Los Angeles MSL Combine

There were some UCLA junior recruits in attendance, like Maetele Pau'u, along with other intriguing prospects, including a fairly unknown standout defensive back, a Pac-10 level quarterback, a 6-7 JC wide receiver, and some impressive sophomores...

The MSL combine in Los Angeles saw probably 75 prospects go through two days of testing and drills. While the showing was thin, due quite a bit to Saturday being SAT day and Sunday being USC's Junior Day, the combine was very well organized, which bodes well for the future.

STANDOUT JUNIORS

Kevin Thomas, CB, 6-0, 166, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa. Physically looks like a thinner, younger brother of the Payton twins from last year, but faster and quicker. He put up 13 reps on the bench, which is very good for a kid who weighs 166 pounds, and he ran the second-best time of the weekend in the 40, a 4.66. The times were slow, due to an effort to get real 40 times and not exaggerated ones, and a slow field. At the Nike Camp, Thomas probably runs in the 4.4s. He looked very good in the drills, with great foot quickness and hips. He's been getting some Pac-10 attention, mostly letters, but not much from UCLA. He said he'd consider them, though, if the Bruins showed interest.

David Sutton, WR, 6-6 ½, 208, Compton Community College. Sutton played football and basketball at Long Beach Poly a few years ago, did some time at Cerritos JC, Lincoln University (a 1-AA school in Missouri), and then spent the last year at Compton Community College where he didn't participate in football. He was a very impressive-looking athlete, running the fastest 40 time of the weekend, a 4.65, and registered a 3.85 vertical. His catching mechanics were pretty raw, but he had great quickness for his size and good explosion. He said he's good academically, but that would have to be an issue. He's been on UCLA's campus, where he visited his friend, Marcedes Lewis, and had talked to coach Eric Bieniemy. Again, it will probably depend on academics, but if UCLA can recruit him, they should.

Jason Brown, LB, 6-1 ½, 203, Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. Brown ran one of the best 40s, a 4.73, and showed good agility and quickness. He has a very good body, one that could easily add 20-30 pounds, and has continued to grow in the last year. For still being fairly wiry, he showed strength, putting up 15 reps on the bench and jumped 32.5 in the vertical. A recruiting update is forthcoming.

Brandon Allen, SS/LB, 6-2 ½, 201, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair. Unknown previously, Allen showed he's a real prospect, running a 4.75, jumping 35.5 and showing good quickness in the drills. He might not quite have the quickness for safety, but he has a body that you could see growing into a linebacker position. Definitely a new name to watch.

Drew Branch, QB, 6-2, 182, Exeter (Calif.) High. There weren't many quarterbacks there, but Branch was the best. If the caliber of quarterbacks that were taken by the Pac-10 last year is measuring stick then Branch is a Pac-10 quarterback. He's a very good athlete, looking smooth running a 4.81, with very good feet in the drills, and a strong arm, showing the ability to throw it on the run. He might not quite be UCLA's level, but he's going to get Pac-10 attention.

Maetele Pau'u, 6-1 ½, 292, Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa. He ran a very slow 40, a 5.7, but then showed much better in the drills, looking quick and agile in short bursts.

Durrell Chamorro, K, 6-0, 175, Chino (Calif.) High. Very impressive looking kicker, who was splitting the uprights from 60 yards out. We've heard he's USC's top kicking target.

Kevin Meagher, OL, 6-1 ½, 264, Anaheim (Calif.) Servite. Well put-together, Meagher looked like a good technician. He posted a 5.4 in the 40, and looked more like a WAC-level center recruit.

Other Juniors of Note:

Zach Crossland, S, 6-2 ½, 184, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Kevin Ellison, S, 6-1, 213, Redondo Beach (Calif.) Redondo Union
Jeromy Jones, DB, 5-11 ½, 185, Las Vegas (Nev.) Desert Pines
Joseph Laupua, DL, 6-0 ½, 294, Lakewood (Calif.) Mayfair
Sean Junkins, OL, 6-4, 299, Encino (Calif.) Crespi

SOPHOMORES OF NOTE:

Timothy High, DL, 6-2, 272, Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne
Jovon Hayes, OL/DL, 6-2, 315, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Bobby Epps, RB/LB, 5-11 ½, 203, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey
Ryan Jackson, P, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade. Good punter who's gotten some early letters from schools that said UCLA was his favorite.


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