Junior Combine: First Session

SAN ANTONIO - Bright and early Friday morning, some of the nation's best junior prospects reported to the Alamo Dome, for the U.S. Army National Combine. There were two sessions, the first one involving quarterbacks, receivers, tight ends and defensive backs. The second session had both lines, the linebackers and the running backs. The quarterbacks popped back in to throw some more.

Notre Dame has several kids that participated on its radar.

Here is a report from the first session. There was roughly 250 players per session, and some guys I watched more of than others.

Aaron Williams: The safety out of Round Rock, Texas was the most impressive player in the morning. He had an interception in one-on-one drills on a 30-yard pass to the end zone. He has very quick feet. In drills, Williams was always the first defensive back in his group to get through the cones and or obstacles. He was a little skinny, but remember he's a junior. He said he has received one letter from Notre Dame.

Morgan Carter: The best receiver I saw. Already with a Rutgers offer, Carter is getting mail from Notre Dame. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver looked taller than that. He had great hands, was sharp out of his breaks and caught everything. He gained enough separation in one-on-one drills to run after the catch if needed. In a game, most of his catches would've been for big gains.

John Goodman: Seeing him standing there, the first player I thought he reminded me of was Jeff Samardzija. The receiver out of Fort Wayne, Ind. had good height, I'd guess around 6-foot-3. In one-on-one drills he didn't mess around. He's not flashy but he could not be checked in this drill. He was aggressive with defensive backs that tried to jam him, and he knew how to blow by them. All his moves were quick and fast.

Boubacar Cissoko: The Cass Tech (Detroit) cornerback was jamming receivers to start practice and they had problems getting open. He then switched it up himself and went to zone principles and broke well on the football when it was in the air. He always made sure he was matching up with one of the better receivers in the country. He has great hips in coverage. He will be one of the top-rated players in the state of Michigan.

Cooper Taylor: The Marist High defensive back out of Norcross, Ga., was the tallest defensive back in attendance. The skinny 6-foot-4 safety did not have a pass completed on him in one-on-one drills. He had about six-or-seven reps. Taylor played with zone principles and did not bite on any herky-jerky moves from the receivers. He closed on the ball well and broke everything up.

Lanear Sampson: Sampson hasn't been receiving mail from Notre Dame, but he says he's been getting it from about everywhere else. The Mesquite, Texas receiver made nice double moves and displayed quick feet. He got the best of Cissoko on one deep ball in the end zone, going up and grabbing it over the defensive back.

Darrius Morgan: A tall receiver out of Florida, Morgan was impressive with his hands, or hand if he was catching the ball that way, his speed and smoothness in route running.

Rodriquez Wilks: From Smyrna, Tenn., Wilks did everything well and is one of the best receivers in the country. However, he looked a little bored with everything.

Blaine Gabbert: A quarterback from Ballwin, Mo., Gabbert said he has received two letters from Notre Dame. The tallest quarterback, I was told he runs well. He puts good air under his deep ball, giving these fast receivers the opportunity to out run the defender and get under the football.

Chase Mejia: Out of Shawnee, Kansas, this receiver has all the tools you'd want in a receiver with the exception of height. Standing about 5-foot-9, Mejia was very quick, ran his routes real well, and if the ball hit his hands he corralled it. He was able to get open deep.

Cordale Scott: A tall receiver out of Glenville High in Ohio, really liked to go up for the ball and bring it down over the defender.

Donnie Fletcher III: Another Glenville receiver, Fletcher ran smooth routes, but seemed to be easily jammed at the line of scrimmage.

Derek Witte: A quarterback from Eastlake High in Chula Vista, Calif., Witte threw some of the best balls of the morning.

Jake Morse: From De Soto, Kansas, this quarterback had good touch on most of his throws.

D'Wayne Gray: This short-speedy receiver made defensive backs look foolish several times in one-on-one drills.

Alex Carder: Mejia's teammate at Shawnee, the quarterback looked very athletic. He threw the ball well with a good release.

James (J.T.) Floyd: The cornerback out of Greenville's (S.C.), J.L. Mann High, he had the second quickest feet behind Williams through cone and obstacle drills.

James Brady: The quarterback from Melville, N.Y. gets confused for a linebacker at times. He was one of the better quarterbacks, possessing a good arm with decent touch.

Gerrell Robinson: I didn't see much of him, but scouts were raving about this receiver from Chandler, Ariz.


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