Each and every week, or as frequently as possible, the plan moving forward is to take a closer look at prospects who have attended a Blue-Grey All-American Combine in the recent past and provide an update on the whereabouts of those individuals nowadays.
No better place to start this new feature than with Tre Bugg of Williams Field (AZ). Especially when you consider that the nationwide workout circuit makes its annual stop in his own backyard this weekend at Arizona Cardinals’ University of Phoenix Stadium.
The 6-foot and 170-pound junior defensive back is no stranger to the All-American Combine. Bugg, after all, has attended many brand events and left a lasting impression when presented with the opportunity. An award last year as the Defensive MVP is proof.
Joining him this time around will be Jalen Harris from Desert Ridge (AZ), Jonathan Nathaniel from Basha (AZ), Jay Vanderjagt from Coronado (AZ) and Kade Warner from Desert Mountain (AZ). Safe to say, the Grand Canyon State will be well represented.
Based on his efforts, Bugg has positioned himself for a possible invite to one of three Blue-Grey All-American Bowls held at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium or Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field.
Once there, on the big stage, with contracts negotiations taking place for a national broadcast on ESPN, Blue-Grey Football will have its staff of NFL veteran coaches in place to take over and serve as mentors to recruits at the weekend-long gathering.
The one-time professionals who share their knowledge and experiences during the All-American Bowl reads like a who’s who list: Mark McMillian, Arlen Harris, George Teague, Randall Cunningham, Mike Alstott and Brian Dawkins, to name a few.
Bugg is as good a candidate as any for All-American status. He is on the radar of colleges, too. Pac-12 Conference programs such as Arizona, Cal and Stanford have reached out. Also worth mentioning, each team has remained in constant contact.
Not your standard student-athlete, his focus off the field is equally important as being a taskmaster out on the gridiron. He boasts a not so easy to attain, or maintain, 4.37 grade point average and accordingly has attracted interest from the Ivy League.
“A student of the game, I’ve been training Tre since the 7th grade and he’s developed to in one of my most productive athletes over the years. That’s on and off the field,” said McMillian, who also runs Camp29. “He’s a good fit for any college program.”
On the prep circuit over at Williams Field, nothing has been given to him since his days as a freshman. Bugg had to work for everything as a sophomore. Now, with his senior season right around the corner, he first took a major step forward last year.
After learning about his defensive prowess, opponents did not throw in his direction 90 percent of the time. Still, he finished with three interceptions, a fumble recovery and 31 tackles (18 solo). Targeted on 24 occasions, only three passes were completed.
The goal was to shed some light on one of many prospects involved with Blue-Grey Football. Equipped with a better idea of his past, everyone now has a better idea of the future in store for Bugg. Starting with this weekend’s All-American Combine.