impressed with his size and ability to rush the passer. We entered the Miami camp with Jones as one of the players we were really looking forward to seeing, but he took us a little by surprise. The South Florida native looked good physically, but puzzled us a little by deciding to workout out with the tight ends. Jones looked out of place most of the day and we would have liked to have seen him at defensive end, which is his more natural position. He seemed a bit rigid in his movements and not very smooth in his routes. He also did not come across as a natural pass-catcher, fighting the ball at times. Jones holds some impressive offers, but we would be surprised if he plays on offense in college. The camp sported a couple of tight ends that we would rather have seen on defense, but Jones topped that list.
Denzel McCullum (Hollywood, Fla. / McArthur), WR
The event hosted a good group of wide receivers, many of which had already made a name for themselves, but McCullum showed he may be ready for the spotlight. He looked good throughout the day and grabbed our attention more and more as the camp went on. He had a few drops, but consistently showed the ability to snatch the ball out of the air with his hands. He also ran good routes and really challenged the defensive backs in one-on-one drills. He needs to add bulk, but had an impressive day. He said he has heard from Purdue and Middle Tennessee, but currently has no offers.
Michael Vannucci (Ocala, Fla. / North Marion), OG
One-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive line always draws a crowd and from that competition emerged a fan favorite. Vannucci's reps usually garnered a reaction from the on-lookers who seemed equally impressed by his effort as much they just seemed to like to yell his name. He is a big-bodied kid with a thick and squatty build. He played guard for his high school last year and will likely project there in college. He said he plans to play center this year also and that could be a good fit for him as well. He took reps all across the line and did very well, displaying the ability to be active with his hands, stay low and mirror. He was a tough competitor who earned much attention including the MVP award for the offensive line. He currently has no offers, but said FAU, USF and UCF have been in touch. We suspect this kid's fan list will grow some over the year and he is someone to keep an eye on in the trenches.
Stacey Robinson (Orlando, Fla. / Jones), TE/DE
Robinson is a good-sized kid who garnered some interest as a bit of an unknown at the beginning of the camp. The over-sized pass-catcher worked out as a receiver, but he also plays defensive end in high school and our initial impression was that we had wished he went with that group. As the day wore on though, he grew on us as a potential college tight end, due to his size upside and good hands. Robinson has caught the eyes of some programs including host school Miami as well as Auburn, UCF and Colorado, but all those schools according to him are looking at him as a defensive end. Either way, with his size and versatility he is a prospect we are likely to hear more from.