O'Dowd showed the kind of attitude that you love to see in an offensive lineman. After getting beat on one play by Griffen, O'Dowd instantly called for the two to go again and Kris stopped him on the next play. Kris has the kind of frame that could play guard or center at the next level, one scout in attendance thinks he will wind up at center. He ran a 5.0 40 with the wind and 5.07 into the wind, both excellent times considering he was hobbled with a sore groin. Some good news for Trojan fans is that Kris confirmed that he will probably attend the USC summer camp.
Other Trojan recruits of note included:
Malcolm Smith – the younger brother of Steve Smith showed surprising speed with a 4.44 in the 40, a time which opened some eyes from those who were concerned about his speed. Malcolm ran with a nice stride and he looked good in one on one drills where he lined up primarily as a running back. On one of his reps at linebacker he went up against UCLA commit Nate Chandler and Malcolm got an interception. Malcolm confirmed a USC offer and he said it's safe to say that the Trojans are his leader right now.
Kenny Rowe - Rowe was one of the top performers in the one on one drills as most of the offensive linemen just simply couldn't keep up with his speed. We're not sure if Rowe will end up on the DL or at LB in college but he will be a good player for somebody. With his brother Alfred scheduled to be at USC in the fall, it stands to reason the Trojans have a good shot on this one.
Markques Simas – Definitely the wide receiver who jumped out the most. He has a long, lean frame and a smooth running style to go along with the good hands he showcased in the one on one drills. So far he is the top wide receiver we've seen in the state.
Da'John Harris – Known more as a defensive lineman, that's the position the Trojans have offered for, but Da'John worked out today as a tight end. It's obvious that Da'John can move well and he should develop into a player with good size.
Samson Szakacsy – the recent Trojan commit showed up to watch the combine but he did not take part in any drills.
Here's a position by position look at other players who performed well:
QB – Ronnie Fouch (Redlands East Valley) has recovered enough from the shoulder injury caused by a hit from Shareece Wright in the season finale that he was able to go through the throwing drills. Ronnie isn't a big QB but he throws a real nice ball and knows how to run a football team. Cory Beam from Oregon had a strong arm while sophomore Daniel Blackmon from Carson looks like an athlete to watch for in the future.
RB – Omar Bolden (Colony) reminded us of Darryl Poston, a chiseled and quick back who ran precise routes and who looks like he could also be a solid corner. Brandon Johnson looked good in drills and it's easy to see why he is such a top prospect at Dominguez. Sean Merritt (Verbum Dei) looks like he will be a college fullback, he's not tall but he's thick.
WR – Reggie Dunn (Verbum Dei) ran the fastest time of the day but his smaller size could be a factor. A couple taller athletes, both of whom could also play defense, were Lance Mitchell from Muir and Russell Carr from Don Lugo. Mitchell is one of those players who always seems to be making the catch on offense or is always around the ball on defense.
TE – Porter Hill (Compton) is another player known more as a defensive lineman who spent today as a tight end. Hill had some good battles with LB Jordan Campbell from Norco. Sophomore Austin Holt from Utah will be a player to keep an eye on for the Class of 2008.
DL – Mackey Mailo (Carson) is not tall but he has a wide lower body and is very strong. Marcus Austin (Etiwanda) and Brian Lambert (Tustin) both showed good motors as interior linemen and another player who jumped out for his good energy was Blake Comalino from Upland. Akeem Ayers (Verbum Dei) hurt his ankle/shin at the start of the one on one drills and sat out the rest of the day. William Yancy from Arizona made some nice plays while Jamaar Jarrett from Mission Hills is a sophomore with a lot of room to grow into his tall frame.
LB – Jordan Campbell is a tough, hard nosed player who had flowing hair similar to a Troy Polamalu. Campbell could end up being a good fullback at the next level as well. Maurice Simmons, yet another in the long line of Simmons brothers, is a top sophomore at Dominguez and he looks the part. His younger brother, Marcus Simmons, did not take part in the day but he was in attendance and his family members say he is the next big star of the group. Marcus, who also attends Dominguez, had seven tackles in the CIF title game as a freshman. One final Simmons note, former USC signee Marvin is in Cleveland this weekend on a tryout with the Browns.
DB – We talked earlier in the WR section about Mitchell and Carr, both look like they could easily end up on defense and Carr has the size to end up a strong safety. One of the top underclassmen, Chris Polk of Redlands East Valley, worked out at receiver but he also has the skills to be a terrific corner. Former USC safety Tim McDonald, now the head coach at Edison HS in Fresno, says his sophomore corner Robert Golden has a nice future.
Quotes from Kristopher O'Dowd
So how did you enjoy today's Scout Combine?
"I thought it was good. I had a great time. I got to go up against some good players like my friend Everson Griffen. I think we went 2-2 against each other. I think my combine results were good, but I pulled my groin earlier in the week.
" Who else impressed you that you had a chance to compete against?
"I was really impressed with this one defensive end. I am trying to remember his number and name, but he is really fast coming off the edge."
Was it Kenny Rowe of Long Beach Poly?
"Yeah. that's who it was. He was really a good rusher."
Do you have a position that you would like to play in college?
"I really don't know where I'll play in college. I think it could be guard or center, but it would be okay if it was tackle."
How has the recruiting process been going for you up to this point?
"It's been a trip. You know, you only get to experience this once in your lifetime. It's been enjoyable."
Are you planning on attending any camps this summer?
"Yes. I'll probably go to the Trojans' Rising Senior Camp and that's about it."
So did you spend much time following the Trojans this season?
"Yes, I watched them. I've been researching them from a standpoint of their offensive line depth. I know that they need offensive linemen. As far as Notre Dame, they already have enough linemen, so I am aware of depth charts. You have to like USC because of its reputation and I have checked their roster.
Do you have any family members that reside in southern California?
"Yes. I have an uncle that lives in Santa Barbara, but he is not really a sports fan. He is more a social activist."
Are you planning on waiting or could you commit early?
"I could commit early or it could be just up in the air. We'll see as I take my visits."
As of now, what is your height and weight and what do you do on the bench press?
"I am 6-feet-4, 303 pounds, and I bench press 420 pounds."