This event will go down as one of the finest-run camps in 2009, and Goetz and Badger Sports deserve the bulk of the praise. Understand that this camp was limited to the top players in Dade and Broward counties.
It was nearly impossible to pick an All-Combine team, but these were the final choices based on coaches and media recommendations.
Lamarcus Joyner, athlete, Miami Southwest. One word can describe Joyner. WOW. I've been attending camps and combines for years, but this might have been the single most impressive athlete I've ever seen. Joyner is short at 5-9, but he is not small. He is solidly built, and has legit sub-4.4 speed. Hip turn is off the charts, as is change of direction. As a defender he totally shuts down receivers. On offense, he has an incredible ability to separate at the last second to make the catch. He will probably be a full-time cornerback in college, but will need to get touches on offense and in the return game. He is a six-star in my book.
Jeff Godfrey, quarterback, Miami Central. The only knock on Godfrey is his height(6-0), but if he were three inches taller he'd be the top quarterback recruit in the country. Godfrey has no other apparent weakness. He has good arm strength, athletic ability and great game awareness. He is comparable to Troy Smith, but with a better delivery. He is considered a dual-threat quarterback, but he's far more a thrower than a runner. Within 24 hours of the camp ending, Godfrey received an offer from Michigan. There will be more.
Delvin Jones, athlete, Palmetto. Jones wins the combine's best-looking-stud award. He is 6-6 and weighs 220 pounds. He played wide receiver, but projects as a defensive end or a tight end. He can run and move in space, and is a great athlete. Some questioned what he does with the pads on, but he will be recruited on size and speed alone.
Josh Reece, wide receiver, Miami Central. He is the typical Miami-area wide receiver. There are a lot of kids in the 6-foot tall range, weighing around 180 pounds and running 4.44 forty times. Reece makes great cuts and runs great routes, He is a physical receiver who loves to compete. Reece knows the game and will play D-I football at a high level.
Michael Lee Harris, wide receiver, Miami Northwestern. The best player in camp not named Joyner. Harris caught every single pass thrown to him, some of them eye-popping. The next time he drops the football will be the first. I would compare his hands to Cris Carter. He is 6-2 and weighs 180 pounds. Harris can play anywhere in the country and should be recruited by all the top schools. He was the best receiver in the camp.
Ivan "Sticks" McCartney, wide receiver, Miramar. McCartney is related to Chad Johnson and there are similarities in mannerisms. He is very thin, but wiry and tough. It was hard to pick a team with all the great athletes, but McCartney takes a back seat to nobody in athletic ability. Has speed, foot quickness and good hands.
Mike Anderson, defensive back, Plantation. Anderson was very impressive physically and looked like a kid that was dying to hit someone. I would guess he's a safety at the next level, but he has great cover skills to go along with a great body. Also displayed good lateral quickness and recovery speed.
Brandon Gainer, running back, Miami Central. It's hard for a back to shine in a 7-on-7 drill, but Gainer had a great day catching the football. He is a big kid who moves very well. He caught the football like a wideout and got open against both linebackers and defensive backs. Very quick feet and looks the part of a high level D-I recruit.
Darrius Davis, linebacker, Krop. Davis is 6-0, and weighs 210 pounds. He was a big, fast athlete who passes the look test with flying colors. He covered like a safety and had great lateral quickness. Davis was another kid who looked like he wanted to go in full pads and hit people.
Steven Green, athlete, Boyd Anderson. Green was a player I had heard nothing about until Sunday, but did he impress. Excelled at both defensive back and wide receiver, but appears to be a cornerback at the next level. He is being recruited by a lot of schools and favors West Virginia at this time. Not sure where Green is ranked among the stars in Florida, but he was impressive at this camp.
Tony Grimes, defensive back, Hollywood Hills. Grimes showed great one-on-one coverage ability. He is tall, physical and has long arms. Grimes was rarely beat, but showed great recovery speed when it did happen. He also took a ton of reps and I love that about a kid. Grimes really wanted it and his attitude was reflected by his play.
The fine people of South Florida are fortunate to have a person like Brett Goetz in their community. Goetz is willing to donate his time and his money in order to help these players get national attention. It's hard to imagine an event being more organized and it was a pleasure covering it. Scout.com will continue to track the progress of the South Florida Express throughout the 7-on-7 tournament.