Miami NFSC: Treon Harris Earns Golden Ticket
The 2013 Nike Football SPARQ Combine tour kicked off January 5th at North Miami Stadium, as more than 950 participants were tested and competed. One prospect shone brighter than the rest and locked up the first official invite to The Opening this July.
Booker T. Washington (Miami) quarterback Treon Harris is not a new name to those who follow high school football in South Florida, as the rising senior led the Tornadoes to the Class 4A state title this fall, earning all-state honors while passing for 2,587 yards and 33 touchdowns and accounting for another 751 yards and 15 scores on the ground.
The 5-11, 181-pounder put his athleticism on full display Saturday, posting the combine’s sixth-best SPARQ Rating at 92.61, clocking a 4.48 40, running 4.31 in the 20-yard shuttle, throwing the power ball 34 feet and jumping 30.4 inches in the vertical.
On the strength of his combine performance and his superlative junior season and performance on film, Harris, who currently lists scholarship offers from the likes of Miami, Florida State, Ole Miss and others, earned the first invitation to the 2013 edition of The Opening.
“I’ve heard a lot about The Opening from my teammates [at Booker T. Washington] Matthew Thomas and Denver Kirkland and I’m just happy to be chosen to go out to Oregon and looking forward to competing against the best,” said Harris of the honor.
On the recruiting front, Harris says he’s a quarterback all the way in college and is being recruited as such by all the college currently in contact. In addition to the seven schools that have offered, Clemson, Louisville, West Virginia and Oregon also are teams that interest Harris, the son of Booker T. Washington head coach Tim Harris and younger brother of Houston Texans cornerback Brandon Harris.
Turning in the day’s top SPARQ Rating was another familiar face to the Dade County football scene in Miami Northwestern standout receiver JoJo Robinson. The 6-0, 174 pound Florida State commit blazed a 4.41 40, a 4.53 shuttle, jumped 32 inches in the vertical and threw the power ball 37.5 feet for a 97.41 SPARQ Rating.
Another top performer was Booker T. Washington scatback Krondis Larry, who clocked a 4.36 40, the day’s fastest 40 and also faster than anytime posted on the entire 15-stop Nike Combine tour in 2012.
Miami commit and Miami Central (Miami) standout Trevor Darling, a 6-4, 307 pound offensive lineman, posted a 40-foot power ball throw, good for second-best on the day. Southridge (Miami) running back Jamal Adjamah checked in at a solid 5-8, 178 pounds and ran 4.63 in the 40 while jumping 35.6 inches in the vertical for a 90.39 SPARQ Rating.
Top Class of 2014 Performer
JoJo Robinson, WR, Northwestern (Miami)
The top recruit in the Class of 2014 for traditional power Miami Northwestern and early Florida State commit did not disappoint on Saturday, posting the combine’s top SPARQ Rating at 97.41 and a blazing 40 time of 4.41. Robinson will be a strong candidate once film is evaluated and he plans on competing later in the spring when the Nike Football Training Camp comes to Miami.
Class of 2014 Honorable Mention Performers
Keyon Brown, DE, Hardee (Wauchula, Fla.)
Although a bit fatigued after driving down from Tampa in the morning, Brown still had a strong outing Saturday, as the 6-3, 235 pounder ran 4.88 in the 40 and jumped 34.6 inches in the vertical. Brown already has a Miami and feels more could be on the way soon from the likes of Florida, FSU and South Carolina. He posted 16 sacks this fall as a junior.
Treon Harris, QB, Booker T. Washington (Miami)
Harris enjoyed a tremendous fall in leading Booker T. to the Class 4A state title and his run of success only continued on Saturday, as he ran a 4.48 40 and locked up an invite to The Opening in July. While lacking ideal height under center at 5-11, Harris’ tremendous athletic ability and the recent successes of other quarterbacks his size at both the college and pro level bode well for his future at the position.
Anthony Moten, DL, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Moten has early offers from Miami, Ohio State, Florida State and others but says South Carolina currently stands out as a slight leader. That would be a huge pull for the Gamecocks as the 6-4, 279 pounder was the top lineman at the event Saturday, posting the event’s top power ball throw at 42 feet and finishing with a robust 91.68 SPARQ Rating, which is a big-time mark for an interior lineman. Moten was recently name All-Broward County for his play this fall as St. Thomas Aquinas captured the state 7A title.
Lamar Parker, WR, Booker T. Washington (Miami)
Part of a strong contingent from Booker T. Washington, Parker narrowly missed out on running the fastest 40 with his 4.44 behind teammate Krondis Larry at 4.36, and also had a stellar 4.25 shuttle and 32-inch vertical jump on his way to an 87.24 SPARQ Rating. Miami, FSU, Texas A&M and others have already offered the 5-8, 152 pounder, who earned Class 4A honorable mention all-state honors this fall.
Nico Pierre, QB, Coral Reef (Miami)
Pierre was one of the surprises of the day, as it’s rare for a quarterback to finish amongst the top five SPARQ Ratings, but that’s just what the 6-1, 201 pounder did, finishing with a 95.61 rating. Pierre currently has seven offers and says Kansas State, Louisville, Duke and USF standout amongst that group.
Jake McCrary, WR, Coral Reef (Miami)
Although he missed some time this fall with a knee injury, this 6-0, 171 pound pass-catcher looked fit as a fiddle Saturday, clocking a 4.51 40 and jumping 34 inches in the vertical. A one-time commit to Florida State, McCrary opened his recruitment back up in November and is now considering 19 offers from the likes of Alabma, Clemson, West Virginia and tohers.
Sleeper That Emerged
Kevin Bronson, LB, Village Academy (Delray Beach, Fla.)
6-3, 231 pound linebackers with athletic ability don’t grow on trees, even in talent-rich regions like South Florida, but Bronson showed he was just that Saturday, running 4.78 in the 40, throwing the power ball 40 feet and jumping 31.1 inches in the vertical for a 96.24 SPARQ Rating, second-best at the event. Bronson was a second team All-Broward County pick and is one player who could see a significant uptick in his recruitiment following this event.
Top Underclass Performer
Jaquan Johnson, DB, Killian (Miami)
Johnson has been a phenom since his junior high days and only continued to impress Saturday, running a 4.68 40, 4.38 40 and jumping 31.9 inches in the vertical jump. He had five interceptions as a freshman on varsity in 2011 and already has Florida, Florida State and Miami offers.
Other impressive underclassmen:
Steven Claude (’15), WR, 6-0, 168, Norland (Miami, Fla.) – 88.11 SPARQ Rating
Nicholas Falconer (’15), DB, 6-0, 145, Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) – 87.33 SPARQ Rating
Chavez Pownell (’16), DB, 5-10, 183, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.) – 82.29 SPARQ Rating
Antonyo Sotolongo (’15), DB, 5-11 ½, 173, Gulliver (Miami) – 83.19 SPARQ Rating
Below is a list of top five performers from each testing category. Stay tuned to StudentSports.com and the Nike Football SPARQ Combine homepage the rest of the week for more coverage from the Miami Nike Combine.
Miami Nike Combine Top Fives*
1. JoJo Robinson, WR, 6-0, 174, Northwestern (Miami) – 97.41
2. Kevin Bronson, LB, 6-3, 231, Village Academy (Delray Beach, Fla.) – 96.24
3. Nico Pierre, QB, 6-1, 201, Coral Reef (Miami) – 95.61
4. Marcelis Logan, RB, 5-8 ½, 170, Lexington Catholic (Lexington, Kent.) – 94.26
5. Andrew Soroh, DB, 6-0, 189, American (Miami) – 93.27
1. Krondis Larry, RB, 5-6, 140, Booker T. Washington (Miami) — 4.36
2T. Lamark Campbell, RB, 5-6, 149, Fort Lauderdale (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) — 4.41
2T. JoJo Robinson, WR, 6-0, 174, Northwestern (Miami) — 4.41
4. Lamar Parker, WR, 5-8, 152, Booker T. Washington (Miami) — 4.44
5. Treon Harris, QB, 5-11, 181, Booker T. Washington (Miami) — 4.48
1. Joshua Rodriguez, LB, 5-11, 176, Miami Senior (Miami) – 4.21
2. Dwane Robinson, QB, 5-11, 160, Florida Air Academy (Melbourne, Fla.) – 4.22
3. Lamar Parker, WR, 5-8, 152, Booker T. Washington (Miami) – 4.25
4T. Nicholas Falconer (’15), DB, 6-0, 145, Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) – 4.31
4T. Treon Harris, QB, 5-11, 181, Booker T. Washington (Miami) – 4.31
4T. Terry Jefferson, LB, 5-8, 164, Booker T. Washington (Miami) – 4.31
4T. Gary Scott (’15), DB, 5-10, 165, Trinity Christian (Jacksonville, Fla.) – 4.31
Kneeling Power Ball Toss
1. Anthony Moten, DL, 6-4, 279, St. Thomas Aquinas (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) – 42’
2T. Kevin Bronson, LB, 6-3, 231, Village Academy (Delray Beach, Fla.) – 40’
2T. Trevor Darling, OL, 6-4, 307, Central (Miami) – 40’
2T. Nico Pierre, QB, 6-1, 201, Coral Reef (Miami) – 40’
2T. William Tillman, TE, Spanish River (Boynton Beach, Fla.) – 40’
1. Shemarke Spence, DB, 5-7, 147, Northwestern (Miami) – 37.8
2. Antonyo Sotolongo (’15), DB, 5-11 ½, 173, Gulliver Prep (Miami) – 37.3
3. Deiondre Porter, QB, 6-1, 167, Jefferson (Tampa, Fla.) – 36.9
4. Nicholas Falconer, DB, 6-0, 145, Lake Brantley (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) – 36.7
5. Marcelis Logan, RB, 5-8 ½, 170, Lexington Catholic (Lexington, Kent.) – 36.5
* – all times and marks are unofficial until verified later in the week
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