One of the most impressive kids in the building was Michigan target Dorin Dickerson. The young man had an elite aura about him and appeared to be the most athletically gifted prospect in attendance. Although he only worked out in the broad and vertical jumps, both tests raised the eyebrows of onlookers. His first standing broad jump attempt hit at over 11 feet! Unfortunately for him, He slipped while trying to stick the landing and had to scratch the result. Dickerson came back the second time and stuck a still impressive 10.5-foot jump. He also recorded a 38-inch vertical. Stay tuned for more to come from this talented prospect in the coming days.
Dorin Dickerson almost sticks a broad jump of over 11-feet!
Detroit Crockett's Brandon Graham hit the scene a little later in the day, accompanied by a number of teammates. His raw athleticism was again on display, as he posted times of 4.60 4.63 in the 40-yard dash, a 9.5-foot broad jump, and a 28-inch vertical. Graham was also very impressive in his position assignments, showing grace and fluidity in the footwork drills. GoBlueWolverine will have more on his performance later in the week.
Ohio State commitment Chris Wells was the class of the running back recruits in attendance Saturday morning. While we had seen Wells on a few occasions previously, this time he looked bigger than ever, boasting a very well built upper body. The Akron Garfield product posted a 4.4 in the shuttle and a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash. Onlookers were disappointed, however, when Wells departed before the one-on-one drills, thus eliminating the possibility of a match-up with Michigan commitment Brandon Graham. Before departing, Wells left little doubt that he is solid with his Buckeye commitment and was decked out in scarlet and gray garb from head to toe.
Several of the real eye-catchers at the combine were actually underclassmen. Washington D.C. Coolidge offensive tackle Lamar Milstead and defensive lineman Marvin Austin looked like college freshmen already! Milstead was an absolute giant for his age and should be a highly touted prospect down the line. Austin is very athletic for his size and should be an elite prospect in 2007. He has already caught the attention of college recruiters, claiming offers from Georgia, Penn State and Virginia among others. He mentioned being wide open at this very early stage in his recruitment and has interest in any program that shows interest in him.
Sophomore running back Jordan Mabin, from Nordonia High School in Ohio, was also in attendance. Mabin, who is a cousin of Dorin Dickerson, is considered to be one of the top players for his class in Ohio. He ran for roughly 1,800 yards and 26 touchdowns during his sophomore campaign. College coaches have already taken notice. “Pittsburgh has shown me some interest," Mabin said. "Ohio State, Boston College, Alabama and Ohio have too.” He named Pittsburgh and Ohio State as his two leaders at this early point. When asked if he has any interest in the Wolverines, Mabin replied “oh yes, definitely!" He posted a 4.5 40-yard dash despite having an injured hamstring.
Dupont Manual High School (Louisville, Kentucky) defensive line prospect Aundre Henderson was also in attendance, but left very early after participating in a few of the individual testing drills.
Photos taken by Sam Webb.
All stats included in this story were self-reported. Scout.com will post the official combine stats later in the week.