SI L.A. Combine Review

Los Angeles, Cali. – Plenty of high school football stars came out to Harbor City College to compete at the Combine and a large majority of the best reported an interest in the University of Oklahoma. In this report we break down some of the top performances.

George Uko (DT) – Uko looked like a monster and his performance did not disappoint as he was not only the cream of the crop amongst the linemen, but may have been the best player at the event regardless of position. He dominated in the one-on-one portion of the event. He came in to the combine ranked as the eighth best defensive tackle in the country by, but his stock could be on the rise… He made it clear that OU was one of the if not the top school on his list at this point in the process.

Brennan Clay (RB) – Clay looked like a beast and backed it up with a strong performance, especially in the one-on-ones where it was impossible for linebackers to match up with his skill set. He ran a 4.55 forty-yard dash as well, which is a solid time with the electronic testing. He proved to be a leader all day amongst his peers by stepping up in the combine agility drills. He also indicated that Oklahoma had made his top three alongside Michigan and Oregon.

Jordon James (RB) – James was right there with Clay in the running for the best running back at the camp. He impressed with a 4.48 forty-yard dash and was almost as equally impressive in the one-on-ones. His speed is definitely his strongest asset, but he has a perfect body for an every down back. He is solid and compact and looks very balanced. He did not name any favorites, but after talking with him I would classify the Sooners as a long shot at best to land him.

Joshua Shaw (S) – Shaw was unbelievably strong in coverage all day. It was nearly impossible for receivers to get off the line against him and once they did he had the skills to keep them locked down. He was likely the most impressive physical specimen at the combine. He indicated that he was very excited about his offer from Oklahoma and that Sooners were one of the four schools on his list that he definitely planned to take an official visit to.

Demetrius Wright (S/CB) – He was known as the teammate of Jordon James, but that is no longer the case as he has emerged as an elite talent in his own right with a bevy of top offers. He had solid showing in the one-on-ones and was right in the mix with the rest of the top talents. Despite having an offer from the Sooners he did not name them as one of his top schools. The talk around the camp was that the USC Trojans are in tremendous shape for him and some have even said that he has already committed.

Sean Parker (S) – Parker looked like he was in tremendous shape. We saw him at the Las Vegas seven-on-seven passing league championships and he looked good, but he still looks like a different kid now as he has been hitting it hard in the weight room. He does not have some of the natural coverage skills as some of the other guys, but he has a great football IQ and that is something you cannot teach. Throw pads on him and he is likely the top player around as he will knock your face off. He said that he is wide open and that no official visits have been planned yet at this time, but he will take all five before making his final decision.

Shaquille Richardson (CB) – Richardson was not a name on many top recruiting lists, but he should be after his performance today. He was the consensus number one corner at the combine and consistently held the top receiver performers in check. He also had about five or six interceptions, by far the one of the best performances. He had more people oohing and awing. He currently does not report an offer, but he has some serious skills. OU is not currently showing an interest, but his performance was worth noting.

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