- Corey Long, Reporter, RecruitingNation
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Quarterback Chandler Shantz came a long way from Derby, Kan., to compete in the South Florida Elite Scouting Services combine, but it was all part of a plan.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound junior accounted for nearly 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns last season at Buhler (Kan.) High School and ventured to Florida for the competition and quite possibly a new home.
"I would really love to play college football here in Florida," Shantz said. "It's beautiful here, the weather is great and there's so much talent on the field."
Shantz, who made the trip with his father, will be in the Sunshine State until Tuesday and plans to visit Florida Atlantic, Florida International and Miami on Monday.
"I'm excited to check out the campuses and meet the coaching staffs," Shantz said. "Hopefully they will be interested in me and willing to consider an offer."
Shantz has an offer from Tulsa and is being looked at by Kansas State and Northwestern.
"I'm really better in a spread sort of offense," Shantz said. "I like the short-passing game and the opportunity to spread the ball around to the players when they are in space."
Shantz saw no shortage of players he'd love to play with Saturday.
"Man, there are some fast kids here," Shantz said. "Huge difference from what you see in Kansas."
Jean-Felix focused on grades
It's been a positive off season for Watch List offensive lineman Sandley Jean-Felix (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson) as the 6-5, 295-pound junior has made good strides academically.
"I really had to work on raising my core GPA this semester," said Jean-Felix. "And I am doing much better in the classroom right now. My core GPA is up to a 2.1 and everything is coming together a lot better."
Jean-Felix has offers from West Virginia, Florida International, Texas Tech and Middle Tennessee State but expects the list to rise as spring approaches.
"Several other schools like Florida State and Miami and Alabama have requested my transcripts and they want to make sure I'm close to where I need to be before offering," Jean-Felix adds. "A lot of other big schools are looking at me and will be here in the spring."
Outside of the classroom Jean-Felix remains a student of the game has he prepares for his third year starting at Boyd Anderson.
"I'm just trying to get better and continue to understand more of the game," Jean-Felix said. "I've only been playing since my ninth grade and now that I see that football is a ticket for me I want to make sure I do what's necessary on and off the field to make it happen."
Cogswell wants to make early decision
With offers from Nebraska, Central Michigan and Hawaii things are looking good for Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage quarterback Tyler Cogswell.
The 6-4, 210-pound junior, who threw for 1,833 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2011, said he continues to be approached by other programs.
"I've been talking with Arkansas, Duke and West Virginia as well," Cogswell said. "They are going to visit during spring practice."
Cogswell had the opportunity to attend Arkansas' junior day.
"I loved everything about the school and it was a great opportunity to meet the coaching staff," Cogswell said. "I've been talking coach Paul Petrino regularly and things are definitely looking up with them."
Cogswell also visited Penn State and talk with the Nittany Lions' new head coach Bill O'Brien.
"Coach O'Brien is a very impressive coach and I think he's going to be very successful," Cogswell said. "When you look at his history and especially the quarterbacks he's worked with over the years it gets your attention."
Cogswell hopes to have a final decision sometime over the summer and before the start of his senior year.
"I'm probably going to get to Nebraska and Central Michigan over the summer," Cogswell added. "I want to see all of the schools that offered me."
Other combine notes
• Proving the old wounds die slow, there was plenty of playful banter between players from Belle Glades (Fla.) Glades Central and the coaching staff at Miami Norland. In the third round of the Class 5A playoffs, Norland defeated Glades Central, 27-14, en route to a state championship. "They are going to try to get us this year," said Norland coach Daryl Heidelburg, "But they are going to have to come to Miami to do this time."
• Class of 2015 running back Jordan Scarlett (Davie, Fla./University School) looked like a future top star. The 5-10, 191-pound freshman ran a 4.55 in the 40-yard dash while running into the wind and a 4.46 with the wind to his back. Scarlett rushed for nearly 600 yards and 14 touchdowns during his freshman season.
• One player who could have an eventful spring is Pompano Beach (Fla.) Blanche Ely cornerback Rashard Robinson. The 6-3, 170-pound junior was timed between 4.27 and 4.35 on his 40-yard dash time and had a 36-inch vertical jump. "I'm starting to hear a lot from college coaches, especially after making the South Florida Express team," Robinson said. "I've been talking to Florida, Alabama, FIU, Clemson, Wisconsin and they are all going to see me in the spring."
• The biggest participate in Saturday's combine had to be Hollywood Hills (Fla.) HS offensive lineman Josh Deuyour. The 6-9, 318-pound sophomore certainly passes the eye test but he understands how important is to pass the football test. "I'm in the weight room and just working harder to be a better player," Deuyour said. "Hopefully I'll continue to improve from my sophomore to my junior year and then we'll see what happens."
QB Chandler Shantz traveled from Kansas to South Florida for ESS combine as well as plan to visit several Florida schools