Quick notes from the ESPN/Nike Combine in Philadelphia

On Sunday, March 7th, 2010 the ESPN Rise/Nikle Combine was held at the Nova Care Complex in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Here are some quick notes from the event.

1. First and foremost. Many thanks go out to ESPN and Nike for not only allowing access but also putting on a well-organized and enjoyable event. ESPN and Nike with partnership from the U.S. Army put a lot of work and detail into the planning and execution of the event.  A very special thank you must go out to the coaches and reprsentatives from Football University for their assitance during the event. For more information on Football University please click the following link:  FBU Homepage.  To see a list of combines that may be coming to your area please click the following link: Nike Combine schedule.

2. The system that is used to record the 40 yard times at the event is the exact same system used at the NFL combines. A representative at the event told me the system used is the most accurate way of recording 40 yard dash times. A lot of players were suprised their times seemed to be slightly higher than their previous hand-recorded times.  This is due to the human factor involved in the hand-timing method. So the 40 yard times you will see listed below and on the espn.go website are the most accurate and up-to-date times for the athletes according to the representative at the event. 

3. Timber Creek Regional High School Receiver Damiere Byrd stole the show with his lightning-fast 4.26, 40 yard time. According to the espn.go.com website, Damiere's 4.26 time was the fastest time ever recorded at Nike Combine on the SPARQ digital timing. Damiere Profile

4. Long Branch ATH, Miles Shuler was also a standout. His speed and athleticism was on display throughout  the day. At the event Miles told me he recorded a 4.48, 40 yard dash. According to the ESPN website, his SPARQ rating of 116.82 is currently in the Top 5 in the country. Miles Shuler Profile

5. Gateway HS CB/WR, Dondi Kirby got an overall 91.8 for his SPARQ score. His score is in the "elite" category of the Nike Sparq.  Dondi has also just recieved offers from Minnesota and NC State. Hear how Dondi did and more in the interview below.  Dondi Kirby Profile

6.  Ronald Baines once again showed he has the skills needed to be a good player at the next level. A sleeper in the 2011 class he is an aggressive and physical corner.  One of the biggest aspects of Ronald's skills is his ability to be a reliable and consistent open field tackler.  Even with strong performances at events like the Badgers 7-7 at Rutgers he keeps hovering just underneath the radar.  With more showings and a strong Senior season Ronald should be able to see his recruitment heat up :  Ronald Baines Profile

7.  Andre Hodge is a strong, physical linebacker.  Look for more to come from Andre in the near future. Andre Hodge Profile

8. A player to watch for in the future is Deion Barnes. He is a 6'5" 225 lbs, Defensive End.  There will be a lot more to come about Deion in the very near future!


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