Combine: LA offensive preview

Led by a group of gifted receivers, and a pair of committed quarterbacks, the offensive prospects scheduled to be in Los Angeles figure to be the highlight of the 11th stop on the Combine tour. Several more talented running backs, tight ends and lineman will be present on Sunday.

While their defensive counterparts are talented in their own right, the headliners at the Los Angeles Combine will be on offense.

The offensive lineman have plenty of talent coming in, bit the real talent lies at the skills position, with quarterbacks aplenty and the best receivers in the region scheduled to attend.

The quarterbacks are led by San Diego (Calif.) St. Augustine's Chris Forcier, who committed to UCLA last month, and Camarillo's (Calif.) Samson Szakacsy, who committed to USC earlier this week. They are two of the top four quarterbacks in the state.

Right behind them is San Jacinto (Calif.) quarterback Chasen Stangel, owner of three offers, and possibly the next SoCal quarterback to commit, Redlands (Calif.) East Valley's Ronnie Fouch, Monrovia's (Calif.) David Potts, Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei's Curtis Wilson, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's Pete Murdaca and Merced's (Calif.) Logan Todd.

Coming from out of state to show their arms off are Highlands Ranch (Colo.) Mountain Vista's Danny Beck, Spanish Fork's (Utah) Griff Robles and Seattle (Wash.) Rainier Beach's Jermain Delgardo, a talented trio making the trip to SoCal.

The running back crop will be plenty talented, and they too are headlined by a UCLA commit, Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw's Raymond Carter. Carter will be joined by several talented Southland backs starting with his cousin from Compton (Calif.) Dominguez, Brandon Johnson. Another player who was instrumental in leading his team to a CIF title, and will be there on Sunday is Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure running back Michael Lee.

Compton (Calif.) running back Anthony Wright, Baldwin Park's (Calif.) Aaron Harris, Oxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa's Malachi Lewis, Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei's Ahmed Mokhtar, and Monrovia (Calif.) back James Davis round out the list of Southern California natives.

Two of the top running backs in the Northern part of the state will be there: Merced (Calif.) ball carrier Garrett Turner and Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's Doug Martin.

From out of state, Eugene (Calif.) Marist's Brandon Jackson, Redmond (Wash.) Logwone Mitz and Clovis (N.M.) running back Brian Mead lead the charge.

A trio of fullbacks expected to make a splash are Solana Beach (Calif.) Santa Fe Christian's Mac Zimdars, Imperial (Calif.) J.R. Carrillo and Compton's (Calif.) Ryan Walker.

The tight end group is led by Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure tight end Blaine Irby and San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa's Nate Chandler (a commit to UCLA), both scheduled to be there. Irby and Chandler are arguably the best two tight ends in the state, and possibly the region.

The top receiver amongst tight ends in the state in 2005, Panorama City (Calif.) St. Genevieve's Alexander Inda, will join Chandler and Irby. San Jacinto's (Calif.) Joe Abushawish, Monrovia (Calif.) Eric Brooks and Upland (Calif.) Devin Mahina also are on tap for Sunday. Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Da'John Harris, the top tight end at the U.S. Army All-American Combine in January, may work with the tight ends, while also expected to work with the defensive tackles.

Out-of-state participants are expected to add to the talent level at the position, with Auburn (Wash.) Riverside's David Paulson and Peoria (Ariz.) tight end Rory Ross signed up.

The offensive lineman who are scheduled to participate will be ones to watch, led by possibly the top prospect in Arizona regardless of position, Tucson (Ariz.) Salpointe's Kris O'Dowd, . His offer sheet reads like a who's who list, and O'Dowd will lead a talented line group on Sunday.

Palisades (Calif.) tackle Mitchell Schwartz, a participant in 2005, is back and he will be joined by Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame's Aaron Thomas, Palmdale (Calif.) tackle Hayworth Hicks, Santa Fe Springs (Calif.) Albert Hernandez and Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei's Christian Brown-Frazier amongst in-state tackles. Bellingham (Wash.) Sehome's Steven Ayers and Mead (Wash.) Mike Magee lead the Evergreen State contingent.

Moving down the line, Stockton (Calif.) St. Mary's John Nisby, one of the top guard prospects in the state and Merced (Calif.) Michael Chambers lead the in-state guards. Burien (Wash.) Kennedy's Kevin Freitag is the top out-of-state guard prospect.

The centers are led by Norco's (Calif.) Garth Gerhart, Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete's Cory Yriarte and Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak's Herb Thompson.

A trio of offensive lineman expected to attend, but not participate are Norco (Calif.) guard/tackle Adam Tello and Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame bookend tackles Sam DeMartinis and Charlie Carmichael. Tello is battling a recent illness, and DeMartinis and Carmichael are still in track season for the Knights.

Finally, the most talent-laden position in the camp will be at receivers, where the banter and talking has begun in earnest this week, amongst several players.

With plenty of good cornerbacks coming, the 1-on-1's between the receivers and corners is sure to be the highlight of the day. Plenty of action should take place.

The marquee names are San Diego (Calif.) Mira Mesa's Markques Simas, Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Anthony Boyles, Merced's (Calif.) Carter Todd and San Jacinto's (Calif.) Ryan Kessman, a commit to BYU.

But the list doesn't stop there. Scheduled to attend as well are Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei's Reginald Dunn, one of the fastest rising prospects in the state, his future teammate Maxwell Lacy, a transfer from Cathedral in Los Angeles, Alhambra's Zion Babb, Chino (Calif.) Don Lugo's Russell Carr, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey's Dwayne Frampton and Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco's Dale Qualls. Malachi Lewis could also work out with the receivers, where he likely projects in college.

No high school produces receivers like Long Beach (Calif.) Poly, and the Jackrabbits hoping to replace USC-bound Travon Patterson and UCLA-bound Terrence Austin will be there: Joey Redding, Bryshon Nellum and Travionte Session. Woodland Hills (Calif.) Taft receiver Jeshua Anderson is also poised to fill the shoes of some bigtime receivers who wore the Toreadors uniform, namely Nevada-signee Chris Wellington and USC-signee Jamere Holland.

As loaded as the in-state talent is, plenty of gifted pass-catchers from the surrounding states are coming. From Arizona is Tucson (Ariz.) Cholla's Frankie Gonzales, Avondale (Ariz.) Agua Fria's Rajric Coleman and Glendale (Ariz.) Ironwood's Eric Hagg. From the Northwest, Edmonds (Wash.) Woodway's Eric Greenwood and Milwaukie (Ore.) receiver Carl Sommer, an Oregon State commit, stand out.

And for fans who aren't there to just see the class of 2007 prospects, several underclassmen will be in attendance from the class of 2008 and one from the class of 2009.

The quarterbacks of the future are led by San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch's Robert Forcier, the younger brother of Chris and Jason (at Michigan) and only a freshman, Carson (Calif.) Dominique Blackman, a transfer from Gardena, Covina (Calif.) South Hills' Brandon Parham and Fresno (Calif.) Edison's Jerry Davis. In the backfield, Fresno (Calif.) Edison's John Tate and Rialto (Calif.) Carter's Ashtun Williams are leading the charge. Offensive tackle Larry Thompson, is the next in a long line of talented lineman from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame.

South Jordan (Utah.) Bingham tackle Derek Tuimauga and tight end Austin Holt both were standouts at the U.S. Army All-American Combine, despite being sophomores and both will be in Los Angeles on Sunday. Tuimauga did the most reps of any player at the Army Combine, while Holt showed why he may be the most highly regarded tight end in the region in the class of 2008. Top Stories