Back in a familiar setting, NFL veteran Ken Stills was lead instructor and he had help from fellow one-time professional John Holman, among others, during the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Heartland Super) at Kansas City Chiefs’ Training Facility at Missouri Western State University (MO).
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, all who can now be considered as possible All-American Bowl candidates for one of the upcoming games later on this year.
John Chapin, QB, 2023, Truman (MO): The 6-foot-1 and 175-pounder might end up as a good fit with a school in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, maybe with North Dakota or South Dakota.
Joseph Heckemeyer, QB, 2023, Sikeston (MO): The 6-3 and 210-pounder looked the part and played the part. He did a good job of picking up in the offensive concepts of the coaching staff.
Cole Ruble, RB, 2023, Seckman (MO): North Dakota State and Western Illinois appear to have the 5-10 and 180-pounder on the radar. Rightfully so after a standout effort in this setting.
Jaxin Patterson, RB, 2023, Patterson (MO): The 5-10 and 192-pounder could find a home with the likes of Dartmouth and Navy. Safe to say, he’ll have options at the next level.
Peyton Parks, RB, 2023, Bonner Springs (KS): Quick and fast, with above-average burst, the 5-11 and 188-pounder did a little bit of everything, most of it well.
Dante Sample, RB, 2023, Hillcrest (MO): Big and strong, with a fair amount of athleticism, the 6-foot and 220-pounder has bright future. The journey continues, of course.
Damien Moore, RB, 2023, Oakville (MO): Good in the ground and passing game, the 6-foot and 180-pounder has the tools to succeed at the next level, no question about it.
Isaiah Coppage, WR, 2023, Bishop Miege (KS): North Dakota State and South Dakota State have kept the lines of communication open in the past with the 6-1 and 190-pounder.
Victor Klote, WR, 2023, Raymore Peculiar (MO): Back at the brand’s workout for the second time in as many years, the 6-2 and 205-pounder has talked with Northern Iowa and Nebraska.
Eric Miller, WR, 2023, Valley Christian (AZ): Size and speed, with a good set of hands to boot, the 6-1 and 175-pounder made the worthwhile, and long trip from the desert.
Tommy Wright, WR, 2023, Bishop Miege (KS): Murray State and North Dakota State jumped on the bandwagon of the 6-2 and 175-pounder. Other programs figure to follow suit.
Lukas Hanks, TE, 2023, Washburn Rural (KS): A big body, with emphasis on big, the 6-3 and 240-pounder was also somewhat surprisingly nimble. He has tons of upside.
Terrance Saunders, OL, 2023, Blue Valley West (KS): The offers are starting to mount, with possibly New Mexico State out in front, for the 6-4 and 285-pounder.
Emmanuel Conley, OL, 2024, Liberty North (MO): The 6-6 and 275-pounder attended a camp at Missouri, and chances are, he’ll receive many other invites to similar events
Sean Rich, OL, 2023, Commerce (OK): The 6-6 and 295-pounder could stick with a program such as Central Arkansas or Tulsa. This situation is certainly worth monitoring.
Brett Carroll, OL, 2023, Olathe East (KS): This time next year, watch out, everyone has been fairly warned, the 6-4 and 295-pounder will be a force to reckon with.
Aidan Wing, DB, 2023, Bishop Miege (KS): North Dakota State and South Dakota State seem to be the mix for a potential commitment from the 6-3 and 200-pounder
Callen Barta, DB, 2024, Seaman (KS): Young, but only on paper, the 6-1 and 175-pounder turned some heads. Northern Iowa and South Dakota are in his wish list.
John Underwood, DB, 2023, Belleville East Township (IL): The 5-10 and 165-pounder could land with a team such as Murray State. It’s only up from here, naturally.
Dontrell Harris, DB, 2023, Wichita Northwest (KS): The 6-foot and 180-pounder has had a dialogue going with Colorado State for a bit. He’d like to keep the conversation going.
Troy Tomaselli, DB, 2023, Cornerstone Christian (TX): Columbia and Harvard have apparently seen something they like in the 6-1 and 175-pounder. The attention is warranted.
Austin Romaine, LB, 2023, Hillsboro (MO): The 6-3 and 232-pounder has an offer list that grows by the day, nearing a half dozen now. That number will soon reach double digits.
Jalen Rice, LB, 2023, El Dorado (KS): The 6-1 and 205-pounder received camp invites to Kansas and Kansas State. Now, it’s time to make good on those opportunities.
Jaydan Trotter, LB, 2023, Hazelwood Central (MO): Tough and determined from start to finish, the 6-foot and 190-pounder did not back down from anyone, or anything.
Levi Wittenberg, LB, 2023, El Dorado (KS): Kansas State has expressed varied levels of interest in the 6-2 and 200-pounder. Staying close to home would be ideal for him.
Jaylen Nevins, LB, 2023, Raymore Peculiar (KO): The opponent didn’t matter, running backs and tight ends alike, the 5-10 and 205-pounder took on all-comers.
Justyce Betts, LB, 2024, Bishop Miege (KS): Just now starting to scratch the surface, the 5-10 and 204-pounder could end up at camps for Kansas and Kansas State.
Jordan Allen, DL, 2023, Olathe South (KS): The 6-3 and 240-pounder has scholarships in place from Iowa, Missouri and USC, to name a few of the many. He’s the real deal.
Kade Seip, DL, 2023, Lincoln North Star (NE): In a perfect world, where the stars align, signs point to nearby Nebraska being an ideal future home for the 6-3 and 225-pounder.
Lance Bassett, DL, 2023, Lawrence (KS): The 6-3 and 265-pounder just might stick with a programs in the Big 12 Conference, perhaps nearby Kansas for good measure.
Boston Bower, DL, 2023, Hartley (IL): Ball State and South Dakota State are a couple favorites for the 6-3 and 230-pounder. It’ll be interesting to see how things work out.
Lee Jensen, DL, 2023, Davenport West (IA): The 6-3 and 250-pounder would like nothing more that to impress the powers that be at Drake or South Dakota State.
Garrett Keeler, DL, 2023, Broomfield (CO): A target of programs in the Mountain West Conference, the 6-3 and 210-pounder is keeping his options. For now, anyway.
Kadence Velde, DL, 2023, York (NE): The 6-3 and 285-pounder was a late addition to the workout. But worth the wait. Drake, Valparaiso and North Dakota State are interested.
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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.