Each and every year, well-known prospects and under-the-radar recruits deliver results at the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Desert Regional)
This time around, similar to the many times before on the campus of Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium, it was more of the same.
NFL veterans Mark McMillian and Byron Evans, also NFL assistant coach George Martinez, seemed to be pleased with the collection of talent.
That said, it’s time to get down to business and provide some much-needed insight on the individuals who impressed the one-time professionals.
Jonathan Metzger, QB, Northwest Christian (AZ): In terms of passing the eye test, the 6-foot-3 and 180-pound junior did just that. Overall, he shined here.
Mason Bugg, QB, Williams Field (AZ): The 6-1 and 170-pound junior strengthened a growing reputation. Also a defensive back, his name is one to remember.
Jamar McFarlane, RB, Kofa (AZ): Shifty and also fast, the 5-8 and 170-pound junior did well when in the spotlight. He was not intimidated by surroundings.
Travion Hughes, RB, Washington (AZ): The 5-11 and 170-pound junior grabbed attention during skills testing. It was more of the same with one-on-ones.
Denzel Burke, WR, Brophy Prep (AZ): With plenty of competition for reps, the 6-foot and 180-pound sophomore still managed to stand out in the crowd.
Elijah Sanders, WR, Ironwood (AZ): Young and largely raw, the 5-9 and 170-pound sophomore played with the poise of an upperclassman. At times, that is.
Joshua Gale, TE, Williams Field (AZ): The 6-4 and 200-pound junior had to be accounted for at all times. Safe to say, the attention was warranted, as well.
Tashaun Lambert, DB, Fairfax (AZ): Eager to show that he belonged, the 5-11 and 170-pound junior proved his worth to everyone, coaches and peers alike.
Dominic Wright, DB, Boulder Creek (AZ): More of a prototypical option in the secondary, the 6-1 and 170-pound sophomore made plays all over the field.
Konner Bentsen, DB, Moon Valley (AZ): The 6-2 and 179-pound junior made a significant impact, right along with Heston Wahner from Greenway (AZ).
D’Angelo Jackson, LB, Gila Ridge (AZ): The 6-2 and 215-pound junior went out and made statement. The message was received loud and clear, too.
Matthew Canada, LB, Marcos de Niza (AZ): Smart, a hard-hitter, perhaps most important a leader, the 5-11 and 200-pound junior certainly made his mark.
Donovan Moore, LB, Deer Valley (AZ): Big and strong, also surprisingly athletic, the 5-10 and 210-pound sophomore did a little bit of everything. Most of it well.
Brock Dieu, OL, Casteel (AZ): With interest from teams in the Pac-12 Conference, the 6-4 and 275-pound sophomore could end up being the best of the bunch.
Benjamin Bray, OL, Red Mountain (AZ): The 6-4 and 265-pound junior turned heads, so did Eddie Weigl from Desert Vista (AZ) and A.J. Laux from Casteel (AZ).
Kyle Lewis, DL, Horizon (AZ): More than just a big body, the 6-3 and 220-pound junior displayed a fair amount of athleticism. In the end, he improved his stock.
Bradly Ruiz, DL, Snowflake (AZ): The 6-5 and 292-pound sophomore opened eyes with Ben Strawn from Northwest Christian (AZ) and Jonathan Justice from Lake Havasu (AZ).