Stars Ready to Shine in the Sunshine State

With 300 Division One Players within its borders, it's no wonder why schools from across the country flock to the Sunshine State to recruit some of the best prospects in the country. And it's no wonder why the <b> All-American Combine tour is making a stop at Jacksonville University</b> on Sunday April 17th to work out some of the area's best players. There are several known commodities on the way, and there will be several that have their coming out party.

While the Combine is as much for new prospects to make a name for themselves, it is also a chance for the known players to work with more of the best players in the country. The quarterback position is a good example.

Tim Tebow of Neese High School will make the short trip to Jacksonville University to show why some feel he could be the best quarterback in the country. He will get the opportunity to throw the ball to star players such as Sandalwood's Jamar Hornsby, Mainland's Tony Wilson

Tim Tebow

Rickards' Anthony Jones, and First Coast's Alex Rose. 

Thaddeus Lewis of Boyd Anderson is another top Florida quarterback that is looking forward to competing with the best players in the state, and Lewis and Tebow headline a strong quarterback crew. The fleet wide receivers of the Sunshine State and South Georgia will get the opportunity to show what they can do in drills with a talented set of quarterbacks.

C.J. Spiller ran the fastest time last year that I timed with a 4.38 on the grass in Gainesville, and he and his Union County teammates which include Kevin Alexander will be on hand to workout on Sunday. Spiller set the bar high for himself last year, and he will take another shot at his mark on Sunday.

Spiller is not the only running back looking to light up the watches on Sunday. Desmond Gee of Madison County and Brandon James of St. Augustine are just a few of the running backs coming to Jacksonville this weekend. 

As expected it's going to be a strong contingent of offensive skill players for the Combine in Jacksonville, but what about the big men?

Cruz Barrett is a mammoth offensive line prospect from Mainland High School, and he headlines the group of linemen that have signed up for Sunday, but Bob Lichtenfels of will be on hand to workout the contenders.

Kevin Alexander of Union County should shine on Sunday. He has the size to project as a defensive end, but he has the athleticism that Coach Nobles has discussed playing him at safety this year. He and Reggie Odum of Deland are going to be two of several defensive linemen to watch on Sunday, and they will make the offensive linemen prove what they can do.

Coaches come from all over the country to recruit the speed that Florida and South Georgia has to offer, and the fastest players on the field are typically the defensive backs. As expected, it will be a strong crew of defensive backs to challenge the wide receivers on Sunday. Hornsby could pull double duty and work at safety as well as wide receiver, and Donsay Hardeman of Raines is a physical specimen looking to show what he can do on the field. Ryan Hill of Rickards is one of the most impressive defensive backs I saw last year, and he will lead a group of corners looking to shut down the talented groups of wide receivers. and Fox Sports' Countdown to Signing Day are just a few of the eyes that will be on the players in Jacksonville this weekend as the players from North Florida and South Georgia come together to make a name for themselves and live up to the names they've already earned.

Registration for the participants will begin at 9:00 AM at Jacksonville University's Stadium. Participants should bring a set of cleats and running shoes as well as their video tape. Quarterbacks should bring their own ball.

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