CES Southern Invitational brought the best of the Class of 2006 and 2007 from the state of Georgia and several top players from across state lines as well. Competitive Edge Sports conducted the testing for the combine to the same standards that are done at the NFL Combine, right down to the very same surface that is used in Indianapolis."/>

Southern Stars Shine at Kennedy/CES Invitational

Carlos Brown Shines

The Inaugural Kennedy/<a href="http://www.competitiveedgesports.com">CES</a> Southern Invitational brought the best of the Class of 2006 and 2007 from the state of Georgia and several top players from across state lines as well. <a href="http://www.competitiveedgesports.com">Competitive Edge Sports</a> conducted the testing for the combine to the same standards that are done at the <b>NFL Combine</b>, right down to the very same surface that is used in Indianapolis.

There were standouts from across the south, and here are some of the highlights.

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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 

Carlos Brown
 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 

Lionel Mapp
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 year.

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


Crawford Kilpatrick

 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 (4.65).

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 well.

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 

Brandon Wood
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 him.

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:
Name POS School ST HT WT SH
Grant Gould S Millcreek GA 5-11.5 168 4.19
Crawford Kilpatrick WR North Gwinnett GA 6-5 181 4.2
Gaston Miller CB Riverdale TN 5-5.5 159 4.23
Chris Morris WR Plano East TX 5-10 162 4.26
Derek Slaughter LB Mt. Zion GA 6-0.5 193 4.27
Lavalle Parker WR Lee County GA 6-0 168 4.27
Caleb King RB Parkview GA 5-11 185 4.28
Erroll Wynn RB Mundy's Mill GA 5-10 204 4.29
Demetrice Goode RB Troup GA 5-9 174 4.3
Alan Strong CB Douglass GA 5-8.5 150 4.32

Top 10 Vertical Jump:
Name POS School ST HT WT VJ
Alan Strong CB Douglass GA 5-8.5 150 38.5
Gaston Miller CB Riverdale TN 5-5.5 159 38
Chris Morris WR Plano East TX 5-10 162 37.5
Andrew Trowbridge LB Warner Christian FL 5-11.5 211 35.5
Mario Fannin QB Lovejoy GA 5-10.5 199 35.5
Travis Burks WR Union Grove GA 5-11.5 185 35.0
Bo Harris LB Heritage GA 6-2 210 35
Crawford Kilpatrick WR North Gwinnett GA 6-5 181 35
Carlos Brown RB Heard County GA 5-11.5 195 34.5
Demetrice Goode RB Troup GA 5-9 174 34.5

Top 10 L-Cone:
Name POS School ST HT WT LC
Chris Morris WR Plano East TX 5-10 162 7.21
Caleb King RB Parkview GA 5-11 185 7.28
Lavalle Parker WR Lee County GA 6-0 168 7.31
Joshua Nesbitt QB Greene County GA 6-0 190 7.31
Tim Hawthorne WR Homewood AL 6-2 192 7.34
Derek Slaughter LB Mt. Zion GA 6-0.5 193 7.34
Gaston Miller CB Riverdale TN 5-5.5 159 7.37
Greg Wingfield WR North Clayton GA 6-0.5 163 7.37
Travis Burks WR Union Grove GA 5-11.5 185 7.4
Eric Berry QB Creekside GA 5-11.5 181 7.4

Top 10 (11 with Tie) 40 Yard Dash:
Name POS School ST HT WT 40
Carlos Brown RB Heard County GA 5-11.5 195 4.57
Demetrice Goode RB Troup GA 5-9 174 4.6
Chris Morris WR Plano East TX 5-10 162 4.60
Darius Marshall RB Baldwin GA 5-8.5 179 4.63
Alan Strong CB Douglass GA 5-8.5 150 4.63
Caleb King RB Parkview GA 5-11 185 4.64
Gaston Miller CB Riverdale TN 5-5.5 159 4.64
Lavalle Parker WR Lee County GA 6-0 168 4.65
Tim Hawthorne WR Homewood AL 6-2 192 4.65
Bo Harris LB Heritage GA 6-2 210 4.65
D'Vontrey Richardson QB Lee County GA 6-1 201 4.65

Top 10 Standing Broad Jump
:
Name POS School ST HT WT Jump"
Gaston Miller CB Riverdale TN 5-5.5 159 116
Alan Strong CB Douglass GA 5-8.5 150 115
Demetrice Goode RB Troup GA 5-9 174 114
Bo Harris LB Heritage GA 6-2 210 113
Crawford Kilpatrick WR North Gwinnett GA 6-5 181 112.5
D'Vontrey Richardson QB Lee County GA 6-1 201 112
Rashaud Slaughter CB Minor AL 5-7 168 110.5
Carson Hill CB Baldwin GA 5-8.5 152 110.5
Donnell Sanders DE North Clayton GA 6-2.5 206 110
Curtis Strong S Lovejoy GA 5-10.5 174 109.5

Complete Results

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