How did you decide which prospects to invite?
Many different ways, but the main one was off guys I have evaluated already in some fashion. Either I have seen film, seen them play live, seen them at a 7-on-7 passing camp, seen them as a combine before, seen them at a practice, or something along those lines. I also invited some of those guys that I have seen that passed the eye test as well. Of course I listen to other high school coaches also and many had great suggestions.
Who are the biggest names coming to the event? Which prospects who will be there should Georgia fans pencil in to watch in 2010 and 2011?
Some of the top juniors expected are Isaiah Crowell, Gabe Wright, Clay Burton, James Vaughters, Shaq Anthony, Hakeem Flowers, A.J. Johnson, C.J. Uzomah, Brent Calloway, Amarlo Herrera, Christian Conley, Dexter Staley, Jeoffrey Pagan, Watts Dantzler (revealing top five that day), and Stephon Tuitt to name a few.
As far as Georgia fans are concerned, Crowell, Wright, Vaughters, Uzomah, Conley, Tuitt, Damian Swann, and Chris Sanders have official offers in their hand. I feel Pagan and Johnson could very soon and Staley is one on their list as well. Some other juniors that Georgia is currently involved with are Alex Chisum, Avery Walls, Bruce Dukes, Corey Moore, D.J. Tyson, David Andrews, Demetrius Alston, Edward Muldrow, Grady Jarrett, Kennard Backman, Lamont Hardy, Marlandas Crane, Rory Anderson, Terrence Smith, Thomas O'Reilly, Trenton Brown, Chris Mayes, and Zachary Witchett.
When talking sophomores, Georgia has already offered Deion Bonner and he will be there. Others on the UGA radar already are Alex Jauregi, Blake Tibbs, Carnell Boyd, Charles Purnell, James Deloach, James Taylor, Jordan Jenkins, Jordan Watkins, and Vadal Alexander. I number of other top sophomores will be there that will be on the Bulldogs' radar in the near future as well.
Just to mention a few freshmen too, Reuben Foster of Troup County is a linebacker UGA has already had up for a visit and both Georgia and Alabama have already told him he has a spot on their team. A.J. Smith from Lovejoy, Brice Ramsey of Camden County, LaDarius Mathis of North Clayton, Eddie Printz of Lassiter, Nyjal Phillips of Griffin, Reinard Battle (younger brother of Roderick Battle), Tyrone Crowder (Greer), Victor Woolard of Camden County, and Julian Williams of M.L.K. who Alabama has already offered verbally.
Is there a prospect that you think could make a name for himself at CES?
There are plenty of them, but a few to watch are 2011 running back Broderick Snoddy, 2012 receiver Carnell Boyd, 2011 defensive lineman Chris Mayes, 2011 corner Byron Key, and 2011 running back Ralph David Abernathy. Many more athletes could emerge this weekend as well.
What is the point of these combines anyway? After all, how often do football players run in a straight line for 40 yards? A lineman never does… what's the deal?
Number one thing I see is who wants to compete. We will learn the true height and weight of these young man and then see who is explosive, who can change direction, who have good balance, and has quick feet, and many other things that will play into the game of football. While that is important to analysts like myself, for the kids, it is about exposure and wanting to be the best. I think combines are very important and it usually brings out the best in the competitors, so I am looking forward to this weekend.
Who is the best combine prospect you remember in your time as a scout?
Eric Berry. Don't need to go any further with that. He attended the first Scout Combine at CES and that was my only one until 2009. He is the best player I have covered and the prospect I have seen at a combine held at CES.