Scout.com Combines Hit The Road
Carl Johnson
Carl Johnson
Scout.com
Posted Apr 8, 2005


Duke University’s campus in Durham, N.C., is the first stop of the Scout.com All-American Combine tour.

Invitees from The hosting state – North Carolina – will make up 91 of the 157 registered participants including potential U.S. Army All-American Bowl selections OT Carl Johnson of Durham (N.C.) Southern and S Deunta Williams of Jacksonville (N.C.) White Oak.

The other stops in the Scout.com All-American Combine tour are:

Jacksonville, Fla., April 17
Champaign, Ill., April 23
Auburn, Ala., April 30
Starkville, Miss., May 1
Elite College Combine, N.J. , May 4
Tampa, Fla., May 7
Los Angeles, Calif., May 14
Berkeley, Calif., May 15
New Orleans, La., May 21
Waco, Texas, May 22
Akron, Ohio, May 28


“The opportunity to mix a universal testing team with the biggest and most far-reaching recruiting network are what makes this series unique,” said Scott Kennedy, Scout.com’s combines director. “Most camps do not release the results publicly, because they are interested in selling the results to college as part of a recruiting service and package. We are interested in seeing the best players and making sure the world knows about them The results from our camps will be made public within 72 hours of the camps' completion. That in itself is unique. Accurate, universal testing with the desire to let the world know about the student athlete without witholding the results for a paying college audience.”

Kennedy will oversee a group, that will attend all the Network’s combines, including Scout.com recruiting experts Miller Safrit, Bob Lichtenfels and Ryan Jordan, a representative from Competitive Edge Sports and Rance Gillespie, head coach at Peach County (Ga.) High School who will serve as the combines’ quarterbacks coach.

“When coaches look at a Scout.com camp, they're going to know the results are legit,” Kennedy said. “We time players individually and accurately. Competitive Edge Sports is the leader in training athletes for the next level of competition with clients such as Brian Urlacher, Boss and Champ Bailey, and more recently Mike Williams. They will be giving brief instructions and tips on stretching, form, and technique for drills that players will see at subsequent college camps. Scout.com is the leader in online scouting, and players will get a chance to get in front of the Scout.com team which represents media outlets across the country including Fox Sports, Yahoo, and SI.com.”

Despite lacking the strength in numbers of , North Carolina, Virginia’s northern neighbor will provide a similar pop as the host state. WR Chris Bell of Norfolk (Va.) Granby is arguably the top player in the nation while RB Brandon Minor of Richmond (Va.) Varina figures to make a strong push for a U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster spot.

Although many of South Carolina’s top prospects plan to head to the Scout.com’s Auburn or Jacksonville combines DeKoda Watson of South Aiken (S.C.), QB B.J Phillips of Elgin (S.C.) Spring Valley, and CB Ameer Salahudin of Anderson (S.C.) Hanna shouldn’t have any problems representing the Palmetto State.

Additionally, QB Charlie Gantt of Farmington Hills (Mich.) Brother Rice, and LB Bani Gbadyu of Gaithersburg (Md.) Quince Orchard, will make long trips to showcase their talents.

Adding to the aura of the day, Fox Sports South’s Countdown to Signing Day will be on hand to cover the event as well as Scout.com’s national and regional recruiting analysts.

Scout.com is the exclusive sponsor for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Combine and the official selection committee for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl roster.

“What are we looking for in the measurements?” Kennedy said. “The ‘Enough’ factor. Is he big enough, fast enough, quick enough, explosive enough for the Division 1 level. If the answer is yes, we will further evaluate them through film and game observation. As an official selection partner of the US Army All-American Bowl, we also feel it's important to interact with the players and see how they interact with one another. Character is a big factor in becoming a US Army All-American, and film doesn't tell you the same things that looking a player in the eye does. “


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