Recruits Strut Their Stuff at UHFC Combine

BYU's indoor practice facility was teaming with high school football players Tuesday evening. Hundreds of athletes put their best forty forward, some looking to impress college coaches and others just looking to prove something to themselves. was there for every sprint, shuttle, bench rep and vertical.

Among the names that should now be familiar to those who follow BYU recruiting should be Cottonwood High School's mammoth in the middle, Simi Fili, Jordan High's Houston Cassita and Scotty Ebert, and Timpview's Houston Reynolds. While Ebert sat out most of the drills, Cassita ran a very impressive 4.61 forty on what is an extremely slow surface in BYU's indoor practice facility and Reynolds did 28 reps of the 185-pound bar doing the workout test for the first time ever.

The highlight of the day came when Fili took his turn on the 185-pound bar. As Fili put up his first rep at least 70 combine attendees gathered around cheering him on. 50 reps later, the 330-pound defensive line recruit was done. Fili was disappointed with his performance. He did 70 reps in last week.

Jordan High School was easily the best represented school at the combine, owing largely to the fact that Jordan's head football coach, Alex Jacobson, was the event organizer. Joining Cassita and Ebert at the camp were junior-to-be Cody Raymond, tight end Jarrick Tilby among about 15 others. Raymond is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound speedster who ran a 4.65 on the aforementioned slow sport turf of the IPF. Raymond is already getting lots of attention from BYU, Utah and Texas Tech among others.

Bingham High did not have Cougar commit Jordan Pendleton in attendance nor defensive line recruit Star Lotulelei, who was just offered by BYU, but stand out junior-to-be lineman Derek Tuimauga was at the combine. He will be one of the hottest recruits in the state next summer.

Lone Peak had a trio of intriguing prospects in attendance in the form of middle linebacker Trevor Everett who did 22 reps and ran a 4.75 forty, 6-foot-3 wide receiver Easton Pederson who ran a 4.8 forty, and quarterback Steve Beck, cousin of Cougar quarterback John Beck. Steveis an option quarterback who had one of the more impressive times running the L-cone drill in 6.7.

Other notables included David Kruger who is a 6-foot-5, 270-pound tight end/defensive end recruit from Timpanogos High School. Kruger's brother Paul signed with the University of Utah and is currently serving an LDS mission. Kruger will be a junior this coming year. Joining Kruger as a junior to watch is 5-foot-11, 165-pound Judge Memorial High School defensive back recruit Lewis Walker. The speedy athlete already has an offer from Utah and hopes to receive interest from other schools.

Former Cougar defensive lineman and current Lone Peak High School defensive coordinator Jason Buck was in attendance along with Weber State Head Coach Ron McBride. Also making his way to the combine was former Cottonwood high school running back Stanley Havili who signed with USC this past February. Havili indicated that he will leave for USC next week and spend the summer there prepping to contribute to the team as a true freshman.

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