ORLANDO, Fla. -- The rainy weather and chilly temperatures did not deter more then 1,000 players from testing at the Nike Football Combine in Orlando on Saturday.
The testing conditions were less than ideal as strong winds and a steady rainfall pounded the grass at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex. However, three athletes survived the storm to top the SPARQ Rating century mark.
Florida Air Academy (Melbourne, Fla.) running back J.J. Keels was the days top combine performer with a 106.29 SPARQ Rating. At last year's Orlando Nike Combine the 5-foot-10, 180-pound sleeper recorded a 106.38 score. Last season, Keels rushed for 1,817 yards on 183 carries and 23 touchdowns. Duke and Florida International have offered, but look for his recruitment to heat up following another impressive combine performance.
Not far behind Keels was Jabari Days from Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.) with a 104.31 SPARQ Rating. Days made the trek from the Atlanta metro area accompanied by his dad and older brother, Synjyn, a class of 2010 signee of Georgia Tech.
Quayshun Smith of Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.) posted the top 40-yard dash time with a 4.39 and a respectable 36.6 vertical jump en route to a 103.38 SPARQ Rating. Smith reports an Arkansas offer to go along with a track offer from Miami.
Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) offensive lineman Tyler Moore had little to prove at the combine, but impressed the coaching staff with a 71.91 SPARQ Rating. The Nebraska commit showed off his lateral quickness with a 4.75 shuttle time. Moore was named a Class 5A All-State selection in 2009.
Bayside quarterback Richard Burrows from Palm Bay (Fla.) registered a 96.00 SPARQ Rating. The dual-threat quarterback scored a 109.71 mark in Orlando last year and continues to prove he is a workout warrior. The 6-3, 177-pounder racked up over 1,600 total yards and 18 touchdowns during his junior season.
1. Quayshun Smith - Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.), 4.39
_Breakdown: Speedy athlete with upside at cornerback, slot receiver, or as a return man.
2. Wintrez Thomas - Bucholz (Gainesville, Fla.), 4.43
_Breakdown: Named to the Gainesville Sun Honorable Mention All-Area team as a running back last fall.
3. Karl Barr - Orange Park (Orange Park, Fla.), 4.48
Breakdown: 5-9, 146-pound running back is out to make a name for himself on the combine circuit.
1. J.J. Keels - Florida Air Academy (Melbourne, Fla.), 38.2 inches_
Breakdown: Standout back is one of the top prospects in the state and should start to garner more interest this spring.
2. Henry Eaddy - Olympia (Orlando, Fla.), 36.9 inches_
Breakdown: Diminutive wide out with great athleticism and big play ability.
3. (Tie) Quayshun Smith - Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.), 36.6 inches
_Breakdown: 5-8, 157-pounder has the athletic tools to be a difference maker.
3. (Tie) Marvin Stewart, Jr. - Lake Gibson (Lakeland, Fla.), 36.6 inches
Breakdown: Displayed good vertical leap and blistering 4.25 shuttle.
1. Quayshun Smith - Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.), 4.00
_Breakdown: Smith was among the combine's best at nearly every station.
2. (Tie) Henry Eaddy - Olympia (Orlando, Fla.), 4.16
_Breakdown: The up-and-coming receiver looks to see more time next season for emerging Olympia program.
2. (Tie) Perry Joseph - Gibbs (St. Petersburg, Fla.), 4.16
Breakdown: Excellent shuttle and short area burst.
3. Latravius Manuel - Olympia (Orlando, Fla.), 4.18
Breakdown: Manuel was two-hundredth of a second slower than Olympia teammate, Eaddy.
Power Ball throw
1. Austin Peavler - Wellington Community (West Palm Beach, Fla.), 42 feet_
Breakdown: The 6-3, 274-pound offensive lineman earned all-conference honors last year and increased his SPARQ Rating nine percentage points from the Miami Nike Combine earlier this month.
2. Jabari Hunt-Days - Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.), 41-5 feet_
Breakdown: The 6-2, 226-pounder also blazed a 4.29 shuttle, reports an early offer from Toledo.
3. Drakkar Johnson - Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.), 39-5 feet _
Breakdown: Wilson is looking for an increased role at defensive line for the Class 5A state runner-up Hurricanes.
Editors Note: All results should be considered unofficial until full results are posted later in the week. Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the NIKE Orlando Football Combine. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.
At the conclusion of the Nike Football Combine tour, the top 20 SPARQ Rated athletes will be invited out to Portland (Ore.) for a SPARQ Rating National Championship competition to be held July 7-9.
A quick explanation of the events: The SPARQ Rating is a scoring system designed to measure football-specific athleticism by combining results in the four combine tests: 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw.
The 40-yard dash at Nike Football Combines are timed using SPARQ digital timing. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events. The shuttle run at the Nike Football Combine is timed with stopwatches, and players must touch the lines with their hand. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events.
The vertical jump at the Nike Football Combine is measured on jump pads in inches. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events. *The kneeling power-ball throw is a test of upper-body and core strength and is measured in feet to the nearest half-foot. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events.
ESPN RISE will have much more from the Pittsburgh Nike Combine throughout the week, including top testing results from each event, more standout performances, the recruiting buzz from the combine, an all-combine team and complete results by the end of the week.