Back in his old stomping grounds, having played there during his days on the gridiron in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs, Mark McMillian ventured home. So to speak, that is.
He returned as lead instructor for the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Heartland Super) at Missouri Western State (MO), training camp for the defending Super Bowl Champions.
A needed note, there were many scholarship-worthy prospects in attendance, each deserved to be mentioned. Accordingly, a few of the highlights from the workout follow next.
Colin Shields, QB, 2021, Maize South (KS): The 6-foot-1 and 190-pounder was seemingly in a class all his own for the position. Western Illinois and Southeast Missouri State are both interested.
Austin Havens, QB, 2023, Owasso (OK): Young, only on paper, the 6-3 and 190-pounder played with the poise of an upperclassman. Remember where you heard his name.
Julius Bolden, RB, 2021, Wichita Northwest (KS): The 5-11 and 190-pounder has offers from the likes of Northern Illinois, South Dakota State and Western Michigan.
Kevin May, RB, 2021, St. Joseph (MS): Multiple teams from the American Athletic Conference seem to be apparent fans of the 5-10 and 195-pounder. And rightfully so.
Josh Buri, RB, 2021, Stewartville (MN): Central Michigan and Illinois State have attempted their respective best to remain in constant contact with the 5-11 and 210-pounder.
DaleShaun Coleman, RB, 2021, Battle (MO): The 6-foot and 205-pounder wasn’t intimidated here. Garrett Kellner from De Soto (KS) and Christopher Kreh from Marquette (MO) were fearless, to boot.
Garison Dydell, RB, 2021, Benton (MO): The 5-11 and 170-pounder was about as fast as they come, not far behind were Cayden Davis from Platte County (MO) and Connor Weiss from Maryvale (MO).
Anthony Favrow, RB, 2022, Olathe West (KS): Watch out for the 5-9 and 190-pounder, also Wentric Williams from Liberty (MO), Trae Hickman from Thedford (NE) and Elijah Harshaw from Free State (KS).
Tyson Struber, WR, 2022, Canton-Galva (KS): With offers from Kansas and Kansas State, the 6-3 and 185-pounder might have been the best of the entire bunch, regardless of class distinction.
Keelan Smith, WR, 2024, Bishop Meige (MO): The 6-2 and 187-pounder is well on his way to success, along with fellow underclassman Caden Dennis from Liberty (MO).
Dale Stout, WR, 2021, Olathe North (KS): The 6-3 and 180-pounder made an impact in several different facets of the game, along with Woodrow Rezac from Rossville (KS).
Tyler Reishus, WR, 2021, Mill Valley (KS): The 5-11 and 185-pounder did not back down from any of the challenges, same goes for Jahaad Fort from St. Louis Priory (MO).
Blake Millspaugh, OL, 2021, John Marshall (OK): The 6-6 and 340-pounder looked the part. And played the part. No surprise really, he’s used to the workout environment.
Trey Butcher, OL, 2021, Platte County (MO): A Missouri Valley Football Conference target, the 6-3 and 250-pounder was a force to be reckon with down in the trenches.
Ewan Mills, OL, 2021, Seaman (KS): The 6-3 and 275-pounder has emerged on the radar of more than a few schools, with South Dakota State being one of the more notable.
Jeffrey Paddyaker, OL, 2022, Cache (OK): Give it time, once his senior season rolls around, the 6-3 and 320-pounder figures to have several options to choose from.
Houston Eagan, OL, 2021 Odessa (MO): The 6-2 and 260-pounder turned heads in this setting. The same thing goes for Landen Lehenbauer from Norman North (OK).
Luke Fellers, DB, 2021, Blue Springs South (MO): A target of teams in the Missouri Valley Conference target, the 6-4 and 200-pounder has a bright future ahead.
Jackson Vest, DB, 2021, Raymore-Peculiar (MO): South Dakota seems to like what it’s seen from the 6- 2 and 180-pounder. An offer could soon materialize for him.
Darius Johnson, DB, 2021, Belton (MO): The coaching staff in place had nothing but good things to say about the 6-1 and 175-pounder. Looks like sky’s the limit.
Diego Hassell, DB, 2021, Edmond North (OK): The 6-1 and 185-pounder opened up eyes, and worth noting, Taggert Baker from Mill Valley (KS) did the same.
Drew Schmelzle, LB, 2021, Sabetha (KS): The 6-4 and 190-pounder appears to be on the board for Eastern Michigan and South Dakota. He’s in good shape, there.
Fabian Reid, LB, 2021, Omaha Bryan (NE): The 6-foot and 220-pounder could land somewhere in the Mountain West Conference, with Wyoming as a potential destination.
Joe Suchorabski, LB, 2021, Lockport Township (IL): Davidson and Drake are couple of schools on a what seems to be a growing list for the 5-11 and 205-pounder.
Andrew Schwinn, LB, 2021, Maur Hill-Mount Academy (KS): The 5-10 and 185-pounder has a chance to land with Kansas State, given the communication in the past.
Dylan Meyer, LB, 2021, Norris (NE): The 6-1 and 230-pounder has his sights set on North Dakota State and Nothern Illinois. All signs point to the feeling being mutual.
Mitchel Hoffman, LB, 2021, Lafayette (MO): The 5-10 and 200-pounder held his own, with Parker Moning from Ft. Zumwalt North (MO) and Zach Bowman from Marquette (MO).
Caden Crawford, LB, 2022, Lansing (KS): On the roster, but unable to attend and with plans for another workout, Kansas State and Nebraska offered the 6-4 and 215-pounder.
Landon Dean, DL 2022, Fontenac (KS): Similar to Crawford, the 6-4 and 220-pounder also had a prior commitment. Still, he has three offers from the Big 12 Conference.
Trey Nuzum, DL, 2021, Garden City (KS): Akron was the first to jump on the bandwagon of the 6-4 and 285-pounder. Now, Arkansas is in the mix. He’s on the fast track.
Lucas Allen, DL, 2021, Fox (MO): The 6-4 and 230-pounder has feelers from the likes of Austin Peay and Indiana State. He plays on both sides of the ball, worth noting.
Kaedyn Reynolds, DL, 2021 Omaha Central (NE): The 6-2 and 220-pounder would be a good fit for a team such as Northern Illinois, or maybe South Dakota State.
Rylan Wooldridge, DL, 2021, Lamar (MO): The 6-4 and 320-pounder was a pleasant surprise. Robert Saunders from Fayette (MO) had similar build, a bit bigger even.
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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 (Regional level) will soon be provided with additional details, along with an exclusive membership to Red Zone Prospects (click here).
Individuals will have a national star rating, as well as a scholarship-worthy evaluation and HUDL review as part of their profiles, for the recruiting convenience of colleges 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.