Before Saturday, I didn't know
that a beautiful day in
After all of the players checked in, it was then time to go out to the practice field and get working. I must say, it was something seeing 185 incredible athletes doing physical tests that could possibly impact the rest of their lives. Take Humboldts, Cody Hundertmark for example, the offensive linemen went out and ran a 4.78 40. He instantly went from being a solid prospect who the Clones would look at in camp, to a kid who had an offer at the end of the day.
These combines do mean something. Players don't normally kill their status in these things, but combines are always a great opportunity for a kid with a small name to perform well and all of the sudden be a top prospect.
CN had a chance to talk to quite a few guys on Saturday and we were able to get a good grasp on their feelings on the Clones, and more importantly we got to know these guys personally. The following are notes taken by myself at the combine.
It's often hard to judge the work that offensive linemen do. For your comparative purposes while reading about the linemen, note that current All-Big 12 Cyclone center Scott Stephenson runs a 4.9 40. That's rock solid for an offensive lineman in the Big 12. .
Jordan Bernstine Steals the Show
Jordan Bernstine is a tough nut to
crack. Dan McCarney is notorious for offering
Bernstine's performance on
Saturday solidified one thing; the offers will keep pouring in. Now, Bernstine
is not only a top prospect in the
Bernstine impressed everyone in attendance when he ran a smoking 4.43 40 that was not wind aided. He topped that off with top times in other agility drills and a solid showing in the one on one portion of the combine.
In one on one drills however, Bernstine was beaten numerous times by wide receivers at the combine. Bernstine showed that he is an extremely physical defensive back, but needs to work on his coverage technique before he plays division one football.
All in all, Bernstine was the talk of the combine and had to walk away knowing that more offers are on the way.
Expect the Michigan Wolverines to
be jumping into the mix. CN had a talk with a little birdie and an offer could
be coming very soon. Also I would be shocked if he doesn't have an offer from
Sandeman – As Good as Advertised
Sandeman ran a 4.59 40 which was one of the quickest on the day, but the most impressive thing about him was the solid, crisp routes that he runs. Sandeman truly looked like a kid that could start for a Big 12 team next year. That's some premature analysis, but Sandeman has the skills to be a big time player.
The only disappointment of the day with Bernstine and Sandeman was the fact that they didn't go head to head on the drills. That would have been a sexy combination to watch but the two prospects were on opposite sides of the field.
Sandeman told CN that
Phillip Bates – Commitment Number One for the Clones
Phillip Bates is
Cody Hundertmark – Stock Rising
Hundertmark definitely won the
award of being the athlete who gained the most on Saturday. Hundertmark had the
chore of running one of the first 40's of the day. He came out of the box and
ran a 4.78 into a stiff wind at the time. Not bad for a 6'4, 265 pound defensive
lineman. Lucky for him, five
Alex Sandvig – Looks Like Big Bro
Sandvig, the younger brother of Zac Sandvig had a solid showing on Saturday. The Valley Tiger ran a solid 4.64 40 but looked especially impressive in the one on ones. Right now he's definitely lacking size, but so is his brother. Like his brother, he's an incredible athlete who you can put at numerous positions on the field.
Caleb Walters – Bittersweet
CN was drooling over the QB out of West Branch all day. He showed that he had one of the better arms at the combine and his accuracy was superb. Walter ran a disappointing 5.07 40 but he told CN that he was sore from his high school track meet the night before. With the signing of Bates and Austin Arnaud the year before, you have to wonder if another scholarship will go out to a QB. If so, Walters is the man.
Be sure to check out CN for the
next week for interviews with players and photos from the event. CN would like
to give a special thanks to Jon and Jason Miller of HawkeyeNation.com for
working with us on Saturday. It was truly a great event for the state of