Combine to L.A.

The Los Angeles Combine this Sunday at the Home Depot Center will be the football recruiting event of the spring in SoCal, with the recent news that the #1 back in the country, Darrell Scott, will attend, along with the #2 QB in the land, Landry Jones, as well as a load of UCLA recruits...

In what will be the biggest combine in history, a strong collection of talent will be on hand on Sunday at the Home Depot Center in Carson.

The popularity of the event closed registration earlier this week and NO WALK-UPS will be accepted.

Those that are scheduled to attend include the top running back and offensive tackle in the nation and a host of other Top 100 prospects.


Landry Jones
The quarterback group may be the deepest and best collection in Los Angeles.  The headliner is Landry Jones from Artesia, N.M., who has already committed to OklahomaDominique Blackman doesn't have to travel far, he lives minutes from the Home Depot Center and after first catching our eye at the Scout Combine a year ago in Los Angeles, he's ready to follow up an all-Combine performance at the U.S. Army Combine in January.  Ryan Griffin from Chaminade HS in West Hills, Nick Crissman from Edison HS in Huntington Beach, Darius Banks from nearby Culver City (and the second leading passer nationally a year ago), Kevin Prince from Crespi HS in Encino, Matt Scott from Centennial HS in Corona, Ryan Katz from Santa Monica and Jerry Davis from Edison HS in Fresno are some of the other big named passers.  Richard Ragland from Venice HS and Travis Harvery from Morningside HS in Inglewood are two local prospects that could emerge too.  From the 2009 class, Josh Nunes from Upland HS and Richard Brehaut from Los Osos HS are two prospects to watch.

Running Backs

Darrell Scott
Anytime you can get a handful of bigtime running back prospects, you look forward to seeing the competition.  When you have the top running back in the nation, it raises the level even more.  Darrell Scott,'s #5 player nationally and the top player in the West is also the top running back prospect in the country.  The St. Bonaventure prospect will be attending his first ever football combine and is the biggest name in the event.  But he's not the only talented ball-carrier coming.  Covaughn Deboskie is the top running back in Arizona, out of state champion Hamilton HS in Chandler and fellow Cactus State native Jamal Womble will be there after being on the all-combine team at the U.S. Army Combine.  Curtis McNeal, the small but speedy playmaker from Venice has given USC a commitment, where he will be expected to contribute early as a returner, but first he's got one more go-around as the featured runner.  Ryan Bass from Centennial HS in Corona, Darius Turner from Doherty HS in Colorado and Jack Sula from Carson are two prominent names who are poised to make noise.  Derrick Coleman from Troy HS in Fullerton and Aubrey Haynes at St. Paul in Santa Fe Springs are two prospects who's best position in college could be at fullback, same for Ina Liaina from Rio Mesa HS.  Quincy Bagsby from Green Valley in Henderson, Nev., and the younger brother of UConn safety Aaron Bagsby, is a prospect in the 2009 class to watch closely.

Wide Receivers

Kemonte Bateman
The wide receivers will feature five players who've already given commitments: Redlands (Calif.) East Valley's Chris Polk (USC), Venice's Jerry Johnson (UCLA), Culver City's Antwon Moutra and Crenshaw HS in Los Angeles' Kemonte Bateman (UCLA) and Arcadia's Kevan Walker (Minnesota).  Several more should be following suit in the month's ahead including Marvin Jones from Etiwanda, Alonso Agwuenu from Chino Hills, Nelson Rosario from El Camino in Oceanside, Jake Muasau from Buena HS in Sierra Vista, Ariz., and Mater Dei teammates Robbie Boyer and Carlos Valdes.  Some sleepers should emerge too like Ryan Simpson from St. Bernard's in Venice, Lamont Enyard from Oceanside, Khalid Wooten from Carter HS and Elijah Brown from South Bay Lutheran.  

Tight Ends

Austin Holt
A year ago at the Los Angeles Combine, five of six top tight ends signed with a D-I school.  The guy who stood out amongst the top, though, was a sophomore who just so happens to be one the elite tight ends nationally and is ranked in the top three at the position nationally, Austin Holt from Bingham HS in South Jordan, Utah.  Holt was named to the all-combine team last year in L.A. and followed it up with the same honors at the U.S. Army National Combine and is one of the most complete tight ends to come out in years.  Joseph Fauria, who committed to Notre Dame a week ago is scheduled to participate and show his skills.  Mychal Rivera from Birmingham HS in Van Nuys has spent most of his career blocking but when given the chance has shown the ability to make plays and he'll get to see a plethora of passes coming his way.  Kevin Murphy from San Clemente has played tackle for team purposes but he's being recruited as a tight end.  Looking ahead to the class of 2009, Levine Toilolo from Helix and Morrell Presley from Carson are a pair of potentially elite prospects.

Offensive Line

Matt Kalil
It will be a busy weekend for the Kalil family.  On Saturday, Ryan Kalil, the all-American center from USC could be drafted as early as the first round.  On Sunday, his younger brother Matt Kalil, the #7 ranked player overall by and the top offensive tackle nationally will be at the Scout Combine.  A commit to USC, Kalil rivals Darrell Scott for the top prospect at the combine.  He'll be joined by Scott's future lead blocker, Vaughn Dotsy from St. Bonaventure.  Zack Schlink, the top offensive lineman in Arizona will be in attendance as will two more prospects from Arizona, Guy Reynolds and Pat Jamison.  Lavon McCoy from Washington Prep in Los Angeles is a massive specimen and he could work out with the defensive lineman.  A.J. Wallerstein, as good a run-blocker as any guard in the state out of state champions Canyon HS, Eric Quinones, an all-state selection from Temescal Canyon in Lake Elsinore, Matt Hunt from Carson, Kyle Johnson from Norco and Daniel Bernard from Colton are some other lineman we're looking forward to seeing.

Defensive Line

Damien Holmes
Jamaar Jarrett from Mission Hills in San Marcos was a prospect who stood out a year ago as a sophomore at our L.A. Combine and he's back for a second go-round.  Damien Holmes from Colton and Datone Jones from Compton are two of the best pass-rushers in the state and both have committed to UCLA.  Jurrell Casey from Long Beach Poly is the best interior lineman in California.  Craig Noble from Taft HS in Woodland Hills has a handful of offers and he will be one to keep an eye on as is Dominique Austin from Bishop Amat and Sammy Cervantes from Imperial.  Columbine HS in Littleton, Colo., had an elite offensive lineman in Ryan Miller last year and this year they have one on the defensive side of the ball in Curtis Cunningham.  Arizona native Zeb Togiai is making the drive to strut his stuff and a couple of sleepers in the form of Ottis Jones from Leuzinger HS in Lawndale, Albert Miller from Carson as well as Carlton Hudson from Crenshaw HS in Los Angeles and Phillip Ward from Edison HS in Fresno.


Maurice Simmons

Another prospect who stood out as a sophomore in a talented group was Maurice Simmons from Dominguez HS in Compton.  Simmons is one of the elite weakside linebackers in the country (tops in the West) and he's already committed to USC.  Other middle linebackers to watch are Uona Kaveinga from Leuzinger HS who's committed to UCLA but still hearing from USC as well as Patrick Larimore from Hart HS in Newhall, Donovan Carter from Birmingham HS in Van Nuys and Zander Fabbri from Centennial in Bakersfield.  Centennial HS in Corona has a trio of solid backers, the top one being West 100 member Brandon Magee.  He's joined by Shelly Lyons and Jerry Hardeman for the Huskies.   Their rivals over at Norco, Damion Whittington and Dallas Kelley will also be in attendance and look to follow the performance of teammate Jordan Campbell, the USC signee who was the top linebacker in Los Angeles a year ago.  Several out-of-state prospects will be there like Curt Mangum from Basha in Chandler, Ariz., Colin Shumate from Las Vegas HS and Garrett Sherwood from Faith Lutheran in Vegas as well as Iona Pritchard from Bingham HS in South Jordan, Utah.  The 2009 class of linebackers will be headlined by Marquis Simmons, Maurice's younger brother, who may be the best of all the Simmons' brothers.  Todd Golper from Arcadia HS is another top 2009 prospect as well as J.R. Carr from South Torrance, who is one of the premier longsnappers in the country.

Defensive Backs

Robert Golden
Edison HS in Fresno has been a factory for DB's for years and this year is no different with cornerback Robert Golden, the top corner in the West the top prospect for the Tigers.  He's joined by fellow secondary mate Brandon Leslie, a West 100 member as a safety.  UCLA commit E.J. Woods from Crespi HS in Encino is one of the elite safeties in the West andAnthony Dye from Santiago HS in Corona is making a fast rise up the rankings and the UCLA commit has had a nice spring.  A.J. Pickens from Don Lugo HS has Pac-10 offers and he's also being recruited on the offensive side of the ball.  Marcus Turner is the son of the former NFL safety of the same name and he's coached by his father at Cabrillo in Long Beach.  Two more UCLA commits, Dorsey teammates Rahim Moore (the #2 safety nationally) and Johnathan Franklin are scheduled to attend but may only participate lightly as both are running track for the Dons.  Corbin Brown is the top defensive back in Nevada out of Spring Valley and he'll be back after a strong showing a year ago.  Brown had one of the top five shuttle times a year ago.  And before anyone thinks that the cupboard at Edison will be bare once Golden and Leslie are gone, longtime defensive back coach for the Tigers, Tony Perry, said his two underclassman, Cliff Harris and Tim McDonald Jr., (son of former USC and NFL DB Tim McDonald, the Edison head coach), may in fact be the best he's ever had.  Both Harris and McDonald are looking to launch their names as sophomores as Golden and Leslie did a year ago.

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