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January 13, 2007

2007 NIKE Combine tour set to kickoff in Orlando

Signing day for the Class of 2007 is still more than three weeks away, but it's already time to start looking ahead to the Class of 2008 as the NIKE Combine tour kicks off Sunday in Orlando and over 500 of the Sunshine State's best will be out to test and compete.

The premier high school athletic testing event, the NIKE Combines are a great opportunity for top high school players who aspire to play on the next level to see where they stand with their peers and get unbiased testing numbers by respected professionals in the industry.

Produced by Student Sports, which started the first high school football combine and camp events almost 20 years ago, these FREE combines will give any athlete an opportunity to showcase their skills for college coaches as well as for possible selection for the NIKE Football Training Camps held later in the spring.

The testing results generated at the NIKE Combines are the gold standard for college coaches across the country who have been relying upon Student Sports' expertise and unbiased testing excellence to evaluate high school talent for the past 20 years. These results, which are distributed to colleges following the event, become doubly important this year, with new NCAA legislation that has banned testing at college camps.

Amongst those scheduled to be in attendance on Sunday at Dr. Phillips High School is Orlando Edgewater's Michael Brewster, who could be the top OL in the Class of '08 and was a standout at last year's NIKE Camp in Eugene.

Brewster, a 6-6, 285 pounder, already has offers from schools like Florida, Ohio State, USC, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and many more after a big junior year at Edgewater. He was a 2006 NIKE Camp Underclass All-American after dominating at the NIKE Camp in Eugene a year ago, where he benched 26 reps and ran a 4.63 shuttle. Brewster plans on revealing his final five schools at the combine as well.

Here's a look at a few of the other top prospects that are preregistered to attend on Sunday:

QB D.C. Jefferson - Winter Haven (Fla.) 6-6, 237
Jefferson, who already has offers from Tennessee and Ole Miss, impressed at last year's NIKE and Elite 11 camps in Miami. The strong-armed prospect threw for 1,148 yards and 10 TDs while also rushing for five as a junior.

LB/DE Vincent Williams - Davenport (Fla.) Ridge Community 6-1, 210
Williams is a physical freak who tore it up at the Miami NIKE Combine and Camp a year ago, posting a 75.80 SPARQ Rating at the NFTC. Williams had a big junior year this past fall, totaling 121 tackles, 22 tackles for loss, nine sacks and also rushing for 605 yards and 4 TDs.

DB Lerentee McCray - Dunnellon (Fla.) 6-1, 180
Had a very good showing at the NIKE Combine at FAU last spring, running a 4.60 40. Followed it up with a great junior year, totaling 97 tackles and 11 sacks primarily at linebacker. Lists offers from Arkansas, South Florida, Southern Miss and Florida Atlantic already.

DB Xavier Brewer - Jacksonville (Fla.) Bartram Trail 6-0, 180
Bartram Trail head coach Darrell Sutherland believes Brewer will eventually be a national level recruit, and he'll have a chance to show his stuff on Sunday. Is a great cover corner with speed to burn, even clocking a 4.33 40 at Florida State's camp last summer. Had six picks as a junior.

QB Troy Dannehower - Daytona Beach (Fla.) Seabreeze 6-2, 220
Dannehower was his area's offensive player of the year after passing for 1,700 yards
and 18 touchdowns while rushing for 824 yards and nine scores. Seabreeze's coach Mark Beach compares to Dannehower to Florida Gator freshman Tim Tebow, as a physical run/pass threat, but with not quite as strong of an arm.

WR/DB Malcolm Johnson - Bartow (Fla.) 6-1, 165
Johnson attended the NIKE Combine a year ago in Miami and had a 33-inch vertical jump but couldn't run because of rains that came near the end of the event. Had a big junior season, catching 33 passes for 810 yards and eight TDs, while also totaling 62 tackles and three picks on defense. Johnson has been a two-way starter since his sophomore year.

CB Donald Warren - St. Petersburg Boca Ciega - 5-9, 175
Warren is probably the player with the most to gain on Sunday because of the fact he couldn't play as a junior. He lit up the NIKE Camp in Miami a year ago as a sophomore, running a 4.6 and a camp-best 3.75 shuttle and looking good in drills on his way to NFTC Underclass All-American honors. Started as a sophomore at St. Pete Catholic in 2005 but couldn't play as a junior after trying to transfer when the coach at St. Pete Catholic was dismissed. Warren will play his senior year at Boca Ciega and hopes to get back on the radar with a strong showing Sunday.

For more information on the NIKE Combines, the 2007 schedule and online registration, click here!

StudentSportsFootball.com will have full coverage and breakdowns of the top performers from the event starting Monday morning.

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