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Tuesday, February 9, 2010
RISE 7: Miami

By Greg Biggins

In a combine that numbered close to 850 players, it wasn't easy picking the top seven overall prospects. Based on both combine performance and college potential, here's our look at the RISE 7 from Saturday's Nike Combine in Miami.

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Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the NIKE Miami Combine. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.

*Players are listed in alphabetical order

Anytime you run the fastest 40-yard dash at a talent-loaded combine like Miami, you are going to turn some heads. In Torrey Campbell's case, it will only add to an already loaded resume. The 5-10.5, 172-pound running back/cornerback from Barron Collier (Naples, Fla.) made the three and half hour drive on Alligator Alley from Florida's Gulf Coast well worth his while by blazing a 4.41 40-yard dash. Cousin of NFL great Edgerrin James, Campbell already has offers in from Maryland and Clemson and should only see his stock surge in the coming weeks.

Another prospect who hailed from the "239" and turned heads Saturday was Cape Coral's (Cape Coral, Fla.) Edsel Caprice. An all-area pick as a junior after chalking up 20 sacks as a rush end, the athletic 6-2, 182-pounder showed the athleticism that could easily allow him to transition to outside linebacker in college, clocking a 4.45 40 and posting a 39-inch vertical jump on his way to a 98.19 SPARQ Rating. Speed and the ability to get to the quarterback should bring Caprice his first official offer sooner than later.

With scholarship offers already in the bag from the likes of Ohio State, Florida State, Miami and others, Plantation (Plantation, Fla.) safety Jeremy Cash came into Saturday's combine with little to prove. This is South Florida though, and as ESPN RISE has learned through the years, the best in South Florida never back away from competition or getting better and that was just the case with Cash. The 6-0.5, 183-pounder posted outstanding numbers on Saturday that will only add to his status as one of South Florida's best, clocking a 4.56 40, jumping 35.6 inches in the vertical and throwing the power ball 37 1/2 feet for a SPARQ Rating of 96.57.

The most impressive lineman of the day was unquestionably Zach DeBell out of Tarpon Springs (Tarpon Springs, Fla.). Few players traveled further than the 300 miles DeBell did to attend, and the 6-foot-6, 257 pounder didn't stop impressing once he stepped on the turf. DeBell showed his athleticism running a 5.09 40 with a 4.84 time in the shuttle and jumping 26.3 inches in the vertical for a 69.93 SPARQ Rating, an outstanding number for a big man. Minnesota and Florida International have offered and DeBell, a combo DL/OL, should have several more programs coming after him this spring.

Like Cash, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) WR Rashad Greene came into the Nike Combine already known as one of South Florida's top receivers after a junior season in which he earned second team all-Broward County honors. After his showing Saturday, Greene now might lay claim as one of the top receivers in the nation. Few pass-catchers nationally can combine his solid size (6-0, 170 pounds) with game-breaking speed (4.42 digitally-timed 40) and leaping ability (41-inch vertical jump). Greene already has offers from Florida and Florida State, but should be a national recruit come spring.

The top SPARQ Rating of the day belonged to rocked-out 6-2, 235-pound DE/OLB Nick Menocal of Belen Jesuit (Miami, Fla.). Menocal finished with a 114.60 rating, running 4.59 in the 40 and throwing the power ball 40 1/2 feet, and he's not just a testing freak as he also earned all-Dade County honors this fall while helping Belen all the way to the 3A state title game. Menocal will likely be recruited as a defensive lineman considering how big he already is and FIU is his first scholarship offer.

Glades Central (Belle Glade, Fla.) prospect Robert Way compares very favorably to Edsel Caprice, as both had 20-sack seasons in the fall as undersized defensive ends and showed the athletic ability that could project them to linebacker based on their testing Saturday. Way, a 6-1.5, 184-pounder, ran 4.45 in the 40 and showed good strength as well with a 33-foot power ball throw. The all-Palm Beach County pick should be the next highly-sought star from Glades, who has produced notables like Fred Taylor and Santonio Holmes over the years.