SFAAB Rewind: Proving Ground Combine

A plethora of Michigan targets put their talents to the test at the Marine Proving Ground Combine in Phoenix, AZ earlier this week. GoBlueWolverine was on hand as c/o 2013 Michigan offer recipients Ethan Pocic, Kyle Bosch, Ty Isaac, and a whole host of others receiving Wolverine attention showed extremely well.

The offensive line talent was on full display at the Semper Fidelis All-American bowl Proving Ground combine, and leading the way was Lemont high school junior offensive tackle Ethan Pocic. Standing at 6-5 3/4, 290-pounds, Pocic was simply bigger and stronger than everybody else. While he did have his down moments, he won the majority of his one-on-one battles. He possess strong pass blocking skills and his feet are quick enough to play left tackle in college. He is a legit four-star recruit and he showed why everyone in the Midwest, including Michigan, is after him. Pocic is big, strong and is provides a wall for his quarterback.

Kyle Bosch was step for step with Pocic, and some scouts in attendance even felt he was better. Bosch is 6'5, 280-pounds and is an elite level blocker. The Wheaton, Illinois product went up against some of the top players in camp and stone walled them in one-on-one drills. Like Pocic, Bosch has a Michigan offer and confirmed his continued interest in the Maize & Blue.

Dallas offensive lineman J.J. Gustafson was another big ugly to check out. Michigan is among the programs showing interest in the talented youngster. He is 6-4 and has a big frame, but is a little light at 250. He showed good feet and won his share of the one-on-one drills. Gustafson obviously doesn't have the size right now, but a year of conditioning and redshirt could help him at the next level. He currently holds an offer from SMU.

The specimen among the running backs, and maybe the entire combine was Ty Isaac. The 6-2 runner is a beast physically. In the one-on-one drills no linebacker could stay with him in coverage. His height and speed separated him from his defender every time. He was so superior that at times it didn’t even seem like he was trying. Isaac is a top notch talent. During the combine he showed that he could become a highly rated receiver prospect if he truly wanted to.

The top defensive lineman was another tough choice. Elijah Daniel from Avon, Indiana got my vote. The 6-3, 247-pounder was nearly unblockable in the one-on-ones. He has a mean spin move that nearly all the linemen had trouble blocking. He is fast too. The combination of his 4.77 forty and his quick first step make him a lethal guy on the edge. He lived up to every bit of his four-star ranking.

At 6'2, 310-pouds, Lowell Lotulelei was defensive tackle that made some noise. He is big and strong and has strong motor for a defensive tackle. He was active in the individual drills and showed why Michigan is interested in him. GoBlueWolverine broke the news of Michigan’s visit to his school last month and the interest is definitely mutual. The South Jordan, Utah prospect has no issues with location of his school. He said he is just looking for the best fit. Stay tuned for more from Lotuleilei himself in an upcoming interview.

Mount Carmel (IL) high school defensive line prospect Enoch Smith showcased a rare speed and size at the combine. Smith is only a sophomore and was a menace in the one-on-one drills, beating his man on the regular. He is already garnering interest from Ohio State and Michigan State, but said he would be interested if the Wolverines came calling.

Farmington Hill Harrison linebacker Edward Huckleby was one of the faster linebackers at the camp, but this Michigan legacy recruit struggled with his coverage technique. He had issues staying with the running backs, especially on quick outs. His biggest issue could be size to play at a big time program.

Pennsylvania prospect junior LB Jaymar Parrish is big at 6'2, 225-pounds. Parrish looked good in drills and his size is ideal for big time colleges. Again like many of the linebackers at the combine, he struggled in the one-on-one drills. He lacks top end speed and had a tough time covering the running backs. A little better conditioning could take him a long way.

Waynesville, Missouri Cornerback Aren Martin showed off some good cover skills. He comes in at 6'0 185-pounds and runs a 4.72 forty. He has good, not great hips and has decent size for a defensive back. His forty time is a little high for a corner back. Michigan has shown slight interest to date. Martin currently holds no offers, but is planning on attending Missouri football camp this summer.

One of the fastest guys at the camp, Washington D.C. defensive back Devin Butler was impressive with his top notch speed. He was one of the top five fastest guys in the second group of the day. He is fairly new to the position after only playing cornerback for one season. That said, at 6'1, 185-pounds he has size that defensive coordinators dream of. He needs to work on his footwork, but his speed is his selling point. Big corners with speed don’t grow on tres. He is currently getting look at by most of the ACC, but said he loves the tradition of Michigan. He noted the Ohio State rivalry as a huge selling point.

Scottsdale (AZ) Chapparal High School wide receiver Jake Roh had a decent combine. The junior, stands at 6'3, 198-pounds and is a big target down the field. He is not the fastest guy, but his height and size are what stand out. The brother of current Wolverine defensive end Craig Roh, Jake claims offers from UCLA and Oregon State, and said he would be willing to switch to tight end in college.

Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for interviews with many of these players in the coming days.

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