It was rainy and cold in Cincinnati for this past weekend's scout.com combine, but luckily for the players from Michigan, the elements are something they were used to dealing with. Several players from the Great Lakes State performed well and showed they were ready for primetime.
Ann Arbor Huron WR Daryl Gooden had one of the best performances.
"I did pretty well," he said, "I hope I get some looks because of this. A lot of people asked what my name was."
Gooden made several nice plays in 7 on 7 drills, as did Detroit Renaissance's pass catching duo of Sam Gaymon and Charles Hollowell.
Said Scout.com combine coordinator Bob Lichtenfels, "Gooden looked good, he has a nice frame, he looked like he could carry more weight on him and be a pretty big wide receiver. He had good hands, ran nice routes and I liked his competitiveness."
Lichtenfels was also impressed with the Renaissance duo, "Hollowell was breaking people's ankles," he said, "and Gaymon was good, he was always jumping into the front of the line and came ready to play."
On the line, DE Shelton Gaines and center Donald Mathis, both of Detroit Crockett performed well. Gaines was nearly unblockable with his speed rush and Mathis established himself as one of the top offensive linemen at the combine.
A couple of prospects who came into the day without much fanfare also showed the athleticism schools look for in players to develop. Crockett TE Ernest Brown and his teammates, WRs Floyd Simmons and Dezmond Hart all had solid performances. Renaissance LB Chinedum Umanchi is raw as he started playing football late, but can play on the offensive line, tight end, defensive end and linebacker.
The upcoming scout.com combines in Pittsburgh and Chicago will also feature a number of players from Michigan and if Cincinnati was any indication, the state will again be well represented.
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