Before a lengthy stint playing at the highest level in the professional ranks on Sundays and a standout collegiate career at Alabama, NFL veteran Mark McMillian essentially started his days out on the gridiron over at Glendale Community College (CA).
So then, it was only right when the Los Angeles native recently returned to his old stomping grounds, again no less, and did his part to give back to the community as lead instructor of the nationwide Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Southern California Regional).
Once there, and teamed up with fellow NFL veteran Darick Holmes, McMillian quickly realized that there was no shortage of talent in attendance at the highly-anticipated workout. What follows is a list of the prospects who did well when given the opportunity.
Jalani Eason, QB, Serra (CA): The 6-foot-1 and 185-pound junior was the top signal-caller on hand. What separated him from his peers, perhaps the most, was athleticism. With college interest already, he could play several positions at the next level.
Anthony Torres, RB, Serra (CA): Somewhat undersized by scout’s standards, whether it’s right or wrong, the 5-8 and 150-pound junior didn’t let an often-labeled lack of desirable height and weight prevent him from making a major impact here.
Noah Rivera, WR, Brea Olinda (CA): The 5-6 and 150-pound junior was in the same boat as Torres. No surprise, in an eerily similar situation, he delivered despite the unfair odds. Rivera naturally left a lasting impression and is now one to watch.
Zach Hartsfield, WR, Centennial (CA): A big target, particularly around the red zone, the 6-2 and 185-pound sophomore caught just about everything thrown his way. Still young, with improvement, he could be polished by the time he’s a senior.
Cross Poyer, LB, St. John Bosco (CA): The 5-11 and 190-pound junior was, by and large, considered as the most complete prospect on the field. Rightfully so. As one can imagine, schools from the West Coast have recently been in contact with him.
Terrell Cox, LB, University (CA): Unfortunately, the knock on him in the past has been his size, or lack a perceived thereof. The 5-8 and 205-pound junior went out and proved the naysayers wrong, though. Bottom line, he’s a capable contributor.
Timmy Hendricks, LB, Glendora (CA): The 6-foot and 210-pound junior was big and fast. More big than fast, actually. Still, for his frame, he moved well. With some added agility training down the road, the future appears particularly bright.
Isaac Brown, LB, Centennial (CA): Impressive from start to finish, the 6-2 and 218-pound junior did well in skills testing. Thereafter, it was more of the same during one-on-one drills. It’s just a matter of time before he emerges on the radar.
Noah Lopez, DB, Hawkins (CA): The 5-11 and 170-pound sophomore did not once ever compete like an underclassman. He played with the poise of a varsity veteran, in fact. Safe to say, as he stays on the right track, sky’s the limit for him.
Michael Saffell, OL, Edison (CA): With a motor that didn’t stop, the 6-2 and 293-pound junior knew one speed and his foot was on the gas pedal the whole time. That kind of effort has drawn varied levels of interest from multiple colleges.
Aaron House, DL, Redlands East Valley (CA): The 6-1 and 220-pound junior showed some toughness down in the trenches. With some added bulk, he could find a home on the line. A switch to linebacker could be another option for him.