Archive

Archive for February, 2011

2011 Combine Top 40 Yard Dash Results (WR’s, RB’s, QB’s)

February 27th, 2011

Fast Times in Indy but Not That Fast

As always there were some fast times at the Indianapolis NFL Combine in Day 2 of workouts as the wide receivers and running backs took to the turf along with the quarterbacks.  Times were not as fast as last year’s times as C.J. Spiller, Jacoby Ford and Trindon Holiday set the turf on fire.

No one did anything that would land them on my Sub 4.2 forty yard dash list but nevertheless,  let’s take a look at the bests of the day.

Top QB – 40 yard dashers

Cam Newton and Jake Locker turned in 4.59 times for the QB’s but Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor was your fastest with a time of 4.51.

Top RB – 40 yard dashers

U. Conn’s Jordan Todman and Kentucky’s Derrick Locke were impressive with 4.40 times.  Mario Fannin of Auburn beat them both with a 4.38 but the fastest of the day went to Darel Scott of Maryland who heated it up with a 4.34.

Top WR – 40 yard dashers

Leonard Hankerson surprised with a 4.43 as did Julio Jones with his 4.39 but it was a pair of small schoolers, Ricardo Lockette (Ft. Valley St.) and Edmund Gates (Abilene Christian) that were the fastest at 4.37.

Check out the Top 10 fastest 40 yard dash  times for all positions on Day 2 of the 2011 NFL Combine

Player School Position Time
1 Darel Scott MD RB 4.34
2 Ricardo Lockette Ft. Val WR 4.37
3 Edmund Gates ABC WR 4.37
4 Mario Fannin AUB RB 4.38
5 Julio Jones ALA WR 4.39
6 Derrick Locke Kent RB 4.40
7 Jordan Todman U.Conn RB 4.40
8 Leonard Hankerson Miami WR 4.43
9 Torrey Smith MD WR 4.43
10 Joe Morgan Walsh WR 4.44

General , , , ,

Title and Talent Bring Attention to South Florida Express 7-on-7 Team

February 18th, 2011

Brett Goetz has always been good at putting things together.   He once put together picnics for underprivileged kids.  He brought back an optimist football program in South Beach, Florida.  He even arranged for trophies to be handed out to kids with perfect attendance in elementary schools in Miami Beach.    However,  nothing he has put together has brought him more attention than the amassing of high school football talent he has harnessed over the last four years.

Once a small gathering of local football talent to go compete in a 7-on-7 tournament,  the South Florida Express tryout has turned into a grand thoroughfare.

“When we started four years ago we invited 30 kids to tryout and 35 kids showed up,”  said Goetz.  “Now we get 200 kids to tryout.”

Kind of reminds you of the progression of Rocky Balboa drinking raw eggs in a tiny apartment in Rocky I to Rocky Balboa the sports car driving mansion owner in Rocky IV.   This year’s South Florida Express tryouts drew as Goetz said, roughly 200 of the most talented football players in South Florida and probably the country.   It also attracted approximately 40 reporters from a wide range of recruiting publications looking to get the jump on next year’s hot recruiting prospects

“I started this to get the kids some attention,  never thought it would get this much,”  Goetz explained.

Last year’s version of the South Florida Express brought home the Badger Sports  national 7-on-7 tournament championship.   This only meant that more eyes would be on the gathering of talent this year and boy has it ever.   Talent has never been an issue for Goetz’s teams,  in fact,  after falling short the two previous tournaments,  the Express was starting to feel some heat for failing to win it all.   Goetz’s teams theoretically were the most talent rich in all of the tournaments but could never seem to win it all.

Taking a look at the list of players who have come through the roster,  you can see where people were coming from: Jamal Berry (Ohio St.),  Etien Sabino (Ohio St.).  Geno Smith (West Virginia),  Ivan McCartney (West Virginia),  Steadman Bailey (West Virginia),  Jeremy Cash (Ohio St.),  Ethan Grant (TCU),  Jakhari Gore (LSU), Eduardo Clements (Miami),  Tony Grimes (Ole Miss) just to name a few.

Last year,  Goetz’s South Florida Express team was the runner up in the regional tournament in Tampa and gained a berth to the national tournament in Alabama.  As a treat for the players,  Goetz,  once again put something good together and took his players on a college tour.  On their way to Alabama,  Goetz and South Florida Express made stops at Florida St., LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama and Florida.  It was an opportunity for players,  most of which could not afford to take unofficial visits,  to see several of the schools that were recruiting them.   This year,  Goetz has preliminary plans to take the Express to Georgia Tech, Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson and Alabama.

The attention that has been received as a result of all this talent coming together has not all been positive.  Goetz has been called a “street agent” and a shill for certain colleges among other things.

“I guess it’s hard to believe that someone can do this for the kids as opposed to everyone else that’s trying to make money on these kids,”  said Goetz.  “I’ve been working with kids and giving back for a long time.”

One of the biggest attacks on Goetz has been that he is on Ohio St.’s payroll and is somehow getting compensated by the Buckeyes to steer his athletes their way.  Goetz believes that was likely started by a fan of a school that missed on one of his players.  It was spearheaded by three of his early participants,  Etiien Sabino, Travis Howard and Jaamal Berry attending Ohio St.

“What people don’t know is that their (Sabino and Howard) assistant coach at Krop was Sonny Spielman (father of Chris Spielman) and a huge Buckeye fan,”  explained Goetz.  “He was the one who told Sabino to go to their summer camp after his sophomore year and he fell in love with it.”   Goetz would further explain that Howard wanted to play with Sabino so he checked out Ohio St. and loved it too.  A year later,  Berry became a Ohio St. signee and Goetz got painted as a shill for the Buckeyes.

“I grew up a Cane fan and went to every game as a kid,”  said Goetz.  “Then I became a Gator fan when I went to school there.”   Goetz points out that five of last year’s South Florida Express players signed with  Louisville earlier this month so he’s expecting the Cardinal payroll rumors to get cranked up any minute now.

Goetz never played the game of football but if you’ve seen him at the tryouts or any of the South Florida Express practices,  he’s got everything under control.  Goetz’s mastery of bringing things together has included garnering help from some of the best local football minds at the high school level.  While they are cooking up the X’s and O’s,  Goetz is making sure that everyone has what they need; from the kids, to the coaches to the reporters that are trying to get the info they require on the prospects.

When you get 200 plus players to show up for your tryout,  it’s almost impossible not to put together one helluva talented team and that is certainly the case with this year’s edition of the Express.

“I still need more time around these guys to see if there’s chemistry like last year but we are deeper this year as far as talent,”  said Goetz.   Few would argue.  Anyone familiar with the South Florida high school football scene realizes that the roster is a who’s who of playmakers in the southern tip of perhaps the most talent rich region of the country.   One of the roster members,  Deon Bush, has pulled down 20 offers since the tryouts two weeks ago.  Another,  Tracey Howard,  has been invited to the Army All-American game.

It will be another crazy ride for Goetz and his South Florida Express team but it’s all in an offseason’s work for the mastermind Goetz and his crew.

South Florida Express 2011 Roster
Player School Class Pos.
EJ Hillard Miami Northwestern 2012 QB
Tyler Cameron Jupiter 2012 QB
Gunnar Holcombe University 2012 QB
Duke Johnson Miami Norland 2012 RB
Sony Michel American Heritage 2014 RB
Avery Johnson Ely 2012 WR
Malcolm Lewis Miramar 2012 WR
Stacey Coley Northeast 2013 WR
Amari Cooper Miami Northwestern 2012 WR
Daniel Braverman University School 2012 WR
Devonte Mathis Miramar 2012 WR
Ricardo Louis Miami Beach 2012 WR
Macgarrett Kings University School 2012 WR
Brandon Snell Miami Norland 2012 WR
Akeem Jones Miami Carol City 2013 ATH
Isaac McDonald Champagnat Catholic 2013 ATH
Deandre Jasper Miami Jackson 2012 WR
Jeremiah McKinnon Miami Southridge 2012 CB
NeQuan Phillips Miami Southridge 2012 CB
Sojurn Shelton Plantation 2013 S
AJ Leggett Gulliver Prep 2012 DB
Willie Bailey Hallandale 2012 DB
Joseph McClary St. Thomas 2012 DB
Keith Brown Miami Norland 2012 LB
Freddie Davey Miami Norland 2012 LB
Eric Kinsey Miami Northwestern 2012 LB
Tracey Howard Miramar 2012 CB
David Reed Miami Beach 2012 S
Dashad Tucker Hallandale 2012 CB
Hugs Etieene South Plantation 2012 DB
Dinero Moss Piper 2012 DB
Deon Bush Columbus 2012 DB

High School Football, Hurricane Sports Nation , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rumors and Wires: Week of February 7, 2010

February 8th, 2011

February 9th

Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier will transfer to the University of Miami.

February 8th

Columbus H.S.  defensive back Deon Bush received offers from Miami, FSU, Florida, Boston College and Ohio St.

Rumors and Wires ,

Rumors and Wires: Week of February 1st

February 5th, 2011

February 5th

Dwyer High School QB Jacoby Brissett has signed with the University of Florida.  Brissett was being recruited by Miami, Florida St., Notre Dame, LSU and many other programs.

Rumors and Wires

SIGNING DAY: Rumors and Wires

February 2nd, 2011

Signing Day – February 2, 2011

DeAnthony Thomas – RB will announce today at 7 P.M. pst.

Miami, FL steals USC commit Jalen Grimble

After recently committing to Auburn,  Marcus Roberson will attend Florida Gators instead

Tony Steward stiffs the Seminoles and joins Clemson

Byrant Dubose,  the recent Miami commit,  has now signed with Louisville.

Patrick Onwuasor has signed with Arizona

Elikno Watson – DT – flips on Miami and goes to USF

After committing to Florida and Clemson, Jeoffrey Pagan has signed with Alabama….  allegedly, we think, perhaps, maybe.

After committing to Auburn and Wake Forest, DB Devin Gaulden has signed with Wisconsin

General , , , , , ,