UF verbal Shazier dominates combine

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By now, everyone who knows about Florida recruiting has heard about the impressive summer accomplishments of Gators linebacker commit Ryan Shazier.

To refresh the minds of those paying more attention to the World Cup this summer (as you all should have), the Plantation, Fla. prospect was not only part of the 7-on-7 national championship team earlier this month but he also registered one of the highest NIKE Sparq ratings of the year with a score of 127.65 at a NIKE Sparq combine.

What does the NIKE Sparq challenge consist of? Forty-yard dash, agility shuttle, vertical jump and kneeling ball toss.

Shazier wowed scouts by running a 4.49 in the 40 — at 6-foot-3, 202 pounds — busted out a 4.43 in the shuttle, jumped 39.7 inches in the vertical and threw 41.5 feet in the ball toss.

For those of you wondering how his score stacks up to some of the best, former Gator great Tim Tebow scored a 96.92. Owned!

Shazier’s motivation? His teammates.

Before he competed, he and some of his teammates constructed a friendly wager. They bet him that he couldn’t grab the nation’s top score in the challenge. If he failed, he was to pay $20 to EACH of his teammates. If he won, his teammates each owed him $20.

Shazier said he took the bet without hesitation. At the time of his performance, Shazier owned the top score in the country, but currently, the highest score listed is 127.86.

Shazier, who technically won the bet at the time of the original wager, isn’t expecting — or wanting — his winnings. He knew it was all in fun. He just wanted to prove his teammates wrong.

“I knew I was going to do it, and I knew they weren’t going to pay,” Shazier said.

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