Jax Combine: Best by Position
QB Carson Royal
QB Carson Royal

Posted Jan 12, 2011


Scout's Mike Bakas held a recruiting combine in Jacksonville last Saturday and it's time to take a look at the top performers at each position.

QB Carson Royal, 6-1.5, 188, St. Augustine
Kyle West has led this school the past few years with an outstanding prep career. Royal, a junior, will be taking over in 2011. He looked very sharp in drills. "He has some nice tools to work with and has a chance to be very good," said former Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Quinn Gray after the event. Royal claims a 3.7 GPA and lists North Carolina, USF, UCF, Miami, and FIU as some early favorites.

RB Jeremy Wannamaker, 5-10.5, 187, Baker County
One of several standout Baker County performers at the event, Wannamaker turned in an excellent performance. He tested well and showed some good football skills during the 1-on-1 part of the event. He ran for almost 500 yards and six scores in 2010 and played some quarterback as well. With a 3.8 GPA, he'll likely get a lot of Division 1 looks next year.

WR Kendrick Singleton, 6-0.5, 183, Baker County
The overall MVP of the event, Singleton had arguably the best testing day and then looked very good in 1-on-1 drills. Throw in a 3.0 GPA and you can see why he'll likely be a BCS-caliber prospect for 2012. He lists Florida, FSU, Auburn, UCF, and USF as early favorites.

OL Devon Williams, 6-4, 331, St. Augustine
He played left tackle on a St. Augustine team that lost by one point in the state semi-finals. He's a big kid who plays with a lot of passion and is pretty well coached. He has all the tools to develop into a Division 1 OL prospect. Williams lists Florida, LSU, FIU, and USC as early favorites.

DL Kingsley Opera, 6-3, 258, Mandarin
The only sophomore of the group, Opera has a chance to be outstanding one day. He's a good athlete for his size and could play end or tackle, depending on how much bigger he gets. Opera, who claims a 3.4 GPA, lists FSU, Auburn, Miami, and Boston College as early favorites.

LB Marcus Gordon, 5-11, 211, Hawthorne
An All-Area performer this past season, Gordon had 70 tackles and five sacks. He looked very athletic at this event and has Division 1 tools to work with. He lists FSU, USF, and UCF as early favorites.

DB Timothy Verdell, 5-10, 174, St. Augustine
After playing all over the field on defense as a junior, Verdell projects best as a safety in college. He's a quality athlete who had 63 tackles and six sacks this season. Verdell lists Florida, FSU, USF, FIU, and Clemson as early favorites.

Stay tuned for more coverage of this event. Bakas' combine series will head to Miami this weekend. If you'd like to pre-register for that event or would just like more information, e-mail Mike at mbakas@scout.com.



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