Expectations were reasonably high for the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Central Texas Regional), and as expected given the favorable past results, the participants delivered on the advanced billing.
NFL veteran Ken Stills was, once again, the lead instructor. NFL veteran trainers Reggie Young and Gerard Lewis were his assistants. Truth be told, it was one of the more well-rounded staffs in recent memory.
Although there were many scholarship-worthy prospects in attendance, numerous others fit in that category. Below is a preview of some of the top performers, each who can now be considered as possible All-American Bowl candidates for one of the upcoming games later on this year.
Mason Shorb, QB, 2023, Rouse (TX): The 6-foot-3 and 175-pounder and UTSA commit was expected to be one of the marquee names on hand. He certainly lived up to the hype. And then some.
Jake Iloka, RB, 2023, Pflugerville (TX): Texas Southern was one of the first to express interest in the 5-8 and 175-pounder. Now, it appears as if Washington State is on the bandwagon.
Jalon Banks, RB, 2023, Hutto (TX): The 5-10 and 170-pounder has kept the lines of communication open with the likes of Air Force and Navy, among a handful of other programs.
Aidan Rios, RB, 2023, Marion (TX): The 5-11 and 170-pounder has been on campus at a couple different schools from the Ivy League. Things are about to get more interesting, too.
Ezekiel Jones, RB, 2024, Brady (TX): Regardless of class distinction, the 6-foot and 170-pounder could turn out to be one of the best of the bunch. Keep an eye on him.
John Raybuck, RB, 2024, Pflugerville (TX): In terms of potential, the 6-1 and 205-pounder possesses plenty of it. Sky’s the limit. He’s destined to play at the next level.
Tyson Hancock, WR, 2023, Smithville (TX): The 5-10 and 175-pounder has been contact with teams from the Mountain West Conference, namely Colorado State.
Gary Choice, WR, 2023, Hutto (TX): Quick and fast, shifty and elusive, there’s plenty to like about the 5-9 and 160-pounder. Cornell has him on the radar, apparently.
Tate Beeles, WR, 2023, Frenship (TX): The 6-6 and 180-pounder opened up eyes, along with Xayvion Noland from Canyon (TX) and Jackson Hancock from Smithville (TX).
Devin Scura, TE, 2023, Manor (TX): Sam Houston State saw something it liked in the 6-5 and 245-pounder talked. Others figure to follow suit, make no mistake about it.
Kenny Atunrase, TE, 2024, Cole (TX): The 6-3 and 215-pounder turned heads. Tyler Bonkowski from Thrall (TX) and Kade Kubeck from Industrial (TX) were in the same category.
Jacob Repka, OL, 2023, Industrial (TX): The 6-2 and 250-pounder did not back down from anyone or anything. He earned the respect of his peers, as a result.
Aden Burrell, DB, 2023, Liberty Hill (TX): The 5-11 and 182-pounder could find a home in the Ohio Valley Conference and Drake just might be the final destination.
Tai Atunrase, DB, 2024, Cole (TX): The 6-foot and 180-pounder turned more than a few heads in this setting, with his counterpart Jacob Mott from China Spring (TX).
Makai Williams, LB, 2023, Steele (TX): Arkansas, Houston and Texas Tech, among many others, have their sights set on The 6-foot and 210-pounder. He’s the reals deal.
Camron Walker, LB, 2023, Crawford (TX): The 6-foot and 190-pounder has been in communication with the likes of Davidson and Drake. Others figure to follow suit, too.
Jaylen Parkinson, LB, 2023, Hutto (TX): A competitor, the 6-1 and 190-pounder knows has a motor that never stops. It’s all gas, no breaks. Full speed ahead for him.
Joe Gutshall, DL, 2023, Lorena (TX): Baylor and Oklahoma State saw something they liked in the 6-3 and 260-pounder. No surprise either, he got the job done here.
Joey Lightfoot, DL, 2023, A&M Consolidated (TX): No one, or so it seemed, could stop or slow down the 6-3 and 292-pounder. He was a man among boys, most times.
Noel Mekogue, DL, 2023, Sweetwater (TX): The 6-1 and 270-pounder was a force to be reckon with. He did just about whatever he pleased and whenever he wanted.
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Worth mentioning, periodically and often within days, more information about the workout will be added in this space. That said, feel free to check back on a regular basis for the much-needed insight.
Also, most participants at the recent All-American Combine will soon be provided with plenty of additional details on a potential exclusive membership to the invite-only Red Zone Prospects (click here).
Additionally, likely late in the summer, invitations will be extended to one of the brand’s upcoming All-American Bowls held at NFL stadium and nationally broadcast on ESPN’s family of networks.
Games take place at Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium, Falcons’ Mercedes Benz Stadium, Texans’ NRG Stadium or Jaguars’ EverBank Field, among other venues.
Moving forward, the Blue-Grey Football Selection Committee will consider a number of different factors before making any decision on potential invites to the All-American Bowl. Stay tuned.