For the third time in as many workouts, NFL veteran Billy McMullen was the lead instructor at the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Mid-Atlantic Regional), this one held just last weekend.
After several discussions about the many prospects in attendance at Bon Secours Washignton Redskins Training Facility, the one-time professional was pleased with the collection of talent.
What follows, naturally, is some insight about the individuals who left a lasting impression on McMullen & Co. Without further ado then, it’s time to reveal a few of the afternoon’s highlights.
Merlys Manuel, QB, Huguenot (VA): The 6-foot-2 and 195-pound junior, who’s related to NFL veteran E.J. Manuel, had little, or no, problems with adjusting to this type of environment.
Tyler Tabor, RB, Norfolk Academy (VA): Versatile, and capable of playing on the other side of the ball, the 5-10 and 220-pound did a little bit of everything. Most of it well.
Jebril Murray, WR, Glen Allen (VA): The 5-10 and 170-pound junior was a step ahead of his peers. With multiple offers, his scholarship count could reach double digits soon.
Michael Horsford, WR, Douglas Freeman (VA): No stranger to the setting, and for the second time in as many years, the 6-2 and 190-pound junior did well on the big stage.
John Johnson, WR, Atlee (VA): The 5-7 and 140-pound junior flashed several glimpses of potential, along with the likes of Jon Tobin from Jefferson Forest (VA).
Andre Ross, WR, National Collegiate Prep (VA): With a frame coveted by most colleges at the next level, the 6-3 and 185-pound junior went out and earned respect.
Isaac Brown, WR, Millbrook (VA): The 6-2 and 180-pound junior recently visited the campus of teams from the Big South Conference and Colonial Athletic Association.
Walter Nelson, WR, Mount Hebron (MD): The 6-foot and 182-pound junior was eager to prove that he belonged. When all was said and done, mission accomplished for him.
Patrick Gorman, WR, Douglas Freeman (VA): Another recruit familiar with the surroundings, the 5-10 and 160-pound junior delivered an encore effort after last year’s debut.
Tyrese Williams, WR, Varina (VA): The 5-9 and 170-pound sophomore, on paper, did not have as much experiences as his peers. Still, he played with an upperclassman’s poise.
Leroy Thomas, DB, Patrick Henry (VA): In time, the 5-10 and 170-pound sophomore could develop in to a force to be reckon with in the secondary. Keep an eye out for him.
Peyton Carneal, LB, Gloucester (VA): An Ivy League target, particularly for Penn and Princeton, the 6-foot and 230-pound junior turned the heads of coaches from start to finish.
Anthony Pleasants, LB, Brunswick (VA): The 6-foot 190-pound junior was difficult to deal most times. Same thing can be said about Deandre Faulk from Lakeland (VA).
Juwan Callines, OL, Norcom (VA): Without a doubt, the marquee name on hand, the 6-6 and 345-pound junior lived up to the hype. Accordingly, he has multiple offers in place.
Colin Mott, OL, Colonial Heights (VA): The 6-4 and 265-pound junior held his own and received interest from the Big South Conference and Mid-American Conference (MAC).
Greg Fields, DL, Courtland (VA): First thing that jumped out was the frame, yet somewhat surprisingly, the 6-3 and 340-pound junior turned out to be athletic as anyone.
Drew Binion, DL, Stonewall Jackson (VA): The 6-2 and 270-pound junior didn’t back down from any challenges. Tyrese Dudley from John Handley (VA) also did well.
Editor’s Note: Those who did well at this workout, in time, could be invited to one of the brand’s All-American Bowls held at NFL stadium and nationally broadcast on ESPN’s family of networks.
The games take place at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium, Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field or San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium.
Moving forward, the Blue-Grey Football Selection Committee will consider a number of different factors before making an all-important decision on invites to the All-American Bowl. Stay tuned.