L.A. Combine MVP: Stills The One

Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon wide receiver Kenny Stills started off the day running a lightning-fast 40-yard dash and earned MVP honors at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine...

When we first talked to Kenny Stills back in the fall of his junior year, he had the confidence that his game was just getting started and pretty soon, the whole country would know about the San Diego native.

San Diego has produced Heisman Trophy winners (Reggie Bush, Marcus Allen and Ricky Williams), Super Bowl MVPs (Allen and Terrell Davis) and NFL Hall of Famers (Allen) on the offensive side of the ball.

But to many, San Diego is usually mentioned after Los Angeles and Orange County, even the Inland Empire when talking about the best football from the state.

Stills said then, and he's been showing it all spring long, that good football is played in "America's Finest City".

On Saturday, Stills put his stamp on the recruiting scene, and the combine circuit with a 4.36 in the forty, the fastest in the West, and the fifth fastest ever recorded at a Los Angeles Scout.com Combine.

Only a tight hamstring could slow him down, as in the drills, he continued to show he's one of the smoothest playmakers in the country.

"My hamstring has been a little tight so I figured that I could run a nice 4.5, or just a solid time, but it was definitely a surprise," he said to SCPlaybook.com. "I think I took another step in showing what I have today. I ran great routes, my forty was nice and I felt like it was an overall good day. I felt that I took another step in proving that I am one of the best receivers on the west coast."

And Stills has taken all of the attention in stride.

"I just feel like I'm finally getting the exposure I deserve," said Stills. "Not because it was just given to me, but because I've earned it."

Stills' father played at Wisconsin and in the NFL, so he's no stranger to the pinnacle of success in the sport. But he's driven daily by the desire to improve.

"I work hard every day to be something I'm not," said Stills. "I'm blessed with a positive attitude and a drive to be the best, combined with the athletic ability."

Stills was an all-Camp selection at the Badger/Scout 7on7 PAssing Camp in Las Vegas, then a standout at the Nike Camp in Los Angeles. But the Overall Combine MVP has been the icing on the cake for him this spring.

But don't expect it to change him.

"The work doesn't stop here either," said Stills. "I've accomplished a lot but there's a lot more to come from me. I'm excited to get on a big stage and show what I've got."

With offers from Florida, Nebraska, Penn State, Boise State, Colorado, USC, California, Stanford, Washington and UCLA among others, Stills will have a plenty big enough stage to continue to rep for San Diego.

Because Kenny Stills isn't done.


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