In terms of the coaching staff in place and the prospects on the field, there was no shortage of talent at the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Southwest Super) at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
NFL veteran Mark McMillian was among the many instructors in attendance and his former professional peers included Ray Crockett, Tony Banks, Chris Taylor, Reggie Young and Jerrod Black.
As one can imagine, and also mentioned around these parts a few times in the past, the biggest winners were the recruits on hand who had the opportunity to soak in all of the knowledge.
What follows, naturally, is much-needed insight on the individuals who left a lasting impression on the powers that be. To be more specific, McMillian & Co. That said, a closer look follows.
Austin Gunter, QB, White House Heritage (TN): The 6-foot-2 and 195-pound junior has been in contact with teams from the Ohio Valley Conference, namely Jacksonville State.
Porter Johnson, QB, South Whitfield (GA): Schools in the Southern Conference have expressed varied levels of interest, some more than others, in the 6-2 and 197-pound senior.
Kasen Andrews, QB, Calvary Christian (GA): The 6-5 and 205-pound senior looked the part. And played the part. Same things can be said about Colt Gorman from Sinton (TX).
Reese Sila, RB, Shawnee Mission North (KS): All signs point to it only being a mere matter of time before the 6-foot and 208-pound senior emerges on the recruiting radar.
Devin Hembry, RB, Hilldale (OK): The 6-1 and 175-pound junior certainly has a bright future ahead of him. In the meantime, expect to hear more, and more, of his name.
Marcus McGhee, RB, Luverne (AL): The 5-11 and 203-pound senior made an impact, along with Heath Humphreys from Talihina (OK) and Trystan Isley from Nickerson (KS).
Gerquan Sanders, WR, Sapulpa (OK): Programs from the Big 12 Conference have targeted the 6-2 and 172-pound senior and Oklahoma State could be the final destination.
Alex Wise, WR, Brennan (TX): The 6-3 and 190-pound senior recently landed his first scholarship, from Air Force, and other colleges figure to start knocking on his door soon.
Joshua Tips, WR, Trinity Christian (TX): Louisiana Tech is one of multiple Conference USA teams to have kept the lines of communication open with the 6-4 and 185-pound senior.
Eddie Mitchell, WR, Hilldale (OK): The 6-1 and 171-pound senior often made the difficult catch seem to be particularly easy, whether it was on the sideline, underneath or downfield.
Houston Sonnier, WR, Lumberton (TX): A big target, especially down around the red zone, the 6-5 and 230-pound senior grabbed just about every ball thrown in his direction.
Truedale Archer, WR, Douglas (OK): Kansas State is among the several teams in the Big 12 Conference with eyes on the 5-11 and 162-pound senior. Rightfully so, too.
Bryce Andrews, WR, Calvary Christian (GA): The 6-4 and 205-pound senior has a body type that college coaches and scouts seek. Sky’s the limit, if he remains focused.
Thomas Williams, WR, Hendrickson (TX): Not intimidated on the big stage, the 6-2 and 187-pound senior took advantage of his opportunities and impressed onlookers.
Nick Sharp, WR, Edmond Santa Fe (OK): The 5-10 and 164-pound senior recently received feelers from a couple of different programs and Kansas State was one of them.
Dayson Adaway, WR, Spring Hill (TX): The 6-foot and 170-pound senior went out and got the job done. Khatib Lyles from Franklin (TX) falls in to that category, as well.
Dakota Paschall, WR, Glen Rose (TX): Athletic as the come, the 6-2 and 184-pound senior opened eyes. Braeden Vance from Ardmore (OK) also deserved a mention.
Connor Gallagher, WR, Francis Howell North (MO): The 6-foot and 218-pound senior did not back down from any challenge, with Cole De Los Santos from McDonald (MO).
Max Wadding, TE, Flower Mound (TX): It would not come as a surprise to see the 6-3 and 200-pound senior land somewhere in the Patriot League, perhaps with Lafayette.
Jacob Knotts, TE, Barbers Hill (TX): The 6-3 and 200-pound senior did a little bit of everything, most of it well. His efforts, of course, did not go unnoticed in this setting.
Gabriel Sonnier, TE, Lumberton (TX): A couple of years from now, and you heard it here first, the 6-7 and 247-pound junior will likely be a hot commodity for colleges.
LaDre Tabb, DB, Pelham (AL): A Conference USA target, with Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) as a good fit, the 5-11 and 160-pound senior is heading in the right direction.
Scott Valentas, DB, Kapuan Mt. Carmel (KS): The 6-3 and 190-pound junior, perhaps more so than most, increased his stock. He was a clear favorite of the NFL veterans.
Miles Simon, DB, Hibriten (NC): During skills testing, the 6-1 and 186-pound senior caught everyone’s attention. It was more of the same when on-on-ones started.
Noah Haygood, DB, Manvel (TX): The 5-9 and 165-pound junior is just starting to tap in to his immense potential. Once he puts things altogether, watch out for him.
Jeremy Harris, DB, Bishop Lynch (TX): The 6-foot and 175-pound senior was tough, with Adam Barnes from John Paul (TX) and Kameron Ransom from Fairfield (TX).
Brayden Mathis, LB, China Spring (TX): As expected, the 6-2 and 215-pound senior was one of the top prospects at his position. Playing on Saturdays is in his future.
Jayce Turner, LB, Anna-Jonesboro (IL): The 5-10 and 197-pound junior has had been in contact with the Missouri Valley Football Conference, notably Southern Illinois.
Giovanni Franklin, LB, Liberty (MO): Not long ago, Kansas reached out to the 6-3 and 225-pound senior. Lining up in the Big 12 Conference is a distinct possibility.
Noah Nelson, LB, Stafford (TX): The 5-10 and 207-pound senior was eager to prove that he belonged. Mission accomplished. His effort here drew high praise.
JaVontae Writt, LB, Longview (TX): The 5-9 and 190-pound junior turned heads, so did Payton Wallace from Melissa (TX) and Leandre Turner from Del City (OK).
Devontae Hatcher, OL, Stillwater (MN): Drake and North Dakota have their respective sights set on the 6-4 and 300-pound senior. Or so it seems. Stay tuned for more.
Cody Lanning, OL, Ozark (MO): The 6-4 and 260-pound senior took another step on his journey toward the playing on the next level. The path is clear for success, too.
Daniel Ostrovskiy, OL, Francis Howell North (MO): After receiving rave reviews from McMillian, among others, there is nothing stopping the 6-3 and 315-pound senior.
Blake Hollis, OL, Groveton (TX): The 6-4 and 295-pound junior has talked with a number of programs, with North Texas and Tulane being a couple of the notables.
Jan Salmon, OL, Fort Osage (MO): The 6-3 and 325-pound senior took care of business, with Kendall Dearth from Atascocita (TX) and Nick Carbajal from Turner (TX).
Ronney Trass, DL, Irondale (MN): North Dakota State and Northern Iowa are apparent fans of the 6-5 and 280-pound senior. The acknowledgement is worthy, also.
Griffin Hunt, DL, Lovejoy (TX): The 6-4 and 235-pound senior could end up in the Big 10 Conference considering his somewhat occasional communication with Purdue.
Drake Welch, DL, Wellington (TX): Tough and determined, never one to settle, the 6-4 and 240-pound senior appears to have the tools to make a difference in college.
Cole Todd, DL, Eaton (TX): The 6-3 and 220-pound senior had a motor that did not stop. It was full-speed ahead. All gas and no breaks. Bottom line, he delivered results.
Jace Rogers, DL, Rusk (TX): The 6-3 and 225-pound senior was a force, along with Jake Hernandez from Eastwood (TX) and Bryce Stavinoha from Scurry Rosser (TX).
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 possibly 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.