After hearing words from Oakland Raiders running back Justin Fargas, the players got into the testing, and several players had standout times.
And it was an underclassmen who had the best forty times on the day. Mario Brown, a running back from Oakland Bishop O'Dowd clocked a 4.53 and then a 4.52 and a slow surface to earn fastest man of the day honors. Cameron Gupton from Freedom had the top shuttle with a 4.04 and Concord De La Salle's Joe Durant had a 4.06. Terrence Mitchell from Sacramento Burbank had a 6.78 L-cone, tops on the day and one of the best across the country on the UA/Scout Tour. San Jose Oak Grove's Jabari Carr had the top broad jump at 9-9 then followed it with the best vertical of 38.5.
From the testing came the positional drills and several players caught the eyes of the coaches.
Up front, one of the surprises on the offensive line was Dustin Hodge from Tollhouse Sierra. Hodge measured 6-6, 237 pounds and looks more like a tight end, but has great bend and feet and has the frame to be a good tackle in college. He moved well too and looked very fundamentally sound in the drills. Cody Colwell from Pittsburg also had a good day in the drills as did Chris Harris from Modesto Central Catholic.
One of the more fascinating sights, though, was Menlo-Atherton's Kimi Maka, who measured in at 6-4.5 and 390 pounds. Then he turned around and ran a 5.5 forty and showed some surprising athleticism for his size.
On the defensive side of the line, Pablo Ryan from Fairfield Vanden and Travis Johnson from Sunnyvale The King's Academy were the first two names that stood out. Ryan checked in at 6-2, 281, and looks like a definite D-I defensive tackle. Johnson measured in at 6-2.5, 222 and is physically well-defined. He was a guy we were looking forward to seeing after his big, all-state underclass junior year, and seeing him in person, he's certainly a guy who has a future. Whether its at defensive end, where he wants to play, or strongside linebacker, where he looks like he could be a mainstay, Johnson is quick, athletic and explosive.
The top quarterback out was Austyn Carta-Samuels from Bellarmine Prep in nearby San Jose, who came out to throw after earning First Team All-Combine honors in Los Angeles two weeks before. Carta-Samuels continued to look sharp, just as he did in L.A., throwing each route well, specifically the intermediate routes. His feet are some of the best we've seen this spring, and he's got great snap on his throws.
A few other quarterbacks caught our attention too, including Michael Leonard from Carlsbad, who had a good day throwing, Chris Williams from Sacramento Burbank, David Fales from Salinas Palma, 2010 passer Colby Kirkegaard from Arcadia in Arizona, fellow underclassmen Turner Baty from Menlo Atherton and Austen Fales from Salinas Palma, Santa Clara Wilcox passer Cory Murphy and Mason Magelby from Loomis Del Oro. Magelby had a very good day testing and continued doing so in the drills. Set to take over the reins of the Loomis offense this fall, Magelby was sharp throughout the day.
From the running backs Jontell Reedom looked much more comfortable in the drills than he did testing, the 2,700-yard rusher as a junior for Tulare Union running and catching the ball smoothly. Ronald Burt from Elsie Allen HS, T.J. Belton from Modesto Central Catholic, Adam Muema from Covina Charter Oak and Dylan Chynowith from Park City.
But probably the best looking running back on the day was a fullback, who also played linebacker some in Eureka's Soma Vainuku. We first heard about Vainuku after his freshman year and after seeing him on Saturday, he could be the next big thing from Eureka after Rey Maualuga. Vainuku can run, catch the ball, move and he also tested exceptionally well. He will be a name to remember in the class of 2010.
At tight end, D.J. Maciel from Hanford and Denzell Pruitt from Sacramento HS were the top two performers at that position. Chris Martin from Oakland Bishop O'Dowd, one of the elite prospects in the class of 2010, came late after having a passing league tournament, but made his presence known immediately, chucking a linebacker who tried to jam him, en route to his first reception on his first route.
Orth picked up his first offer last week, from San Jose State, and with that under his belt, came out and tested very well, running a pair of 4.5 forties and two 7.0 shuttles. He dislocated two fingers in the early part of the 1-on-1's, had them popped back into place, and went back out and kept going until the final horn, catching the ball well despite the pain in his hand.
Peterson will make the move from quarterback to receiver to make room for Derek Carr at Bakersfield Christian, and should provide a nice, physical target for Carr.
Cougar Williams from Hanford was one of the most consistent on the day, whether in testing or in the workout and James White from Sacramento Kennedy also impressed us.
At linebacker, there were a host of under-the-radar guys who made big impressions, primarily Sam Foster from Esparto, Sekope Kaufusi from Woodside and Garrison Goodman from San Ramon Valley, who tested well and looked even sharper in the drills. Foster, physically, is pretty well-defined and he made several good plays in the 1-on-1.s.
Two linebackers we were plenty familiar with were Daniel Cox from Sacramento Christian Brothers and Shayne Skov, a Bay Area native who's at prep school in New York. Cox opted out of testing after having tested in Los Angeles and coming off an intense camp earlier in the week, but looked sharp in the drills and when he switched to tight ends during the 1-on-1s, looked good there.
Then there was Skov, the top-ranked player by Scout.com in New York. Skov was nursing a hamstring injury but came ready to work in the drills and 1-on-1's himself. Skov physically looks like a Pac-10 linebacker, which he probably will end up being, despite having played just about everything but linebacker in high school. He checked in at 6-3, 221 and looks the part. He plays it too, tough to pass on in the 1-on-1s. After playing some defense, he switched to receiver and had some spirited head-to-heads with Jabari Carr. Physically, he was impossible for the DBs to jam at the line and he cuts so well, DBs often slipped trying to cover him. Skov was easily the top college prospect there.
From the secondary, Carr had probably the best day from beginning to end, testing well and doing a solid job in the drills and 1-on-1s. But Sacramento Inderkum's Rashad Adams drew the highest praise from secondary coach Don Cox, who raved about his feet and cover ability.
Terrance Mitchell followed some good test numbers with an even better positional workout. Blair Wishom from Concord De La Salle is used to being on a big stage, and he continued to perform well throughout the day. Jason Simpson from Woodside also tested well and drew some raves for his coverage ability.
Other defensive backs who stood out included Russell Perkins from Menlo-Atherton, Billy Wright from Sunnyside in Fresno, Eric Pinkins from Sacramento Inderkum, Brooke Brooks from Elk Grove and Allen Powell from Covina Charter Oak.