In terms of debuts, with many of them coming on the nationwide circuit and often on yearly basis, they don’t get much better than the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Louisiana Regional).
As expected, NFL veteran trainer Rodney Beasley was the lead instructor. Worth noting, afterward he had nothing but good things to say about the workout, both staff and athletes included.
On the field, Arena Football League veteran Donald Fusilier provided assistance. Off the field, Mo Thomas from Underground Sports Network was largely responsible for the day’s success.
In the end, however, the real winners were the many individuals in attendance. Accordingly, what follows is a much closer look at those who left a lasting impressions on the powers that be.
Josh Bailey, QB, Fontainebleau (LA): The 6-foot-4 and 200-pound sophomore has plenty of tools to work with and could be a near finished product in a couple of years.
Dillon Monette, QB, Southside (LA): The 6-foot and 165-pound sophomore was not intimidated on the big stage. He did just fine in the spotlight, for the record.
D’Ante’ Gallashaw, RB, Leesville (LA): Lamar, McNeese State and Tulane are a few of the programs who appear to be on the bandwagon of the 5-9 and 183-pound junior.
Luke Doucet, RB, Iota (LA): Several schools from the Sun Belt Conference, perhaps most notably Aransas State, have expressed interest in the 5-8 and 220-pound junior.
Orenthal Lewis, RB, Lake Charles College Prep (LA): Strong and compact, also low to the ground and deceptively fast, the 5-9 and 220-pound junior has some upside.
Tremell Withrow, WR, West Jefferson (LV): The 6-1 and 160-pound junior looked the part. More often than not, he played the part, too. Don’t forget. Remember the name.
Malik Nabors, WR, Comeaux (LA): The 6-1 and 182-pound sophomore held his own, as did Devant’e LeBlanc from Donaldsville (LA) and Troy Hall from Pineville (LA).
Dereje Gaspard, WR, Mandeville (LA): The 5-11 and 160-pound junior did well, with John Purpera from Vermilion Catholic (LA) and Shiloh Childs from West Jefferson (LA).
Mason Givens, OL, Franklinton (LA): Seemingly a man among boys at times, the 6-6 and 325-pound junior was a force to be reckon with down in the trenches.
Spence Thomas, OL, Scotlandville (LA): The 6-4 and 240-pound junior opened eyes, along with Jaden Ben from Chalmette (LA) and Wesley Willis from Rosepine (LA).
Michael Moton, DB, Huntington (LA): With a good f rame, and a growth spurt in the works as we speak, the 6-foot and 160-pound junior seems destined for success.
Kenderick Eugene, DB, Bonnabel (LA): The 5-8 and 160-pound junior did not back down from challenges, same thing can be said about Isaiah Roberson from DeRidder (LA).
Nicholas Picard, LB, Lafayette Christian Academy (LA): A target of teams in Conference USA, including Tulane, the 6-foot and 210-pound junior has a bright future ahead.
Alex Blundell, LB, Jonesboro-Hodge (LA): The 6-foot and 220-pound junior has been in contact with Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech, among other schools.
Ja’Marian Peterson, DL, De La Salle (LA): When all is said and done, the 6-2 and 230-pound sophomore might turn out to be best of the bunch on the defensive side.
Jacob Gorham, DL, Winnfield (LA): The 6-2 and 215-pound junior did well with Kendrick Joseph from Glen Oaks (LA) and Kris Stewart from Peabody Magnet (LA).
Editor’s Note: Many of the recruits above will soon receive an invite to one of the upcoming All-American Combines (Super Regional level), each held nationwide at NFL venues or college facilities.
When it comes to all-important statistics from the nationwide series of All-American Combines, such as the most recent one, we’ve got you covered. For the numbers, look no further (click here).
Worth mentioning, periodically and likely within days, more information about the workout will be added in this space. Feel free to check back on a regular basis for the much-needed insight.
Additionally, those who did well in this 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 Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium, Houston Texans’ NRG Stadium or Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field, among other venues.
Moving forward, the Blue-Grey Football Selection Committee will consider a number of different factors before making any type of decision on potential invites to the All-American Bowl. Stay tuned.