U.S. Army Combine Preview of West Prospects

A look at the top prospects from out West expected at the Alamodome on Friday for the Army Combine, which includes a handful of Scout 100 members from the 2012 class...

The U.S. Army Combine returns to the Alamodome on Friday, when over 500 underclassmen will test and do football workouts in the one, true, national combine.

Several of the West's top prospects in the class of 2012 will be on hand, including a handful of the West's picks for the early Scout 100 for 2012.

Arizona's contingent is strong, with Show Low receiver Josh Weeks, the lone committed player coming from the Cactus State, the 6-4 Weeks having verballed to BYU in late December.

Offensive lineman Denzell Dotzon from Glendale Cactus, will be on hand.

The headliner, though, will be Davonte' Neal, from Scottsdale Chaparral. The Scout 100 member has offers from all over the country, both as a receiver and as a defensive back.

California will have a good number of prospects on hand in the Lone Star State, led by the state's top running back prospect, San Jose Valley Christian's Byron Marshall, and top quarterback prospect, Concord De La Salle's Bart Houston.

Joining Houston will be linebacker and teammate Michael Barton as well as their opponent from the CIF State Open Bowl championship game, Butch Pauu, a linebacker from Anaheim Servite.

One player we're really looking forward to seeing is Monrovia two-way lineman Ellis McCarthy, who already boasts an offer from UCLA and has several more schools close.

Two of Ventura County's best, offensive lineman David Barajas from St. Bonaventure and Westlake defensive tackle Justin Solis, will be on hand.

Some other players of note from the 2012 class include athlete Seth Jacobs from Arroyo Grande, receiver Josiah Blandin from Long Beach Poly, Hardy Nickerson from Oakland Bishop O'Dowd, La Canada St. Francis athlete Travis Talianko and San Clemente quarterback Travis Wilson. Nevada will have a small contingent as well, but one of them is Dillon Chaisson from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, who's older brother, Justin starred here a few years back. Another younger brother from Bishop Gorman, is linebacker Quinn Zeger, who's older brother Evan is committed to Washington.

Oregon's crop is led by Portland Central Catholic defensive lineman Alex Balducci, one of the premier defensive linemen in the West in 2012.

For Utah, the top prospect coming from the Beehive State is defensive tackle Brandon Fanaika from Pleasant Grove.

Washington has sent several players to the Army Bowl the last few years, including two from Sammamish Skyline in the past two. An early candidate for the 2013 game is quarterback Max Browne, who threw for over 4,000 yards as a sophomore this season. He'll be in San Antonio just a year after the man he replaced at Skyline, Jake Heaps, played in the Army Bowl.

The Evergreen State will also feature Bothell receiver Trent Sewell, who has a couple of Pac-10 offers, Auburn offensive tackle Cory English, Federal Way linebacker Jordan Pulu and Kent Kentridge tight end Caleb Smith.

Scout.com will be on hand to bring you all the coverage of both the West and the national prospects from the Alamodome.

Brandon is in his sixth year with Scout.com, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining Scout, he spent three years as an o-line and tight ends coach in the high school ranks.
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