Proving Ground Combine: Offensive Recap

The Scout recruiting team picks out the top offensive prospects at the Proving Ground Combine in Phoenix...


Whitewright (Tex.) High quarterback Tyrone Swoopes

The quarterback group in Phoneix was as talented as any position group the combine.

The headliners for the group were two potential 2013 Top 50 prospects in Whitewright (Tex.) quarterback Tyrone Swoopes and Bolingbrook (Ill.) quarterback Aaron Bailey. Both prospects are extremely talented athletes, but Swoopes seemed to have the more natural throwing motion.

Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame quarterback Kelly Hellinski is all of 6'6" and may need to stop growing if he wants to stay productive at the quarterback position. Hellinski has a bit of a slow release, but has the arm strength to make every throw on the field.

Two signal callers out of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman were turning heads. Junior Anu (Jarrett) Solomon is has offers from multiple BCS programs and has all the intangibles you would look for in quarterback. Solomon will be limited some by his height, but is big enough to be a productive college player. The other Gael prospect, Randall Cuningham Jr., is the son of the former NFL Pro Bowler. Cunningham is an extremely gifted athlete and the 2015 graduate will be able to develop behind Solomon.

Running Backs

Shorewood (Ill.) Joliet Catholic RB Ty Isaac
The skill position talent was extremely light in Phoenix.

While the running back position was anything but deep, it did boast a very talented 2013 ball carrier. Shorewood (Ill.) Joliet Catholic running back Ty Isaac is a physical specimen. The 6'2'" 195lbs prospect has the strength to play as a power back, but also the athleticism and speed to run around and past defenses. Isaac already holds offers from some of the nation's top programs and should have his choice of colleges when it is all said and done.

Chesapeake (Virg.) Western Branch running back Josh Marriner won the 40-yard dash for the morning group. He ran a 4.47 and showed speed that will draw the attention of college coaches.

Peoria (Ill.) Richwoods running back Kendrick Foster led his high school team to the state title game and has a high ceiling. The back is on the diminutive side, but more than makes up for it with his speed. Foster ran his 40-yard dash in the 4.4 range today.

 Wide Receiver/ Tight End

Lansing (Mich.) Everett wide receiver Jaleel Canty

The wide receiver group was solid and it was the youngest prospects that were the most impressive.

Pasadena (Calif.) Bishop Alemany 2014 wide receiver Jeffery Farrar glides around the field with ease. Analyst Kevin Carden believes the sophomore has unlimited potential and could be a Top 50 prospects when his signing day rolls around.

Scottsdale (Ariz.) Notre Dame Prep tight end Grant Martinez was the best of his group. Martinez had the softest hands of any prospect at the combine, but will need to add weight if he wants to see offers from the big BCS conferences.

Lansing (Mich.) Everett wide receiver Jaleel Canty ran the fastest forty time of any player in the second wave of athletes. Canty's size will limit him to a slot receiver or defensive back, but he has speed you can't coach.

Fresno (Calif.) Central wide out Micah Quick is another young 2014 prospect to keep an eye on over the next two years.

Offensive Line

St. Charles (Ill.) St. Francis Academy OL Kyle Bosch
The offensive line got plenty of time in 1on1 competitions and multiple prospects made a name for themselves.

Easily the top performer of the day was St. Charles (Ill.) St. Francis 2013 offensive lineman Kyle Bosch. Bosch will likely end up on the interior at the next level and has the nasty streak coaches love. Bosch has great feet and anchored himself well. The junior holds offers from a dream list of colleges and should be a lock as a Top 300 prospect.

The other highly touted lineman from the Midwest was Lemont (Ill.) High Ethan Pocic. The 6'6" 280lbs lineman got off to a rough start early in the morning before turning things around late in the combine. Pocic appeared tentative at the start and lacked the aggressiveness that made him successful later on.

Dallas (Tex.) Jesuit offensive tackle J.J. Gustafson is on the slight side, but proved solid enough to stop most linemen that headed his way.

Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton offensive guard Patrick Joseph and Scottsdale (Ariz.) Brophy lineman Charles Renfree put on a show in front of their hometown crowds. Both Arizona linemen make up for a lack of physical tools with great technique and tenacity.

Hermosa Beach (Calif.) St. John Bosco lineman Nico Falah was the top offensive lineman in the afternoon session. Falah has a good frame and will have room to add the weight needed for the college game.



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