Gainesville MSL Combine Review - Part 2

A day after nearly 100 kids worked out at the University of Florida for TheInsiders.com/MSL Combine, over 75 turned up first thing Sunday morning.

Gainesville (Buchholz) signal-caller Alex Thompson looked very impressive throwing the football. At 6-foot-2 1/8 and 195 pounds, Thompson proved on Sunday why he'll be one of the state's top quarterback prospects this season.

Running back C.J. Spiller of Lake Butler (Union County) was awesome. The 5-10, 175-pounder ripped off a blistering 40-time that included some 4.39's on the stopwatch. That time was the best of the two days and was also better than any time recorded at last week's camps. Spiller, who was a 2nd team All-State pick in 2A this past season, will be one of the state's top prospects next year and he gave everyone a glimpse of that on Sunday.

Two-way standout Eric Sledge of Apopka again had an excellent showing at a camp. At 6-3 and 178 pounds, Sledge jumped 32 inches and ran a 4.56/40 with former NFL coaches on the stop watch. Sledge, who already has some Div. 1 scholarship offers, showed why he'll be one of the state's top prospects this season. Sledge had several teammates with him on Sunday, including talented defensive back Matthew St. Fleurant (5-10 1/4, 164).

Another rising junior at Union County that will be getting lots of attention over the next few years is wide receiver Kevin Alexander. At 6-foot-2 and close to 200 pounds, Alexander ran a 4.64/40 and looked very good in drills. He showed why he'll be one of the state's top receiver prospects next year.

Several interior guys stood out, including Orlando (Evans) defensive tackle Vernon Jackson. At 6-1 and 253 pounds, Jackson plays with tremendous leverage and balance and does a nice job stuffing the middle. He jumped 28 inches and put up 36 reps on the 185-pound bench press. He'll be one of the state's most talented interior defensive linemen this season.

Madison County, one of the state's most successful programs every year, brought several of its players including linebacker Eugene Hayes. At 6-1 1/8 and 205 pounds, Hayes jumped 30 inches, ran a 4.60/40, and turned in a 4.51/shuttle time. He went through drills very impressively and showed why he'll be one of the top linebackers in north Florida this season.

Many felt the best prospect at the camp was St. Lucie (Centennial) linebacker Jamar Chaney. The rising senior, who is coming off a dominant junior campaign, looked outstanding all day. At 6-1 and 214 pounds, Chaney did 11 reps (note: according to his coach, he did 18 the day before at a combine at FAU), jumped 34.5 on the vert (which was the best of the day), jumped 10'5" on the broad jump (again, the best on the day), and ran a 4.56/40 before impressing everyone during drills. Chaney will be among the state's top overall prospects this season.

"He's a great kid," his coach said. "He's the leader you look for. That's why he went in front of the line. He's the kind of kid that will help out the younger guys and be a leader out there. I'm very impressed by that. We think he's gonna be one heck of a player down the road and he's pretty good now."

Chaney talked briefly about his experience of the camp.

"I've been trying to get to a bunch of camps and combines and I'm glad I came here," he said. "They do good drills, there's good competition, good coaches, everything."

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

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