Hank's Take on the SoCal Combine

I've made it a point the last several years to spend the afternoon at the JCFootball.com SoCal Combine. It gives me a chance to meet some great young men, evaluate talent, and talk with the many four-year coaches who are on hand. Unlike the host of college recruiters, I was not looking at specific positions. I did count the athletes who have already graduated, or will graduate before the coming football season, or have used up all eligibility -- and the number comes to 75.

From the group of approximately 320 there were some standouts, who apparently have yet to sign.  Players such as Victor Valley players WR Ozzie Mathis (6-2, 195) DL Jamal Richardson (5-10, 297).

Some other notables included S Jovone Murphy, Southwestern; WR CJ Brewer (6-2 1/2, 204) and P John Koker of Ventura; DB Ricardo Sorrell (5-8 1/4, 185), Moorpark; CB/KR John Guice (5-8, 175), Grossmont. In all fairness, the latter can come back for another year at Grossmont -- and he might. Another fine looking WR was LA Harbor's route running phenom, Alphonso Williams. Orange Coast FS Nick Dominelli (6-1 1/4, 198) was on hand, but we had heard he was headed to a D2 somewhere. These are all players who should have caught the recruiters eye if they are looking for immediate help.

Some of the underclassmen I noticed were QBs Jarrod Jackson (6-0, 207), Grossmont, and Brennon Colt (6-2 3/4, 187), Saddleback, both flashing strong and accurate arms;  LA Pierce WR Daniel Smith (6-0, 206), looking smooth with good hands;  Jeff Williams (6-3 1/2, 335), a studley OT from El Camino; OT AJ Slater (6-4 3/4, 295) from Santa Ana;  QBs Nick Davila (6-3, 189), Chaffey, and Steve Payne (6-4, 206), Citrus.

The move from Santa Ana to Citrus, as expected increased the turnout from such schools as Saddleback (20), Orange Coast (16), but Victor Valley turned up with 19, El Camino 18, Santa Ana 14 and Grossmont/Citrus 13.  Five lads from faraway Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif. showed up.

Huge KUDOS go to Kevin Lustgarten for staging these JC combines. They get bigger and better each year and judging by the college coaches on hand, will be a major help to a lot of players who might have been discovered in the process.

Grossmont was well represented at the combine.
(DB John Guice in yellow; QB Jarrod Jackson 2nd from right in white headband)

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