WRs stand out at UA Miami combine
DAVIE, Fla. -- An outstanding group of wide receivers highlighted the offensive prospects during Sunday's Under Armour combine at the Miami Dolphins training facility.
ESPNU 150 Watch List prospects Tacoi Sumler (Miami/Columbus) and Phillip Dorsett (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Saint Thomas Aquinas) both showed off their explosiveness and were the top Class of 2011 prospects at the position.
"There were some good receivers out here," Sumler said. "There were some top names and then there were some guys that were trying to make names for themselves, so it is pretty much a good turnout."
What the 5-foot-8, 160-pound Sumler lacks in size, he more than makes up for in speed and playmaking ability. He ran a blistering 4.35-second 40-yard dash (laser-timed), a 4.32 short shuttle and a 6.73 L-cone (both events are used to test a prospect's change of direction, quickness and overall athleticism). He also was dominant during one-on-ones.
"I came out here to compete and have fun," Sumler said. "That's what I like to do. I like to talk a little trash every now and then and just like to have fun. This is my proving year. Everybody says I am too small or whatever. So everything that I do, this combine, seven-on-seven, every little step I am taking is just to prove myself nationally."
Sumler recently transferred to Columbus from Gulliver Prep in Miami.
"I love everybody at Gulliver," he said. "Gulliver is still my school, but it was a better fit for me at Columbus. It's Class 6A football, so it's more competition."
Meanwhile, this is the second straight year Dorsett has impressed at this particular event. Last year, he had a big showing during the position drill and one-on-one portion of the event, but was not satisfied with his testing numbers. This year, the numbers were impressive for the 5-10, 170-pounder. He posted a 40 time of 4.41, a 4.35 shuttle and a 6.94 L-cone.
"Last year, I was kind of hurt," he said. "This year, I am healthy and I've been running track, so I guess I got faster. There was great talent out here. There are a lot of kids that are going Division I, so it was amazing to play with all of these top receivers."
Ohio State, Florida, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Tennessee all have offered Dorsett. He grew up a Miami fan and believes the Canes may be close to offering him as well.
Class of 2012 standout Avery Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely), the younger brother of LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, was in a class by himself among the rising juniors at the event. The 6-1, 176-pounder ran a 4.4 40, a blistering 6.66 L-cone and a 4.18 short shuttle.
"This was my first Under Armour combine," Johnson said. "I had fun today. When I first came out, I was kind of nervous. I didn't expect to do so well in the tests. I took some time off during the offseason, so I expected my tests to be really bad. I worked hard and I want to try my best to make the Under Armour All-America Game when the time comes."
Johnson said his relationship with his brother has helped make him a better player.
"I look up to him, and he gives me a couple of pointers before every game."
Johnson caught 50 passes for 705 yards and seven touchdowns during his sophomore season at Ely. LSU is one of the schools showing early interest. He plans to camp in Baton Rouge this summer. UCLA also has shown interest.
The impressive receiver play was not limited to those three. ESPNU 150 Watch List member Eli Rogers (Miami/Northwestern) also put up solid testing numbers (including a 4.28 short shuttle) and was impressive during position drills, one-on-ones and seven-on-seven work. Rogers has good hands, is an excellent route runner and got good news Sunday night when Central Florida became his first scholarship offer.
Rogers' high school teammate, Teddy Bridgewater, also plays receiver, but he worked out primarily at quarterback on Sunday. He did take some reps at receiver and made the most of his opportunities. Bridgewater has good size, runs good routes and has good hands.
Jesse York (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson) also had a good day. Much like Rogers, York is a good route-runner and has the ability to get open. The rising senior is part of another loaded class at Boyd Anderson.
Other receivers that stood out at the event were Marken Michel (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage), Robert Wray (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central), Robbie Anderson (Plantation, Fla./South Plantation), William Dukes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard), Reginald McKnight (Hollywood Hills, Fla./Hollywood Hills), A.J. Sebastiano (Coconut Creek, Fla./North Broward Prep) and Caylin McBeth (Hialeah, Fla./American Senior).
It was not a very deep group, but Bridgewater was the best Class of 2011 prospect at this position. He put up good testing times, particularly in the short shuttle (4.13) and L-cone (7.25). He also broad-jumped 9-11, which was one of the top marks on the day.
Class of 2012 prospect Abe Coleman (Hialeah, Fla./American Senior) displayed the best arm at the event. Several of the coaches that were working with the quarterbacks were raving about his passing ability. Coleman is not the tallest quarterback at 5-11, but could grow, and has been starting since his freshman year.
Events like these are not set up to get a true indication of a running back's ability, and this was not an exceptionally deep group, but Jerron Seymour (Hialeah, Fla./Hialeah) was the top prospect there. He rushed for 1,576 yards and 22 touchdowns a season ago and says Florida International, Tennessee, Memphis, Marshall and West Virginia are showing the most interest right now.
Marquise Wright (Coconut Creek, Fla./Coconut Creek) also had some impressive moments during seven-on-seven work.
Much like running back and quarterback, offensive line was not an exceptionally deep group. From the Class of 2011, guard Jared Maldonado (Hollywood Hills, Fla./Hollywood Hills) is well-regarded by those who scout South Florida, and he had some good moments during the drills Sunday.
Two young prospects from the same school generated most of the buzz at the event. Class of 2013 tackle Sandy Jean-Felix (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson) measured in at 6-5, 238 pounds and has the frame to fill out to the 275-to-300-pound range before he graduates from high school. He has long arms, big hands and moves well for a player of his age and playing experience.
His teammate, Class of 2012 tackle Kameron Davis, measured in at 6-4, 257 pounds, and was also impressive. Davis is a basketball player for Boyd Anderson and has good feet and agility.
Both players, at this early stage, project as Division I prospects when their time comes.
JC Shurburtt covers recruiting for ESPN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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