With so many different people and organizations rushing to get as many football prospects to their event, there is always something that is missing from those who believe that all that needs to be done is test and throw the ball around.
This past Sunday, Elite Scouting Services, which has over 50 combined years of running events that send athletes and their parents away with answers and a better understanding of the process, hosted one of the spring's best outings.
Over 275 of South Florida's emerging prospects came out to run, lift, play football and listen to the reality of this entire process is all about.
ESS founder and President Charles Fishbein and his quality staff have always provided an event that people talk about for years, and the South Florida stop of this combine that will head to Tampa and the Jacksonville area this spring, was easily one of the most complete events that will take place anywhere.
"First of all, we have been running these events for so long, there is a template of success that you have to follow," said Fishbein. "Anyone can host one of these combines, charge the kids a whole lot of money and send them away with very little in the way of recruiting knowledge."
What ESS accomplished on Sunday was not only bringing athletes in from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, but the opportunity to show parents and athletes that there is a whole lot more to a combine than getting a few stopwatches out and throwing the ball around.
"This entire combine was easily the best I've been to," said Dade Christian 2012 quarterback Bilal Marshall, who was one of the players who turned heads with his accurate arm and athleticism. "Most combines don't get into the flow like this one did."
From Homestead to the Palm Beaches, it was all about learning and coming away something different. It also showcased how much talent there is in this region - in all classes.
Among the top 2012 players on hand was Hialeah athlete Gheirry van der Kuyp, who dazzled the week before in Tampa as a quarterback for the South Florida Football Fire 7-on-7 team. This weekend, van der Kuyp was creating mismatches as a receiver.
"This was a lot of fun," van der Kuyp said. "There were a lot of very god players out here, which heated up in the one-on-one drills."
In addition to van der Kuyp, other 2012 players who looked good included Coral Reef defensive back Vernon Davis and running back Trashawn Ward, Hallandale quarterback Abe Coleman, Jupiter Christian top-flight QB Kedric Bostic, and Homestead receiver Herbert Waters and linebacker James Burgess Jr.
"We came last year and wanted to return this year," said Burgess, who ran well and did extremely well in the drills. "This was a very good event."
In addition, St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Max Lescano was on hand with DE teammate Joey Nicoletto. So were Miami Beach standout Ricardo Louis, Miramar offensive lineman Kevin Gonzalez and defensive lineman Willie Paisley, Delray American Heritage OL Arthur Crouse and Northwestern quarterback E.J. Hilliard and fast-emerging receiver Amari Cooper.
Other 2012 players who turned some heads were Boyd Anderson athlete Bruce Natson, Hollywood Hills DE Jean Marc-Charles, Felix Varela WR John Green, Braddock OL Robert Conyers, Fort Lauderdale receiver Kolby Gray, Chaminade-Madonna DE Eric Kinsey, DL Quinton Bynoe and receiver Fred McRae.
Ely defensive back Adrian Burton was impressive. So was his teammate OL Trevian Perdue, American DB Larry Hope and Boyd Anderson speedster Daniel Gray, who was easily one of the fastest on hand.
The Class of 2013 also showcased some rising juniors such as Miami Palmetto's Cornell Gilmore and quarterback Troy Cook. Stranahan receiver Dionte Taylor and American Heritage Plantation QB Tyler Cogswell were also head-turners.
The Class of 2014 also took center stage on this day, as it has throughout the first few months of the off season. While American Heritage standout Sony Michel was on hand, he didn't take part in the drills, but Chaminade QB Sean White, Miami Westminster Christian QB Hunter Boyett, St. Thomas DB Al Harris Jr. and Ely QB Tyquan Fields all made a lasting impression.
"How can you not be impressed with the athletes who came ready to learn and make a statement," said Fishbein. "The objective of an event like this is to have everyone leave happy and appreciate the experience."
There were many more athletes on hand for the event who we will continue to spotlight throughout the spring. Also check out the photos (FACEBOOK - HERALD RECRUITNG) and videos on South Florida High School Sports – sfhighschoolsports.com/ and Generation Nexxt - www.gennexxt.com