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Two Ohio talents shine in NYC

A blend of stars and surprising names dominate the New York Nike combine

Updated: May 2, 2012, 12:52 PM ET
By Kynon Codrington | ESPNHS

NEW YORK -- The Nike Football SPARQ Combine made a stop in the Empire State on Saturday afternoon, as more than 900 prospects converged at the fields of Randall's Island Park. Two Ohio natives stole the show, as one of them recorded the day's highest SPARQ rating and is looking to rise on the recruiting scene after his impressive performance.

Chardron (Ohio) running back Alex Muir racked up one of the day's top SPARQ ratings with a 102.66. Muir had the highest vertical jump at 39.6 inches and blazed a 4.16 shuttle. The athletic scat back was an Honorable Mention All-Region prospect last fall. Muir is looking to attend Akron's summer camp and garner some interest from in-state FBS schools.

Ross Douglas of Avon (Ohio) finished in the top three with a solid 107.07. Douglas has committed to Penn State and is considered one of the premier cornerbacks in the area. The future Nittany Lion clocked the fastest 40 at the event with a 4.50 to go along with an ultra-quick 4.09 shuttle time. His straight-line speed and change-of-direction skills should help him see the field early when he gets to State College.

Local prospect Ebenezer Ogundeko out of Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) did nothing to tarnish his growing repuation and offer list in posting an impressive 91.77 SPARQ rating. Ogundeko tossed the power ball 40 feet and had a 32-inch vertical. The stout defensive lineman reported an early Syracuse offer back in February after the Philadelphia Nike Combine. Now, the 6-foot-3, 227-pounder boasts more than 20 offers. He has made the most of the offseason combine circuit and is certainly one to watch this fall.


Top Class of 2013 Performer

Ross Douglas, DB, Avon (Ohio)
Douglas possesses the speed and agility to be a lockdown defensive back at the next level. He has the requisite size and length to challenge bigger receivers. Penn State has a good one coming to Happy Valley in the Class of 2013.


Class of 2013 Honorable Mention Performers

Ebenezer Ogundeko, DL, Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
This rising talent notched a respectable SPARQ rating in Philadelphia this February that opened a lot of eyes. Ogundeko was able to improve on his score Saturday and prove he is emerging as a special player. He has the skill set to be a dominant lineman if he keeps progressing.

TBD Editor
Tom Hauck/ESPNHSTailback Augustus Edwards of Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.) has offers from Rutgers, Connecticut and Vanderbilt.
Augustus Edwards, RB, Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.)
Power back showed good speed with a 4.58 40. Edwards already holds eight offers, and that number could expand during the evaluation period.

Kel Parham, DB, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.)
Parham made the trek from the Peach State and didn't disappoint. He ran a 4.59 40 to go with a 4.27 shuttle. The big-play secondary defender is reporting an ECU offer.

David Coggins, WR, Sacred Heart (Waterbury, Conn.)
The reliable wideout registered a 4.20 shuttle and 38-foot power ball toss en route to a 97.95 SPARQ rating. Coggins claims an offer from Boston College.


Top Underclass Performer

Brandon Johnston ('14), RB, The Brunswick School (Stamford, Conn.)
Johnston tallied the day's highest rating among underclassmen in attendance with an 80.04. The shifty rusher had a 4.66 40 and 4.29 shuttle. He has impressive lateral quickness and should improve as he starts to fill out his frame.

Other underclassmen who impressed
TE Danny Douelfakar ('14), 6-1, 205, Queen of Peace (Harrison, N.J.)
WR Ronnie Beswick ('14), 6-0, 166 Archbishop Spalding (Dundalk, Md.)
RB Royale Jamison ('15), 5-8, 160, Canterbury School (Bronx, N.Y.)


Below is a list of top five performers from each testing category. Stay tuned to ESPNHS.com and the Nike Football SPARQ Combine homepage the rest of the week for more coverage from the New York Nike Combine.

New York Nike Combine Top Fives

SPARQ Rating
1. John Haggart RB, 6-1, 206, Sayville (N.Y.) -- 107.22
2. Ross Douglas, DB, 5-10, 181, Avon (Ohio) -- 107.07
3. Alex Muir, RB, 5-9, 166, Chardon (Ohio) -- 102.66
4. Kyle Buss, DB, 5-10, 170, Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.) -- 100.56
5. David Coggins, WR, 5-11, 179, Sacred Heart (Waterbury, Conn.) -- 97.95

40-yard dash
1. Ross Douglas, DB, 5-10, 181, Avon (Ohio) -- 4.50
2. Joan Toribio, RB, 5-6.5, 148, Torrington (Conn.) -- 4.57
3. Augustus Edwards, RB, 6-1, 221, Tottenville (Staten Island, N.Y.) -- 4.58
4. Kel Parham, DB, 5-11, 180, McEachern (Powder Springs, Ga.) -- 4.59
5. Christophher Woolbright, LB, 6-2, 192, School of Sports Management (Brooklyn, N.Y.) -- 4.60

20-yard shuttle
1. Kyle Buss, DB, 5-10, 170, Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.) -- 4.00
2. Ross Douglas, DB, 5-10, 181, Avon (Ohio) -- 4.09
2. Jordan Kelso, DB, 5-11, 170, Bordentown Regional (Cookstown, N.J.) -- 4.09
2. Albert Daggs, DB, 5-9, 178, Shenendehowa (Clifton Park, N.Y.) -- 4.09
2. Mike Grabert, DB, 5-8, 171, Egg Harbor (N.J.) -- 4.09

Kneeling Power Ball toss
1. Peter Angeh, DL, 6-1.5, 239, The Bullis School (Silver Spring, Md.) -- 40.5
2. Ryan Ammerman, WR, 6-1.5, 200, Malvern Prep (West Chester, Pa.) -- 40 feet
2. Ebenezer Ogundeko, DL, 6-3, 227, Thomas Jefferson (Brooklyn, N.Y.) -- 40 feet
2. Aaron Genevese, OL, 6-2, 295, Whitehall (Pa.) -- 40 feet
3. Austin Kravchuck, LB, 6-0, 205, Lake Catholic (Mentor, Ohio) -- 39 feet

Vertical Jump
1. Alex Muir, RB, 5-9, 166, Chardon (Ohio) -- 39.6 inches
2. Ronnie Beswick ('14), WR, 6-0, 166, Archbishop Spalding (Dundalk, Md.) -- 38.1 inches
3. Kenyon Turner, DB, 5-9, 152, Parkside (Painter, Va.) -- 37.1 inches
4. D'andre Smith, DB, 5-9, 147, Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) -- 37 inches
5. John Sheperd, DB, 5-9, 167, William C. Bryant (Jam, N.Y.) -- 36.8