Scout Combine Returns to Jacksonville

The All-American Combine Tour continues this weekend, as we arrive in the Sunshine State. Jacksonville University will be the site this Sunday, where many of the state's top players will test, compete, and show off their skills.

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This camp featured many stars last year when players like C.J. Spiller, Greg Mathews, Ryan Hill, and junior sensation Deonte Thompson came out to compete. This year's group is even more impressive.

The balls will be flying on Sunday, as some very talented quarterbacks plan to attend. Chris Forcier is coming all the way from San Diego to compete. He is widely considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the entire country. Tampa Jefferson's Stephen Garcia, Lake Howell's Taylor Beasley, and St. Augustine's Quinterrance Cooper will be among the other signal callers.

While there might not be a player known like Spiller in this year's group, several running backs will be trying to prove they belong among the elite. Andrew Jackson's Troy Pollard, St. Augustine's Rai-Shawn Wilson, St. Pete Catholic's Jock Jones, and Brandon's Mike Brown all have game and will be among the running backs in attendance on Sunday.

Catching balls from the list of quarterbacks on Sunday should be lots of fun. Lake Howell's D.J. Hopson, PK Yonge's Mose Parker, and Gulf High's Shawn Williamson will be among the receivers on hand.

John I. Leonard's Nick Provo is among the top tight end prospects in the state. He'll try showing why on Sunday, while sleepers like Deland's Ricky Kay will try proving that he belongs among the elite.

While offensive linemen would rather be wearing shoulder pads at an event like this, they're still given plenty of opportunity to learn new techniques and showcase their skills against one another. James and LaShawn Pouncey, twins from Lakeland, both plan on being there. Deland's Will Furlong, St. Pete Catholic's Elvis Fisher, Nease's James Wilson, Lake Howell's Billy Offutt, and Nease's Clyde Yandell are among the others who plan on competing on Sunday.

Switching over to defense, there will be plenty of quality defensive linemen. Two of the best in the entire nation plan on competing -- Andrew Jackson's D'Angleo McCray and Lakeland's John Brown. Linebackers Keith McCaskill (Tallahassee Godby), Dionte Davis (Godby) and Josh Cragin (Choctawhatchee High) are among those who will be competing to see how they stack up against Orlando Edgewater's Lorenzo Edwards, who is already among the nation's top recruits.

The defensive secondary might be the strongest position on the field Sunday. DeMarcus Van Dyke is coming all the way from Miami to show off his skills. Local products Charleston Sinclair (Mandarin), Mike Fairbanks (Lee), and James Scott (Daytona Seabreeze) will be among the top defenders as well. LaTravis Washington (Bradenton Bayshore), Ahmad Black (Lakeland), and Derrick Hallman (Fort Pierce Central) all will sign major Div. 1 scholarships next February.

This is just a small sampling of the top players who plan on competing this Sunday. Anytime a combine tour heads to this state, you can expect lots of speed, lots of quality athletes, and lots of quality competition. This Sunday should be no different. will have complete results and many stories from the event starting on Sunday afternoon.

If you're a player, coach, or parent and would like more information on registration for this event, please e-mail Mike Bakas ( and he'll get you taken care of.

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