UA/Scout Combine Miami: DL
Julius Forte
Julius Forte

Posted Apr 10, 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 defensive linemen at the event.

Top Performer:
Olivier Vernon -- His testing numbers were off the charts for a player his size. At 6-2 and nearly 240 pounds, he ran a 4.53, jumped 35 inches, and did 9-6 on the broad jump. He's as explosive of a defensive end as you'll find in this year's class and looked every bit like the four-star prospect he'll likely be on Scout.com this year.

Other Standouts:
Julius Forte -- As good as Vernon was on the testing side of things last Saturday, Forte wasn't too far behind. In terms of explosiveness, he's not far behind Vernon and isn't much smaller. At 6-2 and 221 pounds, Forte has the frame to add a lot more weight and he really solidified himself as one of the state's premier defensive end prospects.

Corey Henry -- At 6-3 and 228, Henry has ideal size for a defensive end and he tested pretty well too. Across the board, he was the third best defensive end at the event and athletically looked like a sure-fire Division 1 defensive end prospect. He looked like a legit three-star caliber prospect on Saturday.

Antwan Lowery -- One of the top interior defensive line prospects in the entire state, Lowery showed up a little heavier than expected at 336 pounds (6-foot-3). However, his testing numbers were solid for a player his size. I remember when Vince Wilfork showed up to a combine before his senior season weighing 330+ pounds at 6-1 and his testing numbers were very similar to those Lowery put up. If he's able to maintain his weight this season, he's a strong candidate to be a four-star prospect.

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