May 12, 2007

Big names to headline Jersey NIKE

Last year the NIKE Camp in Piscataway, N.J. had plenty of sleepers but was led by national recruit Anthony Davis. This year, another offensive lineman will lead the way in Jersey as Vinston Painter headlines.

Painter, a 6-foot-6, 317-pound monster from Maury, Va., will make the trip north to compete and check out the Rutgers campus. The Rivals100 offensive tackle made a splash at last year's NIKE Camp at Clemson as a sophomore.

Painter leads arguably the deepest position at the camp. He's joined by Boyertown, Pa. tackle Tyler Sands, who has 15 offers, and Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph's standout Patrick Neumann. Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine big man Jack Crawford could participate on either offense or defense. Ansonia, Conn. stud Eric Kuraczea is another big man to watch. He'll likely play on the defensive side of things.

If the offensive line doesn't boast the most depth then it's easily the wide receivers. Laureldale (Pa.) Muhlenberg wideout Vaughn Carraway and Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle star DeVier Posey both have a nice combination of size and speed. Alexandria (Va.) Edison wideout Ben Barber, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln's Khalif Staten and Jersey wideouts Colin Larmond and Lynell Payne round out a strong group.

Staten Island (N.Y.) Curtis stud Dominick LeGrande leads a group of defensive backs with good size. Piscatway, N.J. cornerback Dwayne Gratz, West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep's Grant Mayes and Paterson (N.J.) JFK's Marquis Spann are also worth keeping an eye on.

The top two running backs expected at the camp hail from out of state. Warrington (Pa.) Central Bucks tailback Eric Reynolds and Washington (D.C.) St. John's scat back Antwon Bailey will battle the linebacker unit led by Jersey standouts Dwayne Beckford and Alexander DiSanzo.

Finally, keep an eye out for a few sleepers at the quarterback position. Lowell, Mass. signal-caller Matt Welch and Camden (N.J.) Camden Catholic quarterback Marc Lucarini are a few to watch.

Mike Farrell is the National Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mike@rivals.com

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