There was plenty to get excited about at the New Orleans Nike SPARQ Combine held Saturday at Joe Brown Memorial Park in New Orleans East. For starters, Destrehan three-star running back Kirk Merritt posted the nation's top SPARQ Rating with a blazing 138.84...
LSU commit Dylan Moses has lived up to the hype since he got an offer from the Tigers during the summer prior to his eighth-grade season at University Lab. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder, who is about to put the finishing touches on his frosh season, regularly topped the 20-tackle mark in leading U-High to a state runner-up finish to John Curtis Christian last fall.
Moses is currently in top shape, as evidenced by his 120.81 SPARQ Rating Saturday. He ran a 4.57 in the 40-yard dash with a 4.13 shuttle and a 37.1-inch vertical. University is loaded for next year with Moses returning along with four-star RB Nicholas Brossette (LSU commit) and 2016 defensive backs Malik Antoine (Akron offer) and Tre Jackson (Florida commit).
Kirk Merritt showed why he's been on fire on the recruiting circuit by nailing down the nation's top SPARQ Rating (138.84). Merritt, who measured in at 5-foot-11, 206 pounds, recorded the best vertical with an amazing 45.8-inch jump. He also was tops in the power ball throw (43.0). Florida State offered Merritt last night. He skipped a junior day invite to Texas to participate in the combine.
Merritt and Warren Easton four-star wide receiver Tyron Johnson each received invites to The Opening. Johnson (6-1, 175) ran a 4.52 in the 40 with a 4.31 shuttle and a 33-inch vertical. His teammate, three-star linebacker Arthur McGinnis, moves with surprising quickness for a 6-1 1/2, 222-pounder. McGinnis ran a 4.69 in the 40 with a 4.31 shuttle and a 32.4-inch vertical for a 106.35 SPARQ Rating.
Two of the best looking prospects came from out of state. Janarius Robinson is an amazing athlete at 6-foot-5 and 224 pounds. The sophomore from Bay City HS (Panama City, FL) clocked an impressive 4.62 in the 40 with a power ball toss of 40.0 and 30.8-inch vertical. Cam Akers, a 2017 RB out of Clinton (Miss.), also looked the part at 5-10 1/2, 199 pounds. Akers ran a 4.77 in the 40 with a 4.59 shuttle.
2016 DB Josh Perry (Amite) is a legit 6-foot-2. He ran a 4.91 in the 40 with a 4.43 shuttle and a 37.1-inch vertical.
2015 safety Deshawn Capers-Smith of Warren Easton measured at 5-11 1/2 and 173 pounds. The Texas A&M commit elected to scratch his 40. He ran a 4.44 shuttle with a 35.2-inch vertical.
Gary Sampson of Northlake Christian is a good-looking linebacker. The 6-3, 222-pounder ran a 4.76 with a 4.80 shuttle and a 30.5-inch vertical. Northlake Christian made a run in the Division III playoffs last year before getting ousted by a quick Catholic-New Iberia squad.
2015 DL Daniel James of McKinley had one of the top five power ball toss marks (40.5).
Three-star WR Darrell Clark of Warren Easton ran a 4.65 at 5-10 1/2, 157 pounds.
Huntingon athlete Aaron Roberson has a Louisiana Tech offer. The 5-foot-9 1/2, 181-pounder ran a 4.63 40 with a 4.28 shuttle.
Dutchtown safety Justin Reid, younger brother of NFL DB Eric Reid, ran a 4.69 in the 40 with a 4.41 shuttle at 6-1, 183 lbs.
Teurlings Catholic linebacker Gavin Royer (5-11 1/2, 203) was timed at 4.65 in the 40 with a 4.46 shuttle. He'll put a lick on an opponent.
Dutchtown is set at DB for the upcoming season with Reid joining forces with Alonzo Creighton and Coney Durr. Creighton is a 2015 prospect who ran a 4.60 at 6-1, 175. Durr, only a sophomore, blasted his way to a 108.15 SPARQ Rating. The 5-9 1/2, 171-pounder ran a 4.56 with a 4.22 shuttle.
Sleeper to watch: 2015 DL Brandon Brinson
of Ellender Memorial. The 6-2, 215-pounder was near the top with a 95.28 SPARQ Rating. His highlights included the power ball (40) and a 36.9-inch vertical.
Saint Paul's 2015 WR Jalen McCleskey pulled in his first offer from South Florida last week. He didn't disappoint Saturday, turning in a 108.54 SPARQ Rating topped off by an incredible power ball throw of 41 (at 5-foot-10, 155 lbs.).
The third-best SPARQ Rating went to 2016 DB Shyheim Carter from perennial small-school power Kentwood. Carter (5-11, 177) had a 4.03 shuttle.
Saint Augustine WR Stanley Morgan (6-0 1/2, 180 lbs.) elected to strike his 40-yard dash. Morgan had a 4.47 shuttle with a 34-inch vertical.
Christian Campbell of Ponchatoula measured at 6-0 1/2, 189 pounds. He ran a 4.70 in the 40 with a 4.72 shuttle.
LB Michael Divinity (2016) of John Ehret had a 4.83 in the 40 with a 4.84 shuttle and a 27-inch vertical.
2017 QB Lowell Narcisse (6-1 1/2, 194) of Saint James ran a 5.06 in the 40 with a 4.59 shuttle and a 36.9 shuttle. Lowell was in action in a first round Class 2A basketball playoff game the night before the combine (win over Catholic-New Iberia).
Ponchatoula 2016 OL Donavaughn Campbell (6-4, 349) ran a 5.98 with a 5.60 shuttle (28.5 power ball throw, 18.4-inch vertical).
Westgate 2015 DE Jalen Briscoe (5-11 1/2, 227) ran a 5.66 in the 40 with a 4.75 shuttle (25 power ball, 24.5 vertical).
Mandeville 2015 OL Tyler Boudreaux (6-3 1/2, 314) ran a 6.94 in the 40 with a 5.94 shuttle (29 power ball, 15.5 vertical).