CaneInsider attended the much anticipated Elite Scouting Services combine at Cardinal Gibbons HS. Over 250 campers attended, and the overall talent level continues to be impressive in south Florida. After attending several combines and 7-on-7 scrimmages, many of the same names seem to resurface as standouts and players to watch.
Below is a list of players who performed at a high level at the ESS combine yesterday.
2014 WR Emmanuel Soto (6’1,170, 4.5/40) Archbishop McCarthy – Soto claims no offers at the moment, but that will soon change. A member of the South Florida Express 7-on-7 squad, he runs exceptional routes and creates separation. To top it all off, he has good hands. Soto will become a more familiar name on the recruiting scene shortly because his overall game is improving rapidly and has impressed in every event he’s attended.
2013 OL Sandley Jean-Felix (6’5, 300) Boyd Anderson – This was perhaps the most outstanding OL who attended the camp. He has the size and strength desired, evidenced by his offers from West Virginia, Texas Tech, FIU, and MTSU. He told CaneInsider he doesn’t see his future in Coral Gables, but Jean-Felix is a top prospect nonetheless.
2013 DE/TE Alvonte Bell (6’5, 225, 4.73/40) Everglades HS – Another DE quickly rising up the ranks. He showed good athleticism and quickness and displayed why he holds offers from SMU, Louisville, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, FIU, West Virginia, and Clemson. He recently visited the ‘Canes and got the grand tour. “It was awesome; they’re in the process of adding on to their facilities, and I really enjoyed myself. Miami ranks high for me, and I could see myself at Miami for four years.”
2013 WR Darren Williams (6’1, 170, 4.45/40) Boyd Anderson – A member of the Fire 7-on-7 team, Williams ran the shuttle in 4.24, showing off his BCS level athleticism. He has the ability, frame, and toughness to also get looks at safety. Williams is currently trying to set up visits to LSU and Florida, and told CaneInsider that West Virginia and Oregon contacted him last week.
2013 WR Eddie Jackson (6’1, 170, 4.38/40) Boyd Anderson – Jackson claims no offers, but his 4.38/40 will start to command serious interest. His hands are good and he catches the ball well in traffic. Jackson also participates for the Fire 7-on-7 team, and his steady play so far in practices and scrimmages has earned him a starting position for the Fire.
2013 CB Troy McCollum (6’0, 160, 4.46/40) North Miami HS – McCollum stood out in one-on-one drills, dominating receivers easily with his superior athleticism. Another starter for the Fire 7-on-7 team, the collection of talent starting for the 2012 version of the Fire is starting to read like an all-state team.
2013 DE D’Angelo Reynolds (6’5, 230, 4.73/40, 4.62 shuttle, 32.8 inch vertical leap) Monsignor Pace – This rising senior continues to impress every outing. In one-on-one drills, he dominated would-be blockers and collapsed the pocket with little resistance. His limited football experience and overall athletic ability translates into a sky-high ceiling for this prospect. A two-sport athlete, he also stars on Pace’s basketball team and holds offers from NCAA tournament teams in Vanderbilt and Murray State, with an offer from Louisville expected any day.
2013 CB Bryant Gross (6’2, 185, 4.38/40, 4.35 shuttle, 32 inch vertical leap) American Heritage Plantation – A player with these kind of measurables rarely goes unnoticed. Due to an injury suffered last season, Gross claims no college offers. However, he’s receiving interest from Miami, FSU, LSU, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Boston College. With a successful and injury-free senior season, we suspect Gross will have his choice of colleges when all is said and done.