The Combine Hits Southern California

The National Combine Tour stopped in Southern California on Saturday. One-hundred fifty of the top prospects in the country converged on the campus of El Camino College in Redondo Beach to showcase their wares in front of college coaches from across the country.

Linebacker Travis Goethel of Vista, Calif., may have had the performance of the day at the Football Combine held Saturday at El Camino College in Redondo Beach, Calif.

It was a beautiful, sunny and warm Southern California day as the Combine resumed at Murdoch Stadium at El Camino Community College in Redondo Beach. "This is by far the best one we've done yet," Southeast Recruiting Analyst Scott Kennedy said. "There is far more talent here than in the previous events we've done." was also there and in the coming days will bring updates and photos of those in attendance, especially those having an interest in Michigan.

Colleges bringing staff members to the event included USC, Colorado, Oregon State, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Idaho, and others. 150 prospects turned out to showcase their schools, and all hoping to land a spot with the college of their dreams.

Cornerback Brantwon Bowser of Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Az. reports heavy interest from Michigan.

The morning began with sign-in and measurements. Afterwards each player was photographed for their profile page. Then it was off for more measurements and drills. Agility and the 40-yard-dash followed, then the event everyone looks forward to with deep anticipation - the one-on-one contests.

Wide receivers go up against defensive back. Linebackers face off against running backs, and the big boys of the line go at it, all on separate areas of the field. Saturday's event was even more highly charged with the wealth of talent on hand. Spectators were not let down.

Michigan fans will be interested in the following prospects:

Sophomore Quarterback Chris Forcier, younger brother of 2005 Michigan signee Jason Forcier, had one of the more impressive showings in Saturday's Combine.

Travis Goethel of Vista, Calif., High School. The same school that produced Michigan cornerback Leon Hall.
Brantwon Bowser of Maryvale High School in Phoenix, Az.
Jermaine Williams also of Maryvale High
Menelik Holt of St. Augustine High School in San Diego
Chris Forcier, also of St. Augistine High. Forcier is the brother of 2005 Michigan signee Jason Foricer, and will be a junior this season. He was one of 11 juniors-to-be invited to the event.

One note. At last year's combine; defensive back Kevin Thomas of Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard splashed on to the national scene at the Combine in Long Beach. Afterwards he received offers from some of the top programs in the country and eventually signed with USC. This year may see the emergence of Goethel, a linebacker who put on a clinic Saturday and caught the eyes of many in attendance.

Defensive back Menelik Holt, also of St. Augustine High, will try to gain a Michigan scholarship offer when he attends camp this summer. will have reports on each of these player in the coming days, along with action photos and scouting analysis of each.

On Sunday, the heads to the University of California at Berkeley, and will be there.

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