Mattingly passes the look test in L.A.

ONE-HUNDRED AND FIFTY prospects were at El Camino College on Saturday for the combine. Several of the players on the Cougar radar went through a variety of testing and one-on-one drills, including Andy Mattingly and Devin Johnson. Read on for a comprehensive report that leaves no stone unturned.

The Los Angeles Combine was easily the best event of the spring in terms of football recruiting in Southern California according to's Tracy Pierson, publisher of BruinReportOnline.

Andy Mattingly from Spokane's Mead High School worked out with the safeties, but at about 6-4 and 215 pounds, Garry Paskiewitz of thought he might project at linebacker. He further noted Mattingly looked powerful out there with striking size -- but that it also remains to be seen if he has the speed to get serious looks. Paskiewitz went on to say he was certainly a player who passed the look test.

A player of note with a WSU offer was Devin Johnson, the defensive end from Rancho Cucamonga. Pierson felt he was effective in the drills, but looked smaller than his listed 6-3 and 215-pounds.

TWO PLAYERS who stood out and were arguably the day's top performers were LB Allen Bradford (6-0, 210-pounds, Colton High), and WR Jamere Holland (6-0, 175-pounds, Taft High).

Holland ran the two fastest 40s of the day, a 4.4 flat and a 4.42. Obviously gifted at track, he has a beautiful stride, taking probably only 10 or 11 strides to complete the 40. Holland then looked okay in the one-on-one drills, showing his speed but he didn't get many good balls thrown to him.

Bradford's a superior all-around athlete and runs very well for a linebacker, clocking a smooth 4.59 40. In the drills, Bradford is effortless and quick, looking every bit the dominant performer.

Two prospects each could have had the third best overall performance -- DB Darian Hagan out of Crenshaw and Vista linebacker Travis Goethel.

Goethel measured at 6-2 1/2 and weighed 215, and ran a very fast 4.66 40, while recording a solid 4.44 20-yard shuttle. Physically, he has the type of body that's well put together but could easily put on more muscle. In drills, Goethel did very well, sticking with running backs in coverage in the one-on-ones easily.

Hagan might be a little thin but he has the long arms and athleticism to be considered one of the elite DB prospects on the west coast. He plays primarily safety for Crenshaw High but his likely college position could be corner and in the coverage drills he did a good job -- including one nice match-up against Holland where he stayed with Jamere the whole route.

Jermaine Williams, the defensive end from Maryvale (AZ.), had some good moments in the one-on-ones. Cleveland Jones, the Dorsey defensive tackle, struggled some against the good competition, but got an advantage in the one-on-ones against some of the better OLs. Simi Fili, a junior defensive tackle from Cottonwood (Utah), was one of the best of the day, with very good size and strength.

Perhaps the best OL performance came from Ryan Griffith, the 6-4, 240-pounder from Rancho Cucamonga Los Osos, who wasn't beat in the one-on-one drills. Griffith is a very good technical blocker, has very good athleticism, allowing him to keep his balance and position very well. The issue for Griffith will be whether he can put on enough weight to play at the Pac-10 level. If so, he has great potential.

Sonny Tevaga from Compton Dominguez, despitecarrying around some extra weight, performed well in the one-on-one drills. Offensive lineman Chris Guarenero came in from Denver, Mullen High, and looked good, with good feet and strength. Mitchell Schwartz, a junior OL from Palisades, has a chance. He's got great size, at about 6-5 and 280, and moves very well. If he can sustain aggressiveness, look for him to be among the best OLs in SoCal next year.

ON THE DEFENSIVE SIDE, a player who stood out was Justin Prueitt, a 6-5, 280-pound, well-put-together defensive tackle from Fresno Buchanan. He didn't get the advantage often in the one-on-ones, but looked good in testing, running a 5.23 40.

Long Beach Poly's Conan Amituanai was perhaps the most effective DL, beating everyone until he went up against Griffith. Amituanai combines good strength with quickness and smarts, and a low center of gravity. He said he measured 6-3 and 280. Keith Browner, the defensive end from Dorsey, looked athletic and was hard to contain in the one-on-ones, with just too much quickness for bigger linemen. He ran a nice 4.91 in the 40, saying he could do much better. He measured 6-4 ½ and weighed 225, and is pretty thin in his upper body. He, though, looks like he easily has a lot of physical development ahead of him.

Cody Pope, the defensive lineman from San Diego University, definitely passes the eye-ball test, looking about 6-5 and 260, while running a 4.69 shuttle. He looked a bit stiff in the one-on-one drills, but still is a very good-looking athlete. Having a good performance in the one-on-ones was David Carter, the defensive end from Kaiser. About 6-4 and 240ish, Carter again looked raw in the drills, but showed some very good natural ability in getting around his blocker.

Toby Turpin, the defensive end from Los Alamitos, is impressive physically, and runs well for his size, -- which is about 6-4 and 240. Alex Gamez, the defensive end from Warren High who looked good at UCLA's camp, again showed some ability here. At about 6-0 and 220, you'd like him to start attempting to play linebacker, though. Josh Holmes, the defensive tackle from Point Loma, did better in the one-on-one drills, showing some ability to get around a blocker.

AMONG THE SKILL PLAYERS, Leilyon Myers, the 6-1, 185-pounder from Lynwood, had a very good day. Myers, who isn't sure whether he wants to be a wide receiver or a running back, worked with the receivers Saturday. He ran a 4.59 40 and caught the ball effortlessly. Menelik Holt, the receiver from San Diego St. Augustine, is similar to Johnson, with good size at probably 6-3ish and a very good body. He ran a 4.7 forty and caught the ball well.

Jamar Brown from St. John Bosco, has some talent, but looks to be better suited as a safety than a wide receiver. Bruce Robinson, a receiver from Mira Costa, did some things worthy of being noticed, not only running well but catching the ball in the drills. Michael Clarke, a receiver from Scripps Ranch, had one of the faster 40 times at 4.64.

AMONG THE BEST TIGHT ENDS at the combine -- John Reese from Upland High. Reese made some very nice grabs in the one-on-ones.

AT RUNNING BACK, Lonyae Miller from Kaiser again put in a great performance, with a 4.56 40 and a 4.19 shuttle. He's a good looking physical specimen and while he looked raw catching the ball, he has a very natural athletic ability. Major Culbert, the running back from Harbor City Narbonne, had a good day, running a 4.7 40 and what was possibly the fastest shuttle time of the day -- a 4.09.

Justin Roberson, the running back from Lakewood, had one of the better 40 times, even though we weren't sure what it was. Alterraun Verner from Mayfair had some moments in the one-on-ones. Andre Harris, the back from Woodland Hills Taft, is an interesting prospect. Physically he's very impressive, at about 6-1 and 205. For that size, he ran a very impressive 4.69 40. Watching him, though, you're thinking that you'd love to potentially see him as a linebacker.

Thlestone Collymore, a RB/DB from Oxnard, jumped 46.4 inches in the vertical, twice.

IT DOESN'T LOOK to be a great year numbers-wise for quarterbacks out west and in Southern California. Saturday saw perhaps the best collection this spring, but there still doesn't look to be anyone currently considered a true standout prospect.

Tyler Lyon from Newhall Hart looks great physically, at about 6-5 and 200, with a very good frame. He also ran well, recording a 4.85 40 and a 4.47 shuttle. His throwing motion is a bit raw, but he has a strong arm. Cameron Ely is also a tall one, also probably 6-5, but with a narrow frame. His throwing motion looked to have a hitch in it.

Jonathan Tobin is a 6-4, 195-pound prospect from Cactus High in Arizona, and he has a chance. He has a good body, while being a bit stiff in his torso, and a bit mechanical in his throws, but showed a strong, fairly accurate arm. Jeff Jansen from Diamond Bar, who has been at just about every camp or combine in SoCal in the last couple of months, again showed a strong arm but a lack of foot quickness.

Chris Forcier, the junior from San Diego St. Augustine, has also been to many camps this spring. Like we reported before, his throwing motion needs to develop more, but he did run a very impressive 4.57 40, which was among the best of the day.

ON THE DEFNSIVE side of the ball, and among the elite group of linebackers with Bradford and Goethel, was La Puente Bishop Amat's Jonathan Cornell. Cornell ran a 4.72 40, and showed great quickness in the drills overall. He probably had the best day in coverage among the linebackers. Keaton Kristick from St. Mary's in Arizona is someone to watch, at about 6-2 and 220, and with good athleticism.

There were a couple of linebacker/safety types who also distinguished themselves. Alfred Rowe from Long Beach Poly, who was listed as a safety, worked out with the linebackers. He had one of the best verticals of the day at 36 inches and ran a 40 in the 4.6 range, but struggled some in coverage in the one-on-ones. Lorne Bell is another very good athlete from Simi Valley who looked good in the testing, and physically looks like a safety.

There was some very strong defensive backs in the group Saturday besides Hagan. Shareece Wright, who plays quarterback also at Colton, is a player, running a 4.57 40 and a 4.4 shuttle. James Smith makes up a trio of very good prospects from Colton, and he could be one of the most under-hyped players in the 2006 class in SoCal. Smith, who plays cornerback, is about 6-2 and 180, and ran a 4.6 40 and 4.13 shuttle.

Trevor "Tito" Foster, a safety from The Colony in Ontario, also had a few good moments on the day. will have much more coverage of the L.A. combine coming over the next several days, with recruiting updates, video highlights, video interviews, photo galleries, and a complete listing of results.

According to Pierson, the LA stop had least as much talent as the Nike Camp, and it concentrated on drills that showcased the players, rather than Nike and its Sparq training, where, as Pierson says, the players spend much of the day throwing medicine balls around and running with parachutes tied to them.

Pierson also noted doesn't keep the results of the camp – such as the 40 times and verticals -- from anyone who wanted to know them, since with this combine it's about getting the kids exposure, not about selling a statistic package to college coaches. Pierson went on to say the combines are about providing more accurate 40 times, not the inflated times that have been the standard for years. He says every college coach has known that all the 4.3 40s being reported were inflated, with coaches added at least a tenth to every 40 time. Perhaps best of all is that many college coaches are allowed to get up close to the testing and drills.

About 150 players participated in the combine, with a high percentage of those D-1 recruits, as opposed to the usual 300-400 at some Nike Camps -- providing less of a chance to get lost in the shuffle. Among them, a number of different prospects that could be coming into sharper focus on the WSU radar after a their performances.

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