GoBlueWolverine was on hand at the Under Armour All American Combine Sunday to catch a glimpse of some of 2012's top prospects. The defensive lineman stole the show on the day, but a few skill position players also stepped up and acquitted themselves very well.
Ronald Darby was arguably the top performer on the day. At 5-11, 179 pounds he clocked 4.31 in the forty, registered a 36-inch vertical, had fluid hips and explosive quickness. Even more impressive may have been his willingness to get physical with receivers. Few DB's mauled the opposition like this talented youngster. Darby likely cemented his status as one of the top corners in the 2012 class. To date has has received strong interest from Big East and ACC schools, but expect his array of options to expand exponentially in the coming months.
Coleman may be diminutive in stature, but he makes up for his lack of size with good quickness and a knack for making players miss in the open field. He also demonstrated exceptional receiving skills out of the backfield.
After Darby, this Buckeye State sophomore may have been the next most best corner at the camp. The best part of his game right now is he can fly. while he sees a great deal of time on offese in high school, his love is for defensive back. He made plays all day long and he will only get better with age and physical growth.
This statuesque quarterback has a strong enough arm to make all throws. Though not a dual threa QB, he has good enough straightline speed to not be a sitting duck in the pocket. A few scouts noted that he is a few mechanical improvements away from more consistent accuracy, but that all the raw tools are there.
With a name like Ty Law this kid should be able to cover. No Law isn't the offspring of former Michigan standout Ty Law, and he's not as fast or explosive as Darby or Douglas, but the Lake Highland Prep DB at times showed the kind of ball skills that would make his namesake proud. He just showed a knack for being in position to make plays. He could stand to add some size and strength to his frame.
Bracy was unquestionably one of the fastest players in attendance. His 4.39 40 had scouts scrambling to find out who he was. If he wasn't losing defenders by blowing right by them, he did so by exploding out of his breaks. He dropped a few balls on the day, but was otherwise exceptional. He indicated that he is being recruited by the entire SEC.
Lewis looks to have packed some pounds but hasn't lost any of his explosive quickness. He spent the entire day at defensive end and points to that as his desired college position as well. He was unstoppable off the edge and also exhibits change of direction. As he adds more weight and expands his pass rushing repertoire he will become downright scary. lewis is the son of a former Michigan football player that grew up loving Oklahoma, but is being heavily pursued by Ohio State and Notre Dame. He is wide open at the moment but doesn't plan to have a long drawn out recruiting process.
One can't the full appreciation for William Mahone without the pads on. He is a tough physical runner in actual games, but can't show those traits as readily in a 7-on-7 setting. Further testament to his physical style is the fact that a few schools are courting him as a linebacker. He is currently open to the possibility, but would definitely rather play running back. Mahone caught the football well on the day.
Unlike Law, Cox is the son of a former NFL standout. Cox Jr. is much more reserved than his fiery father off the field, but you can see similar intensity and passion when the ball is snapped. Cox doesn't have an extensive pass rushing repertoire currently, but he has a nice frame, good power, and a great motor. Ths youngster expressed a burning desire to leave the Buckeye State, preferably en route to the SEC.
Yet anoother defensive lineman that was an absolute beast of the edge. He's an explosive speed rusher that was around his overmatched counterparts before thye could open their hips. He reported a 4.5 forty and that didn't look to be an exaggeration. That said, he'll need to add considerable weight to his 210-pound frame to be as dominating a presence at the next level.
There wasn't a more impressive athlete on the football field. Washington had the best combination of speed, power, and agility. He went around or through every opponent he faced. Simply put, he's a grown man playing against kids. While he definitely comes from a Buckeye family, Washington insists he is open to all comers.
Beast! A bon a fide beast. You had to feel sorry for the offensive lineman at this years combine. On a day where they faced a umber of guys with devastatiing quickness, Fowler was the quickest. His 4.65 forty, explosive first step, and array of moves confounded every lineman he faced. Fowler has already committed to Florida State