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July 20, 2008
PAISLEY, Fla. ? With more than 30 elite players on the same field at the same time, picking a Hot 11 list is almost impossible. However, Rivals.com recruiting analysts Jeremy Crabtree and Barry Every managed to break down the 11 top performers from Sunday's sessions. The players are listed in alphabetical order. Check back Monday for the top performers from that day's session.
Top Gun Showcase Sunday Hot 11
5-9, 195, RB Oak Park (Mich.) Oak Park
Michigan State fans can't wait to smell what The Rock is cooking. Baker, whose nickname is The Rock, has done nothing half speed the entire camp. He's very quick and built like a body-builder with biceps and calves that would make Hulk Hogan envious. He should be a great every-down type back for the Spartans.
6-1, 208, QB Hampton (Va.) Phoebus
The always smiling Boyd just oozes with confidence and charisma. Players rally around him and want to work harder when he's throwing the ball to them. It also doesn't hurt that he's able to put it on the money almost every time. He did press a little bit in the morning session; but when he calmed down in the afternoon, he proved why he's considered one of the nation's top quarterback prospects.
6-0, 205, RB Wichita (Kan.) Wichita East
It's hard to use words to describe Brown when he's been a household name on the recruiting front for more than two years now. A bigger, thicker back, Brown is extremely quick for a 200-pounder. He's also got some of the softest hands for a bigger guy and should easily be able to play at 225 pounds and still keep his elusiveness and power combination.
5-11, 175, WR Los Angeles Cathedral
Catch him if you can. Carroll was easily the fastest player on the field Sunday, but that's nothing new as he's one of the top sprinters in California. But he's not a track player playing football; he's a football player that loves to blow by defenders with his breakaway speed. He also showed good hands for a speed demon and continued to fight through pain Sunday, while many of the other top players from California watched from the sidelines.
5-11, 160, DB Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
Patrick Hall would be in the Hot 11 also but he missed most of the afternoon session, leaving top defensive back honors for the day to Carter and Byron Moore. Carter was always around the ball, showed great awareness and was able to break up pass after pass with his long arms. He's also extremely fast and athletic enough to keep up with the quickest receivers.
5-9, 177, WR Tulsa (Okla.) Union
Earning rave reviews from FBU coaches, including receivers coach Andre Rison, Foster simply caught everything that was thrown his direction. He also had his way with many of the nation's top defensive back prospects with his precision route-running and deceptive speed.
5-11, 190, RB Beaumont (Texas) West Brook
In a camp loaded with stars, Michael has been one of the most impressive, period. Michael glides effortlessly through bag drills, has great hands in the passing game and has moves in the open field that would make Michael Jackson jealous. He's also physically ready to play college football now.
6-1, 188 DB Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Moore came to the camp hoping to prove he is a five-star talent. Regardless of what happens in that department, Moore definitely impressed on Sunday. Moore made several big plays in seven-on-sevens, including a big interception which would have been an easy return for a touchdown.
6-1, 190, LB Eagle Lake (Fla.) Lake Region
Robinson admits he didn't have the best outing earlier this summer at the USC Rising Star Camp. Along with being injured, he just couldn't get in the zone. But he was there on Sunday, making big play after big play in drills and then in one-on-one battles. He was the one guy who was consistently able to hang with both the physical and speedy backs in the camp.
6-6, 233, ATH Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville
Thomas might not look super fast when he's lined up man-to-man against a cornerback, but when he gets into his stride he can blow by defensive backs with his long strides. He also carries his weight really well and is still very lean. When he fills out and hits the weight room, he should be able to develop into one of the best athletic tight ends around.
6-0, 195, RB Santa Clara (Calif.) Oxnard
The nation's top running back prospect has done nothing to disappoint in the camp. He's fought hard through some nagging minor injuries and shown no signs of weaknesses. The way he explodes when he takes off is a sight to see, and when he gets in a college weight program and fills into his great frame, he should be a deadly weapon in the Notre Dame offense.
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