Cris Carter spent 16 years in the NFL and will likely be in the NFL Hall of Fame one day. He spent his Saturday afternoon at the Under Armour/Scout.com Combine in South Florida, coaching up the receivers and giving a very impressive post-combine speed to all the kids who participated. It was an action-packed event.
Miami Palmetto running back Jaamal Berry ripped off an amazing 4.31/40 time. Widely considered one of the fastest players in the entire state, Berry proved it in front of everyone on Saturday. At 5-10 1/2 and 185 pounds, he solidied his spot as a four-star player on Scout.com.
He edged out two other Dade County players for the fastest 40-time of the day. Northwestern's Tevin McCaskill and Southwest all-purpose athlete Lamarcus Joyner both turned in 4.34 times. Especially impressive was that of McCaskill, since he's 6-foot-2 and just under 180 pounds. McCaskill looked like a big time prospect out there and Joyner continues putting his name down as one of the premier prospects in the state of Florida for the Class of 2010.
Deerfield Beach's Denard Robinson looked very impressive and turned in a 4.39/40. The quarterback at Deerfield Beach, Robinson showed that he's definitely fast and explosive enough to be considered a big time prospect at either wide receiver or defensive back in college.
Miami commitment Olivier Vernon proved why he's considered one of the state's best prospects. At 6-foot-2 and 237 pounds (all muscle), Vernon ripped off a blazing 4.52/40 time, running better than most of the skilled position guys who weighed a whole lot less than he does.
Four-star linebacker Frankie Telfort showed off tremendous athleticism. Even though he checked in at under 6-feet and under 200 pounds, Telfort's 4.41/40 time was just one of many impressive testing numbers. He looked very explosive in 1 on 1 drills as well.
Coming as no surprise, being that this was a Florida event, the wide receiver position was the strongest and deepest of all. There were no fewer than a half-dozen possible four-star receivers at the event.
It must be noted that there might not be a more competitive player anywhere in the state than Pahokee's Nukeese Richardson. A week ago at the New Level Athletics/Scout.com 7 on 7 Tournament, Richardson went down with a hamstring injury on two different occasions. That didn't stop him from making the trip down to Pahokee to show everyone what he's capable of doing. Richardson didn't do much because of his hamstring but he's already proven to everyone that he's a legit four-star candidate.
Duron Carter, Cris's son, continues to show that he's as smart and as competitive a receiver there is in this state. He turned in a 4.66/40 time and will only get faster as he gets older and stronger. Teammate Dwayne Difton, a St. Thomas Aquinas teammate of Carter's and a USF commitment, also did well.
Haulstead, at 6-2 and 195 pounds, ran a 4.59/40 and continued to show that he's a big time wide receiver prospect. Rodney Smith, at 6-foot-5, turned in a 40 1/2 inch vertical jump. Xavier Rhodes (4.47) already has an impressive offer sheet and he proved why on Saturday with a very strong performance. Stedman Bailey (4.44) might not be the biggest kid out there (5-10) but he's very fast and catches the ball as well as any receiver in this year's class.
It was another great combine event in South Florida on Saturday so stay tuned to Scout.com as we'll have position breakdowns, video coverage, photo galleries, an MVP, an All-Combine Team, and many interviews with the top prospects posted in the coming days.