Olympia WR Henry Eaddy shines at Miami Nike camp, turning in huge numbers, including national-best 41.9 vertical
Olympia's Henry Eaddy, pictured here with Jones High's Clim Robbins (left), took part in the Orlando Big Timers 7-on-7 team -- as did Robbins -- that took third place at the Badger Sports Elite tournament at USF. (Photo by Chris Hays/Orlando Sentinel / March 8, 2010)
For what Eaddy lacks in size, the 155-pounder certainly makes up for in other areas. He took the Nike Miami Combine this past weekend by storm, popping a national best 41.9 inches on his vertical leap and posting other impressive numbers that all added up to make him the top-rated SPARQ tester at the combine with a score of 118.26.
"I was pretty excited about that," Eaddy said. "At the first Under Armour combine (in Jacksonville) I cramped up a bit and my numbers were kind of lackadaisical. Like a 33 vertical. But honestly, I wasnt that surprised (with the 41.9 vert). Im known for having a great leaping ability. I think it will help me because it shows that I can play bigger than what I am ... more like a 5-10 receiver instead of 5-7 or 5-8."
The SPARQ Rating is a scoring system designed to measure football-specific athleticism by combining results in the four combine tests: 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw.
Eaddy, believe it or not, was "slow" in the 40-yard dash with a time of 4.54 seconds. Well, slow for him. He's used to posting numbers under 4.4, but with laser testing, that feat is near impossible. No one of more than 1,000 participants tested under 4.4, with the top time coming in at 4.46 from 2012 RB Wigberto Ventura of Hialeah Gardens.
"Yeah, the 4.54 actually disappointed me, one thing that I didnt feel accomplished about during the weekend," said Eady, who does not run track but is on the weightlifting team. He qualified for sub-sectionals next Wednesday, along with teammate LB/FB Ryan Bishop.
Eaddy also had a toss of 36 feet in the power ball, and a shuttle time of 4 seconds (second-best on the day) and he was named one of the top "Workout Warriors" for the event. He has no official college offers, but Eaddy hopes this performance will help.
"A story was posted on the Crimson Confidential (Alabama ESPN affiliate) Web site and so that will probably help me out and I heard they listed my numbers on InsidetheU.com (Miami ESPN affiliate), as well, so hopefully this helps out my recruiting process," said Eaddy, who had more than 500 yards of offense last season with five touchdowns on a team that had loads of talent in fellow receivers Rashard Lawrence (Northwestern signee), Rudy Crowder, Suis Sanders and Isiah Meyer as well as Jarius Pace at running back for part of the season.
Olympia won't have the Sentinel's Central Florida Offensive Player of the Year quarterback Trevor Siemian, also headed to Northwestern, but Eady, Meyer and Pace will be back. Rising senior David Nelson will head up the battle for the vacant quarterback spot.
Eaddy ran a lot of routes out of the slot position last year, but this year the Titans may look to take advantage of him a little more.
"I think they're going to run me more as an outside receiver because they want to stretch the field with me and use my leaping ability and speed to produce big plays."
Eaddy has summer camp invites from Alabama, Iowa State and Middle Tennessee and things will likely start picking up for him as he shows his abilities in person.
Numerous area athletes made the trip to Miami for the combine this past weekend, and other drawing praise were South Lake's trio of CB Nick Waisome, S Jordan Montgomery and WR Patrick Harris, as well as Eaddy's Olympia teammate S Corian Hamilton.
University LB Brandon Bragg (6-1½, 191) put his name into the mix for the 2011 recruiting season with his 113.07 SPARQ rating, one of just 11 players of the 1,000-plus in attendance to top the 100 mark. Bragg had another impressive vertical leap with the second best of the day 40.7 inches.
Eaddy was also named to the Orlando Nike All-Combine team last month at ESPN's Wide World of Sports, where he had a 96.3 SPARQ rating amid miserable conditions and the cramps he talked about. Two other Central Floridians also made the Orlando All-Combine team in DB Eric Farkas of Sanford Seminole, LB Zach Marmetschke of Lake Mary.
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com.