Scouting the West: Combine Edition

For the second year in a row, Phoenix hosted some of the best in the west at the combine.

For the second year in a row, many of the top players from the western United States converged in Arizona, this time a Glendale Community College, to take part in the combine.  The 120 plus athletes from Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico did not disappoint.

The deepest position group at the combine was the offensive line. On the day, the most exciting time was when the offensive and defensive line squared off for one on ones.  Combine MVP Dylan Lusk and teammate Nick Rowland of Centennial High School in Peoria, Arizona showed why they are second to none as a guard combo.  The 6-3 294 pound Lusk showed his gritty, get after it style. Rowland showed the great technique, strength and nasty that a national top guard prospect with multiple offers should have.  I also liked how tackle Kody Innes of Scottsdale Saguaro High School looked.  Innes showed he has the feet to play tackle at the next level.  He also looks like he can add weight to his 6-5 frame.  A very interesting offensive line prospect that caught my eye on Saturday was Daniel Limon of Tolleson High School.  At well over 6-5, Limon has a long frame that could hold a ton more weight.  Raw, but competitive, Limon's best football is in front of him. 

On the defensive line a player I liked was Chris Brown of Mesa Skyline High School.  6-2 and hovering around three bills, Brown showed good get off for a big man.  A little raw, but intriguing.

Across the board the linebackers were a good looking group.  Tommie Clardy of Sunnyside High School in Tucson, Arizona is a player to watch.  Athletic and solid in coverage, as well as part of a program known for tough play, McGrath looks able to handle the run a pass. 

Zach Daugherty of Onate High School in Las Cruces High School will be the first to tell you he did so so in the testing portion of the combine.  Once in the drills, Daugherty hit his stride in preparation for 7 on 7.  Daugherty, currently plays middle backer, but at less than 200 pounds, needed to show he could cover for the potential move to outside backer.  He did not disappoint. 

The defensive backs were highlighted by two of the top safeties in the United States as both Devon Carrington and Marquis Flowers attended.  If there was a prize for highest score on the eye test, Flowers would have won.  Legit 6-2 and weighing nearly 200 pounds, Flowers has the frame to hold much more good weight.  It is not a stretch to think of this kid as a 225 pounder down the road in college.  This ability to hold weight is important for Flowers as I and others at the combine see a move inside the box for Flowers as a strong safety or outside backer.  Carrington was super smooth and is a true free safety.  Time in the weight room bulking up a bit is needed.  Combine DB coach Will Sullivan, a former college corner, feels Carrington could even play a little corner in college if needed.

For the running backs, Charles James of Valley Vista lit up the combine with an ultra fast forty yard dash, flirting with a sub 4.5.  This time was impressive, in that the grass at Glendale Community College field was tall and still damp from rain the previous couple of days.  Underclassman, Ronnie Daniels of La Cueva High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a big kid with a very diverse skill set.  Daniels, who already has offers from New Mexico and New Mexico State, will be recruited as an athlete and has the ability to play multiple positions in college.

For the pass catchers, Josh Fulton of St. Mary's High School stood out. A legit 6-5, Fulton has long arms and plenty of room to muscle up on his frame.  In 7 on 7 drills, Fulton showed the ability to catch the ball in traffic.

Finally a shout out to Scout's Southwest recruiting analyst Jason Jewell who put on a great combine.  From my perspective, the success of the combine had much to do with the great coaching staff Jewell put together to work with the kids in the position drills. 

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