ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.—Stealing the spotlight at least for a few hours in the afternoon leading up to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game was the junior combine.
Hundreds of high school football recruits in the classes of 2015 and even all the way down to 2018 took the field to complete testing and drill work in hopes of impressing scouts and coaches in person.
Below are some of the standout performers with Michigan interest:
2015 | Adam McLean | Quince Orchard (Md.) | HT: 6-2 | WT: 280
Notes: If McLean missed a rep in 1-on-1’s Thursday we certainly didn’t see it. A nice balance of power, quick feet and good hands, McLean wreaked havoc on the offensive line group all morning.
2015 | Darian Roseboro | Lincolnton (N.C.) | HT: 6-5 | WT: 265
Notes: Flashing both power and speed Roseboro also dominated the competition winning every rep he took during the 1-on-1 portion of the combine. Roseboro has the frame to easily add weight without losing quickness.
2015 | C.J. Conrad | Lagrange (Ohio) Keystone | HT: 6-5 | WT: 225
Notes: The most consistent tight end on Thursday Conrad runs crisp routes and possesses soft hands to go with his big frame. Conrad is easily comparable to Michigan freshman tight end Jake Butt given his frame and ability to make plays in the passing game.
2016 | Dalton Frasure | Prestonsburg (Ky.) | HT: 6-3 | WT: 215
Notes: Precise in and out of his cuts Frasure caught nearly everything thrown his way Thursday. Frasure won’t hurt teams down the field often but is a very reliable and disciplined weapon in the short passing game.
2016 | Gabe Angel | Lebanon (Ten.) Wilson Central | HT: 6-3 | WT: 215
Notes: Undersized but so young Angel is more of an H-back at this point in his development but so sure handed he’s hard to ignore. Easily able to haul in passes from any of the quarterbacks, Angel continues to work on his route running but catches the ball well.
2015 | George Campbell | East Lake (Fla.) | HT: 6-3 | WT: 185
Notes: Not a good day for Campbell, Thursday. Easily one of if not the best athlete and fastest in attendance at the combine, Campbell struggled catching the football in drills and 1-on-1’s. The quarterbacks didn’t help Campbell’s cause throwing a lot of balls out of the end zone but the five-star appeared to struggle a bit with timing his jump and locating the football to make the grab.
2015 | Nick Johns | Gonzaga College (D.C.) | HT: 6-2 | WT: 207
Notes: Most likely the most polished of the quarterbacks at the Under Armour combine, Johns showed no rust in his first real action throwing the football since returning from a broken collarbone. Johns is intense and stays consistent in his mechanics and delivery, routinely throwing nice footballs in good spots for his receivers to make plays. A very impressing showing Thursday by Johns.
2015 | Jordan Cronkite | Westminster Christian (Fla.) | HT: 5-11 | WT: 189
Notes: The defense was lucky this young man didn’t have pads on Thursday because Cronkite looks like he can pack a punch. Well put together with a good frame Cronkite has good footwork and catches the ball well out of the backfield.
2015 | Nick Wilson | Alpharetta (Ga.) Milton | HT: 6-2 | WT: 275
Notes: Wilson was solid and projects as an interior guy at the next level at this point. Not as big as some of his counter parts some added strength will do Wilson wonders but his athleticism appears to be good enough to pull.
2015 | Pat Allen | Reisterstown (Md.) Franklin | HT: 6-5 | WT: 270
Notes: Allen has the body coaches are looking for and with the proper coaching and work on technique can develop into a solid offensive lineman. Allen had a good day overall and has the mean streak offensive linemen are supposed to have.
2015 | Quarvez Boulware | Friendship Collegiate (D.C.) | HT: 6-4 | WT: 275
Notes: Very strong and displaying good quickness Boulware will need to improve his technique but overall had a good day. Good frame to add weight and athletic enough to not let it effect him.
2015 | Lester Cotton | Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Central | HT: 6-3 | WT: 270
Notes: A college strength program will do Cotton well in reshaping his frame but there’s no question about his toughness. Cotton gave defensive linemen everything he had in 1-on-1’s, not utilizing great technique but getting his hands on and up in guys making it difficult for them to get by.
2016 | Ronnie Blackmon | Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek | HT: 5-11 | WT: 160
Notes: A bit of an under the radar recruit Blackmon was lockdown in 1-on-1’s against receivers a year his senior. Blackmon’s technique isn’t always consistent but his ball skills are impressive, knocking away a few balls in the end zone, and his recovery speed adequate to keep receivers from catching many passes.