Stars Come Out At Tampa Combine

Make or break time. For many high school players that is exactly what summer camps and scouting service combines can be. This is where the unheralded player can get a chance to strut his stuff and to prove that he belongs with the elite. The next chance comes this weekend in Tampa at the All-America Combine where there is a long list of stars but just as many players who are looking to make that first big mark with the college recruiters.

Here are some of the top players who will be in attendance Saturday morning:

QUARTERBACKS: Among the quarterbacks to watch will be Herb Bynes (6-1, 200, 4.8) from Fort Lauderdale Boyd Anderson. Bynes only has two solid offers so far, one from Kansas and the other from Duke, but he could make a move with a solid performance.

RUNNING BACK: This is a thin position in the state of Florida this year. Two names to keep an eye on, however, are Androse Bell from Melbourne Palm Bay and Dontae Jones from Orlando Evans. Bell is a 5-8, 180-pound scatback with shifty moves and good speed who is looking to catch the eye of some big programs. While he averaged 7.5 yards per carry last season, he is without offers so far. Jones (5-11, 210 4.6) on the other hand was injured much of last season. He played only five games, but was very productive, gaining over 730 yards and 10 touchdowns in his limited time.

WIDE RECEIVERS: This is a position of strength for the Tampa combine which will be attended by well-known names such as Melvin Patterson (6-3, 210, 4.6) and Richard Jackson (6-4, 215, 4.6) as well as a couple of players moving up on most recruiting boards, Latarrius Thomas and Travius Thompson. Patterson, from Alachua Santa Fe, and Jackson, from East Ridge, have already received offers from big time programs such as Florida, FSU, Nebraska, and many more. Players like Thomas and Thompson are still trying to prove their worth. Thompson (6-2, 175, 4.45) is a speedster from Fort Lauderdale Boyd Anderson who runs a 10.7 100M. He was not a full time player last season and is looking to get on the radar screen of the coaches. Thomas, a 6-1, 195 pound wide out from New Smyrna Beach is rising quickly with recent offers from Nebraska and Louisville. His forty-yard dash time was a step slow at 4.7 at the last combine, so undoubtedly he will be looking to improve on that. At the tight end spot, well known Caz Piurowski (6-7, 240) from Land O'Lakes is scheduled to attend.

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN: Two big names at offensive line are Javon Hill and Kevin Perez. Hill is a 6-4, 330-pound monster offensive tackle from Miami Pace that is really looking to make a splash. He has that size that all major programs covet and this camp will be a big boost for him to show off his strength and technique. Teams will also look to see about his weight. He can tend to the overweight side and that could definitely affect how he is recruited. Perez is a 6-4, 285-pounder from state champion Miami Killian. Perez is another name player with no name offers. It's early, but many offensive linemen around the nation have big offers. Perez is looking to add his name to that list.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Some names fans will want to know about are Jamil Paris of Sebastian River and Charles Deas of Fort Lauderdale Boyd Anderson. Paris (6-5, 215, 4.5) made his name known at a Miami camp earlier this year and will look to repeat his reportedly dominant performance. Deas (6-4, 325) is another well known name. Highly ranked by Larry Blustein in his pre-season top 100 list for Florida prospects, Deas is looking to secure his position on that list and maybe to help people decide upon which side of the ball he belongs. While he is currently listed as a defensive lineman, several people believe he is slated for the offensive side of the ball.

LINEBACKER: There are several big names expected to attend. Chasman Davis of Port St. Lucie Centennial is a name not known to many, but he has offers from many big time programs like Florida, NC State, and Georgia. Davis may be a tad undersized at 6-0, 205, but his 4.5 speed makes up for that. Some have him slated for the safety position but many teams just want to get him on campus first where they'll figure out the rest. AJ Jones from Tampa Middleton is another speedy linebacker that has the knock of being a bit undersized. Standing at 6-1 and 190 pounds he, like Davis, doesn't have much convincing to do. Jones has offers from Florida, Oklahoma State, and Alabama, among others. Antonio Lowery of Miami Columbus is another "recruitnik" name. At 6-2, 210, Lowery has that prototypical size for a linebacker, but no offers as of yet. This camp could be a coming out party for him.

DEFENSIVE BACK: The defensive backs will have a player in attendance that is of interest to every Gator fan that follows recruiting closely. Laurence Marius of Key West is scheduled to attend the camp. The 5-11 175 pound cornerback is already qualified and looking to show out. He's a self-professed Gator fan who is hoping to garner some offers this weekend. His swagger and style should make for interesting contests. Another self-professed Gator fan is Ricky Gary from Pahokee. The 5-9, 160-pound cornerback has great quickness, but his size is making many wonder if he can play against larger wide receivers. He will get his chance this weekend to prove the doubters wrong.

All in all, this weekend in Tampa will be a star-studded event. Undoubtedly, there will be others that make themselves known after the events conclude. So, stay tuned Gator fans, this weekend may provide the answers to many questions about potential recruits in the state of Florida.

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