ESS Combine Breakdown

James Brooks

EliteScoutingServices held a combine at Armwood High School on Sunday afternoon and over 250 prospects competed in testing, drills, and one on one action. Here is a look at how players fared at the event.

A player that continued to help their stock was Deltona Christian's Paxton Lynch. The 6'5.5 signal caller has had a great month; he built on that with another solid outing at this event. You can't teach his size and Lynch possesses a plus arm with accuracy. Lynch plays at a small school and has flown well under the radar up to this point. He is an intriguing prospect that should get plenty of invites to BCS schools camps this summer. There will be questions about the competition that he plays against, but we feel he is a player with considerable upside.


Coney is the state's top QB
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

Bennie Coney, Greg Windham, Jadrian Clark, and Kenneth Mouton turned in solid performances as expected. Coney is the state's top QB and he possesses the arm strength and mobility to fit a variety of offenses. FSU is in the lead for him, but he is going to check out several schools before making a decision. Windham and Mouton's stock are on the rise. Windham received his first offer this week and Mouton's first should be coming before Spring. Both QB's are 6'2, have plus arms, and possess the tools to play at the D-1 level. Clark has transferred to Lakeland where it will be interesting to see how this passing QB fits into the stellar Dreadnaught rushing attack. Accuracy is where Clark makes his living.

James Brooks is a difficult player to cover, the 5'9, 195 pounder is physically well built and strong. He is an explosive athlete whose height probably puts him in the slot at the next level, but he brings some interesting tools to that position. He recently transferred to South Lake from Forest. Nelson Agholor was his usual self. He is difficult to cover because of his height and speed. He really could play on either side of the ball(Safety) at the next level and is being recruited as such. Agholor holds offers from much of the country and seems very open at this time.

The 2013 class was well represented by Middleton's Richard Benjamin. He appears to be amongst the state's elite for that class and is a natural WR who does everything well. He already possesses good height and as he adds strength to his frame he should become unstoppable. Robinson's Byron Pringle missed last season with some off the field issues, but he put his name firmly on the map with a strong performance Sunday. Keep an eye on him senior year because he may be a name that many schools are talking about in December and January.

Chris Murray, Trey Griffey, and Lamarlin Wiggins also turned in strong performances. Griffey made a pair of great catches and his best days are still a few years out. Playing with Nick Patti(QB) will really help his game as a senior. At 6'3, Wiggins is very intriguing as he could project to perhaps OLB or even grow into a TE down the road. USF appears to be his front-runner.

The RB group was led by Armwood's Matt Jones. The UF commit showed why he is considered such a versatile athlete as he was dominant in 1on1's as a WR. The Gator's have recruited him as a much needed big back and Jones is certainly capable of carrying the load at the next level. Dazmond Patterson is small in stature, but big on ability. He has been a camp MVP TWICE this off-season, he will need a school to look past his lack of height(5'5). Ft. Myers Dalvin Battle ran a 4.46 which should really help his stock. He's was not that fast a year ago, but he has worked hard at that aspect of his game and is poised to have a big senior season.


McCord could play OLB or DE at next level
Geoff Vogt, Scout.com

FSU commit Dante Fowler ran a 4.62 at 6'4, 240 pounds. He is built very strong in the lower body and appears to be a lock to be amongst the state's top prospects. He has the athleticism to play OLB, but it is those tools that make him such an elite pass rusher. Big time future. Vero Beach's Dwayne Hoilett and Jefferson's Tyriq McCord are a pair of prospects that could play DE or OLB at the next level. Hoilett is just a hard working athlete with good size and explosion. He holds three offers. McCord looks better every time we see him. He has really added a lot of muscle since his state championship game appearance and will probably hold offers from most of the country after Spring. At the end of last season we would have thought OLB for sure, but he appears to be able to carry a lot more weight down the road. UF is in good shape and their new versatility in defensive scheme should really be attractive to him.

Every year Fort Meade produces D-1 athletes and LB Jamie Willis heads that class next year. The 6'1 athlete has long arms, a strong build, and pure speed. He is starting to pick up major interest.

Marcus Maye took home camp MVP honors after a strong day in coverage. It is often tough for Safeties to shine in 1on1's, but Maye did that today. He has excellent hips and has an elite build for the Safety position. There is a chance he grows into a LB, but that would really only increase his upside down the road.

There was one question remaining on Tyreece Jiles and that was his speed. He answered that with a 4.46 and he did that with an Achilles injury. His stock has sky-rocketed this off-season and he once again showed lock-down skills. Boca Ciega's Elijah McClendon made a name for himself by perhaps being the most competitive player at the camp. He took a ton of reps and challenged everyone. He got beat a few times, but showed the moxie to be a top CB. At 6'0 he has the size that colleges covet.

2013's Vernon Hargreaves is the son of a USF coach and his skill-set is fantastic. He can flat cover. He is poised for a big year and should attract major interest from this point on. Another 2013 prospect who shined was Jayron Kearse. The nephew of "the freak", he checked in at 6'3.5, 185 and was extremely physical at the line of scrimmage. Who knows how big he gets down the road, but right now he appears set on playing Safety where his size will be coveted. Eric Wester ran a 4.45 and has a chance to be one of the top prospects in the state for 2013. He has excellent feet and athleticism and could play either WR or CB.

Overall MVP: Marcus Maye

Offensive MVP: James Brooks

Defensive MVP: Dante Fowler

Notes: It was nice to see Brandon Teeling walking around. The 6'4 Armwood DE suffered an injury to end his season, but appears to ahead of schedule on his recovery.

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