There were plenty of Florida players representing the Sunshine State at last week's 2011 NUC Top Prospect Camp at the University of Oklahoma.
One player in particular, however, was one of the most successful Florida performers. Clermont East Ridge ATH Jerami Singleton, who has blasted onto the scene as a rising senior and looks to be on his way to a breakout season, was named the 2012 running back MVP for the event.
Singleton, who had 55 carries for 408 yards and two touchdowns last season, battled some of the top athletes in the country and his earning the MVP award will put him on the roster for the NUC Gridiron Classic, which is Dec. 31, in Charleston, S.C.
"I was very excited because I knew winnin' would mean playing on TV at the end of the season."
Also earning an MVP award for the 2012 group was Land O' Lakes LB Shadow Williams (6-0, 215). Williams is an athletic player who could also play running back and receiver. He earned three straight MVP honors on the NUC circuit this year at St. Petersburg, Atlanta regional and Oklahoma nationals.
Singleton is anxious to get the season going now that the combine/camp season is over. Singleton also earned at MVP honor at the NUC St. Petersburg combine.
"I literally did cartwheels when I saw today was the first of August," Singleton said. "Football is right around the corner."
Also looking for a spot on the Orlando Evans’ senior RB Oran Maxwell said he had a great showing at the 2011 NUC Top Prospect camp at Oklahoma this past weekend. Maxwell, who qualified for the national event after his showing at the Southeast Regional competition at Atlanta, said his performance likely will qualify him for the NUC’s Gridiron Classic, which is Dec. 31, in Charleston, S.C.
"Oran did well, also. He's my NUC buddy," Singleton said. "If I wouldn't have won (MVP) then it would've been him, no doubt."
Maxwell too is a candidate for the Gridiron Classic.
"I did real good up there," Maxwell said. "In a couple of weeks they’ll come out with results to see if I made the the all-star game. I'm pretty sure I made it. The evaluators already told me I made it."
Singleton is already primed for a breakout year, while Maxwell is hoping to do the same at Evans.
"Even my mom (Orangie Maxwell) said I surprised her and that I surprised a lot of people," Evans said of his summer success. "I didn’t expect for it to go this way, but it happened."
Maxwell’s Atlanta performace earnd him the Oklahoma invite. He had a 4.63-second 40-yard dash, a 9-foot, 2-inch broad jump and a 30-inch vertical leap. He also showed his strength with 30 reps on the 185-pound bench press.
Orlando Jones’ lineman Joshua ‘Bubba’ Bembery was supposed to attend the Oklahoma event, as well, but a family emergency caused him to have to be in Miami and he had to cancel his trip. Davie Western ATH Fabian Moreau was also invited but he played in the USF Sling & Shoot this past weekend.
Many players cited the cost of the trip as a reason for not attending, while others had conflicts with the camp dates.
Florida senior invites: OL-DL Curtis Csonka (Jensen Beach), ATH Brock Bukowski (Palm Beach Central), LB Andrew Green (Tampa Bay Tech), TE Tyler Grow (Ocala Forest), OL-DL Jamal Gay (Tallahassee Florida High), ATH Woodly Oralus (Ocala Forest), RB-LB Glen Redding (Lake Wales), DL Gavin Ricketts (Davie Western), Deon Robinson (Miami Carol City), QB-WR Christian Roussou (Hialeah), TE Joby St. Fleur (Eagle Lake Lake Region), WR Warren Thomas (Jacksonville First Coast), RB-CB Shadow Williams (Land O' Lakes) and WR-QB Paul Young (Milton).
Junior invites: RB-LB Harry Brown (Largo), OL-DL Seth Crowell (Plant City), Dejon Funderbruk (Miami Booker T. Washington), OL-LB Leonard Hunt (Jacksonville Ed White), ATH Samolo Jalla (Wekiva), CB-WR Darrin Lawrence (Miami Palmetto), ATH Joseph Lewis (Jackonsville Ed White), WR Jeremy McClellan (Chiefland), DE-LB Nathan Obinwa (Orlando Olympia), DB Ben Richards (Creekside), OL Michael Thomas (North Marion), DB-K John Townsend (Orlando Boone), and WR-CB Ben Venerdi (Fernandina Beach).
Sophomore/Freshmen invites: RB Allen Anderson (Fort Walton Beach), QB Joel Careaga (Miami Columbus), OL-DL Khairi Clark (Miami American), OL-DL Kjuantavis Coffee (Chiefland), OL-DL Mason Cole (Tarpon Springs East Lake), LB Brysen Gagnon (Yulee), ATh Nicolas Hatcher (Ocala Trinity Catholic), DL-OL Robert Huffman (Deltona Trinity Christian), WR Carson Jackson (Melbourne), DB Marcus Leslie (Miami Coral Reef), DB-WR Stephan McCoy (Orlando Jones), QB-S Ryan McFarlin (Jacksonville),
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.