Long Island (N.Y.) North Babylon running back Jason Gwaltney made a surprise appearance at the NIKE Camp in State College, Pa. for one reason and one reason only.
"I wanted to show everyone I can compete with the best," said the 6-foot-2, 234-pounder. "I know that my area doesn't get the respect that other areas do for football, so I wanted to prove that I can put up good numbers off the field and play with the best as well as on the field."
Gwaltney didn't disappoint. In addition to being one of the most physically impressive players at the camp, he ran a 4.62-second 40-yard dash, had a 4.28-second shuttle, jumped 35 inches and did 25 bench reps. He was also impressive in drills.
"I just wanted to show that I was the real thing," he said. "Everyone wants to be considered amongst the best in the country and I felt I needed to show what I can do in person."
Gwaltney, who committed to West Virginia a few months back, is getting quite a bit of attention these days from colleges.
"Ohio State has come in pretty hard along with Pitt, Syracuse and Nebraska," he said. "I'm solid to West Virginia, but I might take an official visit or two just to make sure. I like everything about West Virginia though and am happy with my choice."
Gwaltney said he likes the spread offense that the Mountaineers run.
"I might be a big back, but I think I have quick feet and I like the idea of getting one-on-one with the safeties," he said. "I'd prefer to run over defenders, but I can go around them as well. West Virginia's offense is great for any running back."
As a junior, Gwaltney rushed for 2,601 yards and an amazing 45 touchdowns.