Atlanta Combine: Who stepped up?

The talent at the Atlanta Combine received praise from Terry Smith who works each combine on the Scout circuit. Smith said that the talent in Atlanta was the best he had seen in 2009. Some prospects out of the Peach State really stepped up their game.

This is a list of prospects that performed at a high level on April 10 inside Hallford Stadium. The elite eight for offense, defense, and underclassmen have been released, so who are some others that shined?

A number of the athletes in attendance had big days and here are some of them and a quick blurb about their performance.

Daniel Blitch - OL – North Hall – 2010

Combine Notes: Blitch has slimmed down a bit, added a little more muscle, and he played lighter on his feet last week. He is best fit for a guard on the next level and surprisingly has yet to pick up his first offer. Corey Carmichael – LB – Woodstock – 2010

Combine Notes: Carmichael ran well, he moved well, and he is a linebacker to watch in 2010. He is not going to wow people with his size (5-11/211), but he showed good lateral movement and strength in this combine.

Reshard Cliett – S – Thomas County Central – 2010

Combine Notes: Cliett is one to watch this fall. He missed most of the 2008 season because of an injury, but he is back healthy and ready to compete. He is long, he has good ball skills, and he showed good quickness in Atlanta.

Christian Conley – WR – North Paulding – 2011

Combine Notes: Conley is only a sophomore and he is at a brand new school, but he will be the first recruit to come out of there. He has great length at receiver, he really caught the ball well, and he has good quickness with long strides.

Watts Dantzler – OL – Dalton – 2011

Combine Notes: Datzler has come a long way in a short time. He has really developed into a true OL prospect. He still needs to work on his footwork, but his overall body has changed, he has gotten stronger, and he has solidified himself as a true junior to watch in 2011.

Kenarious Gates – OL – Greenville – 2010 Combine Notes: Gates had a strong showing in Atlanta and it all started with his foundation. He showed good feet, good balance, and a good base on the offensive line. Recruiting will pick up for him in the near future as he currently is waiting on offer number one.

Sharod Golightly – DB – Southwest Dekalb – 2010 Combine Notes: Golightly plays safety in high school and that is probably where he will be best at on the next level. He is physical and solid in coverage, but not ideal at corner. He did a nice job at the line and he broke up a couple of passes in coverage.

D.J. Green – S – Westside Macon – 2011

Combine Notes: Green is a junior to put on a radar for 2011. He is a long safety that looked solid in coverage and he really made nice breaks on the ball when he located it in the air. Ronald Carswell is the man there in 2010 and Green will be in 2011.

Martin Jenkins – DB – Centennial – 2010

Combine Notes: Jenkins is an athlete that could end up at a couple of different positions on the next level. He showed great speed and a very nice burst, but he may be better at safety than corner. He needs to work on his back peddle and ball skills, but his speed alone will get him some looks. His size could make him a return man as well.

A.J. Johnson – LB – Gainesville – 2011

Combine Notes: Johnson was physically one of the best looking prospects in Atlanta. He worked at linebacker and did not look as fluid in space as he did in the agility drills before the one on ones. Johnson may end up with his hand down on the next level because of frame, agility, and potential. He will be one to watch this fall.

Jonathan Krause – WR – South Gwinnett – 2010

Combine Notes: Krause was over-shadowed by Rogers, Goodwin, and Carswell, but he was in that top group at receiver. He played with good quickness and he caught the ball well also. He deserves more attention in the recruiting world.

Marcus Mack – LB – North Atlanta – 2011

Combine Notes: Mack is an athletic linebacker with long arms and good lateral movement. He was impressive in the shuttle going from side to side and he looked solid in pass coverage against running backs and tight ends as well. He needs to add weight and work on quickness, but this sophomore will get some looks this fall.

Edward Muldrow – WR – South Gwinnett – 2011

Combine Notes: Muldrow is a big target (6-3) at wide receiver with very long arms. He showed very good body control during the one on ones and nice speed as well. Look for this one to emerge this fall and pick up early offers in 2009 or early 2010.

Nash Nance – QB – Calhoun – 2010

Combine Notes: Nance threw the ball with good accuracy and he showed that his hard training in the off season has paid off. I had questions about his arm strength last season, but he has really improved that in recent months. He was one of the top three QBs there.

Alexander Ogletree – LB – Newnan – 2010

Combine Notes: Ogletree is just a football player that always seems to be in the right place at the right time. He is a middle linebacker with good instincts and he really does a good job anticipating where the running back is going to go out of the backfield. He doesn't have great size or speed, but makes up for it with smarts and effort.

Ean Pemberton – RB – Grayson – 2010

Combine Notes: Pemberton took advantage of the settings and really shined during the one on ones. He is only 5-foot-4 and he is very quick and shifty, so with no pads on, he abused the competition. He will get some high level looks, but will anyone take a chance on him? He is not an every down RB, so we will watch his recruiting closely.

Darius Robinson – CB – Westlake – 2010

Combine Notes: Robinson was one of the top cover guys in Atlanta and he showed nice balance, nice change of direction, and nice recovery speed. He needs to work on coverage when playing off the receiver as well as his balance close to the line. He is one that could emerge as one of the top defenders in GA this fall.

Jonathan Watters – QB – Rome – 2010

Combine Notes: Watters showed again in Atlanta that he can really throw a nice deep ball. He just needs to be more consistent with everything – from footwork, to setting his feet, to not rushing the ball out of his hand. He has a live arm and he just needs reps throwing the ball. The tools are there to work with.

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Analyst for the South Region and he can be reached at

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