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Houston Workout Warriors

Updated: February 17, 2010, 9:19 AM ET
By Brian Stumpf | ESPN RISE

HOUSTON, Texas -- While Nick Menocal's top overall SPARQ Rating of 114.60 from the Miami Nike Combine survived, it was not for lack of talent in Houston, as five players topped the 100 mark, led by running back Chris Nutall of A&M Consolidated (College Station, Texas) during Sunday's Houston Nike Combine.

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

More then 800 athletes put forth some of the top marks seen so far on the 2010 Nike tour.

Nutall, a 5-foot-7, 175 pounder who ran for 1,400 yards as a junior, is well-put together and certainly looked the part even before testing started. He went on to post the combine's top vertical jump at 41.5 inches, while also showing very well in the three other events: 4.64 40-yard dash, a 4.20 shuttle and a 37-5 foot power ball throw, finishing with a SPARQ Rating of 113.16.

"Right now I've got an offer from SMU," Nutall told ESPN RISE after the event. "Hopefully once schools see how I did today more scholarships will be on the way."

Another player who impressed was 5-foot-11, 256-pound Devon Hocutt of Ellison (Killeen, Texas). A standout at last year's TCU Nike Camp as an sophomore, Hocutt excelled Saturday in testing, clocking a 4.93 40 and posting a 32-inch vertical jump on his way to a 97.68 SPARQ Rating.

There was a host of underclassman who stood out and potentially launched themselves as big-time prospects in the coming years Saturday.

Perhaps the best example of this was 6-foot, 190-pound Corey Thompson of Elkins (Fort Bend, Texas). A starter as a sophomore last year at safety, Thompson finished with a 103.86 SPARQ Rating on the strength of a 36.3 inch vertical jump and 4.28 shuttle. With his size, athletic ability and skill, look for him to be one of the Lone Star State's top prospects in the Class of 2012.

Workout Warriors

40-yard dash

1. C.J. Carter - DeQuincy (DeQuincy, La.), 4.44
Breakdown: 5-8, 155 pounder from 2A school in Louisiana opened eyes Sunday with speed and explosiveness.

2. Armon Owens - Cy Falls (Houston, Texas), 4.49
Breakdown: Owens' height (6-0) and speed should make him a rising prospect in the secondary, just needs to add some weight to his frame.

3. Deante' Gray - Westside (Houston, Texas), 4.50
Breakdown: Speedy 5-8, 159-pound slot receiver caught 46 passes and scored five times last fall as a sophomore.

Vertical jump

1. Chris Nutall - A&M Consolidated (College Station, Texas), 41.5 inches
Breakdown: 5-7, 175 pound running back reporting offers from Texas A&M and SMU also finished with combine's top SPARQ Rating.

2. Charles Jackson - Klein Collins (Klein, Texas), 40.2 inches
Breakdown: Huge showing could be just what this 5-8, 163 pound cornerback needs to start seeing some offers come his way.

3. DeJamal Jones - Atascocita (Humble, Texas), 39.9 inches
Breakdown: 5-9 , 173 pound cornerback probably did not run as well as he wanted to, but his vertical shows that the explosiveness is there.

Shuttle run

1. D.J. Schexnider - Port Neches-Groves (Port Neches, Texas), 3.97
Breakdown: 6-0, 181 pound defensive end also clocked a solid 4.51 40 on his way to one of the days top SPARQ Ratings.

2. (tie) Christopher Showels - Vista Ridge (Cedar Park, Texas), 4.00
Breakdown: Small but super-quick slot receiver had outstanding overall combine.

2. (tie) Bright Ashaka - Taylor (Katy, Texas), 4.00
Breakdown: 5-6, 153 pound running back also came close to placing the top three for vertical as well at 37.9.

Power Ball throw

1. Anthony Smith - Westfield (Spring, Texas), 46 feet
Breakdown: Sturdy Class of 2012 defensive tackle had outstanding overall day, including top power ball throw so far of the year.

2. Tommie Robins - Hendrickson (Pflugerville, Texas), 43 feet
Breakdown: Well-built 5-11, 213 pounder is a safety at Hendrickson, but has the look of a college outside linebacker.

3. C.J. Simon - Kingwood (Kingwood, Texas), 41 feet
Breakdown: Physical 6-1, 257-pound guard/center prospect earned first team all-district 19-5A honors this past fall.

Note: All results should be considered unofficial until full results are posted later in the week.

A quick explanation of the events:

The SPARQ Rating is a scoring system designed to measure football-specific athleticism by combining results in the four combine tests: 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw.

The 40-yard dash at Nike Football Combines are timed using SPARQ digital timing. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events. The shuttle run at the Nike Football Combine is timed with stopwatches, and players must touch the lines with their hand. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events.

The vertical jump at the Nike Football Combine is measured on jump pads in inches. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events. *The kneeling power-ball throw is a test of upper-body and core strength and is measured in feet to the nearest half-foot. Not all players choose to test, and some have their marks scratched in individual events.

ESPN RISE will have much more from the Houston Nike Combine throughout the week, including top testing results from each event, more standout performances, the recruiting buzz from the combine, an all-combine team and complete results by the end of the week.