Georgia Bulldogs: 2013 SPARQ Atlanta

ATLANTA -- More than 1,700 student-athletes took part Saturday in the Nike SPARQ Combine here, a record for the event. Players from across the Southeast braved freezing conditions, snow flurries and significant wind chill to compete and test their athletic ability in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw. Below are the standouts from the event, which includes several prominent recruits and some off-the-radar prospects for the 2014 and 2015 classes.

Top SPARQ Ratings

Daryl Rollins, RB (Knoxville, Tenn./Fulton) - 111.21
Dillon Bates, LB, (Ponte Vedra, Fla./Ponte Vedra) - 109.05
Nick Chubb, ESPN Watch List RB (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) - 107.16
Khari Blasingame, DB (Huntsville, Ala./Buckhorn) - 106.89
Taj Griffin, 2015 RB (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) - 105.42

Top 40-yard dashes

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ATLANTA -- Coming off a season in which he rushed for a regular-season record 2,721 yards and scored 38 touchdowns, ESPN Watch List running back Nick Chubb (Cedartown, Ga./Cedartown) is used to putting up big numbers.

ATLANTA -- When Army All-American defensive end and No. 13 overall prospect Ray Drew signed with the University of Georgia in 2011, the Thomas County Central football team was left with some big shoes to fill. After a position switch last fall, the Yellow Jackets found a worthy replacement in 2015 defensive end Austin Bryant (Thomasville, Ga./Thomas County Central).

The 6-foot-3, 240-pound sophomore made 106 tackles, two forced fumbles and a pass broken up, and, looking back, the end of his competition for playing time under center looks like a blessing in disguise.


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OT Harris feels more BCS offers close 

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ATLANTA -- While the Atlanta Nike Combine is a great platform for skill position prospects to make a name for themselves, the event also provides an opportunity for linemen to showcase their abilities as well. At the SPARQ Combine here last year, offensive tackle Christian Harris (Suwanee, Ga./Collins Hill) arrived and displayed an impressive frame for college coaches to work with.

This year, the 6-foot-5, 275-pound prospect was able to improve his 40 time and vertical jump, despite the weather being less than optimal.


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Memphis LB racks up tackles, offers 

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ATLANTA -- As a junior, Petera Wilson (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) had over 100 tackles, eight sacks, six passes broken up and two blocked punts. His double-digit list of offers reads like a who’s who of college football, with Florida State, Georgia and Ohio State being his most recent scholarship options.

The coveted linebacker gave his thoughts on the newest offers.


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2015 DE almost made commitment 

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ATLANTA -- Sophomore D’Andre Walker (Fairburn, Ga./Langston Hughes) has made quite a name for himself already. The 6-foot-3, 213-pound defensive end tallied 105 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 21 sacks, two forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and a blocked punt last season while helping his team to a 10-2 record and its first playoff berth in school history.

He was rewarded with his first scholarship offer last month, which caught him completely off guard.


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2015 ATH adds SEC offers 

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ATLANTA – After bursting onto the scene with one of the best performances at the Mark Richt 7-on-7 Camp last year, after which Georgia gave him his first scholarship offer, 2015 athlete Terry Godwin (Hoganville, Ga./Callaway) followed it up by making 25 tackles and four interceptions, three of which he returned for touchdowns.


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Watch List RB names a top two 

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ATLANTA -- After rushing for 1,768 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior, ESPN Watch List running back Racean Thomas (Oxford, Ala./Oxford) had little need to come out for Saturday's Nike SPARQ Combine. His recruitment has already taken off, with offers from programs such as Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, LSU and USC. With less than favorable conditions, Thomas still came out to compete with over 1,700 other recruits.


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