May 2, 2006

Athens NIKE Camp: Top 20 SPARQ Ratings

Greg Little was a late add to the Athens NIKE Camp after the standout athlete from Durham (N.C.) Hillside decided at the last minute to come down and compete with a couple of teammates who had previously registered for the Clemson NIKE Camp on May 21st.

Though a late add, Little was certainly well-prepared as the 6-2, 214 pound put up some huge numbers and posted the first SPARQ Rating* over 100 for the year - finishing at 101.77.

Little, a highly-regarded and well-built wide receiver with offers already from programs such as Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee and others, was a monster in the weight room and on the field to post the rating.

Little's vertical jump of 39.4 inches was a camp-best, while his 29 reps (one short of his prediction of 30) also stood out on the bench press. He also clocked a solid 4.68 in the 40 and a 4.25 shuttle to finish with the outstanding rating of 101.77.

"This was my goal coming in," said Little after the camp. "I knew I'd do well on the vertical and bench and was hoping to post the best SPARQ Rating.

"I was hoping for a 4.5 in the 40, but with the cold and the wind today, I'm happy with my times."

Little ran for 1,166 yards and 26 scores a year ago as a running back for Hillside, while also catching 23 passes for 475 yards and four scores. This fall he says he will play primarily wideout and that is the position he projects to in college.

At the camp, Little listed his top five schools as Notre Dame, Miami, Tennessee, Virginia and Penn State.

*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.

Athens NIKE Camp Top 20 SPARQ Ratings

NAME HIGH SCHOOL ST POS HT WT YR 40 20 BP VJ SPARQ
Greg Little Hillside NC WR 6-2 214 07 4.68 4.25 29 39.7 101.77
Enrique Davis Mosley FL RB 5-11 212 07 4.39 4.31 25 35.9 94.13
Aaron Thomas Stephenson GA DB 5-8.5 176 07 4.67 3.94 22 35.0 90.73
Matt Hewett Dresden TN RB/DB 5-9 193 07 4.60 4.25 24 34.8 88.94
Charles White Blythewood SC LB 5-11 209 07 4.74 4.44 26 35.1 87.05
Brian Hubbard Twiggs County GA DB 5-11 174 07 4.53 4.16 16 36.3 86.29
Brent Slusher Bell County KY TE/LB 6-3 221 07 4.87 4.06 18 36.9 86.18
Tauren Poole Stephens County GA RB 5-9.5 194 08 4.65 4.37 25 34.0 86.15
Travis Arnold Madison County FL RB 5-9.5 182 08 4.64 4.19 27 31.6 85.97
Brandon Davis Peachtree Ridge GA RB 5-8 184 08 4.58 4.10 24 31.9 85.64
Justin Houston Statesboro GA DE/LB 6-3 228 07 4.82 4.37 23 35.3 84.57
Patrick Harrigan Lassiter GA FB 5-9 210 07 4.86 4.31 34 29.6 84.45
DeVion Moore Brookwood GA DB 5-7.5 178 07 4.71 4.25 18 35.8 83.74
Marshall Williams Parkview GA LB/DE 6-2 198 07 4.55 4.37 23 32.8 83.30
Marcus Carroll Greenwood SC RB/DB 5-10 184 07 4.45 4.44 19 34.2 82.55
Brandon Weedon Spring Valley SC LB 6-1 201 07 4.86 4.31 23 34.0 82.46
Cooper Taylor Marist School GA DB 6-3 169 08 4.53 4.25 16 34.8 82.22
Josh Nesbitt Greene County GA QB 6-0 204 07 4.58 4.31 19 34.0 82.17
James Ward Riverdale TN RB 5-4 141 07 4.41 4.37 17 34.1 81.83
Jon Smith Hillside NC LB 6-2 184 07 4.76 4.04 18 33.6 81.58

Note: Some players chose not to test or had their times or marks scratched from the records. The 40s were timed outdoors on Fieldturf using electronic SPARQ Timing at the Athens NIKE Camp.



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