The Under Armour/Scout.com Combine hit South Florida this past Saturday and many of the state's…
UA/Scout.Com Miami Combine doesn't disappoint
UA/Scout.Com Miami Combine does not disappoint Offensive Recap In what might be the largest concentration of talent in the free world, South Florida has always produced athleticism at its purest and finest. Put on a football combine of high stature and exposure and chances are the very best are going to come out to compete and put up some pretty gaudy numbers. This year's offensive pool more than fit the bill and ended up producing some of the combine's top results. TE Gabrison Holmes (6'5 1/2 255) out of St. Thomas Aquinas was perhaps the most impressive TE in attendance and he has big time written all over him. There were not many TEs in attendance and Holmes did not shy away from the extra work. He has an amazing attitude and this will most certainly make him more of a hot commodity at the next level. The first thing I noticed about Holmes is his incredible physical upside. He is long (6'5 plus) and can hold at least forty or fifty pounds right now. He is a bit underdeveloped in terms of physical strength and, thus, body control, so he had a little trouble with physical LBs, but he is strong enough to re-route and athletic enough to pose match-up problems. His height gave LBs a lot of trouble and he is a cover 2 killer in terms of attacking the middle of the field. He already holds offers from South Florida, Ole Miss, Syracuse and Virginia and I fully expect this list to grow. RB There were several talented RBs at the combine but two stood out. Whether due to a stunning 40 yard dash, a solid shuttle time or a very good showing in the one-on-one competition, these two found a way to separate themselves. Jaamal Berry (5'11 190) Miami Palmetto is a physically impressive RB who appears to have it all. He looks like he has been no stranger to the weight room and this will prove beneficial down the road in terms of durability. His physicality could not be put on display at an event such as this but he still found a way to show that his upper and lower body strength is definitely an asset. He had no problem leveraging bigger and taller LBs in routes and showed the ability to separate when covered man to man. What could be put on display, however, was his blazing speed and superior footwork. He turned in an impressive 40 time of 4.34 and an equally impressive L Drill time. He will pose match-up problems for most LBs at the next level and will end up developing into one of the more complete RBs in this year's FLA class. Trabis Ward (5'9 175) Dillard was another of the RBs that stood out on Saturday and for many of the same reasons as Berry. Ward is also a burner who posted a 4.34 40 as well and his other numbers weren't too bad either. While Ward doesn't appear to be quite as strong as Berry, he was more than able to hold his own when competing against the very talented LBs. He was very nimble and light on his feet and, like Berry, got downhill upon securing the ball. Ward looks like he will be a good all-purpose fit in somebody's scheme. WR There were some very talented WRs at the combine and this was probably the deepest group in attendance. There ranged from legitimate first-option receivers to speedy slot WRs who can pose serious match-up problems. There were four at the combine that fit each description and at least one who stood out as being both. Rodney Smith (6'5 201) Archbishop Carroll HS is one who clearly stands out as a #1 receiver. He has the length to make tough catches and win jump balls, and he has the physical strength to get off of the LOS. Shorter, more physical CBs have a tendency to be able to leverage taller, rangier receivers, but Smith showed the ability to fight off the press and get cleanly back into routes. He showed a pretty good understanding of the position but needs to work on lowering his center of gravity and sticking his routes a little better. It is not unusual for young receivers of his size to have a little less body control but this is not going to be problem as he matures. Stedman Bailey (5'10 175) Miramar was probably the most impressive receiver in attendance and this is due largely to his excellent speed and his nearly-flawless route running. He has the type of build that will allow him to move around on the perimeter and he has the speed to stretch the defense. Aside from his obvious physical attributes, Bailey possesses a certain savvy about him that sets him apart from the rest of the field. He understands the fundamentals of the position and it showed on Saturday. One example would be his ability to run and sell the deep (go) route. What this did was set up every other route and kept DBs off balance all day. He really did a good job making the QBs in attendance look serviceable. Xavier Rhodes (6'1 180) Miami Norland and Kenneth Paisley (Miami Palmetto) were two other receivers that stood out from a physical standpoint in that they turned in very solid times in their respective drills. Based on the defensive and offensive recaps of the UA/Scout.Com Miami Combine, it's easy to see that South Florida is loaded with viable D1 talent. While the class of '09 is filled with athletes at all positions and will undoubtedly have many success stories come signing day, the class of '10 has its share of budding stars and promises to produce many more. Burke Hayes is the Southeastern Regional Manager for Football Recruiting at Scout.
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