News and happenings from the Nike Combine at PSU

Over 400 potential college recruits from several states took part in the Nike Combine at Penn State on Saturday. Coaches from PSU, Wisconsin, Michigan, Toledo, and Akron were on hand watching the festivities. Athletes were tested in the forty, shuttle run, bench press, and vertical jump. The events are combined and an overall score is given, called a SPARQ Rating. Here are some of the athletes and a few of my observations (* Denotes Underclassmen).

Quarterbacks

Adam Hearns (North Penn HS, PA) - very nice, mobile athlete, above average arm, accurate.

Drew Willy (Randolph HS, NJ)

*Jeremy Ricker (Bishop McDevitt HS, PA) - very live arm, athletic will challenge Devlin as the top QB in the state next season.

Jordan Paar (Williamsport HS, PA) - nice physique, agile, mobile, needs work on his release.

Tanner Kelly (Clearfield HS, PA) - good height, too thin right now, above average arm.

Buck Smith (Westlake HS, MD) - nice size, strong arm, accurate, one of the better QBs I saw.

Dana Revel (Erie Cathedral Prep HS, PA) - very athletic, live arm, raw but a lot of upside.

*Pat Devlin (Downingtown East HS, PA) - top QB next season, great size, big-time arm.

Dom Natale (The Hun School, NJ) - one of the more athletic QBs in the North East.

Nick Worzel (Wayne Hills HS, NJ)



Fullbacks

Asaph Schwapp (Weaver HS, CT) - the most intimidating player on site, his arms are at least 19-20 inches, hurt his right quadriceps and sat out most of the work-out.

Matt Castor (Linganore HS, MD) - one of the 3 highest scoring players at the combine, 4.3 shuttle, 4.37 forty, 24 reps, and a 39.3" vertical.

Chris Bova (Baldwin HS, PA)



Running Backs

Jerry Butler (George Washington HS, PA) - very fast, quick feet.

LeSean McCoy (Bishop McDevitt HS, PA) - may be the top back in the state already and has another year to go, has 10 verbal offers already.

Greg Harris (Mt. Vernon HS, NY) - ran a 4.36 in the forty, very athletic, nice hands could be a college WR.

Eugene Jarvis (Pittsburgh Central Catholic HS, PA) - did well in drill work, gained a lot of muscle mass since last season.

Mikell Simpson (Harrisburg HS, PA) - may be the most athletic back in the state.

Jason Gwaltney (Babylon, NY) - good physique, thick everywhere.

Steve Slaton (Conwell-Egan HS, PA)

Lamar McPherson (Bishop McDevitt [Wyncote]) - appeared to be in great shape, strong, got hurt early and missed most of the session.

Mario Henry (Erie Strong Vincent HS, PA)

Larod Stephens (Johnstown HS, PA) - only participated in the bench did 10 reps of 185 lbs.

Eric Brickus (Central Dauphin East, PA) - strong raw physical back, transferring to Harrisburg where he will be the lead blocker for Simpson.

Ed Collington (Penn Hills HS, PA) - 39" vertical, 4.5 forty, and 18 reps on the bench.

Jeremy Bruce (Blackhawk HS, PA) - undersized last season, but has definitely grown into a legitimate prospect. Measured close to 5-11, 190, had one of the highest .SPARQ ratings at the combine, ran a 4.4 forty, 19 reps, 40.8" vertical, and 3.9 shuttle.

Marlon Bayard (Wyoming HS, PA) - pound for pound maybe the best physique at the combine.

Shane Brooks (Duquesne HS, PA) - arrived late, ran a 4.6 forty, 4.47 shuttle, and had 14 reps on the bench, did well in the RB drills.

Jose Morales (Holyoke HS, MA) - nice size and build.

Ryan Greiser (Penn Ridge HS, PA) - tested well, had a solid effort during the drill work.



Tight Ends

Scott Uziel (Franklin Regional HS, PA) - ran a 4.9 forty, good hands, solid during drills.

Garrett Graham (Brick Memorial HS, NJ)

Jose Cruz (Bishop McCort HS, PA) - ran a 4.9 forty.

Jonathan Hannah (North Carolina) - a man amongst boys.



Wide Receivers

Jarmal Ruffin (Scotland School, PA) - big physical WR.

Willie Barnes (Salem HS, NJ very fluid route runner, looked a little thin but solid.

Kevin Ogletree (Holy Cross HS, NY)

Stephen Smalls (Conestoga Valley HS, PA) - physically solid, fast, great upside.

James McDonald (Dunbar HS, MD/DC) - best build among the WRs, crisp route running, great acceleration.

Kevin Cousins (Huegenot HS, VA)

Scot Riddell (Quince Orchard HS, MD) - performed solidly all day.

Brad Harris (New Haven HS, MI)

Brock Harner (Littlestown HS, PA)

Wolver Jean-Pierre (Bergen Catholic HS, NJ) - showed what all the early hype is about; he is definitely a top flight WR/DB.

Oderick Turner (Teaneck HS, NJ) - looked real thin.

J. Sharps (Westerville South HS, OH)

Brad Dawson (Thomas Jefferson HS, PA) - ran a 4.5 forty.

Shawn Lewis (Bishop McCort HS, PA) - ran a 4.36 forty and caught everything thrown at him.



Offensive Linemen

Frank Carduff (Shenendoah Valley HS, PA)

Kevin Leary (West Chester HS, PA)

Marques Slocum (West Catholic HS, PA) - great size and build, agile for a lineman.

Jason Kacinko (Penn Trafford HS, PA) - showed his mean streak during 1 on 1 drills as he laid a club a crossed an opponents back and beat him easily, the opponent then retreated to the trainer's table for ice packs. Offensively very quick punch locks on and rides you out until the whistle blows.

JR Robinson (Penn Hills HS, PA)

Dave McClain (Central Bucks East HS, PA) - did well during the offensive portion of the 1 on 1 drills, plays with a lot of passion and leadership.

Kevin Wiggins (Dunbar HS, MD/DC) - below average feet, needs to lose about 25 lbs to be truly effective.

Nate Dade (Bishop McDevitt HS, PA) - has the potential to be a nice player but needs to shed about 30 lbs.

Greg Isdaner (Episcopal Academy, PA) - one of my favorites as I watched him throughout the day, he just kept getting better, may be one of the most under-rated lineman in the state.

John Bachman (Moon HS, PA) - weighed in at 253 lbs still needs to gain some weight, ran a 5.0 forty.

Jon Walko (Seneca Valley HS, MD)

Ryan Blaszczyk (Shawnee HS, NJ) - nice mauling type of lineman will be a nice guard or DT in college.

Dan Larkin (Bergen Catholic HS, NJ) - best physique of the lineman I watched.

Jeremy Hairston (Lachey HS, MD)

Keith Huebner (Baldwin HS, PA) - asserted him self-well during drills.

Kevin Boyanowski (Pittston HS, PA)

Lawrence Green (McKeesport HS, PA) - did 16 reps before injuring his shoulder, but he still finished out the day.



Defensive Linemen

James McGillicuddy (St. Johns HS, MA) - nice speed, looked light.

Derrell Jones (Westlake HS, MD) - good build for a DT, tested well.

*Jared Odrick (Lebanon HS, PA) - great upside for a young player.

Jeremy Navarre (Joppatown HS, MD) - looks ready to play 1-A right now, great size and explosiveness.

Melvin Alaeze (Randallstown HS, MD) - passed everyone's eyeball test.

Mike Trotta (Wyoming HS, PA) - a little short but very strong and powerful.

Joe Akers (Herefore HS, MD) - doesn't look like a protype DT but he tested well and performed at a very high level.

Walker Lee Ashley (Eden Prairie HS, MN)

Mike Burkett (Laurel HS, PA)

Keith Galinsky (Lakeland HS, PA)



Linebackers

Ernest Williams (Monessen HS, PA) - did a reported 47 reps on the bench.

Mike Dell (Lower Dauphin HS, PA) - looked undersized.

Andre Mathis (Erie Cathedral Prep HS, PA) - showed the speed and athleticism that has made him the most sought after LB in the state.

Lamont Robinson (Salem HS, NJ) - fine looking athlete, looks like he could play safety.

*Greg Robinson (Scotland School, PA)

Brian Ostrowsky (Bishop Hoban, PA)

Mitch Morsillo (Moon HS, PA)

Vinny Stetsko (South HS, NJ)

Kyle Maroney (Central HS, NY)

Andrew McMillen (North Allegheny HS, PA)

Joe Tuzze (Lakeland HS, PA)

Josh Miller (Johnstown HS, PA) - had a very solid showing overall.

Tom Nocera (Wyoming HS, PA)



Defensive Backs

Raymelle Rice (New Rochelle HS, NY) - ran a 3.6 shuttle run.

Jemari McCullough (Randallstown HS, MD) - injured sat out most of the session.

Justin King (Gateway HS, PA) - made an appearance, did 15 reps on the bench.

Frankie Probst (Central Mountain HS, PA)

Tyson Maugle (Hollidaysburg HS, PA)

Ryan Hamilton (Council Rock North HS, PA) - injured an ankle during drills.

This story originally published on PittInsider.com


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