Offensive MVP :: DeAnthony Arnett – WR – Saginaw (Mich) :: Class of 2011
It is tough for underclassmen to take home this honor, but Arnett had an impressive day all-around. It all started with his forty yard dash. He had sprained his ankle earlier in the weak and even looked a little gimpy running his forty, yet, his 4.51 was one of the top times on the day. He then followed that up with a 4.23 shuttle, which tied for tops on the day. In footwork drills, the coaches consistently remarked at how smooth and quick out of his breaks he was. However, during one route, he let out a scream and said he felt something pop. After a few minutes and against the advice of his family members, he returned to the field, saying he wanted MVP. In 1-1s, his route running was impressive and his quickness off the line allowed him to get off the line against some of the more physical defenders. He made a couple of great leaping grabs and drew some oohs and aahhs from the peanut gallery on several double moves where he left his man.
Recruiting Update: Things have picked up for young Mr. Arnett. His lone verbal offer is still standing from Michigan, but he has recently received more interest from schools like Tennessee and Wisconsin, who have both been up to the school. He made a quick stop at the Michigan State spring game before leaving for a basketball event as well. This summer, he is planning camp stops at MSU, Michigan, Ohio State and a few more which have not been set yet.
Defensive MVP :: Mylan Hicks – CB – Detroit Renaissance (Mich.) :: Class of 2010
His nickname is “Clamps” and Hicks lived up to it today. He began the day by measuring in at over 5’11 and running a 4.49 forty (on a hurt hamstring), one of the top times on the day. He then set the bar in the shuttle with his 4.23, which was later equaled by Arnett. 1-1s was what he came for though and again, he impressed me as he did at the Columbus 7-7. This kid is confident, aggressive and cannot stand giving up completions. He is a competitor and a battler. He came up and pressed several receivers into the ground and into the sideline. His feet are very quick and his makeup speed is good, so that, combined with his physicality really makes him a great all-around package. He lost the ball in the air once or twice and that is the one area he can improve in, but trying to get off the line on this kid proved to be futile for most receivers.
Recruiting Update: Hicks has scored a number of offers recently, including Syracuse, Missouri, Minnesota and others. His other offers include Wisconsin, Michigan State, Purdue and Michigan and he is not sure of his summer camp plans just yet. Of the schools who have not offered, Alabama and Notre Dame are among the most interested.
Underclassman MVP :: Kenny Mullen – CB – Fort Wayne Bishop Luers (Ind.) :: Class of 2011
Mullen was right there with Hicks as the day’s best cover corner. In fact, out of all defensive backs, he made the most plays on the ball. He had a great play where he recovered on a double move by Arnett, cut in front of the route, batted the pass up in the air and came down with the interception. He has change of direction and instincts, which allow him to get the early jump on routes. He also has great ball skills. He had been at our Cincinnati combine and had a good day, but he returned this week looking to improve on that and he did. He was one of the guys who turned everybody’s head.
Recruiting Update: Mullen is just starting to see his recruitment pick up. He says two of the schools recruiting him the most are Indiana and Michigan State. He has been to both campuses and will likely camp at both again this summer. However, we expect many more schools to jump into the picture soon.
Stay tuned to Scout.com for full coverage of the combine all throughout this week.