The third annual Elite Football Combine (formerly the Show-Me Combine), put on by Elite Football Academy and The St. Louis Rams, was held in the Franklin Training Center at Rams Park, home of where the St. Louis Rams practice and train. Over 260 high school football players from Missouri and elsewhere participated on the day and gave their all into testing events such as the 40 yard dash, pro agility drill, L-Cone, broad jump and vertical jump, along with competing in 1 on 1's.
More detailed reports by position, along with testing scores and an All-Combine team will be coming, as well as individual player stories and videos soon. Here is an overview and notes on some of the players who caught my attention on the day.
2013 Warrenton QB TJ LaFaver 6'2" 180 looked to be the top signal caller from his class on the day. LeFaver not only tested well showing solid athleticism, but he did a nice job in 1 on 1's hitting receiving, showing good overall skills and arm strength.
Salisbury (MO) 2013 QB Austin Francis 6'6" 185 also turned some heads, not just with his size, but with his throwing ability and overall athleticism. Francis put up some impressive testing numbers, including a 9'2" in the broad jump and a 32 inch vertical.
Ultra athletic 2013 QB Terrence Hollins-White may have been the most athletic overall QB on the day. It wasn't surprising as his talents helped lead his Ritenour team to a record season.
Fellow 2013 QB's DeSmet's Connor Harrison Jordan Bishop Kirkwood and Cameron Rivers McCluer North had good days.
Very athletic 2014 QB Ahmad Tyler 6'2" 175 made the trip from Kansas City Rockhurst and looks like he will be an impressive weapon as the possible starter for the Hawklets in 2012. Tyler tested in the 4.6 forty range and vertical jumped 33" with his best jump.
Festus dual threat Blake Goddard 5'11"190 is another 2014 QB you will hear about in 2012 during the season.
Lafayette 6'2" 2014 QB Evan Scales looks like he will compete with athletic 2013 teammate Eliot Montgomery for playing time in 2012.
There were some good young QBs who showed at the combine. A pair of 2015 players Park Hill South's Shaefer Schuetz 6'0"185 and Jake Brown 5'11" 175 show ability beyond their young years. Both players are worth keeping an eye on over the next three years.
A couple of other 2015 kids on the day who I liked were Parkway South's Nick Sprague and SLUH's Andrew Hunt.
2,000 yard rusher Antwynn Beavers 5'9" 170 from Liberty North had an outstanding day both testing and in the 1 on 1's. Beavers ran a combine best 4.44 forty time, broad jumped 9 feet and showed how to use that blazing speed along with good hands.
Another 2013 RB Kaprix Sloan 6'0" 197 clocked a 4.5 forty time, 32" vertical jump, 6.8 agility and 8'11" broad jump. Sloan had to leave early, but stood out while he was there.
A couple of other Kansas City running backs also stood out on the day besides Beavers. Park Hill South 2013 back Myles Hammonds 5'11" 198 both tested well and surprised me with his hands receiving the ball in 1 on 1's.
2014 Winnetonka RB Aaron Mends 6'0"198 has the tools to be a heavily recruiting running back from the state of Missouri in his class. Mends is a unique combination of size, speed and strength. He showed good explosion by vertical jumping 34 inches and broad jumping 9 feet 4 inches. He also repped 225lbs 11 times and had one of the top pro agility times with a 4.08.
St. Louis Kirkwood running backs Keith Harris 5'8" 187 and Ramon Alton 5'7" 160 were impressive running 4.56 and 4.6 forty times respectfully.
Lafayette 2013 RB Deonte Robinson had one of the best dsays by a running back during testing, including a 37 inch vertical.
Warrenton's Devin Ray and Triad (IL) RB Eddie Lusk also are worth mentioning.
A trip of underclassmen who carry the rock stood out with Raymore-Peculiar ‘s Steve Brown, Marlon Smith Riverview Gardens and Kendall Morris CBC, all class of 2014, doing well.
Brown is another name to watch for in the future with recruiting.
Riverview Gardens 2013 WR Corey Winfield killed it with the testing and looked smooth in the 1 on 1's catching the ball. Winfield has very reliable hands.
Not far behind in the testing, and another D1 receiver prospect was Park Hill South's Craig Scott. The 6'1" Scott displayed 4.5 speed to go along with his great route running ability and smooth pass catching.
Waynesville's Aren Martin looked good at both receiver and defensive back. Martin looks bigger and stronger since I last saw him and still is one of the better athletes in the 2013 class overall.
Kirkwood's Andre Harris was one of the fastest players on the day with his 4.44 forty time, and Lutheran North's 2013 dual sport standout Anthony Virdure, who is getting looks in both basketball and football,Riverview Gardens Darien Daniels, and Warrenton's Devin Roberts were among the top players at their position.
Some strong underclassmen showed out on the day in Park Hill South's Nick Griffith 4.5 forty time, Hazelwood Central's Matt Quarrells, Ft. Zumwalt North's Quentin Hooks and Raymore Peculiar's Scott Schaffner,all 2014 receivers. 2015 WR Dominic Struckoff 6'0" 183 tested very well for his age group.
Not a large group of Tight Ends on the day, but some promising names who we will focus on when their position piece is done.
2013's DeSmet Lucas Nikolaisen 6'5" 205, Shawnee Mission (KS) West Alec Dinges 6'6' 205 and Imagine Prep's Emmanuel Vaughn 6'3' 210 stood out on the day. 2015 TE AJ Schulze 6'3' 195 has good size and is a player to watch for the future.
O-line may have been one of the better group of players who turned out by position. There was a great deal of size and athleticism on hand.
2013 Kansas City Rockhurst OL Zach Hannon 6'4" 298 showed why he has picked up early offers from schools such as Missouri, Arkansas and Illinois. Hannon is big, athletic, can run and did a great job in 1 on 1's using his quick feet to keep opponents in front of him. He is also strong and does a good job using his hands.
Another top flight offensive line prospect was Lafayette 2013 OT/OG prospect Gabe Kuhn 6'5" 263 who ran a 5.3 forty, vertical jumped 27' inches, had a 4.6 pro agility, broad jumped 8 feet 1 inch and pushed 185lbs up 18 times. Kuhn is a really good pass blocker and has a good kick step and quick feet. He does a good job directing his man where he wants and had the strength to work some 290 and 300lbs plus defensive lineman.
SLUH 2013 Center Alec Ablen 6'4" 265 is another quality offensive lineman worthy of D1 looks.
There was a great group of offensive tackles at the event, including 6'7" 245 OT Harneet Gill Francis Howell, Chance Woosley 6'8" 270 Lighthouse Christian, Damarco Stallings 6'8" 265 Vashon and Marquette's Max Sidney 6'9" 291, who also looked pretty good working along the defensive line. He is an interesting prospect I will have more on.
Woosley is an interesting prospect. He is a home school kid who came in an vertical jumped 28 inches at 270lbs, showed great agility, and pushed 16 reps of 185lbs in the bench press. He is light on his feet and has played center most of his career. He has long arms and did a nice jobs in the 1 on 1's at tackle.
Center prospect Joe McDeavit and OG Juan Salazar 6'2" 270 from Raytown South had good days.
Big John McNamara
The biggest lineman award goes to 14 year old 2015 OT John McNamara who measured in a 6'10' 344lbs. The massive lineman from Lindbergh high school is young and raw, but has some promise. Especially only being a freshman. The question is, how big will he get? Other players could not believe he was only 14 and a freshman in high school.
Some other underclassmen who stood out on the day were 2014 OLs Brent Morrow Ladue 2014, Justin Summers 6'5" 262 Vianney 2014 and Ed Howerton 6'4" 220 Springfield Parkview. Rockhurst 2015 OT Jackson Jenkins 6'4" 298lbs from Kansas City Rockhurst was another massive freshman with some promise.
Positional pieces with full testing numbers will be coming soon.