Gainesville MSL Combine Review - Part 1

With another beautiful weekend for football, Combine's road show hit Gainesville this weekend and many of the state's premier players stopped by to show their stuff. Nearly 100 kids showed up for the one-day event and there were several standout performances.

Tampa (Riverview) standout quarterback Chris Alexander looked effortless throwing the football. He displayed a big arm, excellent touch, and tremendous athletic ability. At 6-0 3/8 and 193 pounds, Alexander will also get some looks as a receiver at the college level. The rising senior turned in a 30.5-inch vertical jump, put up 13 reps on the bench, and broad jumped 8'4".

Lakeland (Evangel Christian) fullback Rod Coby impressed on-lookers with his strength (21 reps at 185) and ability during drills.

Jacksonville (Andrew Jackson) wide receiver Michael Hicks certainly passed the look test as he walked through the weight room doors at the University of Florida. Measuring in at 6-3 and 214 pounds, Hicks turned in a 33-inch vertical jump before showing off an excellent combination of size, quickness, and hands.

Lakeland (Kathleen) teammates Darrell Lake and Albert McClellan are going to be a major headache for opposing offensive coordinators this fall. The pair of prep defensive ends put on quite a show on Saturday.

McClellan, whose brother (Julius) is an All-American receiver at the Junior College level, will likely play linebacker at the next level. At 6-2 and 204 pounds, McClellan ran a 4.7/40, jumped 35 inches, and ran a 4.1 shuttle time. As a defensive end last season, he had 14 sacks.

Lake, who plays on the opposite side from McClellan, will be a collegiate defensive end. At 6-1 and 233 pounds, some will complain about his height. And they will look silly in doing so. Another kid with 14 sacks as a junior, Lake dominated during drills. Every time he stepped up for one-on-one pass rushing drills, he made it look easy. He jumped 32 inches, and ran a 4.55 shuttle.

"This was great," McClellan said of Combine. "We got a chance to do a lot of things and everything was organized. I think it'll really help me."

We'll have more coverage at a later date. Stay tuned as network will have lots more coverage, including photos, from the camp. Check out for more information on the event.

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