Commentary

First Impressions: Miami Nike Combine

Updated: February 8, 2010, 9:52 PM ET
By Kynon Codrington | ESPN RISE

As always, the talent came out to compete at the NIKE Miami Combine on Saturday at North Miami Stadium (Miami, Fla.).

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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.

While established stars like junior wide receiver Rashad Greene (St. Thomas Aquinas/Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and junior defensive back Jeremy Cash (Plantation/Plantation, Fla.), more than lived up to the hype, other top prospects and schools impressed. The ESPN RISE staff gave their quick thoughts on who stood out at the star-studded combine.

Brian Stumpf: The kid who really impressed me was running back Sony Michel (American Heritage/Plantation, Fla.). Michel, the phenom who led Broward County in rushing as an 8th grader last fall, showed he will be a national recruit down the road. He checked in at 5-foot-11, 182-pounds and clocked a legit 4.6 laser-timed 40-yard dash at just 14-years old.

Greg Biggins: Rashad Greene is the most impressive wide receiver I've seen on the combine this year. His 4.42 40 and 41-inch vertical jump were off the charts, but what stood out most was his work ethic and desire to get better. Greene already holds offers from Florida and Florida State among others and showed he's definitely one of the top prospects in the south this year.

Michael White: As usual Miami did not disappoint being loaded with talent and speed. I have to say I was really impressed with how the athletes demonstrated true passion representing their team colors and showing up as a team.

Eugene Jackson: For this to be the home of the Super Bowl, some high school athletes impressed more me than some of the players that will be playing on Sunday. Kids showed up after ACT testing and showed their commitment to get better. The competition was intense from start to finish and the players were consistently looking to one up each other.

Kynon Codrington: South Florida athletes showed why this is arguably the top state for speed and talent. What stood out to me was the amount of players who attended with offers who only wanted to prove themselves against the best. There isn't a better place to show you belong than Miami.