Five-Star DT Chris Davenport
The Scout.com Under Armour Combine took place Sunday, January 20 in Mobile, (Ala.) with 143 high school players who braved the cold weather. They showcased their skills to the Scout.com recruiting analysts who came in from all across the country. Players were decked from head-to-toe in Under Armour gear and took part in what has become the nation’s most elite football combines.
The Scout.com combine always attracts the nation’s elite talent. Chris Davenport, five-star defensive tackle from Mansfield, (La.), did not disappoint and fits the mold of former LSU Tiger Glenn Dorsey. He is big, athletic and quick. He suffered a bloody nose in the one-on-one drills after he and D.J. Fluker, Scout.com four-star defensive tackle from Foley, (Ala.), had some fun, competitive battles.
Fluker (6-7) is already a monster and still growing. One of the most amazing sights of the day was seeing Fluker’s size 22 shoe. The Alabama commitment suffered a shoulder injury during his junior season and was held out most of the day. He was eager to go through one-one-ones after a lot of words were exchanged.
Foley head coach Todd Watson gave the go ahead for his participation. Fluker worked as an offensive lineman rather than on the defense. He did well and may have found his money-maker position.
The most impressive offensive lineman was Will Simmons who came in from Ahoskie-Hertford County, (N.C.). Simmons was the first to defeat Davenport in one-on-ones and continued to call out other players. A few lineman slipped past him, but it was over once he had them in his grasp.
Scout.com defensive backs coach Don Cox noted several players as having stellar performances with the top nod going to local standout Gerard West from Davidson. A few other standouts in the defensive backfield included Alex Buford (Thomasville), Antonio Parker (Destrehan. La.), Martez Thompson (Pascagoula, Miss.) and 2010 safety Jarrick Williams (Blount).
AJ McCarron, Scout.com four-star quarterback from St. Paul’s, came to prove why he is the leading candidate for the top gunslinger in the South. McCarron throws a great deep ball. Targets were missed a few times, but mainly due to the 30mph wind.
Chris Garrett, Mississippi State commitment, did not test but threw the ball very well. Garrett showed good accuracy throughout the day.
Two other quarterbacks who caught the eye of the analysts from Scout.com were Tyler Russell (Meridian, Miss.) and Raymond Cotton (Faith Academy). Russell was another quarterback who was pin-point on his passes. Cotton has great size at 6-4, 220-pounds and was clocked in the 4.7s.
The receivers had some great quarterbacks throwing the ball, and they made plays. Two teammates really stood out in Mujahid Assad and LaVoyd James from Williamson. Malcolm Rudolph (Hillcrest-Evergreen), Corey Besteda (Jackson), Limbrick Windam (Alma Bryant) and Raphael Poellnitz (Murphy) were very good in one-on-ones.
"The running backs and linebackers are taken out of their element in a combine setting because there isn't any live contact but several guys still stood out," Scout.com's Sonny Shipp said.
"One back that looks to have a promising future is Pearl River (La.) product James Gillum. He is only a sophomore, but he showed some of the skills that helped him to lead the state in rushing for most of the year which included some quick feet, good cut-back skills,
and another gear when he turns the corner. Once his body develops and he adds some weight in the seat of his pants he will be one of the South's top back for 2010."
"Tahj Jones of Sulphur (La.) came into this event highly heralded after being named the top linebacker at the U.S. Army Combine, and he certainly looked the part in the timing drills."
"Jones pulled something while running the 40 yard-dash and looked a little stiff in the early part of the drills, but once he stretched it out and the competive juices started flowing in the one-on-one drills his speed and pursuit to the ball took over. Jones has added some good weight to his frame, and he is starting to look like a linebacker on the hoof."
Coverage will continue throughout the week including the All-Combine team and testing results for all participants.