Anthony Ferla

There was both talent and depth at the QB and WR position at the Elite Combine. However, that didn't impact Anthony Ferla, the standout DB from St. Joe's Regional HS in Montvale, New Jersey.

Anthony Ferla, who's training regimen consists of daily weightlifting sessions at Michael's One-on-One and Speed Training at Chuck Mound's recorded a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the Elite Combine. Ferla also ran a 4.19 in the shuttle and recorded a 9'7" in the standing broad jump.

His testing done, Ferla decided it was time to put on a show for all onlookers.

"I made it my thing to call out the best receivers. And they called me out too. I wanted to go against the best, and I did. And plus lot of receivers were calling me out and I couldn't turn it down."

Undoubtedly, one of the top WRs at the Elite was the local Staten Island product, Vidal Hazelton, and Ferla made sure he had his chance against him.

"He was great. He was big, strong. I deflected a couple passes thrown to him. I remember 1 play where he ran a fade I believe and we were stride for stride and the QB threw it and we both dove for it and ran into the lights and cameras and everything. And we got up and shook hands."

His impressive one-on-one performance against Hazelton, Ryan Lindsey, and the rest of the WRs that challenged Ferla, to go along with his outstanding times in the earlier evaluation earned Ferla the Defensive Back MVP Award.

While the May combine season may be over for most prospects on the East coast, that is not so for Ferla. Since he did not attend the Nike/PSU Camp, Ferla will be packing his bags and heading westward for the Nike Camp in California.

"I'm going to the Nike Camp in California, in 1 or 2 weeks. In Palo Alto."

Ferla knows the importance of attendance, and more importantly, performance at such Combines as the Nike/PSU and Elite College Combine, but takes a different approach than most prospects. With his outstanding Elite College Combine performance out of the way Ferla has decided to go up against some of the very best that the west coast has to offer and to show some of his skills to coaches from another part of the country.

"I figured if I go somewhere after the Elite, it should be far so I could be seen by schools that didn't see me at Elite."

After California, it will be time for summer camps. Ferla, along with his St. Joseph Regional HS teammates will be attending the Boston College camp, but a decision on subsequent camps, after B.C., has yet to be made.

"I'll definitely go to Boston College, and a lot of one day camps. I'll probably go to whoever shows me the most interest."

After his award-winning performance at the Elite Combine, significant interest, perhaps in the form of a written offer or two, is likely to come Ferla's way.

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