Best of US Army Combine Notebook (Offense)

Now that the focus is on 2012 kids, GBW's Eugene Hankerson brings out his "Best of US Army Combine Notebook" ... first, the Offense.

Best of the US Army Combine Notebook (Offense)


Brandon Napoleon / QB / Rahway (NJ) St. Peters Prep

Easily overlooked because of size, this youngster was one of the best passers in an overall weak quarterback group. Napoleon is a accurate passer with a quick release. He has better arm strength then you'd expect and ball placement was perfect for receiving targets. His Father, Eugene Napoleon, played college football at West Virginia.

Wes Brown / RB / Olney (MD) Our Lady of Good Counsel HS
Saw him in action this season against DeMatha Catholic, and left unimpressed after hearing all the hype. Come to find out, Brown was in the mist of an injury riddled season that kept him on the sidelines for the majority of the season. At the Army Combine he looked liked a totally different player. Brown has great frame with wide shoulders that could easily handle another 10-15 pounds. He went on to run what had to be one of the top 40 yard dash times for his position. In the 1 on 1's he got up field quickly and looked very comfortable catching the ball.

Brian Kimbrow / RB / Memphis (Tenn) East HS
A "big timer" early in the recruiting process who is already flanked with double digit offers from coast to coast. Kimbrow is a great athlete who could project at a number of positions, but he worked out as a RB at the Army Combine. He was easily able to create separation on routes and get deep on defenders any time he wanted. Kimbrow has the kind of top end speed and elusiveness that will remind many of Percy Harvin.

Other running backs that stood out: Dami Ayoola Fort Lauderdale (FL) St Thomas Aquinas

Stefon Diggs / WR / Olney (MD) Our Lady Good Counsel
I've been harping on the exploits of Diggs for a year now. He did enough in San Antonio on limited reps to come away with Army Combine MVP award. His flashy style has drawn comparisons to DeSean Jackson, a US Army Game alumnus who now stars in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles. It's not fair to compare the two, but one major difference in their games is Diggs ability to play bigger than his size and compete for balls no matter how or low their thrown.

Ian Thomas / WR / Reisterstown (MD) Franklin HS
Thomas is a precise route runner, who knows how to get open. He looks like a bigger DeAnthony Arnett. He's so smooth, that sometimes his speed sneaks up on defensive backs. However, don't be confused, the kid can fly! Thomas already has a couple offers under his belt; he's another name to add to a loaded 2012 Maryland/D.C. recruiting class.

Others WR's that stood out: Chance Allen Missouri City (TX) Elkins HS, Davonte' Neal Scottsdale (AZ) Chaparral HS, Jehu Chesson Ladue (MO) Ladue Horton Watkins HS.

Kyron Samuels / OL / Fairhope (AL) Fairhope HS
Hails from the same state as his uncle and Crimson Tide great, in Chris Samuels. The younger Samuels is stocky and wide-bodied with overwhelming strength. He struggled a bit with quick pass rushers off the edge, but should be fine as he projects as an interior lineman on the next level. Samuels appears to be a top notch center prospect.

Evan Boehm / OL / Lee's Summit (MO) Lee's Summit West HS
Literally a bull in the ring, as he took more reps and won more battles than offensive linemen. Boehm had some memorable battles with Nick James, who had his way with much of the field. Boehm has great technique, keeps his back flat, and rarely allows defenders to get into his body. His tenacity and competitive nature made him a crowd favorite.

Other Offensive Linemen that stood out: Jordan Diamond Chicago (IL) Simeon Vocational HS, Hubert "Tony" Mays Memphis (TN) Whitehaven HS, Duaron Williams Orlando (FL) Jones HS, Cayman Bundage Oklahoma City (OK) Douglass HS, James Anderson Omaha (NE) Burke HS, Denzel Dotson Glendale (AZ) Cactus HS, Camrhon Hughes Killeen (TX) Harker Heights HS, Justin Wade Glen Dale (WV) John Marshall HS, Joseph Gammon Memphis (TN) Memphis East HS.

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