Top Unsigned Sophomores at Arizona Combine

It goes without saying that unsigned sophomores have the most to gain from a good or great combine performance. At this spring's combines several unsigned sophomores truly stood out and are on the cusp of landing scholarships in part due to their performances. Others tested well, but still await trip and scholarship offers. Here's a quick rundown on a few standouts, beginning with Arizona. (More to come).

Combine testing in Arizona was done on grass under sunny skies with temperatures hovering around 90 degrees. Forties were hand-timed.

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QB Steve Howell
Montgomery College

Ht/Wt: 6-6, 211
Forty: 4.84
Vertical: 32"

Howell performed exceptionally well in the individual drills and in one-on-ones. Several four-year schools in attendance commented on how well he moved and threw the ball. During the 2002 season this Indiana native was 75 of 145 for 1,268 yds. and 22 TD in 7 games before a shoulder injury. He also started part of the 2001 season for Montgomery College. Kansas State University has invited Howell to walk-on and earn a scholarship after the fall, which is what he'll do unless someone else steps to the plate soon.

QB Matt Thompson
Mesa Community College

Ht/Wt: 6-4, 180
Forty: 4.92
Shuttle: 4.41
Vertical: 32.5"

University of Redlands, Fayetteville State, and Mt. Union have all offered Thompson a spot on their respective rosters. According to Thompson, Fayetteville State offered him a trip after the combine and he's going to take it. Of the three schools currently in contention for his services only Fayetteville would have scholarship money. Thompson, who is a native of Ohio, started every game for Mesa in 2002 after spending a year as a walk-on at Arizona State.

RB/Slot WR Hurtis Chinn
Arizona Western College
5-7, 181
Forty: 4.43
Bench: 16 reps @ 225 pounds
Vertical: 35.5"

If Hurtis Chinn had been a December graduate, many four-year schools might have offered scholarships in the wintertime. Last year he rushed for 550 yards, recorded 500 receiving yards, and scored 8 TDs. He also had 380 kick return yards and two more touchdowns, which earned him 2nd Team All-WSFL honors as a specialist. At the combine Chinn worked out as a receiver and displayed great hands and nice route-running abilities. He played in an option/wishbone offense at AWC. At least one D1 recruiter in attendance was anxious to follow up with Chinn after the combine based on the strong performance. It should be noted that Chinn, a graduate of Miami Jackson HS, is faster than his combine forty indicates. According to AWC head coach Bob O'Mera, his talented athlete will be ready to graduate this summer.

OLB Kameron Wilson
Scottsdale Community College

Ht/Wt: 5-10 1/2, 215
Forty: 4.8
Bench: 13 reps at 225 pounds
Vertical: 29"

Scottsdale coaches have nothing but positive things to say about Kameron Wilson and his abilities on and off the field. He was on the 2002 All-ACCAC team based on a strong season and did well in the classroom too. At the combine Wilson tweaked a hamstring running his first forty, but still recorded a respectable 4.8. Good tackler who is best suited to OLB.


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