WINTER GARDEN, Fla. – The Nike SPARQ rolled into Central Florida on Friday, and as expected there were a number of impressive performances and prospects on hand.
2014 cornerback prospect Kendall Sawyer has a terrific frame.
Here is a quick hitting look at news and notes from today’s event with the NFTC scheduled for Saturday morning.
- Class of 2014 wide receiver Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) put together another superb testing day at a combine. The 6-foot-2, 174-pound ran a 4.53 laser timed forty-yard dash into a slight breeze, followed it up with a 4.31 pro-agility shuttle and posted a 39-inch vertical. He plans to visit Notre Dame April 6 and may go to the Oklahoma spring game. The Sooners offered Tuesday. Holmes said again on Friday that he currently prefers to go out of state for college.
- Athlete Kendall Sawyer (Lehigh Acres, Fla./East Lee) took part in the testing portion Friday despite having a track meet yesterday in which he ran a 21.9 200-meters. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound jack-of-all-trades that projects to corner at the next level reports Louisville, USF and UCF having been talking to him the most lately, and all have offered. Sawyer, who intercepted 10 passes as a junior, also has verbal offers from North Carolina, Miami and Appalachian State. He plans to visit UCF March 20 for junior day.
- Virginia defensive tackle commitment Chris Nelson (Lakeland, Fla./Victory Christian) was on hand today, but did not compete due to a foot injury. The 6-foot-1, 295-pounder remains committed to the Cavaliers, but has picked up recent offers from Louisville, USF and Kentucky. He has attended junior days at Miami and Florida, and has plans to take visits to UCF March 23 and Louisville for their spring game. A visit to the Alabama spring game is also a possibility, as well as Florida camp June 9.
- Class of 2014 athlete T.J. Harrell (Tampa, Fla./Catholic) ran a 4.67 forty-yard dash and recorded a 30-inch vertical. The 6-foot-0, 195-pounder reports Louisville, West Virginia and Tennessee as his latest offers. Louisville is considered the early favorite for the athletic prospect that projects to outside linebacker. Michigan State, Texas Tech, Duke and Cincinnati have offered, among others.
- Class of 2014 athlete Lonnie Marts III (Jacksonville, Fla./Harvest Community School) came in at 6-foot-2, 211-pounds and ran a 4.75 forty-yard dash. The son of former NFL linebacker Lonnie Marts also recorded a 33.5-inch vertical and 4.18 pro-agility shuttle and a 41.5-foot power ball for a SPARQ rating of 116.22. Duke is showing the most interest early on.
- Class of 2014 defensive end Tyree Owens (Oviedo, Fla.) checked in at 6-foot-3.5 and 235-pounds. He currently has offers from West Virginia and Georgia Tech with Rutgers expected in the coming weeks. Owens mentioned Rutgers being a key offer in his recruitment, having been born in New Jersey and having lived there most of his life.
- Class of 2014 running back and linebacker Jeremiah Jackson (Brooksville, Fla./Hernando) checked in at 5-foot-11 and 207-pounds. Jackson has a verbal offer from Purdue along with interest from South Carolina, Miami and Florida State. He attended Florida State junior day Feb. 23. Jackson’s teammate, 2014 cornerback Troy Grant (6-2, 171), is also receiving interest from the Gamecocks.
- Class of 2015 quarterback Akevious Williams (Madison, Fla./Madison County) checked in at 6-foot-2, 168-pounds. He ran a 4.65 forty-yard dash, posted a 4.44 pro-agility shuttle and leaped 36-inches. Williams will start at quarterback in 2013 after playing wide receiver on varsity as a sophomore.
- Class of 2014 defensive end Markel Winters (Tallahassee, Fla./Rickards) came in at 6-foot-2.5 and 212-pounds. He reports offers from Western Kentucky, Old Dominion and Middle Tennessee State along with interest from Kentucky.
- The biggest prospect on hand was class of 2016 offensive guard Jawaan Taylor (Cocoa, Fla.). The part time varsity player as a freshman in 2012 measured 6-foot-4.5 and 346-pounds.
Luke Stampini and David Lake contributed to this report.