Passing Down Rewind: Top Performers

Passing Down had a number of standouts that performed well at the two-day camp earlier this July at Clovis (Calif.) Buchanan High School. We take one final look at top combine test performers and top college prospects that competed…

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40-Yard Dash

1. Fresno (Calif.) Central RB Brendon Bigelow, 4.41
2. Fresno (Calif.) Central RB ReSean Jones, 4.56
3. Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West RB Kendall Brock, 4.59
4. Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West RB Braden Seibert, 4.62
5. Fresno (Calif.) Central WR Dyante Mackey, 4.66

L-Cone Drill

1. Brendon Bigelow, 6.69
2. Bakersfield (Calif.) Centennial QB Cody Kessler 6.78
3. Braden Seibert, 6.78
4. Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West WR Gerald Nutt, 6.84
5. Dyante Mackey, 6.94


1. Brendon Bigelow, 4.00
2. Braden Seibert, 4.03
3. Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West DE Donavon Lewis, 4.22
3. Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West LB John Winston, 4.22
3. Fresno (Calif.) Central DB Wesley Sarden, 4.22

Broad Jump

1. Fresno (Calif.) Clovis West WR Oladotun Olubeko, 9'8
2. ReSean Jones, 9'5
3. Dyante Mackey, 9'4
4. John Winston, 9'1
5. six players tied with 9'0

Vertical Jump

1. ReSean Jones, 37.5"
2. Fresno (Calif.) Central WR Chinook Anderson, 35.5"
2. Dyante Mackey, 35.5"
4. Oladotun Olubeko, 34"
4. Gerald Nutt, 34"

Passing Down was loaded with young talent. A host of outstanding rising sophomores and juniors outplayed the rising seniors. Therefore, the top prospect list is dominated by underclassman, including a freshman.

Top Prospects

1. QB Cody Kessler (2011) – When it comes to fundamentally sound quarterbacks, we've seen few – regardless of class – who compare to Kessler. His only drawback may be his height, as he stands just a hair under 6'2. Nonetheless, he is athletic and possesses a rocket arm. He will be one of the best quarterbacks in the country in the 2011 class.
2. RB Brendon Bigelow (2011) – No other player made a bigger impression on us than Bigelow. From his 4.41 forty time to his solid hands and sick moves in 1-on-1's, he proved he is football player and not just a track star. He can play running back or wide receiver, while he may prefer running back, we see him as a one of the top slot receivers in the West in the 2011 class.
3. OL Stephon McCray (2012), Fresno Clovis West – One can make an argument that McCray may be the best prospect from Bakersfield to Sacramento regardless of class. At 6-foot-2 and 324-pounds, this youngster can move better than most 260-pound offensive linemen can. What is scarier is this recently turned 15-year-old is only going to get better.
4. CB Tee Shepard (2012) Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union – When talking about big-time corners you have to mention this rising sophomore. Shepard already possesses the size (6'0, 171) that colleges covet. He works in the offseason with DB guru Tony Perry, who says Shepard is the best DB he's seen at this stage of their career.
5. DE Ian Taubler (2012) Fresno (Calif.) Bullard – We didn't get to see too much of Taubler because he was overcoming an illness. He tested but was limited in lineman drills. Despite competing as a defensive end and possibly playing quarterback after his older brother Kerr Taubler graduates, we see him as an elite tight end in the 2012 class. At 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, he has great size, decent speed, good hands, and he is extremely athletic.
6. DT Rakeem Yates (2010) Fresno (Calif.) Edison – If he had the size, Yates would be one of the top defensive tackle recruits in the country. But at 6-foot-2 and 240 pounds, he looks like a linebacker. However, he does hold two offers from Fresno State and Nevada.
7. DE Donavon Lewis (2011) – At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Lewis is a classic defensive end/outside linebacker tweener. He wants to play defensive end, but like 2009 four-star prospect Josh Shirley, colleges will likely recruit him as a rush-backer.
8. QB Mike Baker (2012) Fresno Central– This 6-foot-1, 175-pound talented youngster already shows the footwork and tools most senior quarterbacks struggle to grasp. We're anxious to see how he develops physically in the next three years.
9. RB ReSean Jones (2013) – How could we possibly place an incoming freshman on this list? Easily! Jones ran the second fastest forty at the camp (4.56), the best VJ (37.5"), and he was impressive in a number of drills. As for the eyeball test, the kid is 6-foot and 172 pounds with shovels for hands. Whether at running back or wide receiver, if he stays on track, he will be one of the top prospects to watch for the next four years.
10. LB Josh Lang (2012) Fresno Clovis West – This 6-foot-1, 210-pound standout reminds us of a young Travis Brown. A natural MIKE or SAM backer, he has very good feet and hips for a kid his age and size.
11. WR Donald Phelps (2012) Fresno Washington Union – The 6-foot, 176-pound receiver has all the tools to be a top prospect in the West in two years.
12. LB John Winston (2011) – He walked away with the camp's top defensive award and rightfully so. He would rank higher on his list if he was a bit bigger (5'11, 186) or a bit faster (4.86 forty). But he has two more years to improve those numbers.
13. S Jerry Haymon (2011) Clovis (Calif.) East – This duel-threat talent has all the tools to be a quality D1 safety. He's big, strong, and has above average coverage skills. But his speed is questionable.
14. QB Kyle Custer (2011) Sun Valley (Calif.) Valley Christian – While Kessler had more attention coming into the camp, this fellow 2011 quarterback could not be overlooked. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound signal caller throws a nice ball with a good release. He doesn't play in a pass oriented offense, which may hurt his stock.
15. RB Kendall Brock (2011) – This kid can flat out play. He doesn't have the size (5'8, 180) of a power back or the speed (4.59 forty) colleges desire. But he runs hard, has good vision, and possesses excellent hands.
16. RB Robert Johnson (2011) Fresno Central – His size (5'11, 200) and power make a nice combination. But his speed is suspect as are his academics.

*honorable mention
QB Chris Cain (2013) Fresno Edison – Jones was too much of a freak to leave off the top prospect list, otherwise freshmen would not have been listed. But we wanted to recognize Cain as well. The 5-foot-10, 150-pound rising freshman impressed the coaches with his live arm. One high school coach working the camp said he would be one of the best quarterbacks in the state when he is a senior.

Top Seniors Under the Radar

1. S Austin Fugate, Corcoran (Calif.) – He is not going to wow you with his forty-time. He is never going to be a combine star or a player that impresses in shorts-and-t-shirt. But Fugate has good size (6'0, 170), a nose for the ball, and he can hit. He is a legitimate DI recruit in the right defensive scheme. We see him as a strong safety playing in the box. His biggest obstacle is his shaky coverage skills.
2. QB Adam McCurley, Fresno Washington Union – Here is a kid that can just throw the rock. If he were 6-foot-3, he would have a load of offers. As it is, a school may take a chance on him, and they would not be disappointed.
3. CB Vante Johnson, Sacramento (Calif.) Grant – Perry calls him the most consistent cover corner he has seen at the three camps he's worked this summer.
4. WR Steven McCray, Fresno Clovis West – He didn't play a down last year for Fresno (Calif.) Edison as the Tigers' backup quarterback, but he is slated to start at receiver for Clovis West in 2009.
5. WR Dyante Mackey – He was one of the most impressive testers at the camp, and he was solid in drills and 1-on-1's. And get this, he is legally blind. Mackey cannot see the ball until it's about five feet in front of him. If he gets corrective eye surgery before the season begins, he could be a late bloomer.
6. WR Oladotun Olubeko – At 6-foot-7, "Dot" just has to show colleges he can catch the ball. This will be his first year of varsity football.
7. DL Leo Rubio, Liberty – Outside of McCray, no one could handle this 6'1, 270-pound defensive tackle.
8. RB Julian Haymon, Clovis East – He doesn't have the size of his younger brother, Jerry Haymon, but he can play both sides of the ball as a defensive back and running back.

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