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RecruitingDoctor.com Combine a success

NORTH MIAMI - They came from southwest Miami, Broward County and even Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie and Jensen Beach to gain exposure in one of the most unique football combine settings you will see.

A quarter of a mile north of heavily traveled US 1 was an event that was important enough to attract longtime University of Miami and Southridge coach Don Soldinger. He brought a number of his friends from his “neighborhood” along to teach and bring back the old days of coaching and teaching.

The RecruitingDoctor.com combine at North Miami Stadium was a very impressive football event that tested athletes and put them through much of the same things that countless events of that nature often do. But this one was a lot different, as education was the order of the day.

RecruitingDoctor.com founder and innovator, Todd Meiklejohn, who experienced the recruiting process as a player, at Southridge, and as a father, who watched his son Perry (UCF) go through the rigors of recruiting, has really stepped it up several notches with his book “Moving The Chains - A Parent’s Guide To High School Football Recruiting” that includes EVERYTHING needed to chart the choppy waters of the recruiting process.

“What we want to do is educate the parents, who in turn will have the knowledge to help their kids,” Meiklejohn said, after a two-hour seminar at nearby Alonzo and Tracey Mourning High School. “There are so many things that need to be explained - from how they can assist in the process - to knowing exactly who they are talking to - and from where!”

While football was indeed the order of the day, with athletes getting the opportunity to learn about themselves, there was a golden opportunity to have the same coaches work with them as dozens of other athletes who have played in the NFL had.

“These kids out here have no clue how fortunate they were today,” said Soldinger. “You had some of the best football minds over the past 25 plus years out here teaching, preaching and sharing what it takes to succeed.”

The event also set many firsts - including the seminar, which every parents was impressed with, and the live streaming video of the combine on La Ley Sports, which enabled hundreds of college coaches from across the country to check out some Florida-bred football players.

“We had over 300 college coaches from across the country sign up to watch this event,” Meiklejohn said. “It is a huge tool for those D2, D3, NAIA and junior college programs that cannot afford to send coaches down here too many times.”

The event also opened the doors to the academic side of the recruiting, teaching the athletes that no matter how fast they are, or if they can throw the ball 70 yards, if they don’t have grades, they will have to fight harder for everything.”

There were a number of athletes who truly turned some heads. But few had the look of Jensen Beach lineman Curtis Csonka, who just happens to be the nephew of Dolphin great and NFL Hall of Famer, Larry Csonka.

This is an athlete that looked good. He has tremendous size and moves real well. He is scheduled to be at the Nike Camp on Sunday. Speaking of making an impression, Delray Beach Atlantic 2013 defensive back Brisley Estime and 2014 athlete Adly Enoicy are impressive.

Nearby North Miami and Miami High had the most players at the event, but that didn’t stop other programs from having the opportunity to learn from some of the best coaches South Florida has ever had.

Among some of the other players who turned some heads included Tad Cato (Miami High), Official Coffey (North Miami), Jean Edward-Berry (North Miami), Elvis Trujillo (Miami High), Gian Colombo (Alonzo & Tracey Mourning), Nicholas Jeanty (Archbishop McCarthy), Paul Royal (Carol City), Elston Lane (Miami Northwestern), Jacob McCrary (Miami Coral Reef), Ernest Felton (Miami Jackson), Tyler Vickers (Miami Southridge), Trenton Perriman (Miami Northwestern) and Shaquille Green (Miami Doral Academy) to name a few.

The event being in its first year, there is feeling - with Trainers R Us getting involved as well, things can really take off with La Ley Sports (laleysports.com) at the center of the programming.

For those of you wanting to know which players matched up with the numbers on their shirts or shorts during the streaming feed, here is a list with names, school and number:

1. Ali Abughanieh, North Miami
2. Kenny Ade, North Miami
3. Andres Olarte, Miami Ferguson
4. Jude Alexis, North Miami
5. Rurel Allen, Delray Beach Atlantic
6. Miguel Andrillan, Miami Killian
7. Parsa Aref, Miami Ferguson
8. Sidney August, North Miami
11. Alec Bernace, Davie Western
12. Jean Edward-Berry, North Miami
13. Reyly Bonilla, Miami High
14. Marcelis Branch, Miami Southridge
15. Tad Cato, Miami High
16. Alix Cesar, North Miami
18. Official Coffey, North Miami
19. Curtis Csonka, Jensen Beach
20. Jordany Deus, North Miami
21. Luis Diaz, Miami Ferguson
23. Albert Domond, Miami Monsignor Pace
24. Amir El-Hilon, North Miami
26. William Ellison, Davie Western
27. Adly Enoicy, Delray Beach Atlantic
28. Brisley Estime, Delray Beach Atlantic
29. Javier Flores
30. Andrew Francis
31. Frederic Miron, Miami High
33. Marcus Gaskin, Delray Beach Atlantic
35. Alberto Gonzalez, Miami High
36. Franklin Guijano, Miami High
37. Terrance Wright, Miami High
38. Darnell Hill
39. Jackson Imbert, North Miami
40. Carlos Insignares, Miami Archbishop Carroll
41. Thoby Jean-Bart, North Miami
42. Eden Jilot, North Miami
43. Manuel Kashem, Miami Ferguson
44. Gabriel Lopez, Miami Ferguson
45. Miguel Lopez, Miami Monsignor Pace
46. Kevin Loudier, North Miami
47. Maxime Louis, North Miami
48. Elysee Marcelin, Davie Western
49. Jose Marenco, Miami High
53. Alexander Morales, North Miami
54. Emmanuel Moreira, Miami High
55. Christian Moreno, Miami Ferguson
56. Jonathan McKinney, North Miami
57. Kenly Napoleon, North Miami
58. Alexander Pace, Miami Ferguson
59. David Phanor, North Miami
60. Derek Polydor, North Miami
61. Sebastian Ponce, Miami Ferguson
62. Jeff Porcena, North Miami
63. Antonio Puente, Delray Beach Atlantic
64. Brandon Ramirez, Miami Ferguson
65. Kelvin Reyes, Miami High
66. Durvan Rios, Miami Ferguson
67. Jessi Rios, Miami High
68. Ismael Rivera, Hialeah
69. Shelby Seraphin, Hollywood McArthur
70. Daniel Shevlin, Davie Western
72. Dashaun Smith, North Miami
73. Patrick Smith, North Miami
74. Nicholas Stricker, North Miami
75. Jermine St. Louis, North Miami
76. Djibral Sow, Flanagan
77. Trenaris Timmons, North Miami
78. Elvis Trujillo, Miami High
79. Anthony Valdes, Palm Beach Central
80. Luis Villa, Miami Ferguson
81. Christopher Walkins
82. Chad Ward, Delray Beach Atlantic
83. Harry Davis, Miami Southridge
84. Yavin Perry, North Miami
85. Victor Perez, South Dade
86. Dario Marquez, Miami Killian
87. Alex Pierre-Louis, Alonzo & Tracey Mourning
88. Andrew Gray, Miami High
89. Kevin Carabeo, Miami High
90. Jesus Charles, Miami High
91. Gian Colombo, Alonzo & Tracey Mourning
92. Nicholas Jeanty, Southwest Ranches Archbishop McCarthy
93. Kevin Allen, Miami Palmetto
94. Will McVeigh, Jensen Beach
95. Addison Sagastune, South Dade
96. Kevin Sagastune, South Dade
97. Paul Royal, Carol City
98. Felix Cedeno, Miami Killian
99. Richard Griffin-Harris
100. Jonathan Schultz, Miami Belen Jesuit
101. Jerry Anselme, North Miami
102. Mijuan Frederick, Miami High
103. Elston Lane, Miami Northwestern
104. Jacob McCrary, Miami Coral Reef
105. Ernest Felton, Miami Jackson
106. James Atkins, Miami Southridge
107. Demarcus White, Miami LaSalle
108. Marquese Brown, Westland Hialeah
109. Tyler Vickers, Miami Southridge
110. Trenton Perriman, Miami Northwestern
111. Robert Orban, Miami Columbus
112. Akil Walker-Terry, Miami Southridge
113. Jakeem Stevens, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic
114. Tafari Myrthil, Hialeah
115. Peter Olibrice, North Miami
116. Brandin Williamson, Miami Varela
117. Donly Theagene, Alonzo & Tracey Mourning
118. Brian King, Pompano Beach Ely
119. Guilermo Perez, Alonzo & Tracey Mourning
121. Shaquille Green, Miami Doral Academy
122. Juan Estinar, North Miami