Iowa City Scout Combine Review

Iowa City, Iowa. - A beautiful day in Iowa City this past Saturday brought several top prospects from the Midwest to the University of Iowa for the Scout.com All-American combine. Despite having to battle a half a dozen Big Ten spring games as well as prospects who participate in spring sports, the turnout was outstanding. There were several prospects that stood out to our scouting staff and the best of the best at the combine made a short trip down I-80 from Des Moines.

First of all, Jordan Bernstine (5-11/195) looks the part. Bernstein is thick and quick, Jordan looks like he doesn’t miss much time in the weight-room and he looked fantastic in all of the competition drills.

It’s no wonder why Nebraska, Texas A&M, Kansas, Iowa State and Purdue have offered Bernstine a scholarship. Those schools are Jordan’s current favorites along with Kansas State and Iowa.

Another prospect worthy of top honors on Saturday was Kansas verbal commitment Christian Ballard. At 6-foot-5 and 265-pound, Ballard ran a 4.78 forty yard dash and showed very good athleticism throughout the day. Ballard worked out with both the tight ends and the defensive ends.

Ballard told Scout.com that he’s being recruited as a tight end by the Jayhawks but I see him playing somewhere along the defensive line in Lawrence.

Lowell, Mich., quarterback Keith Nichol showed up, competed, and it looks like Michigan State has got them a good one. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder, has huge hands, a great arm and he has the leadership ability that made wide receivers at the combine flock to him.

Nichol looked extremely comfortable and he looked like he was having a blast throwing balls to some talented wide receiver prospects.

It was great to see blue-chip running back Darren Evans at the combine in Iowa City. Evans, from Indianapolis (Warren Central) tested just about the same as he did last year in Champaign which means he didn’t blow anyone away with his forty yard dash time but that doesn’t mean a thing. What matters is that Evans showed up and worked out and didn’t sit out of any part of the combine.

Some kids are testers, some are football players. While Evans tested well, he’s a better football player. We’ve put up some highlights from Evans’ junior season, visit his player page, check out his video and you’ll see what we mean.

Warren Central won a state championship last season and lost only one game. The game that they lost, Darren Evans didn’t play because he was attending the funeral of his grandfather. Nuff said, Darren Evans is a flat-out winner.

Another prospect who showed up with several scholarship offers on his resume was Joliet (Ill.) Catholic linebacker Kevin Rouse. Rouse didn’t disappoint as a he ran a 4.58 forty yard dash and tested extremely well in every other drill at the combine.

Although Rouse tested extremely well, if you go to his player page and watch his video, you’ll see Kevin is a better football player than he is a tester and that’s saying quite a lot.

Others that impressed at the SCOUT.COM ALL-AMERICAN COMBINE IN IOWA CITY.

Overland Park, Kansas, linebacker, Blake Lawrence, is the real deal folks. Lawrence looked great in drills, he’s got an incredible attitude and it looked like every single young man that participated at the combine, fed off of Lawrence’s enthusiasm.

Iowa lineman Cody Hundertmark opened the eyes of the college coaches that were in attendance by running a 4.7 forty yard dash.

Nebraska quarterback Phillip Bates looked very good. Bates is a solid 6-2 and 200-pounds. He has huge hands, great mechanics and he’s quick. Extremely likeable personality that pleased the Iowa State coaches and fans by giving the Cyclones his verbal commitment on Saturday.

Missouri lineman Jayson Palmgren looked the part as did Illinois road grader Dave Molk. Molk and Palmgren will be opening holes very soon at a D-1 school near you.

Bettendorf, Iowa’s Colin Sandeman showed up and did his thing. Colin said he didn’t test as well as he would’ve liked but we thought he showed well and didn’t disappoint in the one-on-one competition either. Sandeman is going to be very good at the next level.

Remember this name….VICTOR REYNOLDS. Great looking football player from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, great attitude, very good athlete, physically gifted and has all the tools to be an outstanding college safety.

Remember this name #2….RYAN MURPHY - The wide receiver from Lawrence (Kan.) Free State, ran the fastest forty yard dash of the day (4.39).

WHO IMPROVED THEIR STOCK?

LB Kyle Skarb - Lake Zurich, Illinois.

RB Darnell Ratcliff - Chicago, Illinois

WR Calvin Mann - Farmington Hills, Michigan

QB Sam Donnatucci - Buffalo Grove, Illinois

LB Luke Lambert - Brookfield, Missouri

QB Spencer Hickoff - Flint, Michigan

LB Kevin Pacholski - Burbank, Illinois

WR David Gilreath - Robbinsdale, Minnesota

WR Mike McElroy - Lowell, Michigan

OL Jack Cornell - Quincy, Illinois

OL Arthur Ray - Chicago, Illinois

OL Graham Pocic - Lemont, Ill. (Class of 2008)


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