NFTC Chicago: 11 Sleepers Who Emerged
Anthony Love
Anthony Love
National Recruiting Analyst
Posted May 8, 2013


The NIKE Football Training Camp was an opportunity for top guys to compete, but also for prospects who are a little more under the radar to have a chance to show they belong and this is a group of kids who did just that.

Wilbert Jones - Cornerback, East St. Louis (Ill.)
Jones came in with no offers, but used his physicality and willigness to play up on the receiver to excel in one on ones and earn himself an MVP award. Two days after the camp, he picked up his first offer from Indiana State.

Anthony Love - Defensive End, Romeoville (Ill.)
Love is a hybrid linebacker-rush end who had good success getting around offensive tackles with his quickness and athleticism. We have not seen him drop into coverage yet, but it is clear he can come forward and rush the passer.

Nick Matthews - Wide Receiver, South Caldwell (NC)
Matthews had a lot of people in the crowd asking who he was as he consistently made tough catches with defensive backs all over him. He has great ball skills and should find a home somewhere at the next level.

Tanner Farmer - Guard, Highland (Ill.)
In a group that had guys with BCS offers and some even committed to big schools, Farmer more than held his own and showed he is worthy of FBS scholarship consideration as he has good technique and strength.

Treevon Prater - Wide Receiver, East St. Louis (Ill.)
Long and athletic, the 6'2, 170-pound Prater could play receiver or safey in college, but used his ball skills and hands to impress at receiver on Sunday. On the heels of his performance, he earned his first two offers from Syracuse and Indiana State this week.

Ricky Finco - Wide Receiver, Hartland Arrowhead (Wisc.)
A slot guy with great hands and route running skills, Finco continues his strong offseason, as he has impressed at several camps.

Curtis Ladd - Quarterback, McKinley Boyd (Tx.)
Ladd spun the ball well and put heat on it when he needed to. At 6'1, he's not huge, but he's a kid with a nice arm who should draw a lot of looks as the process moves along.

D'Marcus Moon - Linebacker, Fort Wayne (Ind.) North Side
We're hearing Moon could be nearing his first offers. He's built like a college player and did well in footwork drills as this high school running back continues to prove that he can play on the defensive side of the ball in college.

Marquez Jones - Safety, North Little Rock (Ar.)
Jones is long and athletic as evidenced by the 41-inch vertical jump he posted. He used that ability to get up in the air to break up a couple passes and come away with an interception during one on ones.

Nick McEwin - Linebacker, Elkhorn South (Neb.)
From a school that is only three years old, McEwin is just starting to get his name out, but made some nice plays in coverage on Sunday and is a strong, smart kid who is getting on the radar.

Tim Gordon - Cornerback, Cretin Derham Hall (Minn.)
Gordon, who has a North Dakota offer, showed good cover skills, quickness and made a number of nice plays in coverage.



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