2006 U.S. Army All-Combine Team

As voted on by the regional analysts at Scout.com, here is the 2006 U.S. Army All-American Combine team, based on their performances on both Friday, January 6, and Sunday, January 8...

What stood out the most was how many picks came from the same school. Lakewood High School in Lakewood, Florida had the most with four selections, while Ben C. Rain High in Mobile, Alabama had two players selected for the secondary alone! There was certainly strength in numbers this year.

Peter Lalich, from West Springfield High School in Springfield, Va., earns Scout.com's vote for being the combine's top quarterback, just edging out Pat Bostick from Manheim Township High School in Lancaster, Pa. His combination of size, quick feet and a rifle arm were awfully hard to ignore.

Armando Allen from Miami Lakes High School in Healeah, Florida and Caleb King from Parkview High School in Lilburn, Georgia were our picks for the top running backs at the combine. Both had exceptional junior seasons, so we weren't surprised to see them near the top of everyone's wish list. Both have good size, but Allen has that top gear that's hard to ignore. King was the combine's most-complete back, handing all facets of the position with ease. He was also voted as the U.S. Army's 'Super Combine' participant.

Brandon Clear, from Jamestown High School in Williamsburg, Va., was one of the receivers selected for this team. The interesting thing about Clear is that he has a twin brother - Byron - and both are excellent, rangy athletes that love to compete and get after it. Greg Little, from Hillside High School in Durham, NC., was our other selection. He seemingly never dropped a ball while getting a massive amount of reps, and he did it with style.

The Scout.com team was torn on who to pick for the tight end position. Austin Holt, a 2008 prospect from Bingham High School in West Jordan, Utah and Bradly Haynes from Mansfield Summit High School in Mansfield, Tex. were both in the running, but it was DaJohn Harris, from Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., that stole the prize with a late afternoon burst. Those coaches running the drills were impressed with Harris' ability to get downfield and use his body to both shield off defenders and to also make tough catches in traffic. He'll definitely be one to watch down the road (We spoke to Harris and UCLA is his current #1 school. A recruiting update on him is coming soon).

Limiting the offensive line to five players was extremely difficult, but someone had to do it. Dan Barry, from Lake Catholic High School in Mentor, Ohio, was selected for his consistent work and drive through six hours of demanding one-on-ones that tested the mettle of all who participated. The longer they went on, the stronger Barry got.

The next offensive lineman was a bit of a surprise - a 2008 prospect. Derek Tuimauga, Holt's teammate from Bingham High School in South Jordan, Utah, was just relentless in locking down some of the country's best up-and-coming defenders. And he did it with a combination of guts, good feet, leverage and a bit of upper-body strength. He's going to be a beast to watch for the future.

Anthony Davis
A beast to watch out for right now is Anthony Davis, an offensive lineman from Piscataway High School in Piscataway, New Jersey. Davis has a huge frame and also a huge nasty streak. He didn't just want to dominate, he wanted to humiliate.

And that brings us to our last two - James and LaShawn Pouncey, from Lakeland High School in Lakeland, Florida. These two guys, especially LaShawn, play the game of football at a whole different level. The Pounceys originally committed to Florida State, but have recently re-opened their recruitment. Expect the recruiting attention on these two hosses to be as hot as a summer day in Waco without shade.

The last offensive pick - top offensive athlete - goes to another Lakeland product; Chris Rainey. And it shouldn't be a huge stretch to acknowledge that one of Lakeland's fine running backs would look so good, especially running behind a line that included the Pouncey twins. But make no mistake - Rainey earned this distinction on his own. Hopefully his size won't limit DI schools from offering him scholarships, as he is a difference-maker all the way around.
On defense, it was nearly as hard to try and limit the number of amazing defensive linemen to only four. Kaniela Tuipulotu from Kahuku, Hawaii and Joseph Barksdale from Cass Tech in Detroit missed making the cut by a nose, but deserved to be included here because of their overall play. Tony Tucker, from Saint John's College High School in Washington DC., was one of the few guys that made the Pounceys look just a little human. Super-quick, Tucker is all about bringing it hard and fast from the edge.

But no-one brought it bigger, faster, or harder from the defensive end spot than the camp's defensive MVP, Brandon Joiner, from Shoemaker High School in Killeen, Tex. Following in the proud Shoemaker defensive footsteps (which includes 2005 U.S. Army All-American Roy Miller, now playing for Texas), Joiner was enthusiastically nominated by the all the Scout.com analysts that saw him. The next Eddie Jones, perhaps?

Andre Jones, from Andress High School in El Paso, Tex., was one of those players that early on caught our attention. Good frame, great quickness, and a lot of hustle and tenacity were the reasons why Jones made the list. There may have been some others that had glimpses, but Jones gave it 100 percent all day long.

The final pick is Lakeland's fourth - and final - pick; John Brown. Again, it's no stumper that someone from Lakeland would benefit from having to go up against the Pouncey's all day and night, and with Brown it shows. He just doesn't back down at all. Probably played with the highest motor of anyone on the lines during camp.

The three linebackers picked - Lorenzo Edwards, from Edgewater High School in Orlando, Florida, Joshua Gaines, from Hendrickson High School in Pflugerville, Tex., and Bryce McNaul from Eden Prairie High School in Eden Prairie, Minn. - are all guys that not only excelled on the field, but passed the 'look test' off of it. Edwards just might have been the best overall athlete of the entire camp.

Ben C. Rain High School in Mobile, Ala. is not a school you want to throw the ball on, if you go by the play of defensive backs Ryan Williams and Elliott McGaskin. With one-on-ones going on all day, the DB's had to keep up the pace and trade blow-for-blow with the bigger receivers and tight ends that came to the Alamodome to show off their stuff. Williams and McGaskin were equal to the task, and them some.

Courtney Viney, from Edison High School in Stockton, Calif., was the one defensive back from the west coast that really impressed all the Scout.com analysts. Not the biggest DB, Viney used his body and his quickness to break up pass attempts all day long. No wonder California, Nebraska and Arizona have already offered Viney.

Destrehan, La. supplied Scout.com with the 2006 No. 1 cornerback prospect in Jai Eugene. That worked out so well for us, why not do it again? Remember this name from the suburb of New Orleans - Joshua Victorian. He did everything right on Sunday. Will he be No. 1 like Jai? Only time will tell...

Jordan Mabin from Nordonia High School in Macedonia, Ohio was our pick for the combine's best defensive athlete. Truth be told, we thought Mabin's play at defensive back was so good that we had to figure out a way to get him on the list, and his athleticism is as good as any of the defensive backs that showed up.

And last - but certainly not least - the combine's best kicker was Gary Young, from Mountain Home High School in Mountain Home, Ark. Young tried his best to beat the combine best kick of 63 yards, but he had to be satisfied with a 60-yard boomer that cleared the uprights. The best thing about Young? He will only be a junior this fall.

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