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April 19, 2004

Elite recruit steals Virginia NIKE Camp show

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - So this is why Derrick Williams has been called the nation's best player in the Class of 2005?

Williams, the standout athlete from Greenbelt (Md.) Eleanor Roosevelt, dominated the third stop of the NIKE Training Camp tour with a show-stopping performance Sunday at the University of Virginia.

Williams, named the nation's top junior prospect by Rivals.com, turned in the fastest 40-yard dash time of the camp with a time of 4.31 seconds. It wasn't quite the 4.2 time that he wanted to run, but there was little doubt that the 6-foot-1 playmaker is something special.

"I was a little disappointed with how I ran today," Williams said. "I had made it my goal to break that 4.2-second mark."

That was about the only thing that Williams disappointed in. The future five-star selection tested extremely well, was unstoppable in one-on-one drills and even looked the part with shiny baby blue NIKE's that made him look even faster than he already is.

Yet Williams wasn't the only burner at the camp, as two others turned in times in the 4.3-second range. Running back Fela-Tunde Ogun (6-0, 182) clocked in at 4.35 seconds, and Albemarle, Va., defensive back David Argand finished with an impressive time of 4.39 seconds.

Several campers had impressive vertical leaps, including Steven Smalls (6-0 , 169 pounds of Leola (Pa.) Conestoga Valley. Smalls returned a very impressive 42.8-inch jump, but he almost was able to record a 46-inch mark. However he didn't land right when he leaped and the results were not able to be officially recorded.

Still, Smalls was pleased with his great mark. Kerel Whitehead of Bowie, Md., had a 37.5 inch jump followed by Montario Hardesty of New Bern, N.C., at 37 inches.

The top result in the bench press was 31 repetitions of 185 pounds by Peter McMurrer of Clifton (Va.) Centreville. He was followed by blue-chip running back Toney Baker of Jamestown (N.C.) Ragsdale at 30 and Whitehead at 30. Baker was one of the more impressive players at the camp and is considered to be one of the nation's elite rushers.

"I think I'm up at the top in that category," Baker said. "Hopefully I proved that today at the NIKE Camp. I was able to learn a lot also, and can take that to help me make my game even better than it already is."

Running back Ronnie Edwards (5-7, 172) of Rocky Mount (Va.) Franklin County had the top shuttle time at 3.74 seconds, followed by Marcus Charity of Varina, Va., at 3.76 seconds and Cardell Rosser of Rockbridge (Va.) County.

While he didn't finish in the top five in the testing phase of the camp, Callahan Bright is obviously one of the nation's elite prospects.

Bright couldn't be blocked in the one-on-one drills and he had an amazing first step off of the football. He was also well put together and looked like he was able to step on the football field for any college team right this minute.

Words don't do justice just how impressive Bright looks from a physical standpoint.

"I believe I'm best defensive tackle in the country," Bright said after the camp. "I don't like to brag about it or anything like that. I just go out there and make plays and get after the quarterback. But I really do think that I'm the nation's best defensive tackle and one of the top five guys in the country."

For expanded coverage of the Charlottesville NIKE Training Camp, you should check out StudentSports.com. Access to StudentSports.com requires an additional membership. Coming Soon! The best is getting better. The Rivals.com Recruiting Database will include all authentic data from this summer's NIKE Training Camp schedule.


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