UA/Scout Combine Miami: WR's
Rodney Smith
Rodney Smith

Posted Apr 9, 2008


The Under Armour/Scout.com Combine hit South Florida this past Saturday and many of the state's premier prospects were there. A lot of kids put themselves on the recruiting map with their strong performances. Lets take a closer look at some of the top wide receivers at the event.

Top Performer:
Rodney Smith -- A strong candidate for overall MVP of the event, Smith's testing numbers were off the charts and as good as any receiver we've had on the national combine tour so far this year. At 6-4.5 and 201 pounds, his 4.53/40 was solid but his 6.84/L-cone, 40-inch vertical jump, and 10-2 broad jump were amazing. And then during drills, he caught every ball thrown to him. His combination of size and athleticim is going to land him a lot of major scholarship offers this year and he proved every bit of it on Saturday.

Other Standouts:
Stedman Bailey -- At 5-10 and 183, Bailey's 4.40/40 time set the tone for a huge day for him. For the second week in a row that we've watched him live, he caught every ball thrown to him. His hands and ability to make clutch catches are as good as you'll find in this state this year.

Duron Carter -- At 6-3 and 185 pounds, Carter has ideal size for a receiver, especially in today's game where bigger seems to be better at the receiver position. He'll end up being 200+ and just watching him run routes, catch balls, and compete is a thing of beauty. His testing numbers were excellent for a player his size and he's only going to get better as his body continues to mature. For the second week in a row, Carter looked like a four-star caliber receiver.

Dwayne Difton -- Carter wasn't the only wide receiver standout from St. Thomas Aquinas at the event. The USF commitment ran a 4.59 and looked very smooth throughout the entire day.

Willie Haulstead -- No one's stock is rising as quickly as Haulstead's. He had an outstanding performance the week before at the 7on7 Tournament, showing that he's a great football player and on Saturday, he showed that he's also a great athlete. At 6-2 and 195, he has all the tools with the only possible question mark is the 4.59/40 time. But he's only going to get faster and as he continues getting coached up and continues learning how to play the game, the sky is going to continue being the limit for him. Another thing to like is that he followed receivers coach Cris Carter around, constantly trying to learn new techniques and was constantly trying to be first in all the drills. If he's not a four-star caliber receiver, I don't know what is.

Ted Meline -- A 2010 prospect, Meline's size (6-2.5/168) and speed (4.40) combination is very impressive and will open a lot of eyes next year.

Xavier Rhodes -- Perhaps the most heavily recruited receiver coming into the event, Rhodes definitely performed like it on Saturday. At 6-1.5/188, his 4.47/40 time very was very impressive, as was his 37-inch vertical jump. He does everything well and is very strong coming off the line, making it difficult for corners to handle him. He looks like a complete receiver at this point and proved it on Saturday.

Nu'keese Richardson -- After checking in at 5-9 and 165, Richardson first jumped 37 inches on the vert before moving to the next drill, which was the 40. He came up short with a sore hamstring and sat out the rest of the day but his willingness to drive across the state and participate in this event shows you what type of competitor he is. He's the type of kid you can never have enough of. He's as explosive as any receiver in Florida so it was good to see that he measured in at 5-9/165, which is plenty big enough for a slot receiver in college.

Darryl Williams -- Atb 5-9, Williams clocked a 4.47/40 and had the fastest shuttle time of the day at 3.97. He ran through drills pretty well and looked like a very good wide receiver prospect out there.

Sleeper:
Conner Vernon -- Gulliver coach Ron Butler has been hyping Vernon up lately and it was easy to see why on Saturday. At 6-1 and 178, his testing numbers were outstanding. Starting with a 4.41/40, Vernon had a very strong performance from start to finish on Saturday and proved why he'll be a Division 1 receiver next year.

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