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Florida commits shine at SPARQ combine

2/26/2012

WINTER GARDENS, Fla. -- Five of Florida's 10 verbal commits showed up at the Nike Football SPARQ Combine on Sunday afternoon in Central Florida.

For running back commit Adam Lane, who broke his lower fibula last fall and had a metal plate inserted in to his leg, this was his first extensive testing since the injury. The results were positive.

Forty-yard dash times were consistently slow on the day because of poor weather conditions, but Lane was still disappointed with his 4.72.

Two drills that really tested Lane's leg were the 5-10-5 shuttle drill and the vertical jump. Lane passed both with flying colors. He was clocked at 4.32-seconds in the shuttle and had a vertical jump of 33.6 inches. Lane also had a ball toss of 38 feet. He ended up with a SPARQ score of 103.47.

Lane said he was just excited to get back on the field.

"I felt really good," Lane said. "I was proud that I was a Gator today."

Florida defensive tackle commit Caleb Brantley measured in at 6-foot-3, 307 pounds. On his first attempt at the 40-yard dash, Brantley pulled up limping with what appeared to be a hamstring issue. He did not participate in the remaining running or vertical drills but did have an impressive medicine ball toss of 42 feet.

Florida safety commit Keanu Neal measured in at 6-1, 200. His stats were very similar to those of Lane. Neal posted a 4.65 40, 4.34 shuttle, and a 34-inch vertical. He finished with a SPARQ score of 90.72

Though Neal had a solid SPARQ score, he said he felt like he could improve in some areas.

"I felt that I performed fairly well," Neal said. "There's a lot of things I can improve on because there's always room for improvement. So I'm going to continue to work and make sure I'm faster, stronger and quicker the next time I participate in an event like that."

Quinton Powell, a Florida linebacker commit, ran the 40 in 4.8 seconds and the shuttle in 4.28. Powell also posted a vertical jump of 32.1 inches and threw the medicine ball 38 feet. He finished the day with a SPARQ score of 94.

Powell was disappointed with his performance but tried to keep things in perspective.

"I felt like I could have done better," Powell said, "but then again I didn't train for this combine."

Another Florida linebacker commit, James Hearns, was in attendance. But because of an ACL injury suffered last season, he did not compete.