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Charlotte SPARQ combine recap

WR Jody Fuller posted the best SPARQ rating and proved why he's so sought after

Originally Published: March 21, 2011
By Greg Biggins | ESPN RISE

CHARLOTTE -- The 2011 Nike SPARQ combine tour headed to Charlotte in what was the biggest turnout of the year. Close to 1,100 kids attended the combine headlined by one of the most heavily recruited receivers in the region.

Top rising senior

Jody Fuller, WR (Monroe, N.C./Sun Valley)
It's not often the top overall recruit at the combine also scores the highest SPARQ rating. The ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect measured in at a 6-foot, 203 pounds and boasts over 20 scholarship offers from schools like North Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He put up a 115.62 SPARQ rating, best overall at the combine, highlighted by his 43-foot throw in the power ball and jumping nearly 35 inches in the vertical. Fuller can definitely get it done on the field as well as he hauled in 77 passes for 850 yards and 16 touchdowns last season.

Rising senior honorable mention

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comDevin Oliver's 41.6-inch vertical helped him score the second best SPARQ rating in Charlotte.

Devin Oliver, RB (Warsaw, N.C./North Duplin)
Oliver had a great combine finishing with the No. 2 SPARQ rating in the event at 114.15. He did everything well clocking a 4.56 in the 40, throwing the power ball 38 feet and jumping 41.6 inches in the vertical. The 5-8, 165-pound scat back rushed for over 1,400 yards and 27 touchdowns last season and has an offer from North Carolina State.

Romond Deloatch, WR (Hampton, Va./Phoebus)
Deloatch is potentially one of the elite receivers in the region. Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina have offered the 6-5, 207-pounder who caught 24 balls for 422 yards and five touchdowns last season. He won't wow you with his speed but he still put up an 89.37 SPARQ rating, highlighted by his 41-foot toss in the power ball.

Alex Keys, WR (Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County)
Keys is an intriguing player who showed good athleticism His older brother, Ray, is a receiver for Virginia and the Cavs are the younger Keys' favorite school as well. Alex Keys clocked a 4.58 in the 40 and jumped nearly 39 inches in the vertical for a 101.04 SPARQ rating, good for sixth best at the combine. As a junior, Alex Keys had 1,400 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns and said Duke could be close to offering.

Jay Jay McCullough, ATH (Fort Mill, S.C./Nation Ford)
McCullough is a jumbo athlete who could potentially play a number of positions in college. He rushed for 600 yards and caught passes for another 300 with 15 total touchdowns last season. At 6-4, 233 pounds, McCullough finished with a 98.13 SPARQ rating after running a 4.73 in the 40 and jumped 33.6 inches in the vertical. Clemson has offered.

Rhakeem Stallings, LB (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith)
Stalling is an athletic linebacker who had 12 sacks last season. At 6-0, 205 pounds, he clocked a 4.68 in the 40 and threw the power ball 42 feet, finishing with a 109.65 SPARQ rating, good enough for third best at the combine. Stallings is still waiting for his first offer.

Top underclassman

Derrick Green, RB (Richmond, Va./Hermitage)
Just a sophomore, when Sept. 1 rolls around, look for Green to reel in offers from just about every top program in the nation. Green, who hails from the same school as Ohio State linebacker signee Curtis Grant, rushed for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. At 5-11, 225 pounds Green is a load but can move clocking a 4.75 in the 40 and jumped 32 inches in the vertical to finish with a 92.07 SPARQ rating.

Underclassmen honorable mention

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comFreshman Braxton Berrios' 99.15 SPARQ rating is the best for any freshman this spring.

Braxton Berrios, DB (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville)
Just a freshman, Berios had a great workout clocking a 4.58 in the 40, jumping 36 inches in the vertical and throwing the power ball 38 feet. His 99.15 SPARQ rating is the best for any freshman this spring. The 5-9, 163-pound corner started as a true freshman last season and is definitely a player to watch over the coming seasons.

Lavadrick Glenn, RB (Clinton, S.C./Clinton)
Glenn had his coming out party in the state championship game of his freshman season when he led Clinton to a championship. He followed that up with a solid sophomore season rushing for 791 yards and 14 touchdowns and looked good in Charlotte with a 97.50 SPARQ rating. The 5-8, 194 pound back clocked a 4.28 in the shuttle, jumped 31.6 inches in the vertical and threw the power ball 40 feet.

Bucky Hodges, QB (Virginia Beach, Va./Salem)
The 2013 signal-caller threw for 1,602 yards and 13 touchdowns last season and already boasts offers from Virginia Tech and Virginia. Hodges measured in at 6-6, 205 pounds and showed surprising athleticism with a 4.41 time in the shuttle, jumping 33.1 inches in the vertical and finished with a very solid 86.70 SPARQ rating.

Keeon Johnson, WR (Kannapolis, N.C./A.L. Brown)
The big, physical receiver had the top underclass SPARQ Rating at the combine with a 100.11 rating, good enough for seventh best overall. The 6-2, 190-pounder has a college frame right now and tested very well running a 4.76 in the 40, jumping 35.6 inches in the vertical and throwing the power ball 38 feet.

Jesse Santiago, WR (Yorktown, Va./Grafton)
The two-sport standout was also an all-league basketball player. The 61, 179 pound receiver is more quick than fast and finished with a 93.96 SPARQ rating highlighted by a 4.25 time in the shuttle and a 40-foot power ball throw.

Top fives

SPARQ rating
1. Jody Fuller, WR (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) -- 115.62
2. Devin Oliver, RB (Warsaw, N.C./North Duplin) -- 114.15
3. Rhakeem Stallings, LB (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith) -- 109.65
4. Dominique Green, DB (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) -- 109.53
5. Marinus Bunn, WR (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) -- 102.06

40-yard dash
1. Rontonio Stanley, RB (Nakina, N.C./South Columbus) -- 4.53
T2. Devin Oliver, RB (Warsaw, N.C./North Duplin) -- 4.56
T2. Terrance Scott, DB (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) -- 4.56
T4. Braxton Berrios ('14), DB (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) -- 4.58
T4. Alexander Keys, WR (Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County) -- 4.58

20-yard shuttle
T1. Marinus Bunn, WR (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) -- 3.96
T1. Bryan Van Cleave, RB (Taylor Town, N.C./Pinecrest) -- 3.96
T3. Tavist Pearson, RB (Southern Pines, N.C./Pinecrest) -- 4.03
T3. Travis Scales, QB (Taylor Town, N.C./Pinecrest) -- 4.03
T3. Tristan Walker, WR (Raleigh, N.C./Southeast) -- 4.03

Kneeling power ball toss
1. Jaleel Roberts ('13), DE (Charlotte, N.C./Providence) -- 44 feet
T2. Jody Fuller, WR (Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley) -- 43.5 feet
T2. Trey Shepherd ('13), DL (Woodleaf, N.C./West Rowan) -- 43.5 feet
4. Dominique Green, DB (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) -- 43 feet
5. Rhakeem Stallings, LB (Chesapeake, Va./Oscar Smith) -- 42 feet

Vertical jump
1. Jamel Johnson, DB (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) -- 42.7 inches
2. Devin Oliver, RB (Warsaw, N.C./North Duplin) -- 41.6 inches
3. Dominique Green, DB (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) -- 39.3 inches
4. Alexander Keys, WR (Rocky Mount, Va./Franklin County) -- 38.5 inches
5. Joseph Brevard, RB (Columbia, S.C./Camden) -- 38.1 inches