The 2005 NIKE Combine tour kicked off in Miami, Florida on Saturday, with nearly 600 participants going through the four traditional testing stations - the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and bench press - on the campus of the Miami Hurricanes.
There were no shortage of standout Class of 2006 prospects in attendence, and one stepped up and established himself as a rising star to watch, taking home the honor of the combine's top SPARQ Rating* by posting an 88.17.
That player was 5-11 1/2, 203 pound outside linebacker Chasman Davis out of Fort Pierce (Fla.) St. Lucie West Centennial, who posted the top SPARQ Rating out of 585 participants on the strength of a the combine's second-best 40 at 4.31, a 34.4 inch vertical jump and 23 reps of 185 pounds on the bench.
Davis was no surprise at the combine, already holding two verbal offers from NC State and West Virginia.
He was selected as SLWC's Defensive MVP in 2004, over his teammate and fellow linebacker Jamar Chaney who signed with Georgia this past week.
Davis isn't the biggest linebacker, but he is physically explosive and was a force off the edge on the outside for SLWC's defense as a junior.
Here's a look at Chaney's testing numbers as well as those of the other top 10 SPARQ Ratings from Saturday's event.
*Taking the standard measurements of the football combine, the SPARQ Rating
weighs and combines the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and bench
press into a single number that measures an athlete's overall athleticism. Thus,
football players can track the progress of their training, through occasional
tests, and compare SPARQ Ratings with teammates, training partners and
Note: Some players chose not to test or to
have their mark scratched from the records. The 40-yard dash and shuttle run
were ran on a grass surface. This top 10 should be considered unofficial until all the final results are logged.