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February 27, 2008

Boca Raton NUC afternoon session recap

After a very impressive morning session at Spanish River High School in Boca Raton, the afternoon session of the National Underclassmen Combine also did not disappoint. Leading the way in the afternoon session was Overall MVP sophomore WR Ted Meline of Westlake Prep, who has the potential to become one of the top prospects from the Sunshine State next year.

Meline, 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, showed a fantastic combination of hands, route running, jumping ability and overall ball skills, to dominate both the individual drills and one-on-ones. He also didn't disappoint during the combine events with a 32.5-inch vertical, 4.38 40, 4.53 shuttle, and 9'3" broad.

The OL MVP and Strongest Man Award went to sophomore Jose Jose of Booker T. Washington High School in Miami. Measuring in at 6-foot-2 and 355-pounds, showed amazing feet and hands for a player of his size, and completely dominated during individual drills and one-on-ones. The huge lineman also ran a 5.53 40, 5.20 shuttle, and had 20 reps on 185-pounds to win the Strongest Man Award.

Also winning two awards was sophomore QB Chris Rapka of Cardinal Gibbons High School. Aside from winning the QB MVP, Rapka also took home the Leadership Award for his performance during the one-on-one drills. But not only was Rapka a leader during the one-on-ones, he also showed great footwork, a very good delivery, and deadly accuracy. At 6-foot-2 and 188-pounds, Rapka also had a 24-inch vertical, 5.06 40, and 4.74 shuttle.

While Meline won the Overall MVP, another receiver who impressed was WR MVP sophomore Michaelee Harris of Miami Northwestern. Harris, 6-foot-0 and 167-pounds, showed that he was the complete package during individual drills and one-on-ones, with his speed, route running, and numerous circus catches. During the combine events he had a 30-inch vertical, 4.59 40, 4.74 shuttle, and 9'4" broad. Also deserving of a special mention at the wide receiver position was sophomore Jordan Inoa. At 6-foot-1 1/2 and 169-pounds, Inoa showed great strength and route running ability throughout the afternoon. During the combine events he finished with a 28 inch vertical, 4.71 40, 4.61 shuttle, and 9 reps on 155-pounds.

The wide receiver talent also did not end with the sophomores, as the Freshman MVP went to Tacoi Sumler of Homestead High School. Sumler, 5-foot-8 and 148-pounds, set a National Underclassman Combine freshman record with a 4.33 40, plus he had a 33-inch vertical, 9'8" broad, 4.50 shuttle, and 10 reps on 135-pounds. Aside from his amazing combine performance, Sumler also showed great speed on his routes and very good hands throughout the afternoon session.

Winning the DB MVP was sophomore Khalid Marshall. Coming from a very deep and talented defensive backs group, Marshall, 5-foot-8 and 155-pounds, showed excellent footwork and ball skills during both the individual drills and one-on-ones. He also excelled during the combine events with a 4.41 40, 4.45 shuttle, 8'11" broad, 29.5-inch vertical, and 12 reps on 155-pounds. Another Miami defensive back who impressed was sophomore Richard Leonard of Killian High School. Leonard, 5-foot-7 and 155-pounds, showed great feet and ball skills, plus he had a 29-inch vertical, 4.45 40, 4.27 shuttle, 8'7 " broad and 15 reps on 155-pounds.

Miami Northwestern won yet another award, with the Fastest Man trophy going to sophomore RB Corvin Lamb. Lamb, 5-foot-8 and 180-pounds, ran the second fastest time in National Underclassmen Combine history with a 4.31. He also had a 4.51 shuttle, 15 reps on 155-pounds, and was excellent during drills.

The DL MVP went to freshman Marques Bayas of Everglades High School. Bayas, 5-foot-10 and 171-pounds, definitely isn't a true defensive lineman because of his size, but that didn't stop him from dominating one-on-ones. With a probable move to linebacker in his future, Bayas had a 4.63 shuttle, 4.97 40, and 18 reps on 135-pounds.

David Lozandier, 5-foot-10 and 170-pounds, took home the LB MVP for North Miami Senior High School. The sophomore is a great athlete with great cover skills, and he shined during the combine events with a 31.5-inch vertical, 9'7" broad, 4.49 40, 4.41 shuttle, and 18 reps on 155-pounds.

With numerous impressive combine performances, finding a winner for the Sophomore Combine King wasn't an easy task, but taking home the award was WR Jerome Thomas of West Boca High School. Thomas, 6-foot-0 and 171-pounds, had a 32.5-inch vertical, 9'7" broad, 4.53 40, 4.51 shuttle, and 14 reps on 155-pounds. Aside from his combine performance, Thomas was also tremendous during one-on-ones, and was especially difficult to cover during his deep routes.

Finally, the running back position also had several dynamic prospects, but the MVP went to sophomore Spencer Boyd of Cape Coral High School. Boyd, 5-foot-10 and 159-pounds, was great during one-on-ones and the individual drills, plus he possesses fantastic feet and change of direction abilities. During the combine events he had a 30.5-inch vertical, 9'7" broad, 4.52 40, 4.71 shuttle, and 14 reps on 155-pounds. A freshman running back who definitely impressed was Ryan Janvion of Dade Christian High School. Janvion, 5-foot-9 and 146-pounds, showed great one-on-one skills and impressive feet throughout the afternoon. He also had a 31.5-inch vertical, 4.91 40, 9'4" broad, 4.42 shuttle, and 14 reps on 135-pounds.


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