NUC Houston: Day 1 Combine Report

Combine MVP Bralon Addison

HOUSTON, Texas – The Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine (NUC) tour is in full swing and NUC Event Director Tony Centrella and the crew running the event were in "Space City" this weekend. The first day of the combine is when the top underclassmen from the area test and compete. Scout.com was on hand to file this report on all of the action.

Schuman's National Underclassmen Combine tour hit Houston yesterday as the prospects from the classes of 2012, 2013, and 2014 all worked out at Westfield High to showcase their talents in combine testing, positional drills, and one-on-one action. And there was no shortage of talent as a number of tomorrow's stars were able to shine.

Afternoon Session (2012)

The afternoon session featured a very good number of players that figure to rack in a multitude of division one offers when the time comes. The first player that jumped out on the eyeball test was Fort Bend Hightower athlete Bralon Addison, and he ended up walking away with the Combine MVP Honors who put up solid numbers all across the board. But really came to shine in the 1v1 portion of the camp. Addison plays quarterback and wide receiver in high school, but only played at wide out in the camp. The speedy Addison was swift in and out of his breaks showing great quicks and good hands. Those combination of skills are usually hard for the defensive backs to match up with in a 1v1 situation and it was evident from the first route he ran that he was going to wreak some havoc. The scary thing about Addison is that he is still very raw at the position and will still learn many nuisances of the game before he signs anywhere.

Corey Thompson, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver from Elkins High (Missouri City, Texas) will likely be the most highly recruited player at the camp by the time it is all said and done and he walked away with the "Combine King Award" after posting 4.6 40, a 4.22 pro-shuttle, and a 36-inch vertical jump. Thompson was the most polished receiver at the combine and he busted off a couple of double moves that left the parents in the crowd oohing and aahing. He also showed a great deal of athleticism and playmaking ability by going up high to take a couple of balls out of the air over defenders.

Pearland Dawson's Haywood Jeffires, the son of former Houston Oiler star of the same name, was very talented and when the 1v1 portion of the camp began he did a good job and showed that he had the talent and mental toughness that you like to see in a defensive back. He exuded confidence and wanted to go against the top guys. He had some great battles with Thompson and did the best job on him in coverages. At the very end of the 1v1 showcase Jeffires went against Thompson and after getting beat on an underneath route by a step he came back to get a hand in and pull the ball away. It could be debatable who came away with the ball in the end, but making up the ground and making it an instant replay type of play was the impressive feat.

Dobie High's Andrew Robinson was a real beast as well and if he did not go down with a concussion before most of the 1v1 action went down he may have walked away with the Combine MVP honors. As it sits he walked away with "Running Back MVP Award". He was extremely speedy and was extremely athletic. But what may have been most impressive is when the 5'8, 170-pound back rolled in to the weight room and pushed out 29 reps on the 155-pound bench press. His teammate at Dobie, quarterback Blake Jackson (5'11, 190), was also impressive and was selected for the "Showcase" where the best players take on each other in 1v1 action.

Other Notables: Cooper Woodyard (QB, The Woodlands) Marqui Christian (CB, Chavez), Jared Castor (OL MVP, Rice), Melvin McAdams (CB, Fastest Player, 4.45 40, Bellaire), Devon Johnson (RB MVP, Marshall), DeAndre Liggins (WR, Cy-Lakes), Antony Smith (DT, Westfield), Ashton Bennett (WR, Elkins), Jarrell Crenshaw (CB, Pearland Dawson) Marcus Johnson (WR, Clear Springs).

Morning Session (2013, 2014)

The morning session was the smaller group, but there were a few players on the field that looked like they would have the chance to develop in to some really special players.

The first player that jumped out was '13 receiver Justin Webster who was awarded "Combine King" honors after running a 4.46 40-yard dash and a 4.28 pro-shuttle. He was also pretty swift in and out of his breaks and had a body that was much more developed than some of his young counterparts.

As slick as Webster was in his routes the best player in the younger portion of the camp may have indeed been Colin Janice from West Orange-Stark High. He passed the eyeball test and looked to be about 5'9, 160. But his coverage skills were astounding for a player so young and he was able to lock down all comers. He took home the "Cornerback MVP Award".

There were two quarterbacks in attendance that looked like they had the potential to become nice players if they continued to work on their mechanics from now until their senior season. The first one that grabbed my eye was D'Juan Hines. Hines is already developed physically at about 6'2 190 and threw the ball with some good zip. Episcopal High's Blake Henningsen took home the "Quarterback MVP Award" and was probably the most accurate thrower on the day and he hooked up a number of times with the aforementioned Webster.

Other Notables: George Parker (OL MVP, Cinco Ranch), Deon Hollins (DL MVP, Houston Yates), Larry Sonnier (WR MVP, West Orange-Stark), Austin Bennett (WR MVP, Manvel), Deishon Waller (RB MVP, Marshall) Tyrique Ray (LB MVP, Klein Forest), Darrin Theall (Klein Forest)

There were many more players in both sessions at the event that should be mentioned and stood out, but these were some of the top guys at the event. Scout.com will have player interviews, photos, and more evaluations from the camp throughout the week.

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