Scout Combine Preview: Offense

Players on UCLA's recruiting board like commit Paul Richardson, Kenny Stills, Jordon James, Cameron Roberson and Kenneth Scott are some of the headliners on offense at this weekend's Los Angeles Combine...

You can't spell The City Of Angels without the word TALENT.

With the fifth annual Combine in Los Angeles, the talent will be on display on Saturday.

The same combine that introduced eventual #1-ranked player Everson Griffen, had 26 players selected from the 2007 combine to the three major All-American Games, and has become one of the most loaded stops on the Combine tour kicks off at Los Angeles Harbor this Saturday.

As always, it is at full capacity and no walk-ups will be accepted.

We take a look at some of the offensive players expected to show their wares on Saturday.


Last year, Encino (Calif.) Crespi quarterback Bryan Bennett earned all-Underclass Combine honors after having one of the best days for all passers. This year, he's back ready to earn the honors for the entire camp.

He'll be joined by fellow Serra League passer Ryan Kasdorf from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, the all-state passer from a year ago who is one of the more underrated passers in the country.

Also coming out is Duke commit Brandon Connette from Corona (Calif.) Santiago. Connette is the lone committed quarterback set to participate.

Greg Watson, who helped lead Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) to the CIF-SS title a year ago, and has an offer from Oregon as a cornerback, will work with the quarterbacks this time.

San Diego will have a good representation too, between J.T. Adams from Central HS, D'Angelo Barksdale from Eastlake and Victor Perez from Chula Vista.

Some underclassmen to watch include Kyle Boehm from San Jose (Calif.) Archbishop Mitty, who did well as a frosh in Oakland last year, Michael Eubank, next in line at Corona (Calif.) Centennial, Nate Romine, the heir to the throne vacated at Upland (Calif.) by Josh Nunes, and Troy Williams at Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne.

Running Backs

The last few years, standout running backs like Cierre Wood, Darrell Scott and Raymond Carter have come out and this year, there will be another solid contingent of backs.

The headliners are Brennan Clay from San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch and Corona (Calif.) back Jordon James, who've got a who's-who lists of offers. Clay and James are two of the top backs in a loaded class in the Golden State. Compton's James McConico is a gametime decision, depending on his track obligations, but the that trio would be as good as any this year.

And that doesn't take into account stellar backs like Cameron Roberson from Newbury Park (Calif.), Emery Schexnayder from Riverside (Calif.) North, Fontana (Calif.) Kaiser's Anthony Brown or Washington commit Melvin Davis from Harbor City (Calif.) Narbonne.

Some other backs to watch include San Jose (Calif.) Piedmont Hills' Derek Stewart, Corona (Calif.) Santiago's Derrick Hawkins, Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak's Adam Muema or Quartz Hill's Kyle Brooks.


The spot that's always loaded with talent is the receiver spot, and this year is no exception, thanks to a quartet of trio stars that includes Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon's Kenny Stills, Ontario (Calif.) Colony's Kenneth Scott and Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Paul Richardson. Scott and Richardson, in fact, were all combine honorees a year ago.

Also an all-combine choice was West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade's Brando Tessar, and La Mesa (Calif.) Helix's Sean Linton was an all-camp selection at the Las Vegas Badger/Scout 7on7 passing tournament.

We'll also get our first look in SoCal at Marquess Wilson, the all-state receiver from Tulare Union who's got a handful of offers as well as at Riverside North's Dres Anderson.

Quite possibly the hardest working camper in the country is Tehvyn Brantley, who's making another stop on the Scout Combine circuit, coming from North Carolina to California to follow up on his all-combine performance in Charlotte.

Players we've seen quite a bit of in the past two years at various camps that will be in attendance include Vista's Troy Ware, Bobby Ratliff from Etiwanda, Encino Crespi's Brandon Graves and Edwin Tillman from Culver City.

Some other names to watch are Chris Simpson from Corona Centennial, Necho Beard from Rancho Verde, Andrew Berg from Los Gatos, Marcell Peoples from Corona Santiago and Ify Umodo and Geoff Vaughns from Covina South Hills.

A handful of underclassmen will also be in attendance led by Kapeili Pomee from Rancho Verde.

Tight Ends

One of the elite tight ends nationally, Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Randall Telfer will headline the group at tight end. In fact, it was a tight end a year ago that earned MVP honors in Morrell Presley, and Telfer is in the same mold as Presley, both big, physical receiver types.

Pierce Richardson from Encino Crespi has fit in just fine in taking over for Joseph Fauria, now at Notre Dame, and sports a couple of offers. Harold Mobley from Corona (Calif.) Roosevelt has four offers himself and will be on display.

Tyler Perry from Ventura Buena and Timothy Manning from Glendora are two other tight ends to watch.

Offensive Linemen

The one-on-one's are back and figure to be pretty animated, thanks to a strong group of offensive lineman.

The top lineman coming out is Scout 300 member Giovanni Di Poalo from Ventura St. Bonaventure, who's been an anchor of the Seraphs' line the past few years.

The Serra League will also be well represented led by Daniel Munyer from Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Michael Mitchell from Crespi.

From the Inland Empire, Lamar Bratton from North HS, Corin Brooks from Arlington HS in Riverside (and an all-underclassmen selection last year), Avery Poats from Rancho Verde and David Peterson from Redlands East Valley, will be in action.

The City Section will also have some good talent, led by USC commit Dak Smith, who may also run with the defensive tackles, and his Westchester teammates Demetrius Beaver and Marques Johnson as well as Carson's Wade Yandall.

Other linemen to watch include Patrick Smith from Newbury Park, Shane Moniz from Canyon and Brian Roth from El Toro.

The underclassmen figuring to make an impression include Christian Soto from Rancho Verde, Brian Farley from San Diego Patrick Henry and Adam Sheffield from Branham in San Jose.

The action begins at 10 a.m. at Los Angeles Harbor College, and again, it is at full capacity and no walk-ups will be accepted.

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