Champaign Combine - Fab Five
Indiana's Jeremy Finch!
Indiana's Jeremy Finch!
Midwest Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 28, 2005
Chris Pool, TheInsiders.com


The Scout.com combines roll into Auburn, Ala., this weekend but before we check out the top prospects in the Deep-South, let’s take a look at who shined last weekend in Champaign, Ill,. Here are the “Top 5” prospects that attended our combine on the campus of the University of Illinois.

1. Isiah Williams, QB 6-2, 220, Chicago (Vocational)

Nobody improved their stock more than Williams. Isiah received four scholarship offers after the Champaign combine. Williams came in and showed one of the strongest arms we’ve seen this year. Williams tested well and stood out as the #1 prospect at the combine. Isiah threw for 900 yards and rushed for 800 as a junior. Williams is a true dual-threat quarterback that can make every throw on the football field.

2. Aleric Mullins, DT, 6-2, 290, Caruthersville, Missouri

Mullins was a man among boys last Saturday. Aleric has an extremely quick first step and he’s technically sound as well. Mullins also has very strong legs and uses his hands well. Only 3 schools have offered a scholarship so far but that should change during the spring evaluation period. Mullins ran a 5.0 40-yard dash on a slow surface in Champaign. The future is definitely bright for this top prospect from the Show-Me State.

3. Chris James, WR, 6-0, 175, Chicago (Morgan Park)

One of the most intriguing prospects in the Midwest. Throw the combines out the window, James is plain and simple, a football player. Most college recruiters in the Big Ten feel that James can be a super slot-receiver at the D-1 level and we agree. Chris made some sensational catches in Champaign and showed the ability to separate and make tough catches against press coverage as well. James is a “Top-5” prospect in the Land of Lincoln.

4. Cody Faulkner, 6-6, 305, Arcadia (Ind.) Hamilton Heights.

Stock continues to rise. Faulkner has a very strong lower body and his feet are exceptional. I felt Cody’s best attribute was his ability to slide and keep the defensive lineman in front of him during the one-on-one drills. Besides being one of the best guard prospects in the Midwest, Cody Faulkner is also one of the best quality individuals that college recruiters will get the pleasure to meet. Very coach able young man who will only get better.

5. Jeremy Finch, 6-1, 205, Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central

Attention college recruiters, get a head start one of the top prospects in the Class of 2007. Finch was one of the best looking prospects in Champaign last Saturday and then went out and tested extremely well. Finch will be one of the most sought after defensive backs in the Midwest in 2006 but he’s good enough to receive early scholarship offers. Finch is a tremendous athlete that’s known for his big hits. Could be the next Bernard Pollard (Purdue) in the state of Indiana.



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