At 6-5, 190-pounds, Ray Sharp may not be the talk of the recruiting world, but if you watch the Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy quarterback throw, you'll have a good idea why he is approaching 6,000 yards passing in two seasons.
With plenty of high profile players on hand for last Saturday's Elite Scouting Services Combine at Cardinal Gibbons, it was Sharp, who quietly threw for 2,500 yards this past season, that captured the attention of recruiters, players, coaches and parents.
This is the same Sharp who fed FAU-bound record-breaking receiver Josh Orsino all those passes the last two season. The same Sharp who is trying to become the first quarterback prospect at the school since Danny Kanell to grab a Division 1 scholarship. Kanell, also a tremendous baseball prospect, went to FSU and then enjoyed a productive career in the NFL.
"I came here to compete and show people that I belong," said Sharp as he made the most of every passing opportunity at the combine. "I have worked hard and love to play the position."
As most on hand had never watched - or heard of Sharp - began to see him throw, they were sold. Most were sold on his arm and the way he made throws. Others seemed to give him a better shot than most because of his size.
"Can't teach 6-5," said quarterback coach Ken Mastrole, who enjoyed watching Sharp during the afternoon. "This is the first time I have watched this kid. I have to tell you, I am impressed with everything about him."
Sharp and others had the chance to showcase their skills on a day where nearly 300 college football prospects in South Florida took advantage of the opportunity to compete.
Besides Sharp, others who started to turn heads included Piper rising senior standout Fabian Joseph, who at 6-2, 195-pounds, has speed (4.39) and plenty of football skills. He comes to the Bengals from Plantation American Heritage.
Joseph was joined by rising stars Jordan Scarlett (2015 - RB, 5-11, 200, University School), Taravella running back Evan Hill (2014 - 5-10, 150), Monsignor Pace defensive back Henderson Gray (2014 - 5-11, 175), Archbishop McCarthy receiver Emmanuel Soto (2014 – 6-1, 198), Boyd Anderson lineman Sandley Jean Felix (2013 – 6-5, 300), Cardinal Gibbons receiver Trevon Lee (2014 – 6-0, 165), Christopher Columbus athlete Mickey Ferro (2013 – 5-10, 175) and Dillard safety Randy Ramsey, a 6-2, 188-pounder, who just may be the jewel of a talented 2014 class that this region continues to boast about.
We will follow a number of the players who did well at the ESS event and continue to spotlight them throughout the spring.
HIALEAH LOOKS TO RELOAD
After making the playoffs last year, coach Mark Berman and the Hialeah T-Breds are looking to improve on the 2011 record as they continue to work hard in the off season.
With a number of key players moving on from this past season's successful squad, the Class of 2013 is here to start filling in the pieces.
Leading the way in this rising senior class is linebacker George Williams, who at 6-1, 225, is considered one of the top prospects in South Florida.
Among the other rising seniors expected to help include Jerrol Mobley (DL, 6-4, 315), Jomel Ribalta (OL, 6-4, 320), Ronald Washington (WR/DB, 5-11, 175), Ismael Aurismond (DE, 6-3, 230, Hialeah), Cesar Meneses (RB, 5-8, 170), Paul Guzman (OL, 6-2, 255), Daniel Ortega (OL, 6-3, 255), Darryus Perry (RB, 5-10, 195) and defensive back Kwan Grice (5-10, 170).
Hialeah also has a very impressive rising junior class with Dominic Elverson (LB/DE, 6-1, 225), Dave Montas (OL, 6-1, 265), A'lique Terry (OL, 6-2, 275), Allen Edwards (QB, 6-1, 180) and defensive lineman Jermaine Sheriff (6-2, 230).
We are always looking to help promote our area recruits for the current classes of 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. All you have to do is send a DVD and information about the athlete to: Larry Blustein, P.O. Box 3181, Hallandale Beach, FL 33009.
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