Tarpon Springs East Lake's Artavis Scott won the wide receiver MVP at the Orlando Nike Football Training Camp this past weekend. (CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL / March 16, 2013)
1. Artavis Scott, 5-10, 175, Tarpon Springs East Lake: Scott can play wide receiver or defense back at the elite level and he does both with tremendous ease. There is no better route runner in the state of Florida and few have better hands than Scott. Whereas most players looked a little rusty at times Saturday, Scott was in top form and looked like one of the nation’s best.
2. Ryan Sousa, 6-0, 185, Orlando Lake Nona: Sousa took a lot of reps Saturday and caught a lot of passes. He made some routine catches and some spectacular catches. When the ball was thrown in his direction Sousa made every effort to come down with the reception.
3. Raheem Harvey, 6-1, 180, Largo: The younger brother of former UCF running back Brynn Harvey has strong ball skills and long arms to grab those high passes. As Raheem Harvey puts on more weight to add a more physical element to the game he will be a dangerous red-zone receiver for a lucky college program.
4. Roderick Proctor, 6-0, 170, Orlando Dr. Phillips: Proctor has emerged as a genuine star and he it was business as usual for him Saturday. He used to work inthe shadows of guys like Ryan Sousa and Garrett Johnson, but not any more. He's every bit as good. What makes him stand out are his cuts. He's sticks his routes and turns on a dime, much to the chagrin of embarassed DBs.
5. Garrett Johnson, 5-9, 160, Winter Garden West Orange: There’s something to be said for home-field advantage, even in a camp situation. After an early case of the dropsies, Johnson showed his true talents — getting open in the seams and precise route running — to finish the day strong, much to the approval of the home crowd.
6. Milan Richard, TE, 6-3, 235, Savannah (Ga.) Calvary Christian: Richard has worked hard to make a name for himself instead of being known as Herschel Walker’s nephew. He is very strong but has soft hands and good ball skills. His skill set is very similar to former Georgia tight end Orson Charles.
Others worth noting: George Campbell, Tarpon Springs East Lake; Lonnie Anderson, Tallahassee Rickards; Sean Smith (TE), Summerville (S.C.), RaRa Lopes, Winter Park.
Corey Long is a freelance writer based in St. Petersburg.