East Texas Combine Preview

2015 QB Chandler Eiland

Scout.com looks at some of the expected participants at Sunday's ETSN.fm/APEC East Texas Football Recruiting Combine in Tyler.

Last year's ETSN.fm/APEC East Texas Football Recruiting Combine featured serious talent such as Daylon Mack, Justin Dunning, JaMycal Hasty, Blake Lynch, Travin Howard, Patrick Mahomes, and many others.

Sunday's second annual event should provide another look at the region's standouts, especially in the 2016 class. Seniors-to-be such as Mack, Dunning, Hasty, Lynch, Kris Boyd, Jaylon Lane, and Roney Elam -- as well as 2016 safety Brandon Jones -- are not expected to participate as they already have double-digit offer lists, but we wouldn't be surprised if a few of them showed up to cheer on teammates who will compete.

Players will go through combine-style testing in the morning before, weather permitting, competing in position-specific drills and one-on-ones at Lee High School in Tyler, just down the road from APEC training facility, which has a team of coaches who do a great job conducting testing and recording results.

Last year's combine hosted exactly 100 competitors and Sunday's event is expected to top that number.

Here's a look at some players who are expected to participate. (For a full list from ETSN.fm of expected participants, click here.) These prospects already are or should become FBS-level targets:


2015 Prospects To Watch

Chaston Brooks, S, Tatum -- Brooks has great instincts and is a threat in the return game. He's a ball-hawking safety who is one of the region's biggest sleepers.

Ryan Cox, OG/OT, Jefferson -- at a massive 6-foot-6, 312 pounds, Cox has gotten P5 interest as a tackle and a guard. He's still looking for his first offer, so he's one of the biggest -- literally and figuratively -- sleepers in East Texas.

Chandler Eiland (pictured above), QB, Canton -- Eiland, who is dangerous with his arm and his legs, holds a Louisiana-Monroe offer. Despite missing a couple of games as a junior, he threw for more than 1,800 yards and ran for almost 800.

Chett Munden, OT, Marshall -- Munden is similar to Cox: a sleeper prospect with a big frame at 6-foot-6, 295 pounds. A good performance at the combine would be a big help.

Jassavia Reese, DE, Tyler John Tyler -- another sleeper without an FBS offer, Reese will look the part as much as anyone at the event. He measured 6-foot-4, 230 pounds at the Dallas Nike Football SPARQ Combine on May 3. His brother, 2015 linebacker Jaylon Reese, is the same way. The 6-foot, 228-pounder has gotten some FCS attention.

Kyshaun Smith, OLB/S, Tatum -- the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder holds offers from Houston, Memphis, and Texas State. Smith has a long frame that should be able to add good weight.

Javon Thomas, RB, Texarkana Texas High -- Thomas backed up 1,000-yard rusher Tre Walker in 2013, but ran for about 500 yards. The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder holds four offers from Navy, Rice, Toledo, and Tulsa.

Deyanta Roberson, WR, Tatum -- Robreson is a big-framed receiver who is best at playing as an outside vertical threat. He's gotta be one of the best players in the region without an offer.

Isaac Warren, CB, Tyler John Tyler -- the big-bodied, physical cornerback got four FCS offers before committing to Sam Houston State this past weekend. Keep an eye on Warren, though; I wouldn't be surprised if FBS programs started taking more interest in him.

Broderick Washington, C/OG, Longview -- the 6-foot-3, 285-pounder holds six FBS offers. He plays tackle for Longview, but head coach John King said most of his offers are for center.


2016 Prospects To Watch

Isjuwan Barker, S, Tyler Lee -- the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has the frame and the upside to be an impressive FBS-caliber prospect. He already has a full season of starting under his belt.

Seth Brasher, WR, Bullard Brook Hill -- Brasher has started each of his first two seasons in high school for a quality private-school program. At 6-foot-2, 175 pounds, he's already gotten some attention from recruiters.

Tim Clay, OL, Longview -- Clay is a massive prospect at 6-foot-5, 350-plus pounds. He has a ways to go developmentally, but the raw tools are there to become a potential P5-level prospect.

Marquise Guinn, TE, Carthage -- the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Guinn caught 25 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns as one of only two non-senior starters for Carthage's state championship team in 2013. Multiple P5 schools have shown interest, including Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, and Michigan.

Fre'Zarrian Harrison, RB/LB, Pittsburg -- a big, burly underclassman tailback at 5-foot-11, 210 pounds, Harrison should soon garner attention as he becomes featured more and more in Pittsburg's offense.

Braylon Jones, DT, Tyler John Tyler -- depending on the availability of other high-major recruits, Jones could be the highest-rated prospect at Sunday's event. Already with a Scout four-star rating, the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder holds a couple of early FBS offers. I have labeled him as East Texas' next great defensive tackle.

Corey Lane, CB, Nacogdoches -- the younger brother of 36-offer Oklahoma State commit Jaylon Lane already has a Louisiana Tech offer. He'll join Jaylon and 2016 safety Brandon Jones to give Nacogdoches a seriously talented secondary.

Jarrod McLin, DE, Carthage -- another big, physical prospect from Carthage, which boasts the aforementioned Guinn and jumbo athlete Cagan Baldree in its 2016 class, McLin is a prototype even-front end who should develop into a fearsome pass-rusher. McLin should be among the region's top 2016 recruits.

Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston -- playing for a small-school program has not prevented Rogers from getting early attention. The 6-foot-4, 185-pounder already holds North Texas and SMU offers.

Michael Ross, QB, Tyler Lee -- Ross is a bit undersized, but showed impressive run-and-throw ability in 2013, when he starred for small-school Harmony. Now at the only school in East Texas that will be in the new Class 6A, Ross joins fellow 2016 standout Zach Hall as potential quarterbacks for head coach Darrell Piske this fall.

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