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Linemen star at ESS Polk County combine

4/24/2012

On Saturday, Elite Scouting Services held their Polk County combine at Lake Gibson High School (Lakeland, Fla.) and some of the hosts were eager to show off their ability.

Lake Gibson defensive linemen Kennard Swanson (6-foot, 245) and Anthony Green (6-1, 248) both ran under 4.8 and Swanson had 24 bench reps of 185 pounds.

Recently, Swanson said Missouri, one of his early offers, had backed off but other schools continue to pursue.

"Missouri just didn't like my size to play defensive tackle so they went another direction," Swanson said. "I like playing on the inside but there's a chance I could be moved to defensive end or linebacker or even fullback so I have to continue to work on his speed."

Meanwhile, Green recently received his first offer.

"I received an offer from Western Kentucky over the last week," Green said. "I'm hearing from a few other programs right now like Temple and UCF."

The Lake Gibson teammates weren't the only defensive linemen to have a strong outing Saturday.

Plant City (Fla.) lineman Devyn Salmon celebrated his day with a recent offer from Wake Forest. The 6-1, 283-pound junior chose not to run a 40 but did 26 reps on the bench.

"It's very exciting to receive that first offer, especially when it comes from a BCS program," Salmon said. "South Florida, Iowa State and Memphis will all be coming to take a look at me during the spring."

Lake Wales (Fla.) defensive lineman Bobby Leath measured in at an impressive 6-3, 290 pounds and showed he plays faster than the 5.16 he ran in the 40.

Leath claims several offers but let's Lake Wales' coaching staff handle it.

"I am mainly focused on pulling my grades up and getting everything in order academically," Leath said. "Coach [Mo] Lattimore at Kansas State is probably the coach that gets in touch with me the most.

"I also hear from Missouri, Marshall and West Virginia quite a bit."

Mulberry offensive linemen show strength

Two offensive linemen hit the 30 mark on the bench reps and both were from Mulberry (Fla.) High.

Kyle Jones (6-3, 290) had a combine-high 36 reps on the bench and showed some solid athleticism in the OL/DL one-on-one drills.

Jones has an offer from Florida International and could have one soon from Western Kentucky.

"I've been in contact with Coach [Ray] Woodie from Western Kentucky a few times," Jones said. "They really like my film so I'm hoping for an offer to come real soon."

Jones took a visit to South Carolina for their junior day and has recently been contacted by Marshall and Penn State.

Jones' teammate Dwayne Williams (6-3, 308) is just heading into his junior season but he's already showing his experience in the weight room with 30 bench reps Saturday.

"He just keeps getting better," Jones said of his younger teammate. "We're going to have a lot of coaches coming in the spring to look at me and they are going to end up looking at him too."

Pollock ready for more touches

Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.) wide receiver Jajuan Pollock admits he got lost in the shuffle on offense in 2011 but expects to be a much bigger part of the Hurricanes' bid to repeat in 2011.

"We were running a lot of spread stuff early but we were having more success pounding the ball so it limited my touches," Pollock said. "This year I think we'll be more explosive with me, Anthony [Lauro] and Cord [Sandberg] in the backfield."

Pollock (5-8, 158) ran a 4.44 and 4.47 in the 40-yard dash on Saturday and showed a strong vertical jump to reach up and grab some passes in the one-on-one drills.

After pulling down 35 catches for 385 yards and two touchdowns as a junior, Pollock is hoping for a big senior year.

"I am going to try to double my number of receptions and get more involved in the running game," Pollock added. "I'll also be doing the kick and punt returns."

Notes

George Jenkins (Lakeland, Fla.) defensive end Tanner Reeves was strong in testing as the 6-4, 224-pound junior ran a 4.66 in the 40-yard-dash and a 4.38 on the short shuttle. Reeves also hit 10-6 in the broad jump and did 23 reps on the 185-pound bench.

Lake Gibson wide receiver Eric Carter (6-0, 172) said his most recent offers are from Toledo and Florida International. UCF is among the programs that will visit in the spring.

ESPN 150 defensive back Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) and four-star defensive end Jordan Sherit (Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough) both participated in the competition drills but did not test.

Class of 2014 prospect Maurice Hall (St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs) measured in at 6-1, 190 and ran a 4.65 in the 40-yard-dash despite having his left foot heavily wrapped. Hall injured himself in track but says he'll be ready for spring football.

Riverview (Fla.) athlete Lasander Washington ran the fastest 40-yard-dash of the day with a 4.41 while Lake Gibson running back Tyler Brown was the only other player to run under a 4.5 as the 5-11, 170-pound recorded a 4.47.