South Showcase: Award winners

Tim Longmire

The first South Showcase Combine of the season took place this past weekend in Dothan, Ala. High school players from Alabama, Florida and Tennessee competed in the camp consisting of combine testing, individual drills and one-on-one competition. Five players were honored for their performance.

Overall MVP

Tim Longmire, running back fromTallahasse-Godby, Fla. was sensational at the event especially during the one-on-one competition. There wasn't a linebacker who could cover him, and he made it look extremely easy. Longmire was excellent coming out of the backfield, running routes and catching the ball. Longmire measured 6-foot, 186 pounds and played a lot faster than his 4.73 40-time. He ran an impressive 4.32-shuttle.

Offensive Skills MVP

Siran Neal, wide receiver from Abbeville, Ala., showcased throughout the day during all phases of the combine. The 6-foot-1, 168-pound athlete clocked a 4.65 40-yard dash, 4.38-shuttle and 30.2-vertical. A lot of defensive backs were in attendance and all had trouble defending Neal. He is crisp route runner, does a great job of creating separation and very quick in and out of his breaks.

Defensive Skills MVP

Kenyan Davis, cornerback fromTallahassee-Godby, Fla., had a great showing in the combine testing part of the combine. The 5-foot-11, 161-pound back clocked a 4.6 40-yard dash, 4.15-shuttle, 30.9 vertical and 9-10 standing broad jump. He was consistent throughout the one-on-one competition. He has very good closing speed and did a great job breaking on the ball. He won the majority of the battles against his competition. He was quick and played very aggressive against his man at the line of scrimmage.

Offensive Line MVP

James Tillman, center from Dothan-Northview, Ala., hasn't spent much time of the offensive side of the ball. He was mainly a defensive player last season. He may have found his new home, and college coaches can see a glimpse of him this spring. New head coach LaBrian Stewart has coached several D-I offensive linemen from his coaching days at Prattville. He may have another one who can make it to the next level.

Tillman wasn't the biggest offensive lineman on the field measuring 6-foot, 262-pounds, but he demonstrated excellent strength, technique and footwork when going against all the defensive linemen at the camp. He is quickly learning how to play on the offensive line and did a very nice job against competition. He may have only lost one of the one-on-one battles the entire day. Tillman also ran a 5.15 40-yard dash and 4.40-shuttle.

Defensive Line MVP

Jamorie Kelly, defensive end from Dothan-Northview, Ala., measured 6-foot-1, 222-pounds and outstanding in one-on-ones. He was very quick coming off the ball. He did a nice job lowering his hips and shooting through the gap. Tackles had a very tough time getting their hands on him. Kelly ran a 4.87 40-yard dash during the combine testing.

These combines also give players, who aren't receiving much attention, an opportunity to jump on the recruiting radar just in time for spring practice when college coaches hit the road for their own evaluation.

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