Gene's Top 15 Army Jr. Combiners: Part 1

The talent on the field inside the Alamodome Saturday featured a bevy of elite prospects in the 2009 Class. And it was definitely a great day for the state of Michigan as two Motor City standouts proved they belonged at the very top of the list. Here is Gene's First Five.

1. Xavier Nixon. The offensive lineman from Jack Britt HS in North Carolina came into Saturday with a big rep and a boatload of scholarship offers. Touted as perhaps the #1 offensive tackle in the country, this 6'7" 270 pounder did nothing but prove he's worth the the talk. He used his long arms and quick feet to hold off pass rushers in the 1on 1 drills. He flashed great technique throughout the day, as his punch is lethal. Very disciplined, which likely has alot to do with being raised by parents who are in the military. Never seen a kid shake his opponents hands after every rep. This kid did, and wasn't beat all day. Can't rave enough about, he was just very impressive all day.

2. William Campbell. Michigan fans know all about this kid from Cass Tech who gave the Wolverines an early commitment after being offered this summer at their annual summer football camp. A day after stating that his commitment is firm, he went out and played as if he doesn't have an offer from anyone. I can now clearly understand why GBW's own Allen Treiu has the big fella ranked as the #3 player in the state. Allen was also dead on when he made the comment about Will being motivated. When the fire is lit, he's almost unblockable. Campbell took place in a battle with Glenville stud junior offensive tackle Marcus Hall. The two energized the crowd as well as fellow combine participants as the two went back and forth in their 1-on-1 battle of the trenches. Campbell showed a quick burst off the ball that many had not seen before and surprisingly showed a few moves when the two locked up. "Big Will" as friends call him won half, if not 3 of the 4, battles versus Hall. Expect more schools to contact him despite the early verbal.

3. Nick Collins, although he's listed at 6'6" 325, I have to say he carries his weight very well. Has a strong upper-body and great leg strength. I first noticed the young man from North Carolina on thursday at the registration. I figured to jot his name down as atleast one to remember for future reference. Never in my mind did I think he was gonna put on an MVP type of performance. He competed in the same group with Will Campbell and Marcus Hall, and proved he was just as good or better. I saw just about every rep of his, and didn't see him get beat at all. To be honest, it wasn't even close. Collins came into the camp without an offer, but should leave with many. Colling was part a really strong group of lineman at the combine. Remember this name.

4. Teric Jones. Another Cass Tech kid? Yup! Came in with an UM offer in hand, and will recieve more after his Percy Harvin like performance. Ran 4.37 and 4.47 on a slow track. An example is that is I don't think more than 3 participants ran under 4.6, which says alot about Jones, who is simply a blazer. But that's not it. His body is physically put together, and he runs very smoothly. He's a versatile kid that could play RB, WR, or CB, although he's here as a RB. Nobody could watch him when the ball is thrown to him, or keep up with him when he has it. Simply lit it up, an electric type of performance. Cass Tech should be loaded in 2008, and they have a few more kids down here too.

5. Marcus Hall. Hyped as a top 5 Ohio junior, I can say the Cleveland Glenville OT is the real deal. Great frame and very athletic. Simply put, he came to compete, and compete he did. Probably had the most reps of lineman in the combine, and challeneged all comers. Was beat just a few times, but more than held his own. Played with that swagger and enthusiasm that most Glenville kids have. Very vocal, despite being quite the gentlemen off the field. Very nice kid.

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