Best Miami Paradise Camp Artists
CORAL GABLES, Fla .– Miami hosted its annual Paradise Camp on Saturday. It has drawn around 200 prospects from the class of 2022, 2023, 2024 and beyond as Manny Diaz and his team have hosted UM legends like Michael Irvin, Edgerrin James, Jon beason and Antrel Rolle returning to campus to serve as guest coaches. Current NFL players like Calais Campbell, David Njoku, Jaelen Phillips and Gregory Rousseau were also in attendance for the two-hour practice. 247Sports has some of the top performers below after taking all the action.
CB Earl Little Jr. – Little was one of the top ranked participants in 2022 and it was easy to see why. The Plantation (Florida) American Heritage Top247 rookie looked like a technician during defensive back drills as he used his slick backpedal to cover a ton of ground before quickly pulling out of his breaks and changing direction. Once the 1 on 1 started, Little didn’t give up a hold during the three reps we saw him take in the midst of pouring rain as he ran stride for stride with the one he was covering. outside. Little could have shut things down once the camp moved inside UM’s IPF due to bad weather in the area, but it was pretty clear he was the best of the best on Saturday, at least. with regard to qualified players. Alabama is the current 247Sports crystal ball leader for Little. The son of a former Hurricane also made trips this summer to USC, Oregon and FSU. A decision is not expected anytime soon for the No.12-ranked 247Sports Composite cornerback.
DL David Hicks (2023) – Hicks dominated elite Florida camp on Friday and honestly, it could be argued that he should have been the âAlpha Dogâ on Saturday. The five-star 247Sports Composite from Allen, TX is a methodical passer with lots of contractions who times his moves extremely well and constantly finds weaknesses in opposing blockers. The highlight of the evening for him came when he used a little push-pull to pull up the field and retrieve what would have been a sack.
EDGE Marvin Jones Jr. – Jones did not compete in the 1 on 1, but he still sits so high on the list due to the elite downhill he showed during the sack drills. Just watch. It’s almost hard to believe that two years ago Jones played Plantation (Florida) wide receiver American Heritage, as the Top247 prospect looks like one of the best passer in the class of 2022 given his skills. FSU and UF are the only other schools Jones visited in June. Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma are also involved.
WR Jeremiah’s hut (2023) – The roster of talented 2023 wide receivers based at Sunshine State continues to grow. Shack, who assists Mandarin in Jacksonville is a great bass drum. He made contested catches all night long and just didn’t make it easier for the defensive backs as he used his 6-foot-2.5, 190-pound frame to get aggressive at the catch point. Shack is currently unranked by 247Sports, but will have a few stars next to his name in the coming weeks after a solid outing against the top competitors.
CB James edwards – Paradise Camp is meant to be kind of a showcase and Edwards is someone who was able to make a name for himself. Appalachian State engagement was strong at the border in 1v1 and 7v7 games. We didn’t see it coming down with an interception or even breaking a pass, but that’s mainly because little bullets came his way as he kept things tight in the blanket. The oldest rising goes to school in Clewiston, Fla. Where he also does track and field.
WR Andy Jean (2023) – Few Saturdays succeeded in creating a parting like Jean did on the line of scrimmage. The Miami Northwestern product has used a variety of different versions to break free and progress on the court. Sometimes it seemed like Jean was almost slipping with his footwork. Jean will need to improve his hands, but he has a longer catch radius as he has longer arms for someone around 6ft and 175 pounds. Georgia, Miami, West Virginia and Pitt all offered Jean.
Comics Amare Ferrell (2023) – Ferrell is a bigger security who could eventually become a linebacker, which is more than okay in an era where more and more teams are fielding hybrid defenders who can be moved depending on the situation. The rising junior from Lake City, Fla. Columbia had a good SEB late in camp and showed some reach. It already has a handful of Power 5 deals and numbers that will be a priority for many programs around this time next year if it keeps moving forward.
ATH Cedric Baxter Jr. (2023) – It was easy to spot Baxter in the full-back line as he almost looks like a tight end with his upright build. Some consider Orlando, Florida star Edgewater to be a top-level safety linebacker, but it looks like he wants to play offense in college. He’s a smart road runner who will work for his quarterback and adjust in the air to make a catch. The former FSU clerk has visited a number of schools across the country in recent weeks.
DL Wilky Denaud (2023) – Florida’s Treasure Coast have produced some notable defensive linemen in recent years and Denaud is next. Future Fort Pierce junior John Carroll has the ideal measurable values ââas he’s precisely listed at 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds. He took most of his reps in a 1 on 1 Saturday and has had some success. It wouldn’t be shocking, however, if it ended up moving inside depending on how it fills up. Miami makes him feel wanted. Florida too.
DL Shine Washington – The former LSU commit was part of a large group from Louisiana that traveled to New Orleans to compete. He had the best night of the field as he was able to generate a lot of pushes up front and push off the offensive linemen with his powerful legs. Washington isn’t the most explosive inside lineman out there, but he can fill in the gaps and make it tough for quarterbacks. Miami and others continue to assess Washington, who will play his senior season at Warren Easton.
CB Antion Jackson (2024) – Jackson will be a name to know in a few years. Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Youngster Dillard was one of the few sophomores to work with upper-class defensive backs. He prompted a quarterback to try and test him on the sideline in a 1v1 and recovered perfectly to nullify what would have been a touchdown. Jackson’s cousin, Shakima Wimbley, ran in Miami while his uncle, Dwayne Wimbley, played basketball for the Hurricanes.
Around the camp
Diaz and his team offered a pair of 2025s shortly after camp ended as quarterback Trinity Christian of Jacksonville, Fla. Colin Hurley and Orlando, Florida linebacker Lake Highland Prep Gavin Nix both announced on social media that they had received offers from the Hurricanes. The two watched the game on Saturday in various drills and stand as legitimate Power 5 prospects. Miami also offered the three-star offensive lineman to Lehi, Utah Skyridge. Tapuvae Amaama before leaving campus.
It was a pretty deep group of defensive backs. Hollywood (Florida) Miramar three security stars Darius thomas had an interception in a 7v7 game as Cocoa (Florida) 2023 Top247 Athlete Cedrick Hawkins, Miami (FL) Fort Christian School 2023 Top247 cornerback Antoine Robinson and Miami (Florida) Killian 2023 three-star cornerback Dwight Bootle II all have broken at least one past. Christian Ellis from Jacksonville (Florida) Trinity Christian was one of the oldest corners that impressed.
There’s already a lot of buzz in Bradenton (FL) IMG Academy around 2024 running Stacy Gage and that’s guaranteed because it looks like he’ll be a dude. The Tampa native ran a nice corner road 1-on-1 and picked up yards. If it was a padded camp, one would think that Gage, who is due to split this fall with senior Kaytron Allen at IMG, would have pushed for “Alpha Dog” honors, as he is the type of runner who love the contact.
In terms of body types, three 2022s caught our eye: Ocala (Florida) Forest edge rusher three stars Elijah Russell, Middle Village (NY) Christ The King Grand Regional Three Star Receiver Sean wilson and offensive tackle from Deerfield Beach (Florida) David Conner. Russell was 6-foot-7, 209 on record while Wilson was 6-foot-4 and over 200 pounds. Conner, meanwhile, arrived at 6’5.5, 276 with an 81.5-inch wing.
Apopka (Florida) Top247 edge Kaven call and Satellite (Florida) Satellite Beach three-star wide receiver Eddie Combs were other 2023s that stood out.