A First Look at the Rutgers Combine

If Scout.com wasn't a presence in the northeast before Sunday, it is now. Some of the top athletes in the area dropped by and showcased their skills inside the cozy Rutgers bubble.

Lansford Watson, by way of Abraham Lincoln HS (NY) put on display all the skills that make him one of the more coveted wideouts in the eastern half of the country this year.

Sam Stockes at 5'10" and roughly 175-pounds [all Combine measurements are not fully available at this time] by way of Dunbar HS(DC), displayed quickness and athleticism in the 1-on-1s and put together a solid 40-time of 4.7 seconds.  Stockes, one of several young talents on hand, will only be a Sophomore next year, marking him as one of the young athletes to keep an eye on for several years to come.

Deon Mack is a 6'3" 195-pound DB by way of Roosevelt HS in DC.  Mack, only a Sophomore now (Junior this upcoming September) has already received camp invites from several SEC powers, including LSU.

Joe Haden, by way of Friendly HS (MD) came to the Scout.com All-American Combine incognito.  Haden has received a number of offers to date and has already been on several unofficial visits to schools across the eastern half of the country.

Joe Martinek, the local New Jersey standout RB by way of Hopatcong HS had an impressive camp that was capped off by his 4.5-flat 40-second yard dash.

Another local NJ stud, Shariff Harris, by way of St. Peter's Prep has the size and speed to play a number of positions at the next level.  Harris already holds a number of scholarship offers.

The Scout.com All-American Combines are all about exposure and uncovering previously unknown talents.  The New Jersey version of Scout's tour did just that.  For the eastern football fans out there, a new name to log in to your notepads is John Dempsey, a 6-foot and 197-pound DB by way of Cardinal O'hara HS, in Springfield PA.  Dempsey impressed onlookers with a 6.69 3-cone drill, one of the top times at the Combine.  Dempsey also put together an impressive 4.47-second 40-yard dash.

A familar site before the 1-on-1s began was OL phenom Anthony Davis playing a little catch with JFK Sr. QB Chris Johnson.  Davis had an outstanding camp and was put to the test by several of the top linemen in the east, including Keith Newell and Desmond Stapleton, who both had outstanding performances.

Keith Newell, out of Trenton NJ, put on a bull-rushing clinic at the Scout.com All-American Combine.  Newell had several pancakes, which saw him extend both arms and within seconds the defender would find himself on his back, on the ground.  Newell's battles with Anthony Davis and Desmond Stapleton marked just some of the highlights of the battle in the trenches.

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