Under Armour L.A. Combine Notebook

Look inside for all the news, notes and quotes from the Under Armour Combine in Los Angeles.

Gilmore Shines at Under Armour Combine

One of the top overall prospects at the Under Armour Los Angeles Combine on Sunday was Malik Gilmore from Lakewood High School.

The 6-3, 200-pound wide receiver showed good speed and agility during the combine testing drills, and has a big frame, that he could easily add weight to when he gets into a college strength program.

Gilmore, who already has offers from Notre Dame, Michigan, Washington, Utah, San Diego State and Duke, was up in Berkeley a day earlier for Cal's Junior Day.

The talented receiver was joined by some other top prospects in the Los Angeles area, including Bryce Treggs, Darius Powe, Jordan Simmons and Jordan Payton.

"It's an amazing campus," Gilmore said of Cal. "The atmosphere is real family-like, all the coaches and everybody are real close and the players are real nice and cool."

Gilmore will continue with his busy schedule in the coming weeks, as he prepares for the Badger Sports 7-on-7 Las Vegas tournament with Team 1925, which is coached by Keyshawn Johnson, a guy that just might have a few pointers for a young wide receiver.

Muhammad on the Fast Track

Is it too early to proclaim Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame running back Khalfani Muhammad as perhaps the fastest player in the Class of 2013?

"I got third at CIF as a freshman, led California as a freshman with a 10.81 (100-meters) and 21.63 (200)," said Muhammad, who rushed for 851 yards and 13 touchdowns last season.

Muhammad showed that speed by running a blistering 4.56 electronically timed 40-yard dash in blustery conditions Sunday.

"I wasn't a big football dude until 7th grade. I was a straight up track guy," he said. "I'm still learning the game, I'm still fresh. I'm doing all this at beginners level."

While he may be new to the gridiron, Muhammad does have two schools that stand out: USC, where his father ran track, and LSU.

"Those two are my personal favorites," Muhammad said. "I'm keeping all eyes open. I still got two more years."

Muhammad had hoped to attend USC Junior Day on Saturday, but was unable to do so because of a track meet.

James Knows the Process

Corona (Calif.) defensive end Drew James knows what recruiting is like after seeing his brother, Jordon, go through the process and sign with UCLA as a member of the Class of 2010.

When asked what he took away from his brother's experience, Drew said, "A lot of questions, ask a lot of questions and just enjoy it."

James has been in contact with coaches at San Diego State, Colorado, Nebraska and UCLA, but does not yet hold any offers.

And while a reunion in Westwood would be his preferred destination – "That would be fun to play with my brother," James said. – he is open to attending any school regardless of distance.

Santini Staying Busy

2012 safety Christopher Santini was easily one of the most versatile and physically impressive players that took part in the Under Armour Combine.

Santini measured in at 6-0, 197-pounds, and brings a physical presence to the defensive backfield. He is being recruited as an outside linebacker by most schools, but has also received interest as a safety.

The standout from Leland High School in San Jose, took an unofficial visit to UCLA while in Los Angeles.

"It was a nice school," said Santini. "I liked the campus, it was big and the weather was good."

UCLA was just one of the Pac-12 campuses that he has recently visited, also making stops at Washington and Oregon.

Both Washington and Oregon are currently in his Top 4 schools, along with Boise State and Penn State.


Drew James runs the 40-yard dash at the Under Armour Combine.

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