Competitive Edge Combine Wrap-up

Lots of talent was on hand at Sumner High School today for the second annual Competitive Edge Combine. Prospects from Washington, Oregon, Idaho and British Columbia took part in testing, positional drills and one-on-ones.

Coaches from the University of Missouri, several Pac-10 schools, the Big Sky and some lower division schools looked on hoping to spot a player or two that could help their teams in 2007 and beyond.

Joe Albers and his staff ran the players through their paces all day on the Sumner football stadium turf. Some of the noted position coaches were former Huskies Braxton Cleman, Wilbur Hooks, Todd Elstrom and Toussaint Tyler along with current Husky QB Johnny DuRocher.

The prospects ran through different stations including the 40-yard dash, vertical leap, 20-yard shuttle (I-test) and bench press.

The standouts in the 40 usually are the skill players and the one who posted the best time was Timberline WR Bobby Barnes clocking a 4.53 and raising some eyebrows. Seen eyeing the soon-to-be senior were the Eastern Washington coaches in attendance – the Eagles whole staff appeared to be on hand.

Washington's Randy Hart, Washington State's Timm Rosenbach, Oregon's Neal Zoumboukos, Cal's Mike Dunbar and Idaho's Jeff Mills all were self-timing the players with their own watches and would jot down notes and circle players on their lists.

Dunbar coached at Central Washington University in the late 80's and early 90's – a program that dominated the NAIA Division before he eventually moved on as a coach for Northwestern and now Cal – so it was a bit of a homecoming for him and no less than 10 coaches in attendance either worked for or played for the new Golden Bears offensive coordinator.

Barnes posted a solid 34.5-inch vertical leap (tied for third with five other players), but the top honors in this event went to Mount Si RB Brandon Yakaboski who posted a 38.5, wowing Hooks with his explosiveness. Right behind him was Timberline RB Dylan Walker who registered a 38-inch vertical.

While the 40 and the vertical jump are areas dominated by the smaller skill guys, the big boys usually handle business on the bench and they didn't disappoint on Saturday.

Olympia OL Matt Thompson put 185 pounds up a combine-best 32 times while Okanogan OL Steven Tanner-Way hoisted it up 31 times. Other notables who put up good numbers were Moses Lake DT B.J. Guerra (27), Lincoln RB Roman Pula (24), Lincoln DT Lepon Mamea (25) and Hudson's Bay LB Isaiah Vercher (27).

Auburn-Riverside TE David Paulson continued his solid offseason by posting solid numbers all day. He ran a 4.77 40, had a 29-inch vertical leap and did 15 reps of 185. Edmonds-Woodway's Casey Hamlett (6-3, 240) also showed well for the tight ends. He ran some excellent routes in one-on-ones and showed good hands and strength when battling linebackers and safeties for the ball.

Lake Washington WR Gerard Boseman had a 34.5-inch vertical and did well during one-on-one drills. Edmonds-Woodway WR Eric Greenwood was a standout as well and not just because of his 6-6 frame. He had a 33.5-inch vertical and made a few defensive backs look foolish in one-on-ones.

A player from British Columbia's Sands Secondary School was probably the surprise of the camp. TE Tyson Pencer measured in at 6-5.5 and 223 pounds and was solid in ever aspect. He ran a 4.78 40 and a 27-inch vertical. He needs to gain some strength and he pulled a hip-flexor while running the shuttle so we didn't get to see him catch the ball, but the coaches all had his name circled. He'll be a senior next year, so don't be surprised to hear his name mentioned as fall gets underway.

While the seniors are the main focus at the combines and camps, some underclassmen really made their mark today.

Lakes TE Kavario Middleton, who will only be a junior this fall, had a good camp. He appears to still be growing into his body. He measured in at 6-5 and 246 pounds and caught the ball well in drills. He looks like he could grow another two inches and put on another 60 pounds easily so you could be looking at one of the best OL prospects on the west coast in 2008.

Mamea, also a 2008 prospect, appeared to be the best defensive lineman in the position and one-one-one drills. He has a good base, is tenacious and intense and runs well. He and Guerra worked against each other several times and showed well.

Kentridge OL Leroi Edwards was a player that had several coaches whispering to each other. He'll only be a junior this fall so he has time to grow, but he still was a sturdy 6-3.5, 253 and he showed excellent feet and strength (22 reps of 185).

Prosser WR Kirby Moore, a 2009 prospect, showed a lot of promise. Entering his sophomore season, he already has impressive size at 6-2.5, 197 pounds. He caught the ball well and showed a good burst. He will be one to watch over the next couple years.

Eatonville OL Mike Wells was the biggest player on hand today. He measured in at 6-7 and 355 pounds. He's a 2008 guy to keep an eye on. Wells had solid quickness and showed good footwork in one-on-ones. He's been in Washington's camp for three years and has slimmed down about 40 pounds from last year.

Results will be posted on the Competitive Edge website soon.

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