February 17, 2009

Prospects shine at Under Armour combine

On Sunday afternoon at the Miami Dolphins practice facility some of Florida's top prospects showcased their talents. The event brought former NFL players Deion Sanders, Cris Carter and Michael Dean Perry to work with the players during individual drills. The talent level was deep as usual for an event in South Florida.

Miami Northwestern High School brought a large group of players to the event and they certainly didn't disappoint. Torrian Wilson was the combine's best offensive lineman as he dominated the one on one drills, pancaking a couple defensive lineman. University of Miami commit defensive tackle Todd Chandler was also impressive in one on ones, as he was too quick and strong for the offensive linemen to handle. Two other offensive linemen from Northwestern 6 foot 1, 250-pound Donald Senat who has an offer from FIU and 6 foot 4, 263-pound Corey Jackson also had good showings on Sunday.

As for the skill positions from Northwestern they performed very well also. Cornerback Khambrel McGee ran a 4.53/40 and locked down every receiver he went against in one on ones. The 5 foot 9, 155-pound McGee hasn't received much interest from colleges yet, but he just continues to make plays. Corvin Lamb showed off his speed running in the 4.41 forty yard dash. Wide receiver Michaelee Harris ran a 4.48 forty and got everyone's attention in a one on one match up with Lamarcus Joyner.

In the one on one match up Harris beat Joyner deep on a stop and go route. Joyner trailing Harris by about five yards showed off great closing speed as he closed the gap on a slightly under thrown ball to knock it away. Joyner was one of the top prospect in attendance Sunday, although he is not sure which high school he will be playing for in the spring.

Defensive back was probably the deepest position at the combine. Miami Killian cornerback Richard Leonard turned in the fastest forty time of a 4.36. The 5 foot 8 Leonard claims offers from Georgia, FIU and South Florida. [/db]Tony Grimes[/db] is a big physical cornerback from Hollywood Hills and had a good combine performance. Grimes at times uses his hands too much and would be called for pass interference during a game. Another cornerback that had a good showing was Cody Riggs of St. Thomas Aquinas. The 5 foot 9, 160-pound Riggs ran a 4.38 forty yard dash. Deven Drane a 5 foot 10, 178-pound cornerback from Plantation was solid in coverage and claims an offer from Connecticut. Drane's teammate and fellow defensive back Gilbert St. Louis clocked a 4.49 forty yard dash. St. Louis was one of the more physically impressive looking athletes on Sunday.

Two of the top safeties in attendance were Jonathan Dowling from Bradenton Southeast and Travis Bell from Glades Central. Dowling was solid in the defensive back drills. Bell was dragging a little after practicing with his 7-on-7 team on Saturday afternoon and then playing in Glades Central's basketball teams four overtime victory Saturday night. Bell says he is hearing most from West Virginia and Georgia.

Some other tidbits:

Shawn Corker a 6 foot 1, 185-pound wide receiver from Cardinal Gibbons High School has picked up offers from Duke and Wake Forest so far. He is also hearing from Texas Tech and North Carolina.

Jeremy Davis has transferred from Ft. Myers to Cape Coral High School. Davis measured in at 6 foot, 162-pounds and ran a 4.38/40.

Greg Dent a 6 foot, 180-pound wide receiver from Glades Central has picked up his first offer from FIU. Dent was solid making catch after catch over the middle during the 7-on-7 portion of the combine.

Allen Hurns a 6 foot 2, 172-pound wide receiver from Carol City claims an early offer from Central Florida. Hurns didn't participate in any of the drills due to a hamstring injury.

Lynden Trail ran a 4.6 forty yard dash and had a 36 inch vertical. Trail was the best defensive end in attendance and now has offers from Tennessee, Florida, FIU, Rutgers and South Florida.

DeAndre Johnson a 5 foot 8, 202-pound bowling ball of a running back ran an impressive 4.5 forty yard dash. The Miami Pace High School product doesn't have any offers yet, but that should soon change.

John Ragoo from Miami Pace High School is a mountain measuring in at 6 foot 7, 360-pounds. He says he is hearing most from Miami right now.

Charles Fashaw a 6 foot 5, 208-pound tight end from Miami Pace has an early offer from Boston College. Fashaw missed his junior season with an injury.

A name to remember is 6 foot 3, 220-pound defensive end Bryant Dubose a 2011 prospect from Oakland Northeast High School.

* Note all the times are times are unofficial *


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