Stars Shine in Jacksonville

<B>JACKSONVILLE, Fla.</b> - The first ever combine in the state of Florida took place earlier today and the event held at Jacksonville University was a major success.

While five-star caliber players like Nease quarterback Tim Tebow and Sandalwood receiver Jamar Hornsby didn't participate in any drills because of various reasons (Tebow pitched a lot this past week and wasn't ready for a lot of throwing while Hornsby turned his ankle recently), several players took advantage of the opportunity to showcase their skills.

"This is a great event," Union County running back C.J. Spiller said. "This is a chance for a lot of players to come out here and compete -- show people what you have. It gives you a real good chance to see how you stack up against a lot of the best players in the entire state. I'm glad I'm here."

Spiller, who was one of the two fastest players at the camp, ripped off sub 4.4/40 times on the grass surface and proved why he's one of the state's elite players.

Bartram Trail High School in Jacksonville may not be too well known yet for producing a lot of high quality Division 1 players but that may soon change. Offensive lineman Zackery Henderson came into the day without a whole lot of recruiting attention but he certainly put himself on the national recruiting map on Sunday.

At 6-foot-7 and 248 pounds, Henderson has the body to be 300 pounds one day. His 4.6 shuttle run was very impressive, as was his 5.36/40 time. Henderson, who already has an offer from Illinois, has already scored an 1180 on the SAT. He solidified himself as one of the top offensive line prospects in the entire state with his performance today.

While a lot of people talk about Land O Lakes standout Caz Piurowski as the state's top tight end prospect, Mandarin's Chase Anderson had a pretty impressive day today. Checking in at 6-4 and 240, Anderson ripped off a 4.80/40 before sitting out some later drills. Anderson is coming off a strong junior season at Mandarin last season and will likely emerge as one of the state's top tight end prospects this season.

Mainland High School will again be loaded in 05 and their two best prospects showed up today -- wide receiver Tony Wilson (5-10, 172) and Cruz Barrett (6-3 1/3 and 313). Wilson will be among the state's top wideouts, while Barrett showed why he's already getting some national recruiting attention.

Hamilton County's Dustin Doe, at 6-0 and 209 pounds, ran a 4.67/40 and looked very impressive all afternoon. He clearly looked like a kid who will be one of the state's top players at his position.

St. Augustine High was well represented as well, with cornerback Jacques Rickerson (4.43/40) and running back Brandon James leading the way.

Hialeah Miami Lakes quarterback Thaddeus Lewis and running back Anthony Henderson made the five hour trip from Dade County to show off their skills. Neither player disappointed and both showed why they'll sign Division 1 scholarships next February.

Daytona Beach (Warner Christian) standout Andrew Trowbridge put up very impressive testing numbers today and then looked very comfortable in drills. At 6-0 and 217, the talented linebacker ran a 4.7/40, a 4.14/shuttle, and jumped 34.5 inches.

Stay tuned to, as we'll have complete coverage of the event, which was a huge success.

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