Despite plenty of press beforehand, particularly from the recruiting services, optimism was somewhat tempered for the debut of the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Utah Regional).
When all was said and done, however, expectations were met, and exceeded, as prospects from all over the region attended the inaugural workout just outside of Salt Lake City (UT).
NFL veteran Mark McMillian was the lead instructor, and following a lengthy conversation, the one-time pro had plenty of good things to say about the collection of talent on hand.
Based on his observations, and those of the brand’s staff, what follows is a closer look at the individuals who left a lasting impression. That said, here are the afternoon’s highlights.
Ryan Javines, QB, Pine View (UT): The 6-foot-1 and 170-pound junior commanded attention. Perhaps that explains why teams in the Big Sky Conference have contacted him.
Tristyn Hymas, RB, Riverton (UT): An underclassman, the 6-2 and 200-pound sophomore did well in this environment, along with Talmage Brown from Summit Academy (UT).
Trey Davenport, WR, Brighton (UT): The 6-4 and 190-pound junior has received interest from schools in the Ivy League and it could be a matter of time before others follow suit.
Michael Moten, WR, Pine View (UT): Sure-handed, the 5-11 and 180-pound junior made the difficult catch appear easy. No surprise, Utah reached out to him not long ago.
Julian Trevino, WR, La Feria (TX): The 5-9 and 165-pound junior made the trip from down South and held his own. Gavin Davey from Summit Academy (UT) also turned heads.
Enoch Fiso, TE, Orem (UT): A big target, especially in the red zone, the 6- 2 and 225-pound junior was a handful to deal with and opponents struggled against him all day long.
Carl Odom, LB, West Jordan (UT): The 6-1 and 203-pound junior has talked with Utah State in the past. More recently, worth noting, Washington and Utah entered the picture.
Malachi Fotu, LB, Bingham (UT): Programs in the Big Sky Conference have kept tabs on the 5- 10 and 215-pound junior, more specifically Southern Utah and Weber State.
Caden Johnson, LB, Corner Canyon (UT): The 6-foot and 195-pound sophomore was eager to prove that he belonged. Mission accomplished. His name is one to remember.
Connor Pay, OL, Lone Peak (UT): A BYU commit, the 6-5 and 295-pound junior nearly stole the show. He did, in fact. Next stop for him is playing in the brand’s All-American Bowl.
Braydin Shipp, OL, American Fork (UT): On the radar of Boise State and Utah State, the 6-6 and 300-pound junior is on a similar postseason path as his counterpart Pay.
Jonah Leung-Wai, DL, American Fork (UT): The 6-2 and 285-pound sophomore was a workout warrior with 41 reps on the bench press (185 pounds). Utah State is interested.
Lakei Kolomalu, DL, Springville (UT): Athletic for his size, the 6-3 and 260-pound junior got the job done. The same thing can be said about Simote Iloa from Springville (UT).
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.