Recruits at The Opening 2013 took part in the SPARQ testing Monday. It consists of a 40-yard dash, vertical jump, shuttle run, and powerball throw. If you want the results from the SPARQ testing, head here. If you want me to make fun of the awkward faces made by recruits in the air, however, during their vertical leap attempts, hover over the photos in this gallery. Here are the backgrounds of the featured players.
RB Leonard Fournette (@_fournette), 6-1, 225, New Orleans (La.) St. Augustine
A big back, Fournette ran for 2,136 yards and 31 touchdowns on 196 carries and added 313 yards and three touchdowns on 15 receptions. The 2012 AP Class 4A All-State and Maxpreps Junior All-American selection has offers from LSU, Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, and Texas A&M among others.
WR Curtis Samuel, 5-11, 180, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Erasmus
Samuel lived up to his pre-camp hype as he ran a 4.36 in the 40 and recorded a 126.78 SPARQ Rating. A dual threat running and receiving the ball, the All-Metro pick led his team to the PSAL championship by running for 1,047 yards with 15 TDs on the year. His college offers include Boston College, Maryland, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Syracuse and Virginia.
DL Anthony Moten (@anthony_moten95), 6-4, 280
Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
Moten was named All-Broward County as his 30 tackles, including nine for loss, and four sacks helped lead Aquinas to the state 7A title. He showed his strength with the top powerball throw (42 feet) at the Miami Nike Football SPARQ Combine. Moten committed to Florida over a double-digit offer list that included Florida State, Miami, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
DE Lorenzo Carter (@LCarter_25), 6-5, 230
Carter posted the top SPARQ Rating for a defensive lineman this year at the Nike events. Carter has offers from over 30 universities including his early leaders of Georgia Tech, Florida, Georgia, Texas and Ohio State. As a junior he was a MaxPreps All-American and a 6A All-State honoree after recording 136 tackles with 18 sacks.
LB Richard Yeargin III (@ryearginIII), 6-3, 220, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
The tall defender was All-Broward Co. last year when he made 45 tackles (20 for loss) and 13 sacks. He has an offer list that includes Boston College, Florida, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
WR Malachi Dupre (@MalachiDupre), 6-2.5, 190, River Ridge (La.) John Curtis
Dupre was Class 2A All-State in 2012 as he caught 36 passes for 816 yards and 15 TDs for the state champs despite playing in a run-oriented option offense. He has 35 offers including Alabama, Arizona, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Colorado, Florida State, Kansas State, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tulane, UCLA and Vanderbilt among others.
DB Quincy Wilson (@DC_Wilson954), 6-1, 200, Ft Lauderdale (Fla.) University School
Wilson was a 2nd Team All-Broward County 5A pick as a junior after making 40 tackles and recording one INT. He has close to 40 offers including Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, LSU, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas A&M, West Virginia, UCLA and USC.