Rockledge, Fla— Dozens of youth football Hotbed athletes flocked to Rockledge Park in Central Florida Saturday to compete for a spot on the Football Hotbed Youth All-American team. Hotbed’s first Youth Football All-American game will take place during bowl week beginning December 31, 2014 with the All-American Bowl game being played on Saturday June 3, 2015. In all, 210 kids from across the country will gain the distinction of being tabbed Football Hotbed Youth All-Americans in grades 6th, 7th and 8th assigned to one of two 35-roster teams per grade.
Today, Hotbed named Jacksonville’s Griffin Helm, a quarterback, and running back Malik Brown as members of the 2019 All-American class. Joining them was Rockledge’s own Jalen Mitchell who also plays running back. The performances by all three of these athletes were incredibly impressive.
Brown walked away with overall fastest man honors in his 2019 class as he clocked a 5.04 40-time as a 12 year old in 7th grade. He was a touch faster than Mitchell who clocked in at 5.05. For his part, Mitchell performed the best overall as the combines ‘Top Performer’ based on his 26′ vertical jump, 9’1″ broad jump, 4.27 short shuttle and 23 feet power ball throw. As a 7th grader, his numbers were nearly comparable to a high school senior being recruited by colleges. He’s certainly an All-American caliber player.
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Right behind Mitchell, Brown also excelled putting up impressive combine numbers in his own right. He notched a 24′ vertical, 8’1″ in the broad jump, a 4.69 shuttle run and tied Mitchell’s power ball throw at 23 feet.
Helm, a Pop Warner national championship winning quarterback, also impressed greatly. Particularly during 7 on 7 drills with the wind making life difficult to throw, he excelled with well placed balls and showed great arm strength. His footwork took center stage, however, proving to be exceptional for his age as a youth football quarterback. Helm tallied a 4.53 shuttle run and also ran a very respectable 5.35 40 yard dash. Jumping 24.5″ in the vertical was also impressive given his height compared to both Mitchell and Brown. A very good 17 foot power ball toss and 7’8″ broad jump closed Helm’s combine tally on the day.
In addition to the naming of All-Americans, Hotbed also selected several athletes to our 2015 All-American game Watch List. The purpose of this list is to track athletes that look good at our All-American combines across the country but who we want to see more film from during the season to evaluate them fully. Three athletes from today’s Central Florida Combine earned Watch List Honors.
Class of 2019
Adreal Johnson- WR/DB
Class of 2020
The Football Hotbed All-American Combine series heads to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. next and will be held at Cardinal Gibbons High School located at 2900 NE 47 St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308. The head coach of the combine will be Tim ‘Ice’ Harris of the University of Miami who just won a national high school football championship with the Booker T. Washington Tornadoes of Miami. We’ll also have renowned quarterback coach Ken Mastrole, tutor for first round NFL draft quarterbacks E.J. Manuel and Teddy Bridgewater. In addition we have a cadre of youth football coaches who are national championship caliber who include Eddie Alford, Shanton Crummie, Robert Jones, Mike Simmons and Corey Smith.
In addition, Hotbed is offering electric timed 40s and full combine workouts provided by FAST TWITCH, one of Miami’s leaders in speed and combine training.
Registration is online at http://footballhotbed.com/american-combine/ and questions can be directed to AllAmerican@footballhotbed.com.