While the high school players are star struck by the jerseys of clients on the roster including Brian Urlacher, Champ Bailey, and many more, they are also there to make a name for themselves in the recruiting world.
Players are weighed and measured, and they are then tested by the Competitive Edge Sports staff. For most of the players, this is their first time getting tested by someone not trying to coach, promote, or recruit them, and the sticker shock on their forty times is always predictable.
At the 2005 NFL Combine, the fastest group of players was the cornerbacks. After training at places like Competitive Edge Sports to do nothing but run a forty yard dash for six weeks, the average time of that group was 4.53. So how does every high school player in the country run a 4.4? That's easy, they don't.
With that in mind at what real 40 times look like, here is the full results from the players that participated in the Kennedy/CES Combine on Saturday.
Kennedy/CES 2006 Results
For reference sake, here are the results from 2005. You will recognize a lot of names.
Kennedy/CES 2005 Results
Because the Scout.com Combine Circuit will travel to cities all across the country in the spring, the Kennedy/CES 2006 Combine focused solely on players from the state of Georgia, and there were some familiar names, and some names that will become very familiar to you in the near future.
Cameron Newton of Westlake and Matt Moody of Landmark Christian are two of the top signal callers in the state
this year. Newton is an excellent athlete that
had a basketball game on Saturday night after the combine. Moody is a heady
quarterback that makes a lot of good decisions with the football. Both are big
quarterbacks with Newton pushing 6-5 and Moody measuring 6-3 on Saturday.
The state of Georgia is always loaded with running backs, and the Class of 2007 is no exception. Caleb King of Parkview is at the Head of the Class, and Roddy Jones of Chamblee has a chance to set the Dekalb County rushing mark this year. Class of 2008 member Chris Jordan announced his presence with authority on Saturday. Jordan rushed for over 800 yards in just five games as a starter at Norcross last year. He will be once to watch for the Class of 2008.
The state of Georgia has lacked a marquee tight end the past couple of years, but that could change this year with Walton's Bailey Woods and Chamblee's Nicolai Schwartzkopf. Both players have excellent size and ran better than some of the receivers on hand.
Willie White of Camden County gets most of his snaps at safety, but the 6-3 and 172 pounder was one of the top wide receivers at the Junior Combine in San Antonio, and he had a good day Saturday as well. Rashad Tukes of Riverdale is a player to keep an eye on this year as well. At 6-2, Tukes has good size and makes a lot of acrobatic catches.
The Class of 2008 was well represented at the receiver position as well. Malcolm Beyah of Chamblee, Brice Butler of Norcross, and Darvin Adams of Harrison will all be heavily recruited prospects.
The Class of 2007 might not be as deep on the offensive line as the Class of
2006, but Antwane Greenlee of Hardaway is a terrific prospect regardless of
class. He moves extremely well, and at 6-6 and 300 pounds, he has the frame to
be a standout offensive tackle. Maybe the most impressive of all the linemen was
6-3 and 291 pound Omoregie Uzzi of Chamblee. He would rate an "offer"
on most schools' recruiting boards right now. Going to have to wait though
coaches, he's just a sophomore.
Arguable the top participant on Saturday was Allen Bailey of McIntosh County Academy. Bailey plays fullback and linebacker for his high school team, but at 6-3.5 and 240 pounds, he will play defensive end in college. He has actually dropped about 15 pounds this winter playing basketball. Bailey has a special story that Ryan Jordan of Scout.com posted at the Dawpost.
Bo Adebayo of Collins Hill and Shane McCord of Hart County are two standout defensive linemen to keep an eye on. Adebayo plays defensive end for his Collins Hill team, but like McCord, he will likely move inside to tackle on the college level.
The past two classes have been loaded with linebackers in the state of Georgia, and there will be plenty to watch this year as well. Rennie Curran of Brookwood may be considered small by some standards at 5-11 and 200 pounds, but he is a dynamite football player that will garner a lot of looks this fall. Vincent Smith and Adam House of Camden County are a big reason why the Wildcats made the quarter-finals last year. Smith doubles as a wingback, and Smith sometimes plays with his hand down at defensive end.
Caleb King isn't the only player that's going to get a lot of attention at Parkview, Marshall Williams showed again on Saturday that he is a big time talent. Sacoby Carter of Hawkinsville plays defensive line in high school, but he showed more than enough agility to be a linebacker on the college level.
Addison Williams of Westlake High School showed out at the Scout.com Combine last year, and he has shown again that he is one of the top cornerback prospects in this class. Dominique Faust of Clarke Central was a bit of an unknown coming into the day, but he didn't finish the day that way.
There were several members of the Class of 2006 looking to get one final look before signing day, and the
Terence Jeffers of Berkmar came to the combine although he had nothing to prove. Jeffers is already committed to Connecticut, and when he registered, I told him that he didn't need to come since he was already good to go.
"I just want to compete," said Jeffers.
Compete he did. At a chiseled 6-2 and 211 pounds, teams in the south are going to be kicking themselves for letting him get out of SEC/ACC Country.
It was another great day at Competitive Edge Sports on Saturday. A special thanks to the parents and coaches that sacrificed their Saturdays for their student athletes. We couldn't do it without you!