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April 24, 2006

SPARQ Ratings soar in Texas

Year in and year out, Texas is one of the top states in terms of producing football talent, and judging from the early results from Saturday's NIKE Camp in College Station, that trend will continue in the Class of 2007.

Nine participants at Saturday's camp posted a SPARQ Rating* over 90, led by Houston Cy Creek DB Phillip Ofili, who took home top honors at 93.99.

Ofili, a 5-10 1/2, 189 pound cornerback who also had a very good day in drills, posted his score after testing very well in all four elements, sprinting to a 4.45 in the 40, a 4.06 shuttle, benching 19 reps and jumping 37.4 inches in the vertical.

Ofili narrowly outdistanced a pair of defensive backs with the same first name from the same high school.

5-9, 164 pound cornerback Taylor Charbonnet was just behind Ofili at 93.59, after racing to a 4.37 in the 40 and a 3.94 shuttle, to go along with very good marks in the bench and vertical.

Charbonnet's teammate at The Woodlands, 6-0, 189 pound Taylor Skaufel, posted the camp's third-best rating at 92.78, with a camp-best 3.90 shuttle and a 4.57 40.

All three players should see their profiles rise in the next few weeks following their standout showings, particularly Ofili, who is still yet to receive his first offer.

He had a solid junior season, recording 45 tackles and two interceptions, and currently lists Texas A&M, Florida, Texas, Notre Dame and Michigan as his favorite colleges.

*Taking the standard measurements of the football combine, the SPARQ Rating weighs and combines the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and bench press into a single number that measures an athlete's overall athleticism. Thus, football players can track the progress of their training, through occasional tests, and compare SPARQ Ratings with teammates, training partners and competitors.

To learn more about the SPARQ Rating, go to sparqtraining.com.

College Station NIKE Camp Top 20 SPARQ Ratings

NAME HIGH SCHOOL ST POS HT WT YR 40 20 BP VJ SPARQ
Phillip Ofili Cypress Creek TX DB 5-10.5 189 07 4.45 4.06 19 37.4 93.99
Taylor Charbonnet The Woodlands TX DB 5-9 164 07 4.37 3.94 20 35.2 93.59
Taylor Skaufel The Woodlands TX DB 6-0 189 07 4.57 3.90 23 34.5 92.78
Eric Gentry O'Connor TX LB 5-10 205 07 4.71 4.25 25 36.8 92.15
Jake Proctor Arlington Heights TX LB 6-1.5 210 07 4.67 4.25 29 34.5 92.14
Brandon Herron Dulles TX LB 6-1.5 198 07 4.55 4.25 21 37.4 91.73
Scott Solomon San Antonio Marshall TX DE 6-2.5 227 07 4.68 4.19 29 33.7 91.33
Travis Lewis San Antonio Lee TX RB/LB 6-0.5 213 07 4.34 4.25 23 34.4 90.82
Jamell Fleming Arlington Seguin TX DB 5-10.5 187 07 4.56 4.06 24 34.1 90.79
Colton Haverda Alamo Heights TX ATH 5-11 180 07 4.47 4.00 14 37.5 89.76
Justin Salum Corona Del Sol AZ ATH 5-11.5 189 07 4.84 4.07 33 30.9 89.27
J.T. McDonald Flower Mound TX RB 5-7.5 199 07 4.59 4.37 27 32.8 86.54
Max Minor Austin Westlake TX RB 5-7.5 169 07 4.50 4.09 15 36.0 86.07
C.J. Parrish A&M Consolidated TX LB 6-0.5 216 07 4.65 4.37 21 35.9 85.96
Josh Warren Glen Oaks LA ATH 5-6 160 07 4.69 4.13 17 36.3 85.53
Kris Ankenbauer Plano East TX DB 5-9 169 07 4.47 4.44 21 34.5 84.75
Garrett Forward Cinco Ranch TX RB/WR 5-10.5 188 07 4.57 4.21 21 33.6 84.71
Alex Russian Round Rock TX TE/DE 6-4 222 07 4.66 4.37 25 33.2 84.54
James Rodgers Lamar Consolidated TX DB/WR 5-6.5 164 07 4.57 4.03 18 33.7 84.36
Anthony Smith Clear Brook TX LB 6-1 207 07 4.86 4.37 25 34.0 83.55

Note: Some players chose not to test or had their times or marks scratched from the records. The 40s were timed outdoors on grass using electronic SPARQ Timing at the College Station NIKE Camp.



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