Without fail, the turnout is better than expected for the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Desert Regional) at Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium. This year, it was no different.
NFL veteran Mark McMillian was lead instructor and fellow one-time professional Jerome Daniels joined him. Emmanuel Butler from the New Orleans Saints was also in attendance.
In no particular order now, what follows is a much closer look at the individuals, some high-profile and others under-the-radar, who left a lasting impression on the coaching staff.
P.J. London, QB, 2021, Blue-Ridge (AZ): The 6-foot-3 and 205-pounder was recently on campus at Northern Arizona. After his effort here, visit makes sense.
James McElhenny, QB, 2021, Tolleson Union (AZ): After passing the initial eye test, the 6-3 and 185-pounder went out and proved that he belonged.
Avantae Barrett, RB, 2021, Desert Ridge (AZ): The 5-11 and 195-pounder did a little bit of everything, most of it well too, both running and catching.
Christian Johnson, RB, 2021, Greenway (AZ): The 6-foot and 173-pounder opened up plenty of eyes, with Zakk Thomas from Kirtland Central (NM).
Zachary Lewis, WR, 2021, Hamilton (AZ): With offers from Nevada and Northern Arizona, the 6-foot and 185-pounder was without peer, most times.
Tre Spivey, WR, 2023, Chandler (AZ): The 6-2 and 170-pounder took another step from the shadows of his father, local MLB veteran Junior Spivey.
Freddie Goodson, WR, 2021, Campo Verde (AZ): The 6-2 and 200-pounder turned some heads, as did counterpart Austin Slaughter from Blue Ridge (AZ).
Colton Ellsworth, TE, 2021, Highland (AZ): Louisiana Tech and Northern Arizona have kept in contact with 6-5 and 210-pounder. More schools will follow.
Max Lavoy, OL, 2021, Notre Dame Prep (AZ): The 6-4 and 275-pounder comes from one of the better programs around and his name is one to remember.
Enrique Ruiz, OL, 2021, Marcos de Niza (AZ): Good size and somewhat surprisingly athletic, the 6-3 and 250-pounder has a bright future ahead of him.
Cole Martin, DB, 2023, Hamilton (AZ): Regardless of class distinction, and position, the 5-11 and 170-pounder might have been the best of the entire bunch.
Kyron Samuels, DB, 2021, Alhambra (AZ): Certainly no stranger to this type of environment, or competition, the 6-1 and 185-pounder stood out in the crowd.
Emeka Ogbonna, DB, 2021, Brophy College Prep (AZ): For the second time in as many weeks, and workouts, the 5-10 and 175-pounder got the job done.
Caleb Dickson, DL, 2021, Window Rock (AZ): Back again, with the overall experience under his belt from last year, 6-2 and 275-pounder impressed onlookers.
Ben Strawn, DL, 2021, OL, Northwest Christian (AZ): The 6-4 and 230-pounder was athletic as they come. Jace Springer from Salpointe (AZ) did well.
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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, each participant at the All-American Combine, as well as other impressive prospects, will most likely be provided with details and exclusive membership to Red Zone Prospects (click here).
Individuals will have an all-important star rating, as well as a workout evaluation and HUDL review as part of their profiles, for the recruiting convenience of scouts and coaches all over the country.
Each member of Red Zone Prospects receives an automatic invite to one of the brand’s All-American Combines (Super Regional level), all of them to be held at NFL venues or college facilities
Additionally, those who do well in that setting, in due 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.
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.