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Gators and Hurricanes lead state NFL Combine invites

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The NFL announced its official invites Thursday to the upcoming 2019 Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, And, it’s obvious that the league feels strongly about two state program, specifically and their depth of talent for the next level.

The biggest example are “the Boys from Ol’ Florida.” The Gators will have eight players on hand for NFL personnel evaluators to look over. That includes: perspective number one pick offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor, potential first-round pick pass-rusher Jachai Polite (above) and and linebacker / Edge rusher CeCe Jefferson. The Gators also have running back Jordan Scarlett and another offensive lineman, guard Martez Ivey, who are likely to be second or third day selections.

Meanwhile, the Miami Hurricanes have six players who were invited, led by prospective number one pick defensive lineman Gerald Willis. Willis is out of the mold of previous Miami defensive line greats like Warren Sapp, Russell Maryland and the late Jerome Brown. Willis leads four other Miami defensive players to the Combine. They include: safety Sheldrick Redwine and fellow defensive lineman Joe Jackson. Running back Travis Homer also got an invite from the offensive side of the ball in Coral Gables.

Florida State has three invitees led by defensive lineman Demarcus Christmas. Christmas, who just participated in the Senior Bowl last month, is expected to be a day two prospect for the second or third round. Seminole wide receiver Nyqwan Murray, who will probably be a day three selection is also on the NFL’s list.

The FAU Owls of Lane Kiffin ended up with strong representation including the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year the last two seasons in running back Devin Singletary. Also linebacker and defensive leader Azeez Al-Shaair was also given a coveted invite, too.

The lone representative for UCF is defensive lineman Tristan Hill, who has been one of the keys the last two years for a Knights team that ended up winning 25 consecutive games before suffering a loss in the Fiesta Bowl LSU.

The only state prominent program shut out in the Combine will be the USF Bulls.

While wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling wowed everyone with his blazing speed a year ago in Indy and ended up being drafted by Green Bay, the NFL didn’t designate any of the Bulls as worthy to be looked over in their process.

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