The focus of this week’s UnderArmour/Scout.com Combine in Dallas will be right on the Class of 2009 talent which will be a plenty, however the contingent from the Class of 2010 will be impressive in its own right. Several of the top players in the 2010 class will be on hand to solidify their potential rankings and increase already rising stocks.
Let’s take a position by position look at the talent:
With the popularity of the spread offensive attacks still strong, dual threat QB’s dominate the landscape and several big time prospects will be on hand Saturday. The most intriguing prospect might be Jacolby Walker from Spring Westfield, Walker is just oozing with talent and is a capable playmaker as indicated by his first team all 16-5A performance as a sophomore. Another big time playmaker is Aaron Johnson from Longview who is possibly the most explosive runner from the QB position in his class. No 2010 QB was more successful in 2007 that Gilmer’s Darian Godfrey. Godfrey the 15-3A Offensive Sophomore of the Year led Gilmer to a 14-1 record and a trip to the Class 3A Division 1 State Championship Game. The pro-style passer isn’t a thing of the past as McKinney’s Zach Lee boasts the size and arm that makes him a major prospect in the ranks of the drop back passer.
The class at running back is once again deep and loaded with talent, and no one player is generating more buzz than Temple’s Lache Seastrunk. Seastrunk who was a relative unknown outside of Temple heading into the season busted out with over 1600 yards rushing as a sophomore and leading what was a dormant Temple program back to the top winning the 13-5A title. Seastrunk who sports dazzling speed is also a tremendous threat out of the backfield in the passing game as well. Another speedster is Cedar Hill’s Ben Malena who has made a name for himself in the DFW area. Out of Houston Aldine Nimitz’s Marion Grice, Westside’s Frank Williams and Deer Park’s Shawn Onyechi are all expected to make impacts. Three sleepers to watch might be Saginaw Boswell’s Dante Lipscomb who has excellent size and great vision, also speedster Tyren Watts from Class 2A New Waverly and from West Texas Big Spring’s Monte Anderson are guys to keep an eye on.
The group at the receiver position isn’t big on numbers but it is big on talent. Leading the way are two prospects from DFW in Dallas Skyline’s Michael Davis and Garland Naaman Forest’s John Harris. Harris earned Offensive Sophomore of the Year honors in 10-5A last year. Another burner out of New Waverly is Kyren Watts who along with his brother Tyren could put up some fast times in the forty.
One prospect who deserves watching is Cedar Hill’s Adam Shead who has the potential to the next big time offensive line prospect from CHHS. San Antonio Clarks’s Robert Chapman may well be the top true center prospect in the state as well. Bryce Redmon is another of a solid group out of Longview.
The two biggest prospects in both size and recruiting status in this group come from Greater Houston as Joseph Okafor from Houston Bellaire and Aldine Eisenhower’s Jay Guy will both be in attendance. Stephenville’s T.R. Varnado has been dominating for two years already for the Class 4A powerhouse and he’s still got two years left to cause havoc and the best name of the combine goes to Longview’s Teddarius Vacator who would rather just go by “Bubba.”
Leading a strong contingent from Dallas Skyline will be 2010 LB Corey Nelson who is a playmaker. Shaun Lewis from Fort Bend Hightower and Earl Hines out of Port Arthur Memorial both bring big time speed and athleticism to the group, while the diamond in the rough looks to be Cleburne’s Robert White who could really emerge this weekend as a big time prospect and get his name on the recruiting map.
Several talented candidates in the secondary will look to increase their stock this weekend and at the top of this list is Tony Hurd from Fort Bend Marshall and Tevin Champagne from Cy-Fair. Barry Browning from Everman turned into a big time leader on a defense that played a major role in a 14-1 mark and a trip to the Class 4A State Semi-Finals. One of the more intriguing prospects from the Central Texas area is Round Rock Stony Point’s Desmond Martin.