May 24, 2007

Underclassmen shine in South Florida

The National Underclassmen Combine hit the talent rich Dade/Broward County area recently, and the player who stood out amongst everyone else was Overall MVP Darryl Williams of Palmetto High School. Williams, a sophomore wide receiver, was incredible during 1-on-1's, which included two one-handed catches and also an amazing diving reception. During the combine events, Williams, 5-foot-8 and 161-pounds, finished with a 4.50 40, 9'1 " broad, and 4.42 shuttle.

One of the deepest positions at the Miami event was at quarterback, where the MVP went to sophomore Cobie Graham of Jupiter High School. Graham, 6-foot-0 and 170-pounds, was the best passer of the day in Miami and was phenomenal during 1-on-1's. He also had a 28-inch vertical, 8'7" broad, 4.60 shuttle, and 19 reps at 150-pounds. Two other quarterbacks who deserve special mention are freshman Brandon Doughty of Chaminade-Madonna and sophomore Victor Marc of Dr. Michael Krop High School. Doughty, 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds, showcased pinpoint accuracy during passing drills, and had a 7'7" broad, 4.75 shuttle, and 16 reps at 135-pounds. Marc, 5-foot-11 and 208-pounds, is a tremendous dual-threat quarterback with an excellent arm and athleticism. He also had a 4.59 40, 8'8" broad, 4.49 shuttle, and 15 reps at 150-pounds.

The WR MVP went to sophomore James Green of Dr. Michael Krop High School. Green, 6-foot-2 and 184-pounds, was silky smooth during 1-on-1's, and was also impressive during the combine events with a 4.30 shuttle, 4.61 40, 8'9" broad, and 28.5-inch vertical. Another receiver who excelled was sophomore Jamaal Fleming of John Ferguson High School. Fleming, 6-foot-2 and 166-pounds, has amazing hands and impressive route running ability, and also had a 9'1" broad, 26-inch vertical and 4.94 40.

Dominating the running back position was sophomore Brandon Oliver of Miami Southridge High School. Oliver, 5-foot-6 and 180-pounds, was unstoppable during the event and did equally well during drills and the 1-on-1's. He also stood out during the combine events with a 4.08 shuttle, 4.61 40, 9'1" broad, and 31-inch vertical. His shuttle time was actually the 3rd fastest shuttle time in the history of the National Underclassmen Combine.

Sophomore Phil Doumar of Jupiter High School walked away with the OL MVP. Doumar, 5-foot-11 and 210-pounds, displayed tremendous footwork and quickness, and had a 5.08 40, 27-inch vertical, 7'8 " broad, and 12 reps at 185-pounds. Doumar is also an impressive long-snapper.

The race for the LB MVP was too close to call so two players went home with the award. First up was sophomore Quanthony Fletcher of Dr. Michael Krop High School. Fletcher, 6-foot-1 and 246-pounds, showed excellent reaction during the positional drills and amazing movement and hips for a player of his size. He also had 24 reps at 150-pounds, a 4.50 shuttle, 4.95 40, 8'3" broad, and 30.5-inch vertical. Winning the other half of the LB Co-MVP was sophomore Daniel Mack of Dade Christian High School. Mack, 5-foot-10 and 185-pounds, has the ability to be either a linebacker or safety at the next level due to his tremendous athleticism and speed. During the combine events he finished with a 4.37 shuttle, 4.57 40, 28.5-inch vertical, 8'8" broad, and 23 reps at 150-pounds. While Fletcher and Mack walked away with the hardware, two other linebackers also deserve special mention. Sophomore Marcus Lemons of Miami Sunset, 6-foot-0 and 190-pounds, did a great job during 1-on-1's and had a 4.98 40, 8'1" broad, 4.73 shuttle, and 17 reps at 150-pounds. Similar to his teammate Daniel Mack, sophomore Derek Marrero also showcased the athleticism that gives him the ability to be either a linebacker or safety at the next level. At 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds he had a 4.60 40, 4.38 shuttle, 9'2" broad, 30.5-inch vertical, and 19 reps at 150-pounds.

The DL MVP went to sophomore Brandon Taylor, 6-foot-0 and 290-pounds, of Dr. Michael Krop High School. Taylor, who is the son of Lawrence Taylor, is a tremendous athlete and was a powerhouse on the defensive line. He also had 26 reps at 185-pounds, a 5.35 40, and 7'3" broad.

Dr. Michael Krop High School took home yet another MVP at the DB position, as sophomore Ricardo Dixon showed great shutdown abilities at the cornerback position. Dixon, 5-foot-9 and 160-pounds, also had a 4.73 40 and 4.62 shuttle.

WR Ted Meline of TJMS in Florida took home the Freshman MVP. Meline, 6-foot-1 and 161-pounds, ran tremendous routes and showed incredible hands during the 1-on-1's. The frosh also had a 29-inch vertical, 4.54 40, and 9'1" broad. Joining Meline as a top freshman was LB David Lozandier of North Miami Senior High School. Lozandier, 5-foot-10 and 163-pounds, showed great athleticism and hips during 1-on-1's and drills, and had 13 reps at 135-pounds, a 27-inch vertical, 4.83 40, and 8'7" broad.

Finally, the Fastest Man Award went to Taj Harris of Homestead Senior High School. Harris, 5-foot-7 and 181-pounds, who had a 4.50 40, was also very impressive during 1-on-1's and the remaining combine events. He had a 34.5-vertical, 9'10" broad, and 19 reps at 150-pounds.

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