Junior Combine: Second Session

SAN ANTONIO - The offensive tackles are maybe the best crop in the 2008 recruiting class. This group was flexing its muscles during the second session of the U.S. Army National Combine, Friday morning at the Alamo Dome.

Notre Dame hopes to lure offensive linemen like Mike Adams and Michael Brewster to South Bend.

Here is an assessment of a few offensive linemen, defensive linemen, running backs and linebackers from the second session. There was roughly 250 players participating, and I watched some more than others.

J.B. Shugarts: From the same high school as Irish freshman Chris Stewart, Shugarts had maybe the best hands of all the offensive tackles. The only player that could get by him was R.J. Washington. Shugarts is tall and built, strong and quick. He has roughly 20 scholarship offers, but Notre Dame hasn't offered. He is built like Ryan Miller, who will play for the West in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Zebrie Sanders: Out of Clayton, Ohio, Sanders was the most impressive specimen of all the tackles. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound tackle was very strong, tough to beat on the edge and very athletic.

Michael Brewster: Was playing center and looked like a natural. He had the ability to snap and step and had some nice feet. There weren't many guys that could get by him at the line of scrimmage. Seemed strong.

Mike Adams: Maybe the meanest of the tackles, Adams is out of Dublin Coffman High, home of Brady Quinn. The blue-chipper lists Notre Dame third behind Ohio State and Michigan, because the Irish haven't offered. Has great initial quickness and punch, along with being very strong. His feet will have to get better.

Mike Spooner: A definite Notre Dame recruit, the linebacker from St. Edwards High in Ohio had decent size and ran pretty well. He was a little slower than the faster tailbacks. He had good feet in drills and did an okay job of staying with running backs. He broke on the ball well when it was in the air.

R.J. Washington: He looks like Ben Martin and Martez Wilson. Will need to add some size at the next level, but he is a definite blue-chipper. The Oklahoma commit was very explosive when the ball was snapped and usually went right around the tackle and hit the dummy. He has great hands. He had some great battles with Shugarts.

Dravannti Johnson: Another Notre Dame linebacker recruit, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker looked a little lighter. He went side-to-side real well, and closed on running backs very fast. One of the better players at his position.

Covaughn DeBoskie: The 5-foot-10 running back was very fast. He has great acceleration, and is quick to tap into his speed. He is a little skinny but has the build to add some pounds.

Kevin Murphy: The offensive tackle from San Clemente, Calif., was tall and thin. He'll have to add some weight. He did have good hands and good feet when blocking.

Chaz Washington: The strongside linebacker is a converted safety at the same Richland Northeast High in South Carolina, that produced Irish commit Gary Gray. He has great speed for the position, backpedals well in coverage and runs downhill to the ball.

Braxton Cave: The local kid from Mishawaka, I didn't see much of Cave, but he said he didn't have the morning he wanted getting pushed around a bit. With his 27 reps at 185 on bench press Thursday, he is certainly one of the strongest players in San Antonio.

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