Commentary

Seven players RISE to the challenge

Updated: March 2, 2010, 6:42 AM ET
By Kynon Codrington | ESPN RISE

ORLANDO, Fla. -- In a combine featuring more than 1,000 players, it was not easy picking the top seven overall prospects. The Sunshine State's top performers and an out-of-state headliner stole the spotlight in Orlando. Based on both combine performance and college potential, here's our look at the RISE 7 from Saturday's Nike Combine in Orlando.

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Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the NIKE Orlando Combine and Elite 11. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.

Andre Davis, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.) - Wide Receiver

Davis decided to make the short drive up Interstate-4 and test in Orlando. He has long arms and is a fluid athlete. The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder ran a 4.43 shuttle and had a 30-inch vertical jump. With his tall frame and vertical hops he creates a size disadvantage in one-on-one match-ups and red zone opportunities. He is one of the top receivers in the state and boasts offers from Miami, Florida State, Purdue, South Florida and Texas Tech amongst others.

Jabari Hunt-Days, Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.) - Running Back/Linebacker
Hunt-Days is a well-built running back and linebacker. He showed great lateral agility with a 4.29 shuttle time along with the second best kneeling power ball throw of the day, 41-5 feet. The stocky 6-foot-2, 226-pound athlete posted a 104.31 SPARQ Rating. Toledo has offered and look for BCS schools to jump in the mix over the next few months.

J.J. Keels, Florida Air Academy (Melbourne, Fla.) - Running Back
There was not a better athlete on the field then Keels. We mentioned the all-around back in our preview article and he more than lived up to his top billing. The 5-9, 180-pounder recorded the top SPARQ Rating of 106.29 on the strength of his 4.51 40-yard dash and 38.2-inch vertical. Keels excels in the combine format, but he gets it done Friday nights too. Last fall, he eclipsed 1,800 yards rushing and accounted for 27 total touchdowns.

Tyler Moore, Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) - Offensive Line
Moore impressed coaches with his 71.91 SPARQ Rating, the second best mark for an offensive lineman in attendance. Moore moves well at 6-5, 299 pounds. He demonstrated excellent quickness with a 4.75 shuttle. The Nebraska pledge will follow in his dad's footsteps and play for the Huskers when he is expected to sign his intent for the Class of 2011.

Devondrick Nealy, Jefferson County (Monticello, Fla.) - Running Back
At 5-8, 173 pounds Nealy is a dynamic all-purpose back. He recorded a 4.76 40 and solid 4.62 shuttle in wet conditions. He displayed good straight-line speed and sudden burst quickness. The fleet-footed athlete reports offers from Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Duke, Stanford and Florida International.

NIKE Elite 11 Links

Over the next week, ESPN RISE will have several items pertaining to the NIKE Orlando Combine and Elite 11. For complete coverage of the event be sure to check ESPN RISE daily.

Sam Smiley, Raines (Jacksonville, Fla.) - Quarterback
The dual-threat QB checked in at 5-11, 166-pounds and the speedster athlete ran a 4.6 40. Smiley also finished with a 4.40 shuttle and 33.4 vertical jump. He is taking over the starting job next fall following the transfer of Herman Tapley to First Coast. The multi-skilled prospect claims an early offer from Illinois.

Quayshun Smith, Godby (Tallahassee, Fla.) - Defensive Back
Smith had a stellar combine showing. He sizzled with a 4.39 40 and 4.00 shuttle time. The 5-8, 157-pounder has explosive athletic ability and a game-breaking skill set. Off the gridiron, he stars on the Cougars track team and is a standout in the triple jump. So far he lists an offer from Arkansas and is receiving interest from other BCS programs for track.

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

*Players are listed in alphabetical order