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June 1, 2011

What we learned: Tampa Under Armour

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TAMPA, Fla. - Rivals.com State of Florida Analyst Chris Nee breaks down five things we learned from the Under Armour Camp in Tampa on Sunday.

1. Maye is the real deal

Melbourne (Fla.) Holy Trinity defensive back Marcus Maye already has an offer list that includes some of the nation's top programs, but that didn't stop him from participating in Sunday's Under Armour Camp in Tampa, Fla. The four-star Rivals250 prospect put on a show, performing very well in testing and then dominating in one-on-one and 7-on-7 competition. Maye has had an excellent camp circuit with excellent showings at the Tallahassee and Miami Nike Camps as well as the ESS Combine held in Tampa.

What makes Maye stand out in camp settings is that he has the appearance of a physical outside linebacker but the athleticism to excel in the secondary. He does a good job playing at the line of scrimmage and going step-for-step with wide receivers or playing in space and reading the quarterback. Most of all, when the ball is in the air Maye does an outstanding job of making a play on the ball, consistently intercepting it.

There wasn't an onlooker at Sunday's camp who didn't come away impressed with Maye's performance, which included numerous interceptions against some of the best wide receivers at the event.

2. Williams not far behind

While Maye was the MVP of the event, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland defensive lineman Leonard Williams wasn't far behind. The 6-foot-5, 254-pound defensive lineman is a big body with versatility. Williams said on Sunday he would prefer to play 4-3 defensive end, but he is capable of working inside or outside in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. That versatility is why 30-plus colleges have extended offers for his services.

Williams was a handful for each and every offensive lineman he squared off against on Sunday, with Orlando (Fla.) Jones Duaron Williams being one of the few to put up a fair fight against him. The talented defensive lineman is quick off the snap and able to use strength and leverage to get around linemen. When his technical ability catches up to his physical ability, he will be a handful at the collegiate level.

3. Athleticism at wide receiver

Plant City (Fla.) product LaMarlin Wiggins and Fort White (Fla.) standout A.J. Legree both have the versatility to play on either side of the ball, but on Sunday showed their ability at the wide receiver position.

Wiggins is a 6-foot-2, 181-pound wide receiver caused major issues for smaller defensive backs by going up and winning the ball in the air regularly on the day. Wiggins is a big target down the field who has the athleticism to stretch things vertically but isn't scared of attacking the middle of the field either.

Legree is a bit more raw at the wide receiver position than Wiggins but is oozing with athleticism. The 6-foot, 180-pound wideout possesses good speed and a long, lanky frame. He does a good job of catching the ball with his hands.

4. Out-of-state infusion

An out-of-state product who performed well on Sunday was Hattiesburg (Miss.) Oak Grove quarterback Steven Swindle. The 6-foot, 187-pound quarterback displayed a strong arm and good accuracy in drills and during one-on-one and 7-on-7.

Another out-of-state prospect that made a good impression was 2014 running back Tyler West from Derby (Kansas). The 5-foot-10, 181-pound running back has good size and speed and showed flashes. He is worth keeping an eye on as his high school career evolves.

The prospect who came the furthest to participate in the event was Brantford (Ontario) Pauline Johnson offensive tackle David Knevil. The Class of 2013 prospect is very raw but has immense size at 6-8, 274 pounds. When he was able to get his hands on defenders, he was able to direct traffic. He is currently working at IMG Academy and may possibly transfer high schools, into the United States, as a senior.

5. Future is bright

While there were around 15 major college prospects from the 2012 class at Sunday's Under Armour Camp in Tampa, there were likely even more underclassmen who are going to be perusing their fair share of college options at the end of their high school career.

Some of the 2013 prospects that stood out included Daytona Beach (Fla.) Warner Christian Academy running back Marcus Dixon, Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland linebacker Quinton Powell, Winter Park (Fla.) West Orange linebacker Nathaniel Ozdemir, Lehigh Acres (Fla.) East Lee County defensive end Sheldon Fleming, Orlando (Fla.) Jones defensive back Myrtil Wilkerson, Orlando (Fla.) Boone running back A.J. Turman, and Seminole (Fla.) Osceola quarterback Andrew Matyk.

A pair of 2014 prospects also made an impression included Oviedo (Fla.) wide receiver Chris Davis Jr. and Gainesville (Fla.) Buchholz running back Tony James.



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