Successful SoCal Combine Displays Talent

There was plenty of talent on hand Sunday at's annual combine. This year, due to scheduling difficulties, Scout was unable to work out a Northern California combine and instead combined all of the Western States (California, Oregon, Washington and Arizona, primarily).

Cal had at least 38 prospects that have either received offers or identified Cal on their list of favorites. A great many of them stood out with strong performances on Sunday.

Some of the strongest performances were put on by Cal lineman prospects –on both sides of the ball.

6-5/312 Salpointe Catholic (AZ) OT Kris O'Dowd was the dominant offensive line prospect on the day. Unlike a lot of the other linemen, he carries his weight well. He also runs very well, with a 5 flat forty –very good speed for a player of that size.

6-3/270 St Mary's (Stockton) offensive guard John Nisby also stood out on the OL with good technique and footwork.

On the defensive side of the line, a pair of speedy defensive ends dominated the action. Both 6-3/220 Long Beach Poly DE and 6-3/220 Verbum Dei DE Akeem Ayers proved very hard to stop on the rush with good speed rushes and swim techniques.

At qb, Cal prospects Ronnie Fouch (Redlands East Valley) and David Potts (Monrovia) looked strong in the pocket, particularly Fouch, who had a strong, high delivery somewhat reminiscent of Aaron Rodgers.

There were several Cal receiver prospects in attendance today, led by big and athletic (6-4/190) Joey Redding from Long Beach Poly, 6-3/180 Merced wr Carter Todd and 6-2/180 Taft receiver Jeshua Anderson. All ran solid routes and showed athleticsm.

Running backs ran pass patterns but there were several speedy Cal prospects, including a blazing 4.35 turned in by Colony HS's Omar Bolden. Also running well were Redmond, Washington's Logwone Mitz (4.6) and Monrovia's James Davis, who ran a 4.59, despite coming off a leg injury.

There were no Cal tight end prospects there, as Blaine Irby and his St. Bonaventure contingent were unable to make it.

Ditto for the linebacker position as Irby also excels at lb. Mitty's Steve Sloan was not able to make the trip, either.

At db, De La Salle cornerback Lonnie Wishann made the trip. The 5-11/180 corner was a little raw in his skills, but showed promise. Highly recruited Muir safety Lance Mitchell was surprisingly off on his forty time with a 4.94.

Overall, in talking with a number of players, it's apparent that Cal is gaining a higher profile with a larger number of talented players every year. However, with no commitments to date, many Cal fans will find little solace in that fact till the commitments start to roll in.

At this stage, it appears that Cal's Rising Juniors camp in early June along with their regular team and individual summer camps will be the most likely time for the Bears to begin to reap new recruiting fruit this season. Top Stories