Archive for February, 2010
Teddy Bridgewater QB Miami Northwestern H.S. has been offered a scholarship by the University of Alabama. Bridgewater also has offers from Florida, Miami, Rutgers, Tennessee and West Virginia.
Brockton H.S. (Massachussetts) cornerback Albert Louis-Jean has been offered a scholarship by Notre Dame. Jean also has offers from Miami, Penn St., Boston College and Rutgers.
Seminoles land commitment from Nova H.S. (Florida) DT Nile Lawrence. Lawerence recently ran a 4.90 forty weighing in a 297lbs at the Miami Under Armour Combine. Lawerence was also being recruited by Michigan, Cincinnati, Kansas St. and Colorado St.
Miami Northwestern H.S. wide receiver Eli Rogers has received an offer from the Miami Hurricanes. Rogers also has offers from Florida, Florida St., Mississippi and UCF.
According to SoFlaFootball.com, Miami has also made an offer to Dillard H.S. (Florida) defensive back Wayne Lyons. Lyons also has offers from Florida, Ohio St., UCLA, Stanford, Purdue, Maryland and more.
Here are the official 40 times from last Sunday’s Under Armour Combine which took place at the Miami Dolphin’s training facility. As I said in my wrap up of the event, the overall times were not as fast as last year’s crop but there were some outstanding performances by some of the athletes on hand.
If you are interested in attending one of the upcoming Under Armour Combines in your local area, go to their website and check the dates and locations. You can also register on their website: http://combines.underarmour.com
|Top Ten 40 yard dash times at Miami Under Armour Combine|
|Tacoi Sumler||WR||Columbus H.S.||FL||4.33|
|Phillip Dorsett||WR||St. Thomas Aquinas||FL||4.43|
|Tim Burton||DB||Cardinal Gibbons||FL||4.44|
|Ryan Shazier||DL/LB||Plantation H.S.||FL||4.44|
|Avery Johnson||WR||Blanche Ely H.S.||FL||4.44|
|Marquis Noble||WR||Buchholz H.S.||FL||4.49|
|Jeremy Cash||LB/S||Plantation H.S.||FL||4.52|
|Gary Holmes||RB||Seminole Ridge H.S.||FL||4.52|
|Melvin Noel||WR||Dr. Krop H.S.||FL||4.53|
|Deontae West||DB||Hialeah H.S.||FL||4.54|
From the word go Steven Montgomery is in your face. The first clip on his highlight video pretty much tells you what he’s about and the hits just keep on coming. Montgomery plays the safety position like former Denver Bronco Steve Atwater (for those of you old enough to remember his playing days). Montgomery patrols the secondary looking for his next opportunity to send an opposing player his message and that message seems to be that the safest place for you is the sidelines. If you love secondary play then you will be entertained by Montgomery’s exploits on his highlight video. It’s easy to see why schools like Miami, Florida St., Alabama, Georgia Tech, LSU, Cincinnati and Wisconsin are showing interest. Montgomery’s highlight video comes courtesy of Genron Productions in Miami. Click here to view Steven Montgomery’s highlight video.
Student athletes, it’s time to take the SAT and/or the ACT if you are a rising senior and have not yet done so. You would be surprised how many times I run into a senior who has allowed their senior season to pass and they do not yet have a test score. This is not something to wait on. It is in your best interest to get a score before your senior year to see where you are at. Yes, I know that some of us do not like taking tests but the truth of the matter is that if you want to play college football immediately after your senior year then there’s no way around it. Just as you make preparations to defeat your opponents each week on the GRIDIRON, make preparations to defeat these tests. Use the lessons that football has taught you and go out and get the job done. Don’t wait. Don’t put it off. Don’t procrastinate. You don’t want to be in a mad scramble and telling a sad story your senior year.
|Remaining ACT Test Dates|
|Test Date||Registration Deadline||Late Registration|
|April 10th||March 5th, 2010||March 6-19, 2010|
|June 12th, 2010||May 7th, 2010||May 8-21, 2010|
You can register online for the ACT at: https://services.actstudent.org/OA_HTML/actibeCAcdLogin.jsp
|Remaining SAT Test Dates|
|Test Dates||Registration Deadline||Late Registration|
|May 1st, 2010||March 25th, 2010||April 8th, 2010|
|June 5th, 2010||April 29th, 2010||May 13th, 2010|
You can register online for the SAT at: http://sat.collegeboard.com/register
Some people are just good at everything they do and others just work really hard at everything. Every now and then you find people that are a combination of both. That’s Wayne Lyons. Typically when you hear about a player that’s such a standout on the field and is such a physical specimen, you have to think well they had to sacrifice something and usually it’s school work. Not this guy! Wayne Lyons will come up on the football field and smack you in the mouth. He can then turn around smack down a 100% on some honors science test as part of a routine that keeps him at a 4.8 GPA. Lyons is a standout safety with offers from all over the country and while I don’t know if he’s the best defensive back in the country, I will bet good money that there’s no other safety in the country with a 4.8 GPA that hits like this. Lyons finds the football and gets there in a hurry. His physical talent (6’0″ 190lbs, 4.5 forty) is not wasted and something tells me waste is not something they are fond of in the Lyon’s household. Check out his highlight video, click here.
It’s always sad when you hear stories like this. A young man on his way to a promising future only to have it cut short by violence. It seems we are getting at least one of these stories per year now as youngsters struggle to get out of their environment and onto the promise of a great opportunity.
The latest victim is Rajaan Bennett out of Powder Springs, Georgia (McEachern High School). Bennett was an outstanding running back at McEachern as he racked up over 1,800 yards his senior year and this was after grinding out 1,001 as a junior. From a recruiting stand point, Bennett was a 5’11” 210 lbs, could bench press 325 lbs and squat over 500. That’s a stud by anyone’s standards and with that Bennett had the grades to get into Vanderbilt, the school he signed with on February 4th. The promise of a great education and possible football future laid ahead of him. However, it was all snuffed out last Thursday as Bennett intervened in an argument between his mother and her ex-boyfriend. Apparently, the argument was over money and got out of hand. When all was said and done, Bennett was shot and killed by the mother’s ex-boyfriend, Clifton O’Neal Steager a Detroit native who also severely wounded Bennett’s friend before turning the gun on himself.
Every year now we are seeing young men who have made a tremendous sacrifice to achieve and when they do, they have it all thrown away by senseless violence whether it comes in the form of domestic, gang or juvenile. It’s a horrible testament to what’s going in our American cities as young men live a day to day struggle to survive.
You can check out Bennett’s exploits on the field on his highlight video:
Over 250 of the best talent in South Florida converged on the Dolphins Training Facility this past weekend to take part in the Under Armour Combine.
Athletes’ height and weight were taken and they were tested in drills such as the 3 cone, 300 yard shuttle, pro shuttle, bench press, vertical jump and of course the 40 yard dash.
This year’s crew of competitors were not as fast as last year’s crew. The 2010 class at the Miami UA Combine had a number of skilled position players go under 4.5 in the forty. This year’s group had only a handful but that does not mean that there aren’t some solid players in the 2011 class.
In terms of who laid down the fastest forty time, that one was easy. Former Gulliver Prep wide receiver and soon to be Columbus High School Explorer Tacoi Sumler. Sumler ripped up the 40 yard track in a blazing 4.33 time that made the scout on hand do a double take on his stop watch. Sumler is an explosive athlete that has been on display for a the last three years. His star continues to shine bright and his stock continues to rise. Plantation H.S. defensive end, tight end Ryan Shazier cranked out an impressive 4.44 weighing in at 201 lbs. Between Sumler’s time and Shazier size / speed combo, that supersede anything that took place at last year’s Under Armour Combine in Miami.
Other times of note were: Phillip Dorsett WR (St. Thomas Aquinas) 4.43, Avery Johnson – WR – (Ely H.S.) – 4.40, Marquis Noble WR (Bucholz H.S. – Gainesville) 4.49, Deontae West – DB (Hialeah H.S.) 4.54, Gary Holmes – RB – (Seminole Ridge H.S.) 4.52, Melvin Noel – WR – (Dr. Krop) 4.53, Tim Burton – CB – (Cardinal Gibbons) 4.57, Brandon Rose – CB – (West Broward) 4.57, Jeremy Cash – DB – (Plantation) 4.58, Andrew Johnson – CB – (Southridge H.S.) 4.59.
I was quite impressed with the way Niles Lawerence from Nova High School moved around. The 6’2″ 297 lb. Lawerence was a linebacker, believe it or not, last season for the Titans. Lawerence laid down a 4.90 in the forty which was a time that rivaled quite a few of the wide receivers, running backs and defensive backs in attendance. Lawerence is a prospect that is picking up steam with schools like Florida St., Michigan and Cincinnati taking a look at him.
DT Patrick Williams from University School showed his cat like quickness in 1-on-1 drills with the offensive linemen and impressed many in attendance. St. Thomas Aquinas’ Jelani Hamilton was a big body moving well. The 6’4″ 250 lb. Hamilton carries his frame like a linebacker and has the potential to make some things happen this upcoming season.
I spent a lot of my time eyeballing the 7-on-7 and 1-on-1 sessions. Not surprisingly, Northwestern’s Teddy Bridgewater was the most competent, confident and capable quarterback in the group. Gavin Block of Dr. Krop H.S. in Miami showed some good things but not many QB’s stood out.
The Wide Receiver group had a number of solid players. North Broward Prep’s A.J. Sebastiano is the most polished wide receiver in this class. I continue to be impressed by his route running ability, releases from the line of scrimmage and overall football I.Q. He’s not a blazer on the watch but is as fast as he needs to be to get away from any of the defensive backs covering him. Andrew Johnson, brother of former Ely High School standout Patrick Johnson, shows some great speed on the field. With a little bit of polish he’s going to be a force to reckon with. St. Thomas Aquinas’ Phillip Dorsett and Tevin Allen were impressive in the 1-on-1 and 7-on-7 sessions. Both players looked explosive and comfortable running routes and sitting down in zones. Sumler does not only rely on his speed, he brings an accomplished route running ability to his game which makes him even more of a threat. Jesse York, junior from Boyd Anderson H.S., is a brash, confident receiver who has substantial physical tools. He’s one to keep an eye on. Marken Michel also shows a tremendous amount of skill. Michel has a powerful build, excellent quickness, good speed and an understanding of his wide receiver position. He’s an underrated star that deserves some attention.
The defensive back group has some promising stars. Jeremy Cash (Plantation H.S.), was all over the field in the limited amount of reps you get at events like this. Cash and teammate Ryan Shazier were hard not to notice when they took the field and were flying around. Boyd Anderson’s Harmon Brown was full of talk but could back it up. Reminded me a lot of Class of 2010 standout Tony Grimes with his intimidation and aggressiveness. Brown has the confidence to play the cornerback position and adds to that some solid skills. Cardinal Gibbons’ Tim Burton has the build and the skill to make big things happen in the Chiefs’ secondary in 2010. Southridge High School’s CB Andrew Johnson and Gerod Holliman also stood out in this group. Both players are extremely competitive and when there’s a play to be made, they are eager to make it. Johnson and Holliman show great defensive back skills and good footwork. They have benefited from the resurgence of Southridge High School under coach Pat Burrows.
Pretty good times at the 2010 Orlando Under Armour Combine despite the fact that the event was conducted in wet conditions. Mike Bellamy, running back from Charlotte High School in Punta Gorda, FL was a name that many were mentioning. He’s one to look out for this upcoming 2010 season.
Top Ten 40 yard dash times at Orlando Under Armour Combine
|Rashad Green||St. Thomas Aquinas||FL||4.46|
|JJ Keels||Florida Air Academy||FL||4.49|
|Courtney Byrnes||Boyd Anderson||FL||4.5|
|Blake Countess||Good Counsel||MD||4.54|
In football there isn’t much love for the kicker. On a lot of teams they are outcast and often times they are not appreciated until they make that last second kick to win a game. That’s the life they lead but if you watch Pasco H.S. (Dade City, FL) kicker Brennan Allen go to work then you quickly realize that a kicker can be a serious weapon. How would you like to know that the minute your football team gets to the opponents 35 yard line, you are in scoring position? Or how would you like to have no fear of the other team’s 4.3 speedster return man because your kicker will bury every kickoff in the back of the end zone or sometimes even onto the track at the back of the endzone? That’s what Brennan Allen can do for you. This Class of 2010 standout has signed to play baseball at a community college in Iowa but will be released from that commitment if he can sign on with a D-I school and quite frankly, that’s where he belongs. Watch Allen nail 50 plus yard field goals with room to spare and make dangerous return men look like baseball centerfielders watching a homerun go into the stands. View Brennan Allen’s highlight video.
New Mexico St. has picked up Ventura college kicker and Class of 2008 Gridironstuds.com member Tyler Stampler.
Notre Dame has offered 3 sport Gardner H.S. (Kansas) star Bubba Starling QB.