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January 5, 2009
SAN ANTONIO ? Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every breaks down some of the top performers from Friday's U.S. Army National Combine. We'll look at standouts from the Gold team in this edition with analysis after previously breaking down the Black team standouts from the combine.
U.S. Army National Combine Standouts: Gold Team
DT Darius Kilgo, 6-4/300, Matthews (N.C.) Weddington
ASSETS: Has tremendous size and strength.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Would like to see him redistribute some body weight and work on overall quickness.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: One of the more powerful defensive tackles who took more than his share of reps.
CONCLUSION: Currently only plays DT, but may have long-term success as an offensive guard at the next level. He only has one offer at this time, but will have 10-plus by the end of May.
WR Demarco McNeal, 5-11/165, College Park (Ga.) Banneker
ASSETS: Has great hands, body control and ran precise routes.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: McNeal is very thin and really needs to add at least 15 pounds to help against physical defensive backs.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: Did a real nice job catching the ball at its highest point and not allowing it to get to his body.
CONCLUSION: Currently has offers from Auburn and South Carolina, look for his offer list to quadruple by May. There is always room for a guy that can make hard catches look easy.
WDE Owamagbe Odighizuwa, 6-3/220, Portland (Ore.) David Douglas
ASSETS: Pound-for-pound one of the strongest and quickest competitors.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to work more on technique like the swim and cross-over move.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: Watching a 225-pound player bull-rush and overpower 300-pound linemen on several occasions.
CONCLUSION: Was not in the Rivals.com database prior this event, but already has offers from the two in-state schools and earned defensive MVP honors. He should be one of the top WDEs in the country for 2010.
OG Collin Porter, 6-5/310, Redmond (Wash.) High
ASSETS: Has a very muscular upper body and was one of the toughest competitors during the one-on-ones.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to work on lower body strength which should increase his power base stability.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: One of the meaner and nastier competitors that got after it and was called out for it on several challenges.
CONCLUSION: No offers at this time but he looks to have the makings of a huge smash-mouth offensive guard at the next level.
WR Kyle Prater, 6-4/200, Hillside (Ill.) Proviso West
ASSETS: Has excellent height, hands and body control.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to work on staying low in and out of his breaks because he is so tall.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: Ran a comeback route in which he went up and snatched the ball away from the defensive back while keeping his feet in bounds.
CONCLUSION: Has several offers, and should end up being one of the most heavily-recruited players in the entire country.
OT Skyler Schofner, 6-6/280, Washington Courthouse (Ohio) Senior
ASSETS: Has good height at 6-6 and is very mobile for his size.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to get stronger and work on flexibility in his knees.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: Really got my attention during testing when he shuttled a 4.78 on a slow and slippery surface.
CONCLUSION: Currently does not have any offers, but is receiving a ton of interest. Right now he is very raw, but he is definitely a D-I prospect.
OG Adam Shead, 6-3/305, Cedar Hill (Texas) High
ASSETS: Has great lower body structure and plays with low pad level.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to watch his overall weight and conditioning since he is already 6-3 1/2, 315 pounds.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: Another one-on-one warrior that was not afraid to mix it up with the best defensive linemen at the combine.
CONCLUSION: He should get the same attention that fellow teammate Thomas Ashcraft did this past season.
OG Austin Shepherd, 6-5/330, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett
ASSETS: He has great overall size at 6-4 1/2, 316 pounds, and is one mean player.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Has already reshaped his body some, but needs to continue for him to be a dominant pass-blocker.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: He wins my 'David Collins Award' (UNC commit, and last years toughest OL at the combine) for being the meanest overall offensive lineman in San Antonio in 2009.
CONCLUSION: Currently has no offers, but may be one of the best offensive guard prospects in the state of Georgia based his performance. Look for offers to pour in by the end of May.
OT Tyrus Thompson, 6-6/290, Pflugerville (Texas) High
ASSETS: Very smart, athletic and a great frame.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Just needs to get stronger and fill out, he has tremendous potential.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: Was one of the few linemen that went both ways during the one-on-ones.
CONCLUSION: Currently has a Houston offer but this is a major LT prospect that has great grades and is very receptive to coaching.
ATH Spencer Ware, 5-9/210, Cincinatti Princeton
ASSETS: Plays quarterback but his physique will remind you of T. J. Duckett at the same stage.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Just needs to find what position best suits him at the next level; I believe it will be as a power RB in college.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: He really had very soft hands for a muscular back.
CONCLUSION: Has four offers at this time and is best suited to be an every-down power back at the next level. Look for him to be recruited by teams that still like smash mouth football.
OT Daryl Williams, 6-5/268, Lake Dallas (Texas) High
ASSETS: Has excellent height, long arms and is one tough competitor.
AREAS FOR IMPROVEMENT: Needs to add at least 20 pounds to help with his run blocking and battling bigger linemen that like to bull-rush.
WHAT WAS MOST IMPRESSIVE AT COMBINE: Another one-on-one warrior that would jump the line to take another repetition over less-aggressive participants.
CONCLUSION: Currently has Texas Tech and Baylor offers, that number will surely increase especially if he can improve his overall GPA.
OTHERS WHO IMPRESSED: WR Ricardo Miller, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips; FB Cole Moon, Atlanta St. Pius X; ATH Gilbert St. Louis, Plantation (Fla.) Plantation; OT Aundrey Walker, Cleveland Glenville (2011 class).