|Many of the nation's top four-year schools recognize the talent
in this conference and recruit it heavily. WSFL alums dot rosters in
just about every conference in the nation and made an impact last year:
- BYU featured TE Spencer Nead (Ricks) and WR/KR Reno Mahe (Dixie)
- Cal got good PT early in the year from DE Josh Gustaveson (Snow)
- Mississippi State relied heavily on DL Khalil Nash (Arizona
- Florida's interior defensive line was helped by DT Bryan Savelio
- The passing attack at Kentucky was bolstered by the play of WR
Aaron Boone (Snow)
- Jarad Preston (Eastern Arizona) handled the punting duties at East
- Wyoming got a huge boost from the play of DE Josh Rollins (Snow)
- QB Marc Dunn (Ricks) alternated at QB for Kansas State and may
start this fall.
And, of course, the class of 2001 / 2002 was filled with potential
stars like RB Rashad Armstrong (Mesa; Baylor), DT Scott Young (Dixie;
BYU), RBs Preston Portee and Jamil Porter (N Mexico Military; both
signed with Tulsa), TE Matt Walters (Scottsdale; Michigan State), and so
Universities representing the SEC, Pac-10, Mountain West, WAC, Big
12, and Big Sky conferences showed up at the JCFootball.com WSFL Combine
seeking to evaluate guys they've been watching -- and to discover new
This is PART ONE in a series of articles highlighting athletes from
SNOW IN ARIZONA
Snow College was well represented despite the fact
Ephraim, Utah is a nine-hour haul from Scottsdale. The seven
attendees (at right) arrived after an all-day drive; slept in
their cars; grabbed breakfast; and showed up for registration at
Left to right): WR James Fountaine, TE Brandon Preece, LB Chas
Ryan, WR AJ Smith, TE Andy Stokes, QB Paul Peterson, WR Benjamin
This alone was quite a feat, but then they had to
work out for four hours in 100-degree heat! If all the players on
Snow's 2002 squad are this dedicated then watch out for the
Badgers come fall.
QB W. Paul Peterson
It was nice to see last year's top WSFL
passer, W. Paul Peterson (6-0, 175), register for and compete
at the combine. The Snow College signal caller passed for over
2000 yards and showed that he could hurt opponents with his
Snow headman Jeff Kilts feels that Peterson is
going to enjoy another nice season. "He's a great leader.
Part of the problem at the beginning of last season was his
inexperience. When he started his first game he was seven
weeks off a LDS mission. Now he knows the offense, makes
reads, and knows where the receivers need to be," said
Kilts. "Paul is a good athlete who rushed for over 300
yards in 2001, too."
Peterson jumped 28.5" in the vertical
test and put up 13 reps at 225. He also had a nice 4.24
shuttle, which illustrates his athleticism to a degree.
TE Brandon Preece
6-3 1/2, 270
were several 'sleepers' at the combine and Snow College TE Brandon
Preece was one of them. Four-year schools in attendance were
impressed with his combination of size and athleticism. The same
could be said for coaches on opposing WSFL teams.
"Preece is a great prospect for us. He's only
a one-for-one kid, though. There's a chance a D1 would take him
for one year, but he probably wants to play his two years -- a
real steal for some D2," said Snow head coach Jeff Kilts.
There's a chance Preece could be moved to offensive tackle at the
Preece's combine performance was solid as he ran
good routes during one-on-ones, ran a 4.86 forty, and put up 225 a
total of fourteen times.