L.A. Scout Combine Stars

While there were several of the top players in California in attendance for the L.A. Scout Combine this past weekend, Kenny Stills, Shaquille Richardson, James McConico, George Uko and others stood out above the rest. Look inside to see which recruits elevated their stock with strong performances.

Kenny Stills – Wide Receiver – La Costa Canyon High School

Kenny Stills was our top overall performer at the L.A. Scout Combine this weekend. The La Costa Canyon wide receiver turned heads with a very impressive 4.36 forty, which was the fastest time of the day. Stills also stood out during the 1-on-1 drills where he made a variety of catches and beat pretty much every cornerback that he faced. Stills is a very polished receiver and showed great hands this weekend. Another thing that stood out about his performance was the fact that he always jumped to the front of the line to get more reps. It was another very impressive day for the four-star prospect who is having a terrific offseason.

Demetrius Wright – Defensive Back – Corona High School

While Kenny Stills was the star on the offensive side of the ball, a strong case could be made for Demetrius Wright as the top defensive player on Saturday. The athletic defensive back from Corona really jumped out during 1-on-1's because of his physical play at the line of scrimmage. Wright did an outstanding job of jamming and re-routing the wide receivers all day. At times, you almost felt bad for the guys lined up in front of him because they literally couldn't get off the line. He is a player on the rise and it was easy to see why schools like USC and Florida are really coming after him.

George Uko – Defensive Tackle – Don Lugo High School

While the skill players tend to get most of the attention at these camps, Don Lugo defensive tackle George Uko caught the eye of all the recruiting analysts on hand with his outstanding size and strength. Uko was easily the top performer of all the linemen on hand and is a player to keep an eye on this offseason. He has offers from California, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Oregon and Nebraska but could reach double digits by the time the high school season rolls around.

Shaquille Richardson – Defensive Back – Los Alamitos High School

Shaquille Richardson is a tall, athletic cover corner that really matched up well against some of the bigger wide receivers in the group. Of all the cornerbacks at the L.A. Scout Combine, Richardson looked the best in coverage and pulled in three interceptions during the 1-on-1 drills. Richardson has been an under the radar prospect, and doesn't currently have an offer, but that should change after his impressive showing this weekend. Remember the name.

Joshua Shaw – Defensive Back – Palmdale High School

Palmdale standout Joshua Shaw is another big, physical defensive back that gave the wide receivers all they could handle on Saturday. Shaw really manhandled the wide receivers trying to get off the ball. He is probably better suited to play safety on the college level, but he more than held his own at cornerback on Saturday. Shaw really elevated his stock with a strong performance.

James McConico – Tailback – Compton High School

Compton tailback James McConico was the most physically impressive player in the running back group with a very big frame and muscular build. McConico showed that he has good speed by recording a 4.52 forty-yard dash. The powerful back looked good during the 1-on-1 drills, using his combination of speed and strength to get the best of the linebackers that he matched up against, but dropped a few passes. The four-star recruit was arguably the top running back on the day along with Jordon James and Brennan Clay.

Randall Telfer – Tight End – Rancho Cucamonga High School

USC commit Randall Telfer was easily the top tight end in attendance. He definitely passes the eyeball test with a big, muscular frame and clocked an impressive 4.68 forty time. Telfer lined up with the wide receivers during the 1-on-1 drills and looked dominant at times going against the smaller cornerbacks.

Jordon James – Tailback – Corona High School

Jordon James was one of the top offensive prospects in attendance. He started the day by running a 4.48 forty and was arguably the top running back during the 1-on-1 drills. James got great separation from the defenders when running routes out of the backfield and has good hands.

Brennan Clay – Tailback – Scripps Ranch High School

Clay first caught our eye as a sophomore at the B2G Elite Camp last year and he has steadily improved since then. This Saturday, he was one of the top three running backs and really stood out with his quickness during the 1-on-1 drills. Clay is very comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield and made several nice catches.

Sean Parker – Defensive Back – Narbonne High School

Narbonne safety Sean Parker is one of the most intimidating players on the West Coast and always shows up to camps focused and ready to compete. Parker has established himself as one of the elite prospects in California and looked the part this weekend.

Josh Shirley – Linebacker – Kaiser High School

Josh Shirley was the most physically impressive player in the linebacker group. He is a versatile prospect that played both defensive end and linebacker on Saturday. As a defensive end, he showed great quickness of the line and blew past every offensive lineman during the 1-on-1 drills. Shirley then moved to linebacker and looked good dropping back in coverage.

Tehvyn Brantley – Defensive Back – Mt. Zion Christian Academy

Wide receiver Tehvyn Brantley from Mt. Zion Academy in Durham, North Carolina came across the country to the L.A. Scout Combine, to test himself against the top players on the West Coast, and he didn't disappoint. Brantley is always one of the hardest working kids that we see at the camps and he had another strong showing on Saturday. At 5-foot-7, he isn't the biggest receiver but he always finds a way to get open and make some acrobatic catches. Brantley brings a lot of swagger and intensity to the field.

Kenneth Scott – Wide Receiver – Colony High School

Kenneth Scott was the most physically impressive player in the wide receiver group. The Colony star is a big, physical kid that runs good routes and used his frame to shield the smaller defensive backs. Scott was one of the most productive receivers at the L.A. Scout Combine pulling in pass after pass.

Paul Richardson – Wide Receiver – Serra High School

Paul Richardson is a very quick wide receiver that gets a great burst off the line of scrimmage. He got great separation from the defensive backs and made some really tough catches in traffic. The recent UCLA de-commit will be a very hot commodity now that he is back on the open market.

Bryan Bennett – Quarterback – Crespi High School

The Crespi quarterback was the top passer on the day and received rave reviews from Kenny Stills, and even Robert Woods, who watched but didn't participate, was impressed with Bennett's arm strength and accuracy. Bennett showed great touch on deep passes as well, hitting Stills in stride for a deep touchdown pass. Bennett has offers from Pittsburgh and Wyoming but looked like a Pac-10 level quarterback on Saturday.

Lucky Radley – Tailback – Agoura Hills High School

The Agoura Hills standout was one of the more versatile players at the camp. Radley participated as a running back on Saturday and look very good catching the ball. Radley used his speed to blow by linebackers on a number of plays and caught a handful of deep passes.

Brandon Graves – Wide Receiver – Crespi High School

Graves is a small, shifty wide receiver that got good separation from the cornerbacks with his speed and didn't drop a pass the entire day. Graves is another under the radar recruit that made some noise on Saturday. Graves transferred to Crespi from Los Alamitos and was not eligible to play as a junior, so that cost him valuable exposure with scouts and college coaches. He caught 21 of 21 passes thrown to him on Saturday and there was never a doubt whether he was going to catch any ball thrown his way.

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