Army Combine Evals: 10 WRs & DBs of Note

GoBlueWolverine's Sam Webb takes a look of 10 impressive performers of interest for the Maize & Blue including Delonte Hollowell, Jalyn Massenburg, Jermal Hosley, Shaquille Washington, and more.

Damiere Byrd, Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek, Slot
Byrd may have been the fastest player in attendance.  His 4.38 forty was the top time we heard all day.  If DB's didn't bump him it was over.  He is just so quick in and out of breaks and on stop and go routes that he creates massive separation. Because of his slender frame there were definitely occasions where he was knocked off of his routes.  Even then he sometimes managed to recover and run by people.  Byrd visited Ann Arbor for the Western Michigan game, likes the Wolverines style of offense, and plans to definitely make it to the Great Lake State again in the future.

Delonte Hollowell, Detroit Cass Tech, CB
This aggressive youngster is at his best when he can get his hands on receivers.  He tips the scales at a shade over 5'8" (which he confirmed today), but he plays much bigger.  He doesn't possess typical boundary corner size, but that's where you'd play him.  At this stage of development he isn't as adept at playing off of receivers as he is up on them.  A few times he stayed in his back pedal too long, giving the receivers too much of an advantage.  By the time he decided to turn and run the receiver had achieved far too much separation for him to make up.  As a mid 4.5 to 4.6 guy he won't make a living hawking guys down from behind.  That said, when he could get up on guys and bump them a bit, he had no problem staying with virtually everyone he covered.  He is clearly on the verge of making a commitment to … someone ... maybe in a matter of days.

Jermal Hosley, Highland Park High, Slot
Hosley says he ran a 4.6 forty, but that has to be because someone had a slow finger.  He was yet another slot receiver that just ran away from virtually every DB he faced.  He has an array of release moves that mitigated his lack of size and strength.  There just seemed to be cavernous gaps between him and defenders all session.  He knows what offense best suits him so is appropriately targeting teams that run the spread.  He loves Michigan and was decked out in head to toe in Michigan gear for the second day in a row.

Pat Martin, Greenville (SC) JL Mann, S/LB
Martin has obviously spent a lot of time in the weight room and puts it to good use on the field. Martin just mauled everyone he went against…sometimes a little too much.   He definitely looked like more of a strong safety or possibly LB.  As a matter of fact he is fine with the idea of playing closer to the line of scrimmage because that's what most colleges are telling him he's best suited for. Martin said he talks to current Wolverine JT Floyd all the time and his fellow Greenville native is recruiting him for Michigan.

Jalyn Massenburg, Detroit Central, CB/WR
This former Michigan camper made a name for himself at this event lining up at both wideout and corner.  He's 6'1" and 175 lbs. with long arms, and while he is not a blazer (mid 4.5s to 4.6), he has good football speed.  As a receiver he showed good ability, especially during a rep where he ran a wheel route, got on top of his defender, then hauled in an over the shoulder pass for a would be TD.  At DB is where he truly shined though.  He seemed more comfortable on defense, and as a result always seemed to be in position.  He has good hips, long arms, and good ball skills… great attributes for a corner.  He loves to play press coverage, but doesn't appear to have spent much time in the weight room yet.  His game reminded me a lot of that of former Michigan recruit Josh Shaw, albeit without the physical maturation.  He is clearly one of the top players in Detroit and the State for that matter.

Keonte Minor, East St. Louis (IL) High, WR
Minor had one of the more impressive combinations of size and seed at the receiver position. His body looks college ready right now.  He measured at 6-1 and looked around 200-lbs.  We didn't see a single DB knock off his route without resorting to physical tactics that would have surely drawn pass interference penalties.  This East St. Louis standout embodies toughness.  He also possesses great ball skills and hands.  His best play was a post pattern where the QB threw the ball straight down the field instead of leading him diagonally.  Minor adjusted and caught the ball as it dropped into his hands from almost directly over his head (as opposed to over one of his shoulders). He will be ranked among the top receivers in the region if not the country.

Tim Simmons, Indianapolis (IN) Pike, TE
The 6-5, 225-lb. TE clocked a 4.7 forty and was clearly one of the best athletes in attendance.  The reason he isn't a national prospect?  Last year was his first playing football - he's switched from basketball.  The reason for that?  According to Simmons, "They call fouls in basketball."  His penchant for being physical wasn't rewarded on the hardwood.  He decided to take his skills to a sport where it would be.  So far it's working out well.  Despite his lack of experience he is already being heavily pursued in Big Ten country.  This youngster is originally from Flint, Michigan.

Willie Snead, Muskegon Heights (MI) High, WR
Physically similar to former Michigan recruit and current Cincinnati receiver DJ Woods.  He's a glider with good speed and great hands.  He'll need to get stronger (which was evident during the times he was pushed around by a few DBs), but he was able to get deep a number of times during the day.  Definitely a big play threat.  He has absolutely no desire to play in the Big 10.  Snead made it very clear he believes the best football is played in the SEC and that's where he'd like to go… preferably to his dad's alma mater, Florida.

Raymon Taylor, Highland Park High, DB/WR
Jermal Hosley is the faster of the two Highland Park players, but Taylor is more versatile.  At just under 5-11 he showed good speed and hands at receiver.  He made possibly the catch of the day on an out-an-up route where he beat his man and laid out horizontally before hauling in the pass. On defense he was comfortable coming up pressing receivers. He looked stellar defending a post route against a speedy opponent… running in his counterpart's hip pocket before turning a late burst and knocking the pass away.  I'm not sure what he is at this point other than a player.

Shaq Washington, Maple Heights (OH) High, Slot
Washington is not quite as fast a Damiere Byrd, but he outran almost everyone that tried to cover him.  Once he caught the ball he managed to juke a number of DBs out of their socks. Plus he runs really precise routes… probably the most precise of the slot types we saw on the day.  Washington also plays with a ton of swagger.  As the day progressed that seemed to intimidate some of his opponents.  This was essentially his first time playing receiver competitively since he's a 5'9" dual threat quarterback in high school, but his lack of experience didn't show.  He had a great day.  He said he plans to attend Michigan's junior day.


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