Junior Combine: Day One

SAN ANTONIO -- The U.S. Army National Combine opened with a bang in San Antonio Thursday morning. A number of high profile Texas prospects were on hand to represent the Lone Star State. Several others saw their stock rise with great performances in one-on-one drills.

In the first session of the day, quarterbacks and receivers worked on one-on-one pass catching drills. Several Texas kids stood out right away.

Two receivers from North Mesquite stole the show with great route running, cat like quickness and great hands. Daymond Patterson may have been the most impressive receiver from the entire state of Texas at the combine. He used a combination of precise route running and speed to get separation from opposing defensive backs all day long. He was one of the only receivers to beat Boubacar Cissoko who was possibly the best cover corner at the combine. Patterson's only downside is his lack of size. He looks to be about 5-foot-9, 160-pounds. Lanear Sampson is the bigger of the two receivers from North Mesquite. He showed good hands and athleticism throughout the one-on-one battles.

The most publicized receiver from Texas at the combine was Allen's Dan Buckner. He certainly looked the part. He used his 6-foot-5 frame to go up and get the ball during the early and often. He had pretty good hands and used his big frame very well. His route running wasn't as fluid as some of the other receivers at the combine, but he has the potential to develop into a dominant receiver on the next level. Buckner already has offers from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Boston College, Nebraska, Rice, Baylor and Texas Tech.

A defensive back that surfaced early in the day was Aaron Williams from McNeil High School in Round Rock. Williams is listed as a safety but showed the potential to be a solid cover corner. Williams is a local kid that the Longhorns might take a look at. Lyvell Marzett and Dominic Maddox also had good performances during 3-on-3 drills Thursday night.

After the skill players finished working out, it was time for the big guys and running backs to shine. The most anticipated match up of the day took place right off the bat as R.J. Washington and J.B. Shugarts got the morning session started with a tremendous battle. Washington looked good throughout the combine and always had a smile on his face. He committed to Oklahoma about a month ago. Shugarts may have been the most dominant offensive player in San Antonio. After the combine, Shugarts cut his list to six schools including Texas, Oklahoma, Florida, LSU, Ohio State and Michigan. It is still up in the air as to who will bring home the honor of being the top prospect in Texas, but it could very well be between these two kids.

Aldine offensive tackle Daniel Campbell also had a good performance at the combine. He showed good footwork and already has the size of a prototypical college lineman. Texas has been showing a lot of interest in Campbell, and he has them ranked as his number one school right now.

Defensive tackle Adren Dorsey and linebacker Dravannti Johnson also showed what they could do during the combine. Both of these kids have been receiving a lot of interest from various schools including the Texas Longhorns.

Jeremy Hills and Cyrus Gray were the top running back prospects in San Antonio from the state of Texas. Hills is very quick and has good pass catching ability out of the backfield. He already has offers from Texas Tech and Texas A&M. Gray wasn't at 100%, but he gave his best effort. He tore a couple of ligaments in his hand during the playoffs about a month ago. He is a great athlete and already holds offers from Arizona, Baylor and Oklahoma State.

The Lone Star State will be loaded with talent once again in 2008.

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