Coaches looking for defense are going to be very happy with what they find in the deep south this year. The linebacker position is particularly deep this year, and it was especially deep at TheInsiders/MSL Combine this weekend, so that's where we'll start.
Dewberry (right) of Peach County
was my pick for the top prospect at the combine this weekend regardless of
position. He measured in at just under 6-4 and 222 pounds, and he had a 33
inch vertical jump. His size speed combo was outstanding and he stood out
in all of his drills. Dewberry is pictured with teammate Brandon
Lowe helped himself tremendously this weekend
with the second forty time on the weekend. his 4.51 on the soggy turf
makes me feel confident in saying he will run in the 4.3's at several
camps this summer. Lowe is a straight A student, and he works a part time
job as well. Looking for a speed and character? Pay Lowe a visit this
Clay was one of the few top players in the state of Georgia that I didn't recognize by
face. I mention that because there was an NFL Regional tryout going on
across the street at Morris Brown, and several players came over to Clark
because of the long lines of athletes forming. After sending a couple of
the players to Morris Brown, I walked down the registration line and
picked out Clay. I asked him "You're in high school, right?" He smiled and
said "Yes Sir."
Yes Clay looked like he easily could have been in
the wrong line and should have been heading over to the NFL tryout. At 6-0
and 215 pounds, one look and it was easy to see why Clemson and Florida have already offered
this monster from Twiggs
MSL Coach Pete Ewald is putting Ware County's
Maurice Goettie through the paces at defensive line. Goettie plays
defensive line for the Gators, but he projects as a middle linebacker in
college. He had a terrific day on Saturday.
So you think you want to come over the middle? Tokumbo Abanikanda plays
linebacker for Osborne, and he
played as well this weekend as he looks fierce.
always has players, and this year is no different. Taalib
Tucker missed part of his junior season, but he is back and ready to
go full speed. He plays outside linebacker for Westlake, but he has the
look of a run stuffing middle linebacker in college.
Antonio Prude made the trip over from Carrollton,
Ala. to compete in the combine, and he used his time well. He looked good
on Saturday, and he is a player that should get a look from several
colleges this spring and summer.
Brenner is another out of state player that showed well. Brenner made
the trip down from North
Carolina, and he proved early on that he belonged.
not pictured that did very well for themselves this weekend were Andrew
Dete of Marist, Kyle
Giella of Parkview, and Eric
Schultz of GAC. Schultz
had one of the best testing days on the weekend. He hit a 39.5 vertical
jump, and he long jumped 10 feet. Those numbers would put him in the Top
10 of both categories in the five deep south combines I went to.
was a day of the linebackers on Saturday, but there were some defensive
linemen worth keeping an eye on as well.
Quentin Wesley (left) of Crim and Brian
Truelove of Brookwood
were the two best defensive linemen on the day Saturday. Wesley measured
at over 6-4 and Truelove came in at 6-2. I was surprised at how lean
Truelove was. It showed too, because he was extremely quick. He also set
the mark on the weekend for bench press reps with 40. I think he ends up
at offensive guard in college, but he's going to be a beast at defensive
tackle for Brookwood this year.
Johnnie Walker of Centennial is not
pictured, but he is definitely a player that deserves mention as well. He
ran with the linebackers on Sunday, and he held his own, but at 6-3 and a
lean 210 pounds, it is easy to picture him at defensive end on the next
There were probably several opponents of Cherokee that
couldn't wait to see Jayson
Foster graduate. Well, I have bad news for you, Anthony Steele ran the
3rd fastest time I've seen this spring with a 4.46 on a slow track. More
importantly though, the Cherokee quarterback looked just as good in other
footwork drills, and he held his own throwing the ball. I have him in the
defensive review, because I think his best college position may be corner,
but he is going to be a nightmare for opponents of the Warriors this
Not pictured but should be mentioned are Jeffery Thompson of
Trinity Catholic in St. Louis and Mike Patterson of Salem. Thompson
made the trip down from St. Louis and earned praise from the defensive
coaches as one of the top defensive backs on the weekend. Sharing that
honor was Salem's Mike Patterson. I look forward to reviewing their camp
performance on film at the MSL
This was the first time MSL had been back to a city,
and the fledgling group has grown leaps and bounds since they were here in
July. The rain may have scared a few people off on Sunday, but the group
that turned out this weekend in Atlanta not only showed a lot of talent,
but they showed a lot of heart. The parents, coaches, and community
deserve a big thanks for making this combine so great.
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