Stills Steals Show

The month of May has been very kind to Encinitas (CA) La Costa Canyon wide receiver Kenny Stills, who received a scholarship offer from one of his top schools, USC, and finished it off as arguably the top performer at Scout.com's Los Angeles Combine. Look inside for more.

The month of May has been very kind to Encinitas (CA) La Costa Canyon wide receiver Kenny Stills, who received a scholarship offer from one of his top schools, USC, and finished it off as arguably the top performer at Scout.com's Los Angeles Combine.

"When I show up I just want to compare myself to other players and establish myself as a household name at wide receiver," Stills said.

The silky smooth receiver almost passed on running the forty-yard dash because of a tight hamstring, but after getting a good stretch, he stepped to the line and recorded a very impressive time of 4.36.

"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.

What wasn't a surprise to everybody on hand was to see Stills pull in every pass that was thrown in his direction and run great routes during the 1-on-1 drills.

"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," he said. "I felt that I took another step in proving that I am one of the best receivers on the west coast."

Every year there are a handful of recruits that play their best when the competition level is elevated and Kenny Stills has been one of those players this offseason. He was the MVP of the wide receiver group at the L.A. Nike Camp, and this weekend he was one of the top performers at the L.A. Scout Combine.

"You don't get better unless you are competing against guys that are just as good as you or better. I want to get better every day, and especially when you are at these camps," he said. "You want to compare yourself against other guys that are ranked, and go out and compete against the best corners and lineup with the best receivers."

Stills tested himself against some of the top players in California on Saturday and came away impressed with Corona defensive back Demetrius Wright and Joshua Shaw from Palmdale.

"Both of the big guys, Joshua Shaw and Demetrius Wright, looked real good," he said. "They are both real physical and that scares a lot finesse receivers. I felt like that they did a great job. They are both big, physical guys and it's hard to get off the line against them."

While Stills is undeniably one of the top players on the West Coast, he also showed that he has a good work ethic to match.

"You feel like if someone is out shining you then you got to get out there and do some more work. If anyone is out there watching you can see that I am always getting reps," he said. "If a guy is going once then I have gone three times already."

"I don't feel that I ever get outworked at these things because I am always trying to get as many reps as I can. I am just doing everything that I can to show myself the most."


Kenny Stills ran a 4.36 forty-yard dash.


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