On Saturday, February 18th, a new concept in football combines took shape at Ives Park in Northeast Miami-Dade County.
While so many combines are held and several fall short of what the goals are – The EVENT – Miami held its inaugural showcase of South Florida talent.
Under the watchful eye of THE EVENT organizers Raul Sosa (ProstyleAthletics.com) Eddie Crespo (RedZoneElite7on7.com) and Lazaro Suarez (Bleechr.com), dozens of combine attendees saw exactly what the plan was from the beginning.
“What The EVENT was designed for is to give the student/athlete the complete experience,” said Suarez, who was part of a team of photographers, videographers and a heavy social media saturation. “Learning from top coaches and instructors and having exposure and providing every high school attendee with a profile and a write-up, was what we set out to do. It’s tough to match what this offered in Miami, and will provide moving forward.”
Perhaps the key of any combine or camp is having qualified teachers and coaches. The EVENT - Miami rolled out some of the best, including former Miami Dolphin Chris Chambers (Chamber Football), who has been getting plenty of athletes better and competing at a high level for years.
Chambers worked with tremendous receivers on hand, giving them and advantage they will never receive at any other combine you will tend.
While Chambers was getting it done with the receivers, Wesley Carroll (Quarterback Prep), who started for St. Thomas Aquinas for three years, before going on to Mississippi State and finishing off at FIU, handled a very impressive group of quarterbacks.
The coaching staff also included Carl Dorismond (ProStyle Athletics/Strength Coach), former Florida Gator defensive back standout Dorian Munroe and Chuck Brown (Defensive Line Coach/TrenchSetters) and Kevin Lopez (Trainer).
“When you have so many qualified coaches – it really makes the entire experience so much better,” Sosa pointed out. “You can see out here how much these young men are learning. The experience that we have here is amazing, and I hope that these rising football prospects understand what kind of first class knowledge they have a chance to learn.”
THE EVENT – MIAMI
Breaking down the talent was something that all the coaches had the opportunity to do during drills and even the testing portion – where athletes ran the 40, competed in the Pro Shuttle, Broad Jump and Bench Press before learning something about their position.
QUARTERBACKS CAPTURE THE SPOTLIGHT
Wesley Carroll had a number of passers that he has watched in the past, but also was impressed with some of the younger arms as well.
“This only showed me that the talent into the future in South Florida is going to rise,” Carroll explained. “You watch and tell the athletes what they can do to have better mechanics. I have always felt that at a combine, if the athlete leaves and learned one thing that he can use, then spending the time was a success – for me and the athlete.”
Here are the quarterbacks that Carroll and those in attendance had the chance to see. Make sure you hold on to the list to see how many progress:
- Bailey Aleman, 6-2, 220, Doral Academy, 2018
- Elias Allen, 5-9, 150, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 2022
- Gabe Contento, 5-9, 130, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, 2021
- Kamran Kadivar, 6-1, 190, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy, 2019
- William Manuel, 6-0, 175, Pines Charter, 2019
- Armando Parra, 5-11, 170, Miami Christopher Columbus, 2019
- Skylar Pearcy, 5-8, 150, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, 2019
- Jose Ribalta, 6-0, 140, Coral Gables, 2019
- Xander Stokes, 6-0, 160, Fort Lauderdale Calvary Christian, 2019
- Ju’Zion Wade, 5-10, 165, Hialeah, 2019
- Will Wynn, 6-1, 200, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, 2020
RECEIVERS MAKE AN IMPRESSION
No matter what year it happens to be, the one position that there is certainly never a shortage is receiver.
As Chambers saw on Saturday, athletic talent is everywhere – and while he has worked with a number of them, there were some new faces that had that unique chance to pick some valuable things up from someone who has been there – and of course – done that!
While there were certainly some young and up-and-coming prospects, talent that will be seniors next year, also stepped up to the plate. “This is a good looking group of football players,” Chambers said. “You can see that many have started to learn and mature. It is all part of a process.”
- Adoni Black, 5-11, 166, Parkland Douglas, 2018
- Arturo Garcia, TE, 5-11, 195, Melbourne Central Catholic, 2018
- Branden Hall, 5-5, 140, Melbourne Central Catholic, 2018
- Peyton Monaco, 5-11, 150, Davie Western, 2020
- Christian Opalsky, 5-9, 167, Pompano Beach Highlands Christian, 2021
- Kenneth Peyton, 6-0, 155, Lauderdale Lakes Boyd Anderson, 2019
- Ethan Ramirez, 5-7, 135, Miami Belen Jesuit, 2019
- Jon Michael Serna, 6-0, 165, Plantation American Heritage, 2019
- Gean Paul Sierra, 5-8, 145, Miramar Everglades, 2019
- Ignacio Wallace, 5-7, 150, Pembroke Pines West Broward, 2019
- JaTarie Washington, 5-9, 160, Pahokee, 2019
LINEMEN CAME TO LEARN
Make no mistake, many combines that you attend, the linemen usually are not the focus. That was not the case at The EVENT.
On both sides of the ball, there were head turners that Chuck Brown and those working with them, came away impressed.
The talent that South Florida has to look forward – on both side of the ball – was certainly on display with rising and versatile talent on both sides of the ball.
Here are some offensive line athletes who came out on Saturday:
- Pablo Careno, 5-10, 215, Miami Belen Jesuit, 2021
- William Duval, 5-11, 250, Miami Westminster Christian, 2020
- Ian Johnson, 5-9, 230, Miami Belen Jesuit, 2022
- Christopher Manzini, 6-6, 275, Miami Dr. Krop, 2019
The defensive side of the ball was indeed impressive. A few prospects that we will be watching plenty in the season ahead.
- Regino Alexis, DE, 6-4, 200, West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman, 2019
- Chris Beedles, DE, 6-4, 240, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, 2018
- Caden Blanchard, DE, 6-3, 250, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, 2018
- Fredy Espinosa, DE, 5-8, 190, Coral Gables, 2019
- Teddy McCall, DE, 6-0, 185, Coconut Creek, 2019
- Charlie Rothkopf, 5-11, 225, Parkland Douglas 2019
- Desmond Young, DE, 6-3, 220, Hialeah Miami Lakes, 2018
LINEBACKERS ALSO TAKE CENTER STAGE
At a combine setting, linebackers are often the position that setting up drills is tough to find, but with instruction on dropping into coverage and covering out of the backfield, there are some new things picked up.
Here are a few of those standouts that learned some new things and also caught the eye of the coaching staff.
- Christopher Deal, 5-11, 185, Pembroke Pines Flanagan, 2018
- Basilio Fernandez, 6-0, 175, Coral Gables, 2019
- Jaden Gonzalez, 5-8, 215, Melbourne Central Catholic, 2019
- Onelio Rios, LB, 5-11, 180, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy, 2019
- Willie Webb, 5-11, 205, Pembroke Pines West Broward, 2019
- Derrick Williams, 5-10, 195, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy, 2020
DEFENSIVE BACKS ARE STILL KING
Look in the NFL, top-flight college programs and the Classes of 2018, 2019, 2020 and even 2021 in this area of the country and you will see that there are more elite defensive backs than anywhere else in the country – and it may not be close.
As Munroe taught and showed some of the standouts new things to use in practice and during 7-on-7 events, he had some positive feedback. He also saw some things he liked.
“The athletes are certainly becoming more advanced every year,” he said. “They are learning more and more technique that is putting them in a great position. There were some very solid performers out there".
The group included prospects from just about every class.
- Connari Boldin, 5-10, 170, Pahokee, 2019
- Jonathen Borges, 5-9, 150, Pembroke Pines Somerset Academy, 2018
- Dioby Cherisme, 5-8, 155, Pahokee, 2019
- Jake Fajardo, 5-6, 130, Miami Christopher Columbus, 2020
- Devuntray Hampton, 5-11, 180, Pahokee, 2018
- Jalen Harrell, 6-2, 180, Hialeah Gardens Mater Academy, 2020
- Khouri Howson, 6-1, 180, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, 2018
- Jared Mack, 5-8, 145, Hialeah American, 2019
- Lincoln McKenzie, 6-0, 175, Deerfield Beach, 2018
- Justin Mendoza, 5-9, 165, Miami Christopher Columbus, 2018
- De’Ante Nelson, 5-10, 150, Pahokee, 2019
- Quentin Williams, 5-9, 165, Coral Springs Taravella, 2018
- Timothy Williams, 6-0, 165, Miami Dr. Krop, 2018
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