Berkeley Combine - Fab Five

There were a lot of kids to choose from when looking for five standout players last Sunday at the Berkeley combine. Here's a look at each one, and also included is a bonus group of who we think were the next best group of prospects.

1. Joshua Tatum, LB 6-2, 220 Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds - Joshua is one of those players that just jumps out from the get-go. Well put-together and with a high football IQ, Tatum is going to be one of the top prospects from the state of California this recruiting year, regardless of position. He participated in last year's MSL combine at the same venue and we were surprised he was just a sophomore at the time (going to Berkeley St. Mary's). But now he's moved south to powerhouse McClymonds and he'll flouish in Alonzo Carter's system.

2. Terrence Austin, WR 6-0, 175 Long Beach (Calif.) Poly - The next Desean Jackson? Austin is hoping so, as he made the drive from Long Beach with his father the night before the event just to be able to impress scouts enough to be given strong consideration for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. In my opinion he did just that, and then some. Known as a fast player, Terrence showed deft skill in his route-running and proved that he's more than just a speed-merchant. Outside of Tatum and maybe A.J. Simmons, Austin's performance was probably the most hotly-anticipated of the camp and he didn't disappoint.

3. A.J. Simmons, DE 6-4, 240 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd - Simmons, when you talk to him, doesn't come off as having the bragadoccio you would expect from a national top-100 player, and even doesn't have a preference as to which position he should play in college. He just lets his game do the talking for him. A kid with range right now, I expect A.J. to keep growing and eventually play on the inside in college, he's got that blend of quickness and size that cause problems at the 3-technique. A huge talent.

4. Richard Sherman, WR 6-2, 178 Compton (Calif.) Dominguez - Another player that showed his coachability on Sunday, Sherman took turns during the combine-ending one-on-ones at both receiver and at cornerback. In fact, he specifically wanted his shot at Terrence Austin, and played him heads-up as a lock-down corner. The consummate student-athlete, Sherman has offers from schools like Stanford, UCLA and Mississippi State, and he'll be able to write his own ticket next February if he stays healthy.

5. Louis Arnold, RB 5-9, 180 Oakland (Calif.) Bishop O'Dowd - Louis is arguably the top running back in the Bay Area, and it showed on Sunday. In combine-type situations, backs are given a chance to showcase their pass-catching abilities in the one-on-ones, and Arnold was as good as any of the tailbacks in attendence. It just added to his stature and reinforced in our minds that Louis has the chance to be as good as any back in California this fall if things continue to fall into place.

Next 5:
6. Derrick Hill, DT 6-1.5, 259 Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds
7. Derek Simmons, DE 6-5, 272 Fairfield (Calif.) Armijo
8. Nathan Costa, QB 6-1, 198 Hilmar, California
9. Walter Watts, OL 6-4, 290 Los Banos, California
10. Tyler Porras, S 6-2, 180 Scottsdale (Ariz.) Saguaro

Wildcat Authority Top Stories