TAMPA – The 13th annual DeBartolo Sports Combine went down last Sunday at Skyway Park.

Put on by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission and DeBartolo Sports, the event gives high school athletes the opportunity to go through the exact same combine drills that the NFL players do prior to the draft process.

87 players from the state of Florida had their height, weight, reach and wingspan recorded prior to the start of the event.

Warmups occurred before the athletes were put through seven different combine testing stations that included the 40-yard dash (electronic and hand timed), vertical jump, 3-cone drill, pro agility, broad jump, medicine ball and bench press.

Following that came the players favorite part of the day, the 1-on-1 drills.

Two quarterbacks lined up in the middle field and threw to a large group of wide receivers. On the other side, defensive backs waited to make plays in coverage. Running backs mixed it up as well running routes out of the backfield.

Going in-depth

2018 Blake offensive lineman Shane Theobald is a true leader for the Yellow Jackets. The 6’3″, 308-pounder enters his senior year as the man in the middle as the starting center.

He says he thoroughly enjoyed the combine on Sunday.

“It was a great chance for me to showcase my skills and what I am capable of,” Theobald said. “I gained a lot of experience on what it’s like to excel in a combine and it was great to be out there with people who care just as much as you do and want to succeed just as much as I want to.”

Theobald has heard from a handful of colleges, but no offers have come yet. He says he’s looking forward to supporting his fellow linemen and teammates in his final high school season.

“I’m excited about being a senior because I get to share my experience with my team and it’s my turn to help my teammates cause I’ve been there and know what it’s like (in most cases),” he said.

Theobald is a big fan of what the combine represents and was happy to spend his Sunday out at Skyway Park at the free event.

“I would recommend this camp to anyone because it’s a great experience to have and it’s run really well,” Theobald said. “Also, it’s a great way to showcase your skills and really just have fun while doing it.”

Top marks

–2019 East Bay defensive lineman Levi Marshall had the highest wingspan at 6’7″, he stands at 6’0″, 196 lbs.

–2019 East Bay offensive/defensive lineman Dillon Rodriguez and 2019 Lennard offensive/defensive lineman Nicholas Manhertz tied for the biggest reach at 22.5 inches.

—2019 Spoto athlete Elijah Stokes posted the fastest hand timed 40-yard dash at 4.44 seconds.

—2019 St. Pete Canterbury running back/linebacker Tyler Vanburger led all players with a 4.43 electronic 40-yard dash time.

—2018 Hillsborough linebacker Nikeo Miguel recorded the top broad jump score of 10’1.

—2020 Lake Wales quarterback Chayil Garnett had an impressive 3-cone drill time of 7.21 seconds, leading all players.

—2018 Ocala Vanguard safety Cor’yon Gillum recorded a 30’4” mark on the medicine ball throw. At 5’9″, 183 lbs. that is awfully impressive.

—2018 Brandon quarterback Harry Kanu and 2018 Celebration defensive back Colby Johnson tied for the top mark on the vertical jump, 28.5.

—2019 Melbourne Central Catholic linebacker Jaden Gonzalez, 2019 Central running back R.J. Harrington and 2018 Hillsborough linebacker Nikeo Miguel all tied for the most repetitions, 14, on the bench press (185 lbs.).

—2018 Spoto wide receiver Derrick Curtis led all players on the bench press (135 lbs.) with 19 repetitions.

—2020 East Bay defensive back Kendall Knowles had the fasted pro agility time on the day of 4.37 seconds.

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Jake Perper is the founder of Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.

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