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Mon. February 27, 2012 | John C. Cotey | Email

Locals set off SPARQs at Orlando combine

A host of Tampa Bay high schoolers descended upon West Orange High School on Sunday in hopes of posting an eye-opening SPARQ rating, and more than a few did just that, led by Lakewood twins Shaquill and Shaquem Griffin.

The SPARQ number is determined by a formula that includes a 40-yard dash, a 20-yard shuffle, a kneeling power ball toss and a vertical jump.

The Griffins, or the Spartwins (yeah, we just came up with that), finished 12th and 14th overall out of 1,404 participants, posting nearly identical SPARQ ratings --  Shaquill with a 96.96 and Shaquem with a 96.69. The rising seniors split the running events (Shaquill ran a 4.59 in the 40, his brother ran a 4.65) but Shaquill had a better vertical jump and powerball throw.

Lakewood teammate Ryan Cooper posted the fifth-best vertical jump of the day at 39 feet.

Admiral Farragut also had a strong showing, as defensive back Brad Hyman Muhammad finished 28th (92.97) and running back Todd Macon was 61st (86.37). Macon's powerball throw of 40 feet was the fourth-best throw of the day.

Tampa Catholic's Tj Harrell's SPARQ time of 92.58 was 30th overall, and Nature Coast Tech running back Matt Breida was 39th with a 89.97.

The best SPARQ rating posted all day was by Yulee running back Derrick Henry, a University of Georgia committment, who put up a 138.03.

Here's a list of the other locals to finish in the top 100:

45. Isaac Tanner, Freedom (88.62).
48. Stephen Bridges, Lakewood (88.26).
51. Jeremy Kerr, St. Petersburg (87.81).
53. Eddie Burgos, Sunlake (87.48).
65. Jamell Garrett, Durant (85.77).
66. Deon Thompson, Tampa Bay Tech (85.71).
71. Tracy Johnson, Lakewood (85.23).
76. Ryan Cooper, Lakewood (84.90).
84. Jamarlon Hamilton, Durant (83.49).
90. Harry Brown, Largo (82.74).
95. Jarrett Gretebeck, Strawberry Crest (81.90).

For a complete list of all 1,404 players' results, CLICK HERE.


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