March 5, 2008
Names to watch from the Jacksonville NUC
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - There was plenty of talent and a good number of future stars on hand at the National Underclassmen Combine in Jacksonville, Florida last weekend.
Rivals.com's Barry Every took in the workouts and breaks down some of the top performers from the event in this feature.
Jacksonville Underclassmen Combine
Christopher Dickey, 5-8.5, 166, CB, Lake City (Fla.) Columbia, 2010
Assets: He is super quick and showed real good ball skills.
Needs improvement: He needs to add some muscle mass and practice on some of these events he was tested in. He could become a combine monster.
What was most impressive: He demonstrated great change of direction in the defensive back drills and he hustled on every play.
Conclusion: He plays at a great high school program that has produced a lot of D-I talent over the years. I expect college coaches to take notice when they swing by in May.
Camren Hudson, 5-10, 182, RB, Tallahassee (Fla.) Rickards, 2010
Assets: He is really put together and strong as an ox.
Needs improvement: He is slow to get started. Running track could really help his starts. If he can improve his get offs, he will run phenomenal times.
What was most impressive: He had a 34-inch vertical, and bench pressed 155 pounds 23 times.
Conclusion: Camren is also at a school that has produced several D-I players over the years and I expect his recruiting to pick up this May.
Daniel Jones, 5-9, 155, CB, Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida, 2010
Assets: He was just explosive, running a 4.51 40 and a 4.39 shuttle.
Needs improvement: He needs to add some muscle mass.
What was most impressive: He may have had the best ball skills of any prospect at the combine regardless of position.
Conclusion: This kid has major D-I corner written all over him. He was as dominant as the top corners at the event in Boca Raton, Fla.
Robert Boswell, 5-8, 163, RB, Fleming Island, Fla., 2010
Assets: He demonstrated very quick hips and change of direction.
Needs improvement: Being a running back, he will definitely want to get stronger and add some more muscle mass. His position takes a beating at the D-I level in college.
What was most impressive: He had great ball skills running routes out of the backfield.
Conclusion: College coaches need to take note because Boswell has just moved to Fleming Island.
Lorenza Wood, 5-10, 162, CB, Apopka, Fla., 2010
Assets: He has good height and change of direction for a corner.
Needs improvement: Needs to work on ball skills.
What was most impressive: He struggled catching the ball in drills, but then came back and had the most impressive interception of the combine in the one-on-ones.
Conclusion: He will be one of the key components for an Apopka team that has a chance to win the 6A State Championship next year.
Ian Silberman, 6-4.5, 255, OT, Fleming Island, Fla., 2010
Assets: He has a great frame and is very athletic.
Needs improvement: He has already gained 25 pounds since the end of the season. He just needs to keep filling out.
What was most impressive: He demonstrated great feet and shuttled an amazing 4.71 for a lineman.
Conclusion: He is a D-I take based strictly on potential and looks. He is currently built like a college tight end, but he is only a sophomore in high school.
Brent Benedict, 6-4.5, 273, OT, Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles, 2010
Assets: Extremely athletic for a lineman. He is in a group by himself athletically.
Needs improvement: Needs to work on his back peddling in pass protection.
What was most impressive: This prospect ran and amazing 5.07 and had a 30.5 inch vertical.
Conclusion: I have never seen a lineman this athletic and physically gifted in the 10th grade. He is the brother of Heath Benedict, future NFL draft pick come April.
C.J. Bostic, 5-8, 170, WR, Jacksonville (Fla.) Wolfson, 2010
Assets: Was very explosive and had very good hands.
Needs improvement: Needs to continue to progress in his route running and work on being a kick return guy. With his speed, he would be a bolt of lightning on returns.
What was most impressive: He had the fastest 40-yard dash all day at 4.42, which he ran twice.
Conclusion: He will have a chance to make a name for himself at Wolfson. The new coaching staff is really high on this kid.
Tahj Kimble, 5-10, 186, RB, Fernandina Beach, Fla., 2010
Assets: He had one of the best builds of all skill kids at this event.
Needs improvement: Would like him to work on his change of direction.
What was most impressive: He ran back-to-back 4.51 in the 40, and showed very good strength benching 155 pounds 21 times.
Conclusion: I'm not sure his school has had any skilled kids with his athletic ability before. I look forward to tracking his progress this season.
Others who impressed: Cason Knight, WR, Tallahassee (Fla.) Chiles; Frantanzy Bryant, RB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Eagle's View Academy; Rashad Knight, CB, Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian; Joshua Thomas, S, Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida; Raphael Thompson, ATH, Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater.
Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at email@example.com
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