The Fastest 40 Yard Dash Ever

What Research Found Out On This Very Important Topic
By: Chad Wilson   @Gridironstuds

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Football fans across America continue to obsess over the most simple drill in the game of football. Is there anything more discussed than the 40 yard dash? Every Spring, this drill takes center stage and undoubtedly the question is asked 1,o00’s of times. What’s the fastest 40 yard dash?

Just as sure as you get the question asked 1,000 times, you will get dozens of ridiculous answers. For starters, let’s find out why the 40 yard dash? When and why did 40 yards become so significant? It started in the 1960’s with the NFL team that had the most developed and comprehensive scouting department and that was the Dallas Cowboys. Prior to this time period, NFL coaches chose the 50 yard dash as the mark of measure to determine a player speed worthiness. In 1960, Gil Brandt, the director scouting for the Cowboys along with his department came up with the 40/20/10 measurement. The 40 was used for all players. The 20 yard split time of the 40 was of great significance for linemen since the thought was that they rarely run 40 yards in a game. The 10 yard split was important for wide receivers as a measure of their burst off of the line of scrimmage. With this, a drill was born and almost 50 years later, it has become the center piece of info on a prospective high school, college or professional football player.

So who had the fastest 40 yard dash ever? Research confirmed what I already knew and that there is no way to really tell. Here are some important things to know about the 40 yard dash:

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– A hand time (use of a stop watch) will usually be faster than an electronic time

– There are two types of electronic times:

1. When a watch is started by a coach and an electronic beam records the time when it picks up the player crossing the end point

2. When an electronic beam picks up the movement of a player from the start and starts the clock. An electronic beam also detects the player at the end point and stops the clock. This time will be slower than version #1 and even slower than a hand time in which a coach starts his stop watch when he sees the player begin the run and then stops the watch when he sees the player cross the finish line.

– An accurtrack time will be the slowest of all. Accutrack is what is used at track meets. The clock in accu-track timing starts when the starter’s pistol is shot. The runner’s time for the event is recorded digitally when the technology detects the player crossing the finish line.

Studies have shown that that average reaction time by a human to a starter’s pistol is .25 seconds. For this reason, anyone who compares a 40 yard split time in a 100 meter event and compares it to reported hand timed 40 yard dash marks is making a big mistake. If you want compare the 40 yard split of a runner in a 100 meter event, subtract .25 seconds from the recorded time. So, Olympic runner Justin Gatlin’s 4.42 forty yard dash split recorded during his Gold Medal winning 9.85 100 meter run, would convert to a 4.17 forty yard dash by football standards.

After much research a few things have come up over and over and over. These things plus my own two eyes would lead me to believe that Darrell Green, Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders were the fastest football players to ever play the game.

It has been said consistently that Darrell Green recorded a time of 4.09 at the Washington Redskins’ training camp in 1986. That’s a hard time to swallow but Green’s obvious speed has been put on display many times while he was in the NFL. Green ran down from significant distances two of the fastest running backs to play in the NFL (Tony Dorsett and Eric Dickerson). Green has said in interviews that the fastest time he has ever been aware of running is 4.15. To his credit, Green does have a verifiable and official time of 10.08 in the 100 meters while he was a college student at Texas A&I University. If anyone could run a sub 4.1 forty, it was Darrell Green.

Many sources report a 4.12 forty yard dash time for Bo Jackson and if you watched him turn the corner and run down the sidelines in 1987 versus the Seattle Seahawks, you would not doubt any time reported by this freak of nature. Repetition does not make it a fact but if enough sources have reported this time to make me believe it. Jackson has an official 10.39 time in the 100 meter dash in college.

Deion Sanders has the closest thing of the three as a verifiable 40 yard dash time. Sanders ran a 4.21 forty yard dash at the 1989 NFL combine and kept right on going through the finish line into the first round of that year’s NFL draft. Like Green and Jackson, anyone who watched Sanders play would have little trouble believing that Sanders pulled off this feat. Sanders recorded a 10.21 100 meter mark while at Florida St.

Of course there are scores of reported 40 yard dash times that have made the rounds on the Internet. Some are ridiculous like the 3.9’s attached to a couple of players and some 4 flats that were attached to some others.

Here are some of the problems with reported 40 yard dash times from team workouts. Some times you can’t be sure that the distance run was indeed 40 yards. There’s always the chance that the distance was not properly marked. When teams do individual private workouts for teams, often times the scout has not brought the necessary tool to mark off the distance. There’s also the chance that player’s will cheat the distance. I have first hand knowledge of a player starting in front of the starting point to run a forty, fully taking advantage of the fact that there was only one scout on hand and that he could not tell if the player was indeed starting at the correct mark. Another problem is the angle of the surface. There are plenty of practice fields across the country that have a slope. Coaches see great value in having their players run on a slight decline to record eye popping times. Savvy scouts will insist that players run up one way and then down the other. An average of the two times is taken to get the most accurate time. One other problem is that some players run the 40 yard dash with cleats on grass while other places have their players run on a synthetic track with spikes on. Guess who would record the fastest time.

In my personal experiences, I have seen some sub 4.3 forty yard dashes in my time. Kevin Williams of the University of Miami (1989-92) ran a 4.28 forty yard dash before my own eyes. Former Hurricanes Tremain Mack (4.25) and Al Shipman (4.27) ran sub 4.3 forties before my own eyes. Track star Henry Neal recorded a 4.20 forty yard dash before my own eyes in a workout for the Miami Dolphins in 1996. The Dolphins did not sign Neal since his football background was quite limited. I never watched him run an actual 40 yard dash but after having to cover him in training camp, I am inclined to believe every second of Joey Galloway’s reported 4.18 forty yard dash.

One player that is not on the list is Bob Hayes of the Dallas Cowboys. No doubt, Hayes was one of the fastest men, if not

Bullet Bob Hayes

Bullet Bob Hayes

the fastest man to put on an NFL uniform. However, as it relates to the 40 yard dash, I could find no time recorded for this Olympic Gold medalist. Hayes has the fastest 100 meter time for an NFL player at 10.05. Should current Florida Gator Jeffery Demps make it to the NFL for any significant amount of time, he will own the fastest time at 10.01. Demps ran this as a high schooler and owns the national prep record for the event.

The fastest recorded 40 yard split on record belongs to Olympian Maurice Greene. During his World Record 60 meter run of 6.33, a mark that still exists, Green crossed the 40 yard mark at 4.18. Remembering that .25 seconds must be subtracted from that time due to Accu-track timing and you come up with a 40 yard dash time of 3.93 seconds. What’s the problem with that time? It was run on an indoor track with spikes on giving the runner an advantage over the football players who have run on grass with cleats.

In an effort to centralize all the reported 40 yard dash times. I will start what we call the SUB 4.3 Club. I will attempt to keep a running record of the sub 4.3 forty yard dashes and their owners in this list. I will refrain from adding times of the ridiculous and will do some research on all times that qualify. I will say one thing, can you web surfers stop reporting that Deion Sanders ran a 4.57 forty yard dash backwards. That’s just flat out ridiculous.

Enjoy the following list of reported (and somewhat believable) 40 yard dashes run under 4.3 seconds. We will continue to add on to this list over time. Did I miss someone? Comment on this article and make your case. Please do not quote high school forty yard dash times. Nothing against them, let’s just stick to college and pro football right now.

Listings in bold are new ones added since last update.

The Official Unofficial Sub 4.3 Forty Yard Dash List at
1 Bo Jackson Auburn Tigers 4.12
2 Michael Bennett Minnesota Vikings 4.13
3 Alexander Wright Dallas Cowboys 4.14
4 Darrell Green Washington Redskins 4.15
5 Ahman Green Nebraska Cornhuskers 4.17
6 Joey Galloway Ohio St. Buckeyes 4.18
7 Terrell Sinkfield Northern Iowa 4.19
8 Henry Neal Blinn JC 4.2
9 Onterio McCalebb Auburn Tigers 4.21
10 Deion Sanders Florida St. Seminoles 4.21
11 Kevin Curtis Utah St. Aggies 4.21
12 Don Beebe Buffalo Bills 4.21
13 Breshad Perriman Central Florida 4.22 added 4/3/15
13 Donte Stallworth Tennessee Volunteers 4.22
14 Willie Parker North Carolina Tar Heels 4.23
15 Clayton Holmes Dallas Cowboys 4.23
16 Rondel Melendez Eastern Kentucky (1999) 4.24
17 Chris Johnson East Carolina Pirates 4.24
18 Taylor Mays USC 4.24
19 Phillip Dorsett University of Miami 4.25 added 4/3/15
19 Marquis Goodwin Texas Longhorns 4.25
20 Tavon Austin West Virginia 4.25
21 Steve Williams California 4.25
22 Ike Taylor Pittsburgh Steelers 4.25
23 Randy Moss Marshall University 4.25
24 Michael Vick Virginia Tech Hokies 4.25
25 Jerome Mathis Hampton 4.25
26 Sam Shields University of Miami (Packers) 4.25
27 Dri Archer Kent St. 4.26
28 Devin Hester University of Miami 4.27
29 Darren McFadden Arkansas Razorbacks 4.27
30 James Jett West Virginia 4.27
31 Jacoby Ford Clemson Tigers 4.27
32 Trindon Holliday LSU 4.27
33 DeMarcus Van Dyke University of Miami 4.28
34 Kevin Williams University of Miami 4.28
35 Champ Bailey Georgia Bulldogs 4.28
36 CJ Spiller Clemson Tigers 4.28
37 Raghib Ismail Notre Dame Fighting Irish 4.28
38 Walter Sutton SW Minnesota St. 4.28
39 Rod Woodson Purdue Boilermakers 4.28
40 JJ Nelson UAB 4.28
41 Standord Routt University of Houston (2005) 4.29
42 Fabian Washington Nebraska Cornhuskers 4.29
43 Laveranues Coles Florida St. Seminoles 4.29
44 James Williams Fresno St. 4.29
45 Gaston Green UCLA 4.29
46 Johnny Knox Abiliene Christian (Chi. Bears) 4.29

Note Updated 4/3/15: Pro timing days are still going but we do have two highly publicized entries onto the list. UCF’s Breshad Perriman cranked out a 4.22 forty at UCF’s pro timing day at 6’2″ and weighing 215 lbs. ¬†Only Randy Moss is taller than Perriman on this list. ¬†After running a 4.35 at the combine, ¬†Miami’s Phillip Dorsett cranked out a 4.25 at the University of Miami’s pro timing day. ¬†If you’ve had a chance to see video, it looked every bit of 4.2. ¬†Dorsett becomes the 5th Miami Hurricane added to the list.

Note Updated 2/24/15: ¬†Similar to last year we have only one new entry from this year’s NFL draft. ¬†After talk leading up to the combine of Miami’s Phillip Dorsett possibly breaking Chris Johnson’s record, only University of Birmingham Alabama’s JJ Nelson who was able to go under 4.3 seconds. ¬†Nelson earned his way onto our esteemed sub 4.3 list with a mark of 4.28 unofficially (4.29 officially). ¬†The next fastest mark at the 2015 combine came from Michigan St. cornerback Trae Waynes at 4.31. ¬†Dorsett did put a blazing time at 4.33 but it is quite short of Chris Johnson’s standing combine official record mark of 4.24. ¬†Stay tuned for some mutant clocking a ridiculous time at one of the upcoming Pro Days.

Note Updated 2/26/14: ¬†While the 2013 combine added four new members to our list, 2014 was not as generous. Kent St.’s Dri Archer was the only member of this year’s combine to go sub 4.3 and thus get added to the list. ¬†Archer listed at 5’7 3/4″ completed his dash in 18 steps which equals 6’5″ Calvin Johnson’s mark for the fewest amount of steps for the 40 yard dash at the combine. ¬†That is truly amazing power in his strides. With Archer, the list now grows to 45 in total.

Note Updated 2/25/13: 2013 Combine has done well to add to our growing list. First Tavon Austin blazed up the Indy track with an effort-less 4.25. ¬†Then Texas WR Marquis Goodwin refused to be outdone and posted up his own 4.25. ¬†Auburn’s Onterio McCalebb made them both sit down with his hand timed 4.21. ¬†Only Goodwin remained under 4.3 when the official times released as he ended up with 4.27. ¬†McCalebb and Austin both ended up with 4.34 official 40 times. ¬†I do count hand times for this list so all three make it.

Note Updated 3/05/13: Added Steve Williams from California who ran an unofficial 4.25 at the combine. Also added former Northern Iowa WR Terrell Sinkfield who ran a 4.19 at Minnesota U’s Pro Day on 3/04/13. ¬†Here’s an article discussing Sinkfield’s run.

Note Updated 1/11/12: Three new additions to the list. ¬†Clayton Holmes as prompted by a visitor named Kane who reminded me about the speedster front the Cowboys. ¬†After some research I was satisfied that he did indeed run a 4.23 forty yard dash during him time with the Cowboys. ¬†The other two additions came from an interview I happened to view from Tom Shaw who has trained some of the fastest men that have ever played and continue to play in the NFL. ¬†Ike Taylor of the Steelers who Shaw says ran a 4.25 coming into the NFL. ¬†Shaw also said Taylor once ran a 4.18 but I will stick with the 4.25 run before pro scouts. ¬† Shaw also mentioned how Rod Woodson ran a 4.28 at the NFL combine. ¬†I don’t know how that fact escaped me but it has escaped me no longer. ¬†So three new additions.

Notes Updated 3/05/11: Two new additions to the list.¬† I added the 4.20 forty yard dash that I witnessed Henry Neal run at a Dolphin tryout in 1996.¬† I remember it well because I had to run my 40 after his.¬† My 4.44 clocking seemed pedestrian after Henry mowed the lawn for the scouts.¬† Neal was not a football player but a track star that was well put together.¬† He was 5’9″ 177¬† of all muscle.¬† Perhaps some Dolphin scout saw him on his travels and flew him in for the workout.

The other addition is Walter Sutton.  I was reminded of this by an ex-Miami teammate of mine named Kelvin Harris who resides from the Fort Myers area that Walter Sutton also came from.  Sutton was drafted in the 4th round in 1991 by the Atlanta Falcons.  Sutton unfortunately was not able to start his NFL career because he was prosecuted on a drug dealing charge.  Sutton attended SW Minnesota St. and the best way to get drafted that high out of a school that size is to have speed and Walter did, clocking a 4.28 forty for the Falcons in a pre draft workout.

Notes Updated 3/02/11: DeMarcus Van Dyke is the latest addition to the list after clocking a 4.28 at the NFL combine.¬† That’s about as legit as it gets.¬† Van Dyke is the 4th Miami Hurricane to make the list.

Note Updated 1/11/12: Three new additions to the list. ¬†Clayton Holmes as prompted by a visitor named Kane who reminded me about the speedster front the Cowboys. ¬†After some research I was satisfied that he did indeed run a 4.23 forty yard dash during him time with the Cowboys. ¬†The other two additions came from an interview I happened to view from Tom Shaw who has trained some of the fastest men that have ever played and continue to play in the NFL. ¬†Ike Taylor of the Steelers who Shaw says ran a 4.25 coming into the NFL. ¬†Shaw also said Taylor once ran a 4.18 but I will stick with the 4.25 run before pro scouts. ¬† Shaw also mentioned how Rod Woodson ran a 4.28 at the NFL combine. ¬†I don’t know how that fact escaped me but it has escaped me no longer. ¬†So three new additions.

Notes Updated 1/24/11: Foolish me for not updating this sooner with Sam Shield’s 40 time since I witnessed it myself on his pro timing day last spring.¬† While I still had my mouth open from his 11’3″ broad jump where he seemingly got stuck in the air,¬† I watch Shields go out and chew up the first 40 yards like a 6 year old chews up a pack of bubbilicious.¬† He then smoothly coasted through the 2nd twenty and had scouts huddling up like they were calling a play on 4th and 1.¬†¬† There were times all over the place ranging from 4.30 to 4.22 but the one most heard was 4.25 so that’s what I went with.¬† Johnny Knox is also deserving to be on this list. Knox, from the Bears, ran a 4.34 at the combine when he was coming out but he also ran on his pro timing day and there are may reports that put his time in the 4.26-4.29 range.¬† 4.29 is what I have heard the most,¬† so that is what I went with.

Notes Updated: 3/04/10: USC’s Taylor Mays has been added to the list with his unofficial 4.24 at the NFL Combine.¬† Eventhough his official time was a 4.43,¬† I must include Mays’ time since several of the times on the list are hand times just like his.¬† Pretty amazing given Mays size (6’3″, 230 lbs.).¬† I may say that’s outside of Bo Jackson’s time,¬† Mays’ may be the most impressive when you take in the size factor.¬† Trindon Holliday has also been added for his unofficial 4.27 run at the combine on 3/01/10.

Notes Updated 3/01/10: Clemson’s Jacoby Ford and CJ Spiller were added to the list today.¬† Ford’s time at the Indianapolis NFL combine was a 4.27 unofficially and 4.28 officially.¬† CJ Spiller’s unofficial time was also a 4.28 but his official time ended up being a 4.37.¬† I am taking the 4.28 because there are many times on this list that are unofficial hand times.¬† Any way you look at it,¬† CJ Spiller can fly.

Notes Updated 1/04/09: Who knew this article would become so popular.¬† This has ended up being one of the most popular sports articles on the Internet since I wrote.¬† Just goes to show how much of a hot topic 40 yard dash times are.¬† I have received so many comments and emails about 40 yard dash times.¬† Please understand this 40 yard dash list is an “official” list meaning the times on it can be verified.¬† I am sure there have been some sub 4.3’s run out there but they have been done in a way that can not be verified.¬† There are a 100 stories about some boy name “D-Rock” who ran a 4.17 with some high tops on at lunch time on the grass field.¬† I can’t put those times on there.¬† There are even times that may be closer to official that I won’t even include.¬† For instance,¬† anyone who has seen C.J. Spiller or Jacoby Ford from Clemson or Trindon Holliday from LSU run could guess that these guys probably run sub 4.3 forty’s.¬† I am sure they have probably run them for some coach or strength and conditioning guy.¬† In fact,¬† Ford is said to have run a 4.26 at Clemson.¬† Holliday’s high school coach claims he ran a 4.27 but I am suspicious of high school forty yard dash times.¬† I need to tell you that up front.¬† Spiller has an alleged low time of 4.28.¬† However,¬† he also has a high time of 4.47.¬† On situations like that,¬† I will just wait to see what they run at the combine or in their private NFL workouts.¬† Sometimes,¬† they don’t hit the times you expect them to hit.

NOTE: Some of the times listed above may have been run on a track with spikes on. In cases where I know that to be true, those players are excluded from this list. Football is not played on a synthetic rubber surface with track spikes on. DeAngelo Hall’s reported 4.15 on Virginia Tech’s indoor track when he was a junior in college would be an example of that.

Is there someone missing from the list? Comment on this article with name and the time. I will check it out and add it if research dictates that it should be there. Comment on this article.

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Best GridironStuds Video of All Time: Jeff Luc or Tavon Austin?

By: Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

There have been over 5,000 videos submitted to since we started in 2009.  Amongst those 5,000 videos there have been some outstanding athletes and football players that have displayed some remarkable skill.  With that said,  two videos stick out in my mind as the absolute best to have graced the pages of  Today,  I am asking you,  which one was the best:

2010 Prospect Jeff Luc – Linebacker – Treasure Coast High School, Florida

2 A.M in the morning and I am getting ready to go to sleep when an email comes in notifying me that there is a new video submission on ¬†Anxious to go to sleep and curious about a middle of the night submission, ¬†curiosity won out. ¬†I didn’t just watch Jeff Luc’s video once at 2 AM in the morning, I watched it five times. ¬†I had never seen a high school linebacker get after people and inflict such pain like Luc did. ¬†An email to his brother, ¬†Alex who submitted it and I learned that Luc had no offers. ¬†Jeff’s video would go viral after posting on and he would graduate from Treasure Coast as a 5 star. ¬†Luc would eventually sign with Florida St. on signing day and later transfer to Cincinnati where he recently completed his senior year. ¬†Luc is currently preparing for the NFL draft as he is part of the 2015 draft class. ¬†CHECK OUT THE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO BELOW:

2009 Prospect Tavon Austin – Running Back – Dunbar High School, Maryland

I don’t know who submitted Tavon Austin’s video to but I thank whoever did. ¬†Austin’s video was one of the early submission on our site and no one who watched his video could say they weren’t entertained. ¬†From the hard hitting Gucci Mane instrumental, to the pre-highlight theatrics by Austin and his Dunbar pals, ¬†his highlight video was made for popcorn. ¬†While I don’t recommend the type of intro Austin’s video has for most high school prospects, ¬†the 55 seconds you have to wait before the actual highlights was well worth the wait. ¬†Austin’s video was another one that was watched, restarted then watched again countless times. ¬†Austin’s video is 10:57 long and he is tackled only twice throughout the entire video and both times he scored. ¬†This means that Austin scores in every clip for 10 minutes of a highlight video. ¬†Well, all but one clip (the first one features him knocking a defender off of his feet on a crack back). ¬†To say that all Austin did was score touchdowns on his highlight video would be a disservice to the production. Along the way, Austin has entertaining celebrations with teammates, clowns the hell out of defenders and has several opponents chasing ghosts as they trying gather him in. ¬†There’s even a referee in extremely baggy clothes at 5:37 on the film to add comic relief. ¬†Austin went on to sign with West Virginia as one of the most heralded prospects in the 2009 class. ¬†In 2013, he was drafted #8 overall by the St. Louis Rams becoming the highest drafted member of to date. ¬†CHECK OUT AUSTIN’S HIGHLIGHT VIDEO BELOW:

So who had the best highlight video of all time?  Was it Jeff Luc or was it Tavon Austin?  Leave your answer and your comments below.

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Hungry South Florida Express Defenders Ready to Devour Unsuspecting Offenses

Devin Bush Jr. Holds 30 plus D1 Offers

Offense usually takes the stage during 7-on-7 games and tournaments as the rules are set up to highlight that part of the game of football.  However,  anyone who has coached 7-on-7 football knows that a strong defense will land you the trophy at any tournament.

This year’s version of the South Florida Express defense features a roster jam packed with very talented, ¬†well coached prospects that are eager to make a name for themselves amongst the large group of high skilled defenders on the 7-on-7 circuit. ¬†The physical gifts and football IQ will be on display by this version of South Florida Express stars as they are ready to dump ice water on the plans of overheated offenses.

2016 LB Devin Bush (Flanagan) is the #3 rated player at his position according to Rivals and is certainly a prospect that has earned it. ¬†Programs like Florida St., Florida, Miami, Auburn and UCLA are hot after this agile defender and he’s ready to cause mayhem like he did during the regular season. Also joining Bush in the linebacking corps¬†is talented and highly athletic Miami Central junior Wayne Steed. ¬†Steed was a key member of a Central defense that led the way in their state title run. ¬†Junior Christian Gomez (USF offer) also brings size and athleticism to the linebackers as does Miami Carol City 2017 prospect DeAndre Wilder.

The defensive backs will be spearheaded by highly sought after junior Cedric Wright (Miami commit) who is currently holding 15 major D1 offers with Alabama and Ohio St. amongst them. Booker T. Washington cornerback Dontye Carriere Williams showed his big play ability often during last year’s 7-on-7 season and he’s back again to make quarterbacks miserable. Williams has 17 Division I offers and is drawing even more interest from some of the top programs in the country. Sophomore cornerback Marco Wilson (American Heritage Plantation) is ready to become a household name and already holds four major division I offers with SEC power South Carolina being one of them. ¬†Wilson’s big time athleticism and grit will aid the Express defense in drawing the line on offenses in every tournament. ¬†Junior cornerback Deon Jackson’s length, speed and skill will be a problem for WRs looking to have their way. ¬†Jackson is poised to capture the attention of college programs and media alike during this 7-on-7 season. ¬†One of the more intriguing prospects this season will be 2017 safety Brian Edwards who has already secured offers from Miami, Clemson and Louisville. Edwards’ length will serve him well as will his ability to make plays deep down the field.

American high school defensive back Naytron Culpepper has been impressive in early practice sessions.  The 2017 prospect blends an athletic frame with great instincts to find himself around the football.  2016 junior defensive back Elijah Daniels holds multiple D1 offers as well as strong coverage skills to hold opposing WRs in check.  Hallandale junior safety Romelo Webster brings a high football IQ and great quickness to patrol the deep secondary and take away the ball from offenses all season long. 2017 University School cornerback Faion Hicks (FAU offer) is another prospect that turned heads during the season and has continued to do so early this offseason.  Look for Hicks to have a coming out party during the 2015 7-on-7 circuit.

Southridge defensive back Shawn Davis is a multi-talented prospect that can play any position in the secondary.  By the time the season is over,  media and colleges alike will know they need to take a trip down South to see this 2017 gem.  Sophomore safety Christopher Williams is another young defender that is hungry to show his worth as is American HS cornerback Joshua Dinson (2017) who holds offers from both Cincinnati and Kentucky.  2017 cornerback Donelle Thomas is another talented member of the American HS secondary that will make his presence felt in tournament play.  American Heritage Plantation freshman cornerback Pat Surtain Jr. has the size and athletic ability to give WRs fits and has already been offered by both Miami and Louisville.  Junior cornerback Isaiah Simpson (Cypress Bay) and 2018 prospect Michael Nesbitt (Stranahan) are poised to draw their rightful attention from interested onlookers while putting the clamps on the opposition.

South Florida Express has been a breeding ground for top defensive talent supplied to college football programs from coast to coast.  Look for this to continue with a talented group of defenders that are eager to grab their piece of the spotlight all season long.

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Talented Weapons Fuel South Florida Express’ High Powered Offense

Tyler Huntley is poised to become the next in a long line of successful South Florida Express QBs.

The 7-on-7 season is here and the madness has begun as teams have held their highly publicized tryouts to gather their talent for the 2015 season.  The most recognized 7-on-7 team in the country, South Florida Express has geared up for the new season and will feature many highly talented athletes that have garnered the attention of college programs from across the country.

The 7-on-7 game is an offensive game by nature and South Florida Express will have no shortage of weapons on that side of the ball this season.  2016 Hallandale quarterback Tyler Huntley will lead the way for the Express as their primary signal caller.  Huntley currently holds eight division I offers including Louisville, Cincinnati and South Florida.  Also calling signals for the Express this season will be 2017 Cardinal Gibbons QB Jake Allen (Rutgers offer) and new Booker T. Washington HS transfer Eric Walker.

Wide Receiver is where the action is on the field and the Express has their usual array of talent at that position.  University of Miami commit Dionte Mullins (Gulliver Prep HS) will certainly be one to watch while Hallandale junior wide out Joshua Hammonds (15 offers including LSU, MIA, ND, Ohio St.) takes a back seat to no one.  St. Thomas Aquinas junior Sam Bruce (Miami commit) is one of the most electrifying prospects in the country and will be a force for the Express throughout the season.  Sophomore WR Emmanuel Greene,  who recently transferred to IMG Academy,  racked up a ton of offers during this past season from the likes of Miami, Florida, Ohio St. and UCLA.  Greene will be a tough matchup for the opposition in every tournament.  Not to be out done will be 2016 American Heritage Plantation WR Dredrick Snelson who won the Rivals 5 star challenge in 2014.  The University of Miami commit brings his speed and big play ability to the field and will create problems for defenses.

The excitement doesn’t stop there. ¬†Miami High WR Keyshawn “Pie” Young will be one of the most intriguing prospects participating in the 7-on-7 circuit in 2015. ¬†Young’s flair for the dramatic and off the charts athleticism promised to turns heads and open mouths at tournaments. ¬†Southridge HS junior¬†Freddie Pinder is an imposing figure at WR and has garnered the attention from several high profile SEC programs along with prolific offenses like Clemson and West Virginia. ¬†The University of Miami is hot on the trail of this 6’5″ athlete that will likely take many a defensive back up top in tournament play.

You would think that would be enough for just one team but like the infomercials say “but wait, that’s not all”. ¬†Cardinal Gibbons 2017 ATH Daniel Wright is ready to break ankles this 7-on-7 season and continue to draw the attention of schools like Auburn, Clemson, Miami and Michigan St. who are some of the 8 schools who have already offered. ¬†Hallandale High School junior Chris Cotto made a name for himself last 7-on-7 season and carried that into the regular season. ¬†Cotto is not as highly publicized as others on the roster but will wreck a defense as good as anyone. ¬†2016 WR Demari Simpkins is much out of the mold of Cotto as he will use his quickness and playmaking ability to aid South Florida Express to many victories this season.

While the big names are doing their thing, several up and comers are ready to burst on the scene as South Florida Express players are known to do every year. ¬†Junior WR Andrew Parchment (Cypress Bay) brings the length, speed and catching ability that many teams covet. ¬†Cardinal Gibbons 2017 WR Leroy Henley did damage during the 2014 season and will continue that during the 7-on-7 circuit. ¬†Henley already holds offers from seven schools including home town school The University of Miami. ¬†Sophomore Laress Nelson (American Heritage Plantation) and ¬†freshman Shaun Shivers (Chaminade-Madonna) promise to slice defenses with their cat-like quickness while 2017 prospects Jordan Merrell (Dillard) and Jonathan Moore (University School) will dazzle on-lookers with their A grade route running and catching ability. ¬†Junior WRs Neru N’Shaka (Hallandale) and Elisha Daniels (Cardinal Gibbons) are ready to give people their money’s worth and show people why many high profile division I schools have taken an interest.

Rounding out the solid group on offense and ready to have their coming out party are 2018 WR Xavier Williams (Chaminade), 2017 WR Lavarus Tigner (Stranahan) who holds a Miami offer , 2018 WR BJ Alexander (Flanagan), 2016 RB Greg McCrea (Hallandale) and 2017 WR Mike Harley Jr. (St. Thomas).

South Florida Express founder Brett Goetz believes this can be the most¬†talented team as he has ever had in his¬†eight years. ¬†That’s quite a statement since South Florida Express can claim NFL players, Heisman Trophy candidates, Bilenitkoff winners, Elite 11 Champions and Under Armour All American MVPs as part of their alumni. ¬†No other 7-on-7 team in the country can make such a claim. ¬†This will certainly make for a very exciting 2015 7-on-7 season.

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’16 Athlete Ken Hiteman Is an Underrated Gem

By: Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

High school football is played all across this great land we call America.  In every corner there are outstanding players that get the job done on game day and likely go unnoticed by college football programs.  No where does that happen more often than in South Florida which is widely regarded as the most fertile recruiting ground in the USA.

The likelihood of being overlooked is high in the sunshine state simply because there is just so much talent.  College football coaches flood the state of Florida at every opportunity in the recruiting calendar to jump in and take a swipe at the score of athletes that are roaming the high school gridirons.  Over in Coral Springs, Florida,  there is an underrated gem at Taravella high school that college coaches would be well served to feast their eyes on.

In the recruiting game, ¬†size is important and Taravella’s Ken Hiteman has it. ¬†The 2016 TE / WR stands at 6’4″ and 220 lbs. and is still growing. ¬†Hiteman has the frame that DI coaches laud over and the athleticism to make him a must see. ¬†The first thing that jumps out at you on his game tape is his blocking ability. ¬†Hiteman is relentless when he gets into defenders and blocks to the whistle. ¬†He is text book in the blocking department and is very skilled at moving the defender off their mark. ¬†He does excellent work with his hands and drives his feet like he pushes a sled to school every morning. ¬†However, ¬†that’s not Hiteman’s only skill. ¬†He plays in a run heavy offensive attack so his other skills can be hidden at times. ¬†However, ¬†Taravella opened up things last season and Hiteman was allowed to put his other talents on display. ¬†His film features quite a few plays with him split out wide and looking like someone who can dominate at the WR position. ¬†Tightends are getting asked to do a whole lot more these days and Hiteman has no problem flexing out, ¬†running a route and beating a defensive back for the football. ¬†He is that matchup up problem that offensive coordinators seek each game day.

This offseason should be a solid one for Hiteman as he gets out and shows off his physical tools and skills. Hiteman was recently added to well regarded South Florida high school writer Larry Blustein’s 2016 Watch List.¬†I am certain that when Spring football comes, ¬†a number of college football programs will be bidding for his services as he will certainly stand out. ¬†The question is, ¬†if you are a college football coach reading this is, ¬†will you be a part of the action? ¬†On your next trip down to the Sunshine State, ¬†put a trip over to J.P. Taravella High School on your to do list. ¬†Hiteman is a D1 prospect that deserves your attention.

Check out Ken Hiteman’s Junior Year Highlights – Click Here

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South Florida Express 7-on-7 Team 2015 College Football Signees

Class of 2015 Signees for South Florida Express 7 on 7 Team

Walter Jackson WR Lindenwood 2015
Kahlil Lewis WR Cincinnati 2015
Richie Cooper WR Akron 2015
Robert Foy WR Florida Tech 2015
Emonee Spence WR Louisville 2015
Jordan Cronkite WR Florida 2015
Tarvarus McFadden CB Florida St. 2015
Tyrek Cole CB West Virginia 2015
Rashard Causey CB UCF 2015
Carlton Davis CB Auburn 2015
Malik Henderson DB Pittsburgh 2015
Rashad Fenton DB South Carolina 2015
Sheldrick Redwine CB Miami 2015
Deonte Fair DB Monmouth 2015
Khalid McGee CB South Florida 2015
Nick Peart DB Dartmouth 2015
Tevon Coney LB Notre Dame 2015
Davante Davis CB Texas 2015
Ryan Stanley QB Florida A&M 2015
Karon Jackson DB Eastern Illinois 2015
Antonio Callaway WR Florida 2015
Maurice Alexander QB Florida International 2015
Ocie Rose DB Florida Atlantic 2015
Torrance Gibson QB Ohio St. 2015
Jaquan Johnson DB Miami 2015
Antonyo Sotolongo DB Bowling Green 2015
Calvin Brewton DB Florida St. 2015
Therrell Gossier WR Kentucky 2015
Damon Arnette DB South Carolina 2015
James Oliphant CB U. Mass 2015
Austin Maloney WR Florida International 2015

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Recruiting News: Week of February 8, 2015

February 13, 2015

USC has offered 2016 American Heritage Plantation TE Nick Eubanks
2.13.15 4:36 PM

2016 LB Emmett Rice from Norland HS, FL has been offered by Florida.
2.13.15 10:23 AM

Florida St. has offered Miami HS, FL 2016 WR Keyshawn “Pie” Young.
2.13.15 9:29 AM

Miami has offered 2016 Coconut Creek LB Alexy Jean-Baptiste.
2.13.15 8:45 AM

Miami has offered 2016 Pahokee HS, FL RB McArthur Burnett.
2.13.15 8:44 AM

University of Nebraska DB coach Charlie Warren will become the new WR coach for North Carolina.
2.13.15 8:43 AM

University of Georgia’s WR coach Tony Ball is making the move to be WR coach for LSU.
2.13.15 8:42 AM

February 12, 2015

2016 Miami Norland Emmett Rice (Florida St. commit) has been offered by Alabama
2.12.15 10:39 PM

University of Miami GA Kareem Brown will remain as a GA but will be given the added responsibility of coaching the outside LBs.  Hurlie Brown will coach the inside linebackers.
2.12.15 10:15 PM

Former Cal Safety Avery Sebastian has transferred to Notre Dame for his final season.
2.12.15 8:43 PM

Hallandale 2016 WR Joshua Hammond has been offered by Florida St.  His 2nd offer of the day.
2.12.15 8:37 PM

Chaminade-Madonna HS, Hollywood, FL head football coach position is currently open as Marcello Rodriguez has stepped aside. Three prominent Broward County private school programs currently are without head coaches (St. Thomas, University School and Chaminade).
2.12.15 12:19 PM

University of Florida adds Marquell Blackwell to their staff as Quality Control Specialist.
2.12.15 11:34 AM

2016 WR Joshua Hammond from Hallandale HS, FL has been offered by the Florida Gators
2.12.15 9:25 AM

From February 11, 2015

2016 WR Freddie Pinder from Southridge HS, FL has been offered by Illinois
2.11.15 11:13 PM

Macon County HS, GA LB Roquan Smith will make his college decision on Friday.
2.11.15 7:57 PM

2016 QB Kato Nelson from Flanagan HS, FL has been offered by Cincinnati
2.11.15 7:56 PM

2016 DB Dontye C. Williams from Booker T Washington HS, FL has been offered by Bowling Green
2.11.15 7:55 PM

Cardinal Gibbons 2016 DB Elijah Daniels has been offered by Bowling Green
2.11.15 1:20 PM

Boise St.’s Mike Sanford expected to become the next offensive coordinator for Notre Dame.
2.11.15 12:43 PM

The UCLA Bruins have fired OLB coach Mike Tuiasosopo.
2.11.15 11:25 AM

The New Orleans Saints have hired UL Lafayette defensive coordinator James Willis.
2.11.15 11:23 AM

2016 S/LB Clifford Chatman from McDonough HS, LA has committed to the LSU Tigers
2.11.15 10:17 AM

From February 10, 2015

Final Rank by Offers Numbers for Class of 2015. Click Here
2.10.15 3:14 PM

From Atlanta Journal-Constitution: More on Roquan Smith by-passing letter of intent signing.
2.10.15 1:44  PM

Former University of Florida RB coach Brian White has been hired by Boston College to coach WR
2.10.15 11:45 AM

FIU WR coach Kerry Dixon has been hired as new WR coach at the University of Florida.
2.10.15 10:30 AM

2016 4 Star RB Tre Turner Holy Cross HS, LA has been offered by Arizona
2.10.15 9:15 AM

2016 4 Star QB Dwayne Haskins Bullis School, MD has been offered by Michigan.
2.10.15 9:13 AM

According to College Football Talk, 2015 LB Roquan Smith, who committed to UCLA during signing day activities at his school will not sign a letter of intent for the school he eventually chooses.

2.10.15  9:07 AM

Booker T Washington HS, FL 2016 CB Dontye Carriere-Williams will be attending Vanderbilt Junior Day on March 21.
2.10.15 8:37 AM

From February 9, 2015

Monarch HS, FL  head coach Calvin Davis has stepped down. Davis coached top 2015 recruits Calvin Ridley (Alabama) and Shawn Burgess-Becker (Alabama).
2.9.15 11:33 PM

Former University of Miami LB coach Mike Barrow has accepted the same position as a member of the Seattle Seahawks coaching staff.
2.9.15  8:58 PM

Former University of Miami commit Terrell Chatman has announced that he will attend Arizona St.
2.9.15 2:24 PM

According to Tim Reynolds, Kevin Beard will be new WR coach for the University of Miami.
2.9.15 1:58 PM

Eastern Washington QB Vernon Adams is transferring to Oregon.
2.9.15 1:24 PM

According to’s Peter Ariz, Hurricanes WR coach Brennan Carroll may be taking a position with the Seattle Seahawks.
2.9.15 12:32 PM

Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt replaces Oliver Luck on the College Football Selection Committee.
2.9.15 11:41 AM

Per ESPN’s Derek Tyson, CeCe Jefferson’s letter of intent has been signed and faxed in to the University of Florida.
2.9.15 11:32 AM

The University of Florida has offered 2016 WR Binjimen Victor from Coconut Creek HS, FL.
2.9.15 9:06 AM

From February 8, 2015

The University of Florida has offered 2017 American Heritage Plantation, FL offensive lineman TJ Slaton.
2.8.15 7:25 PM

The University of Florida has offered 2017 American Heritage Plantation, FL running back Kyshaun Bryan.
2.8.15 7:25 PM

LSU wide receivers coach Adam Henry has taken a job with the San Francisco 49ers according to
2.8.15 6:09 PM

From February 7, 2015

CeCe Jefferson says his LOI will be turned in to Florida soon.  His father and Florida DC Coach Collins had a long talk today.
2.7.15 6:21 PM

HS coach of Ohio St. ’15 signee Mike Weber is not happy with Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes. ¬†Story Here
2.7.15 3:48 P.M.

Per USF RB coach Autry Denson is a candidate for RB coach vacancy at Notre Dame.
2.7.15 3:36 PM

USC Redshirt CB Devian Shelton is no longer on the team.  According to
2.7.15 12:52 PM

Charlie Strong not pleased with Chris Rumph departure to Florida according to CollegeSpun.
2.7.15 11:42 AM

CBS Sports says at least two Texas Longhorns recruits are not happy about the departure of DL coach Chris Rumph to Florida.
2.7.15 11:41 AM

According ¬†Notre Dame’s Tony Alford to join Urban Meyer’s Ohio St. coaching staff as the running back coach
– 2.7.15 11.12 AM

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Dual Sport ’16 Athlete Justin Thomas Jr. Looking to Make a Hit

By: Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

There was a time when a high school athlete was just that. ¬†In the Fall he played football, in the Winter he played basketball, in the Spring he would run track and in the Summer he’d play baseball. ¬†Those days are gone. ¬†Now, ¬†coaches want you in their sport year round and only the finest of athletes can convince a coach to play another sport and leave a coach’s eye sight for a couple of months. ¬†Chaminade Madonna High School’s Justin Thomas Jr. is that guy.

Thomas is one of only a few kids in South Florida that excel in both football and baseball. ¬†On the football field, ¬†the 6’1″ 185 lb. specimen throws his weight around like a FedEx worker tosses packages into his truck. ¬†Thomas is that new breed of defensive back that has imposing size and athleticism. ¬†He makes good use of it tracking down ball carriers and ramming into them full speed. ¬†He also uses his speed to go get ball carriers that break free and believe they will find the end zone. ¬†Thomas shows no fear on the gridiron and was one of the top players for the Lions during their 2014 season. ¬†He will most certainly be the anchor of the defense in 2015 as the coaching staff finds a variety of ways to use his athletic talents.

Thomas’ size makes him available to play in the box versus run heavy attacks and his instincts give him an edge when they drop him back to the hash or deep middle of the field. ¬†When the situation calls for it, ¬†Thomas can also line up in the slot and handle anything from a jittery WR to an athletic TE. ¬†His skills make him a utility knife that can equalize the production of an offense’s best player. ¬†His skill set will be part Kam Chancellor and part Aquib Talib. ¬†He’s really what college programs are looking for these days. ¬†In the football offseason, ¬†Thomas takes his toughness to the baseball diamond where he excels at the sport. ¬†His hand eye coordination, balance and quickness are all developed to the max on the diamond and pay off dividends for him when he returns to the gridiron. ¬†Thomas is a throw back that has developed a wide range of skills by being a two sport athlete. ¬†His attributes allow him to deliver the hard hits on the football field and the base hits on the diamond. ¬†He’ll definitely be a recruiting hit for the college program that signs him in 2016.

Check out Justin Thomas Jr.’s
Junior Season Highlight Video – Click Here

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’16 WR Isaiah Collins Plays Big for Flanagan

By Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

Before the 2014 season, ¬†Flanagan high school was a relative virgin as it pertained to Florida high school football playoffs. ¬†Only once in the school’s history had it made it into the playoffs (2013) and getting to the state semifinals was stuff that other teams did. ¬†In this season, ¬†one of those other teams became Flanagan.

One of the catalysts for this odyssey into new territory was a high powered offense led by senior quarterback Ryan Stanley. ¬†Stanley racked up record passing yards to a bevy of talented receivers. ¬†One of Stanley’s important targets during the Falcon’s major run in the post season was junior wide receiver Isaiah Collins. ¬†Collins came up big in the 3rd round of the playoffs hauling in a pair of touchdown passes of 49 and 32 yards. ¬†On display was Collins’ cat quickness and ability to find the soft areas of the defense. ¬†To the naked eye route running seems to be something that anyone can do. ¬†However, ¬†those in the know realize that there’s an art to deciphering the workings of a defense designed to stop the offense from having success. ¬†Collins has mastered that art and can find the loophole in any coverage and attack it.

Collins’ has been playing football since he could stand on his own two feet. ¬†Tutored in the game since day one by his uncle, ¬†former University of Miami quarterback Ryan Collins, ¬†the junior wideout has little trouble figuring out the plans of the defense and applying his athletic skill to debunk them. ¬†Collins’ was solid all season long but really saved his best work when it was needed most and that was during Flangan’s playoff run. ¬†As teams became more determined to put the clamps on senior wide receivers Emonee Spence and Robert Foy, ¬†Collins stepped up and pulled more than his own weight. ¬†Ryan Collins is the offensive coordinator for the Falcons and has carefully crafted an offensive attack that shreds the weakness of opposing defenses. ¬†His nephew quickly became a serious problem for teams trying to apply coverage to him after the fact. ¬†Long schooled on the intricacies of effective route running, ¬†Collins has mastered those tools not only through tutelage from his uncle and prolonged film study but through intensive off-season training. ¬†Collins spent a significant part of his off-season working with former University of Miami wide receiver and now coach Kevin Beard. ¬†The off-season work plus the seasoning by the Flanagan coaching staff, ¬†has made Collins a player to watch as the Falcons attempt to defend their district title in 2015.

Standing at 5’7″, ¬†Collins is not the athlete that would catch your eye in the pre-event stretches at an off-season camp but once the action starts, ¬†you can’t help but notice all the important things like releases vs. press at the line of scrimmage, ¬†use of deception in route running and catching the ball away from the body. ¬†Collins is as adept at those factors that are important to a receiver as anyone in his 2016 class. ¬†When the moments get big for Flanagan, ¬† Collins seems to get bigger.

Watch Isaiah Collins Junior Season Highlight Video

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Kam Chancellor Seals Seahawks Win with 90 Yard INT Return

They say defense wins championships and even though we are in the “offensive era” the Seattle Seahawks will have none of it.

Having already left his mark on the game with hard hits and insane leaps over the line in field goal block attempts,  Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor decided his team need more.  Late in the 3rd, Chancellor slammed the door on the Carolina Panthers 2014 season with a 90 yard INT return of a Cam Newton for a TD.   Game, set, match.

Watch Chancellor’s 90 yard INT return on Vine (or at least part of it)

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