April 19, 2006
By Tom Lemming
Special to CSTV.com
Tom is CSTV's college football recruiting analyst, and writes for CSTV.com regularly. E-mail here!
· QB Justin
The graduation of Jay Davis opens the door for Burke, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound signal-caller out of the
Burke shows good pocket presence, excellent scrambling ability and exceptional footwork for a quarterback. He's deadly while throwing the ball on the rollout, and has a great feel for the game. Look for Pack coach Chuck Amato to turn to Burke from Day One in
· DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson
Sapp is a freak athlete at defensive end who runs a 10.7 time in the 100-meters. His phenomenal pass rushing ability starts with his explosive quickness off the ball and an ability to use his hands effectively. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound native of
Don't expect Sapp to return punts like he did as a prepster at Bamberg-Ehrhardt, but do expect to see a player that could make an impact as a first-year player on the strength of his athleticism alone.
Verdell is a 6-foot-3, 215-pound safety from
· ILB Marcus Ball,
Thanks to the premature departure of Ernie Sims from the
Ball is a coachable ballplayer that simply makes play after play, exploding into ball carriers. He sheds well, plays the game on his feet and runs faster than most backs (as a 4.48 time in the 40-yard dash would indicate). Ball should play right away for the `Noles.
· RB Javarris James, Miami
This 6-foot, 205-pound prospect out of the Sunshine State mirrors the running style of his cousin -- Arizona Cardinals' running back Edgerrin James -- and is a guy that could play at Miami right away. James can do it all: run, catch and block. He breaks tackles easily and shows great power complemented by deceptive speed. This kid is also a winner, having led his
This was a veritable prep superstar who should start for the Hurricanes as a true freshman. He's the model player who does everything that's asked of him.