There were standouts from across the south, and here are some of the highlights.
Carlos Brown of Heard County High School was the first running back that I
profiled with video this year after seeing him twice in person. He excelled in
the combine setting as well. He turned in the fastest forty time on the day
with a 4.57, and he measured bigger than I expected at 195 pounds on
his 5-11.5 frame. Not bad for a player that got in at close to 2:00 AM from his
basketball game the previous night.
Super Soph Caleb King is getting bigger every day. He put on a show at the
Georgia Dome, and he measured in at 5-11 and 185 pounds. This is going to be one
of the top prospects in the south for the Class of 2007.
Speaking of big, Lionel Mapp may be the biggest prospect I've ever seen. At 6-5
and 370 pounds, Mapp carried his weight extremely well. Admittedly, he needs to
trim up some, but he's not in bad shape right now, despite the lofty weight. The
trainers at CES thought he was in the 320 range when he walked in, because he
carries his weight so well. Looking for impressive? How about a 27 inch vertical
leap? His forty time
was better than several linemen I tested last year that have offers from
around the country and aren't nearly that size. Mapp will be fun to watch this
The quarterbacks got a special treat when quarterback guru Roger Theder helped
work the camp. Theder has coaching experience at Cal and in the NFL, and now he
is considered the very top of his profession at training quarterbacks. He is in
town working out players for the NFL Draft and was gracious enough to work with
some of the QB's in the south. Dexter Davidson made the long trip up from South Florida and may have been the most impressive of the quarterbacks. Chris Smelley
and Joey Fiegler came from Alabama and Tennessee respectively to show what they
could do, and they each did well for themselves.
D'Vontrey Richardson of Lee County was more than I could have expected finally
getting to see him in person. He came in at 6-1 and 201 pounds and clocked a
4.65 forty among other standout tests. He had an impressive highlight reel that
I will post later in the week. Teams are going to try and pencil him in as an
"athlete", and after Saturday, I'm convinced he can play just about
any position he wants.
James Patterson came from Noxubee County, Mississippi to work out, and he looked
extremely good. The top quarterback in the state of Mississippi came from
Noxubee Country two years ago in the form of Omarr Conner, and Patterson looks
like he could keep the tradition going.
I have long considered Chris Slaughter the top receiver in the state of Georgia
for the Class of 2006, but he is going to have some stiff competition among some
huge players next year. Slaughter was unable to work out because of a basketball
injury, but Crawford Kilpatrick tested extremely well. He measured 6-5 and 181
pounds, and his 4.2
shuttle time was outstanding. He also threw in a 35 inch vertical and a
terrific 4.66 forty time.
Timothy Hawthorne made the trip over from Homewood, Ala., and he spent extra
time catching for the quarterbacks working out at CES after the combine (I guess
we didn't mention the 6-5, 230 pound sophomore QB from Virginia that looked like
he was working out for the NFL draft), and Hawthorne showed why he is going to
be one of the best receivers in the south with great size (6-2/195) and speed
Kristopher Durham had a basketball game later that night, so he didn't test, but
he measured a full 6-5 and 189 pounds, and he has a highlight reel that has
already earned him college offers.
Richardson's top target Lavalle Parker had a very good day as well. He gets it
done on the field and proved that he has the tools to play on the next level as
Gabe Crews of Lovejoy is a huge defensive tackle with excellent mobility. At
6-1.5 and 290 pounds, he is going to be a force on both sides of the line.
Samuel Chester is a player to watch for Peach County this year as well. Peach's
quarterback, Antonio Hinton, as well as Slaughter were banged up, but Chester
had very good day.
Brandon Wood of Haralson County made the trip to Duluth and was one of the most
impressive players there. He
accidentally left with his card that showed his results (which will be
retrieved shortly), but he measured in at 6-0+ and 240 pounds and ran in the
4.6's. He also dropped off his highlight tape, and that is a treat in itself.
Wood plays running back and defensive line for Haralson, but he has the speed to
be a huge linebacker if he doesn't put his hand down. He reminded me a little of
Phillip Dillard after seeing Dillard in person.
Linebacker Bo Harris of Heritage may have been the surprise of the combine. I
knew most of the players already when they got there, but I didn't know Harris.
I do now, and so will most of the coaches in the south. He's big, and he can run
like a deer. Georgia has been the state for linebackers the past two years, and
that doesn't look to change especially with guys like...
Jasper Brooks... The Towers standout weighed in at 6-3 and 210 pounds. I had
been told previously that he was a defensive end prospect, but after a day of
testing I grabbed him and said he looked like a linebacker to me right now. He
said that was where he wants to play on the next level. I'm not betting against
Andrew Trowbridge fought lost luggage to make it to Duluth, and he had an
excellent day as well. A hugely productive linebacker and running back at Warner
Christian in South Florida, Trowbridge showed great quickness in the shuttle and
excellent explosion in the vertical. He has ideal size and lateral movement for
a middle linebacker or fullback on the next level.
Here are some of the top testers on the day:
Top 10 Shuttle:
Top 10 Vertical Jump:
Top 10 L-Cone:
Top 10 (11 with Tie) 40 Yard Dash:
Top 10 Standing Broad Jump: