February 26, 2010

Sophomores shine at Miami NUC

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COOPER CITY, Fla. - The Miami National Underclassmen Combine was supposed to showcase some of the top juniors in the South Florida region. As it turned out, the prospects that stole the show were a pair of sophomores.

Danny Isidora of Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay and Abraham Garcia of Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School don't look like sophomores. Isidora is a 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive tackle; Garcia is 6 feet 6 and weighs 339 pounds. As big as they are, neither prospect carries the weight badly. They have very little body fat for sophomore linemen. They also both ran extremely well, Isidora clocking a 5.5 40-yard dash and Garcia reaching the 5.4 mark.

Once the one-on-ones began, both prospects performed well during the period. Isidora is the more ready of the two right now. He has a huge base, good feet and a little bit of a nasty streak -which you like in a lineman.

Garcia also showed some flashes of terrific ability in one-on-ones. His body and feet are phenomenal for a big kid, and he moves effortlessly in his pass-set. The only knock on Garcia right now is he is not physical enough. He plays almost as if he's scared he is going to hurt his opponent. Once he lets lose a little bit and plays with a little more recklessness, the sky is the limit for him.

Though they were the only sophomores to have dominating performances, Garcia and Isidora were not the only duo in a position group to separate themselves from the pack. There were several defensive backs that had strong days, but the two that made the biggest impact were Anthon Samuel and Darryl Brown.

Samuel is a 5-foot-11, 171-pounder that can play either safety or cornerback. He has enough size to bring a physical presence, but he also showed great instincts and reaction. He appears to have enough natural ability to develop into a cornerback.

Brown, the co-MVP at the defensive back position, is a pure cover corner. He doesn't have great size at only 5-9 and 150 pounds, but he's extremely polished at the position. He displayed great feet and instincts. Brown wasn't a blazer in the 40 (4.68), but he is very quick out of his breaks. He was as effective as anyone in coverage.

The overall MVP of the camp was a wide receiver that did everything well. Andrew Flory of American Heritage was solid across the board all day. He caught the ball well with his hands, making both the spectacular catches and the routine ones. Though he doesn't have elite speed, he's able to create separation with good routes and body control. He also has the mental toughness to finish the play.

Perhaps the top overall athlete at the combine was Courtney Moshood out of LaSalle. He was certainly the top tester. Moshood, a wide receiver, ran the fastest 40 with a time of 4.45. He also ran the shuttle in 4.10 seconds and had a 38-inch vertical leap.

At linebacker, Joey Lohmann stands out simply because of his physique. He is 6-foot-1, 225 pounds with no bad weight. He also tested well, running a 4.7 in the 40 and a 4.1 shuttle. He is a little bit stiff in coverage and is definitely a true middle linebacker, but his performance was good enough to land him the linebacker MVP.

Michael Fratianni is an interesting prospect at tight end. He is light right now at only 206 pounds, but at 6-foot-4 he has a good frame. More importantly, Fratianni has soft hands and great body-control. If he is physical in the run game and can add some weight, he could be a sleeper at tight end.

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