February 19, 2008

Miami talent invades Boca Raton NUC

BOCA RATON, Fla. - There was plenty of talent and a good number of future stars on hand at the National Underclassmen Combine in Boca Raton, Florida last weekend.

Rivals.com's Barry Every took in the workouts and breaks down some of the top performers from the morning session in this feature.

Up next: standouts from the afternoon session.

Boca Raton Underclassmen Combine: Morning Session

Todd Chandler, 6-1, 291, DT, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern, 2010

Assets: His current body structure is ready for D-I football, checking in at 6-foot-0.5 and 291 pounds.

Needs improvement: Needs to improve flexibility.

What was most impressive: He ran a legit 5.19 40-yard dash at 291 pounds.

Conclusion: He is a true nose guard at the next level and is already receiving verbal offers through his high school coach. I look forward to watching him perform without Marcus Forston beside him on the defensive line.

Schon Thomas, 5-9, 168, RB, Fort Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot, 2010

Assets: He has great body structure for a running back, defensive back or wide receiver at the D-I level.

Needs improvement: Just needs an opportunity to showcase his talents, and get stronger.

What was most impressive: He had a 9-foot-6.5 standing broad jump which was one of the best all day. The broad jump demonstrated his explosion.

Conclusion: I really like this kid, and I'm sure the coaches at Bishop Verot are glad he chose their school.

Lamarcus Joyner, 5-8, 168, CB, Miami (Fla.) Southwest, 2010

Assets: He has an unbelievable back peddle and serious hops.

Needs improvement: At 5 feet 8 and 168 pounds, he will need to get stronger and bigger in order to guard bigger receivers.

What was most impressive: He had the longest broad jump at 9 feet 10 inches and one of the best verticals at 32 inches. He also had the best cover skills in my opinion in the whole camp.

Conclusion: He should be a standout at Southwest. He is so good I can see him being recruited by other Miami high schools. Joyner is what college coaches are looking for in a true cover corner.

DeAndre Johnson, 5-8, 195, RB, Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace, 2010

Assets: He had great hands coming out of the backfield, and a great lower body.

Needs improvement: Needs to have his upper body catch up to his lower body structure.

What was most impressive: At 5 feet 7.5 and 195 pounds, he could really motor running a 4.56 40 and a 4.46 shuttle.

Conclusion: He would be a great back in the spread offense because of his pass catching ability. I look for the programs that run the spread to be the biggest suitors for his services.

Gareef Glashen, 5-10, 169, RB, Miami (Fla.) Carol City, 2010

Assets: He is extremely fast running both 40-yard dashes under 4.5.

Needs improvement: Needs to work on his ability to catch passes out of the backfield.

What was most impressive: He had no problem getting behind defenders with his electrifying speed.

Conclusion: He should make an excellent kick returner and a good back with teams that run out of the I-formation.

Others who impressed: Peniel Jean, CB, Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Central; Ronald Regula, OL, Miami (Fla.) Miami Palmetto; Jamaal Bass, OLB, Miramar (Fla.) Miramar; Gilbert St. Louis, ATH, Plantation (Fla.) Plantation.

Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He comes to Rivals.com after working in recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina. He can be reached at [email protected]

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