May 1, 2006

Baton Rouge NIKE Camp: Top 20 SPARQ Ratings

Most often times, the top SPARQ Rating at a NIKE Camp is a decisive winner, but in Baton Rouge on Sunday, Plano (Texas) East WR Chris Slater was probably left wondering "what if" after he fell short to Canton (Miss.) Velma Jackson WR E.J. Smith by .001 in the race for the top SPARQ Rating.

The difference for Smith, a 6-0, 186 pounder, was the equivalent of just .01 in the 40-yard dash, or .1 of an inch on his vertical jump, as he topped Slater 86.516 to 86.515.

Smith posted his camp-best rating on the strength of a 4.39 40, a 35.8-inch vertical jump, 20 reps on the bench and a 4.50 shuttle.

Slater nearly kept pace with a 35.0-inch vertical, a 4.50 40, 18 reps on the bench, and a 4.12 shuttle.

Both players also held their own in drills at a camp that was absolutely stacked a the wide receiver position with top talent.

Smith is still looking for his first offer, and currently likes Southern Miss, LSU and Michigan.

Slater, who was a second team all-district 8-5A pick a year ago, has his first offer in from New Mexico State and lists Vanderbilt, Baylor, Texas A&M, Duke, Stanford, Georgia Tech and Notre Dame as his top colleges.

If there was a SPARQ Rating for academics, Slater would have definitely come in first for the camp, as he currently maintains a 4.2 GPA and has scored a 2000 on the SAT and a 31 on the ACT.

*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.

Baton Rouge NIKE Camp Top 20 SPARQ Ratings

NAME HIGH SCHOOL ST POS HT WT YR 40 20 BP VJ SPARQ
E.J. Smith Velma Jackson MS WR 6-0 186 07 4.39 4.50 20 35.8 86.516
Chris Slater Plano East TX WR 6-0 181 07 4.51 4.12 18 35.0 86.515
Isiah Ryan Sulphur LA RB 5-6.5 162 07 4.41 4.19 15 35.7 85.34
Josh Strong Ouachita LA QB 5-7 150 07 4.62 4.25 15 36.1 82.61
Steven Ridley Trinity Episcopal MS RB/LB 5-11.5 211 07 4.75 4.19 21 33.0 81.56
Toddrick Bajoie Catholic Point Coupee LA WR 6-1 200 07 4.55 4.19 17 33.6 81.37
Julio Jones Foley AL WR 6-3 202 08 4.56 4.69 13 38.9 81.34
Kendrick Celestine Mamou LA WR/Ath 5-11 173 07 4.40 4.50 22 32.0 81.10
Kenneth Charles Hightower TX DE 6-0 219 07 4.67 4.12 21 31.6 80.75
Quinton Morris Ouachita LA WR 5-7.5 176 07 4.60 4.31 20 32.8 80.61
Kris Gardner Arlington Grace Prep TX DE/LB 6-1 228 07 4.74 4.56 23 33.8 80.58
Andre Crumbley Ocean Springs MS LB 5-11 188 07 4.50 4.29 19 32.5 80.56
Joshua Brumfield Northwest Rankin MS RB/DB 5-8.5 194 07 4.66 4.56 17 36.0 80.07
Jabari Powell Wossman LA DB 5-10 186 07 4.67 4.19 15 34.4 79.51
Jordan Landry Crowley LA FB 5-9 195 07 4.62 4.37 18 33.5 79.09
Johnny Owen East St. John LA RB 5-8 181 07 4.47 4.31 11 35.5 78.76
Chris McKnight Mayflower AR LB/FB 5-9.5 212 07 4.69 4.62 26 31.3 78.69
Marcus Adams Ouachita LA LB 6-0 211 07 4.67 4.50 17 34.4 77.75
Silas Gibbs Clinton LA RB/LB 5-10.5 207 07 4.78 4.19 25 29.1 77.64
Jasmine Dalton Independence LA WR 6-3 198 07 4.75 4.37 12 36.4 77.40

Note: Some players chose not to test or had their times or marks scratched from the records. The 40s were timed indoors on a brand new Fieldturf surface using electronic SPARQ Timing at the Baton Rouge NIKE Camp.



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