After evaluating the many different results from the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Mid-Atlantic Super), it’s not a stretch to think the collection of talent was among the best on the brand’s workout circuit this year.
NFL veterans Billy McMullen, Tavon Mason and Mark Parsons, along with NFL veteran trainer Rodney Beasley seemed to agree. Truth be told, several of the one-time professionals echoed the aforementioned statement.
That said, it’s time to take a much closer look at how a handful of the prospects in attendance faired during skills testing, the individual session as well the one-on-ones. So, without further ado, here’s a who’s who list.
Da’Quan Vinson, QB, James Island (SC): The 6-foot-5 and 190-pound senior has talked with Coastal Carolina and Western Carolina, among other programs from around the country. His time is coming.
Gabriel Hollingsworth, QB, Ronald Reagan (NC): Wake Forest expressed varied levels of interest in the 6-foot-3 and 200-pound junior. The scenario is worth watching.
Austin Browning, QB, Chesapeake (OH): The 6-1 and 190-pound senior built a relationship with Yale and there’s no reason to think that things will change anytime soon.
C.J. Hayden, RB, Freedom (NC): The 5-10 and 170-pound senior was in contact with Appalachian State, East Carolina and Eastern Kentucky. Wake Forest could emerge, too.
Chris Houston, RB, Clover Hill (VA): Virginia and West Virginia look like a couple potential landing spots for the 5-9 and 165-pound senior. Let’s see what happens.
David Baros, RB, Rockdale County (GA): On the official roster, but injured, the 5-9 and 170-pound senior has kept the lines of communication open with Georgia State.
Sam Stickley, RB, Hopewell-Loudon (OH): The 5-11 and 186-pound senior turned heads, with DuRon King from Morehead (NC) and Mike Williams from Conneaut (OH).
Devonta Hall, WR, Washington (IN): The 5-10 and 170-pound senior impressed the powers that be. The same thing can be said about Makell Smith from Maplewood (TN).
Jordan Allen, WR, Hunt (NC): The 6-1 and 175-pound senior opened up some eyes, as did Darren Rittwage from Glenpool (OK) and Brandon Peace from Granville Central (NC).
Jon Surman, TE, Miami Valley Christian Academy (OH): With an offer from Butler and Morehead State, the 6-4 and 230-pound senior appears destined to play on Saturdays.
Andrew Horlbeck, DB, Robinson (NC): In the not so distant past, the 5-10 and 155-pound senior talked with the staff from Coastal Carolina and North Carolina-Charlotte.
Marquan Jones, DB, Abermarle (VA): The 5-9 and 178-pound senior is on the radar of teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), with Howard out in front.
Luca Lutzel, DB, Southlake Christian Academy (NC): Young, with upside, Baylor or another team in the Big 12 Conference could be a fit for the 6-foot and 155-pound junior.
Cameron Saunders, DB, Ft. Mill (SC): Gritty and determined, the 5-10 and 160-pound senior wanted to come and make a statement. He did just that, for the record.
Ramon Puryear, LB, Eastern (NC): Impressive throughout, it makes complete sense that Ball State and Western Kentucky are interested in the 6-3 and 235-pound senior.
Ron Davis, LB, Eau Claire (SC): No stranger to the environment, the 5-10 and 225-pound senior seemed to be comfortable on the big stage and did well in the spotlight.
Malik Fordham, LB, Bishop Snyder (FL): The 5-11 and 170-pound senior held his own, with John Barber from Abermarle (VA) and Collin Nichols from Troy-Buchanan (MO).
Reuben Palmer, LB, Warren Country (NC): The 6-1 and 225-pound senior did well, with Nathan Ayoub from Riverside (VA) and Bryson Fulcher from Patrick County (VA).
David Sawyer, OL, Rose (NC): With feelers from schools in the ACC, it could be a mere matter time before the first offer materializes for the 6-6 and 280-pound senior.
Marc Rumpke, OL, Lexington Catholic (KY): The 6-2 and 290-pound senior has a scholarship in place from Air Force offer. Eastern Kentucky or Western Kentucky could be next.
Layne Daniel, OL, Sherman (WV): It’s no secret, Marshall is a favorite of the 6-3 and 360-pound senior. The ball would appear to be in the court of the Thundering Herd.
Ty Jackson, OL, Illini West (IL): Apparently, Western Illinois has seen something it likes in the 6-3 and 294-pound senior. Rightfully so, too. Sky’s the limit for him.
John Holland, OL, New Kent (VA): The 6-3 and 310-pound senior was tough, same with Ben Roots from Desert Mountain (AZ) and Andrew Farmer from Sunbright (TN).
Michael DiNatale, OL, Fuquay-Varina (NC): The 6-3 and 270-pound senior delivered results as did Wesley Woodie from Coshocton (OH) and Nick Canfield from Rogers (AL).
Christian Phaby, DL, Hunt (NC): East Carolina makes the most sense for the 6-2 and 262-pound senior, and once word spreads about his effort here, other programs will follow.
Kaleb Nicholson, DL, Bandys (NC): The 6-3 and 255-pound senior was difficult to deal with down in the trenches. Chauncey Lynch from Bird (VA) gave opponents fits, too.
Xavier Wright, DL, Christiansburg (VA): A force to be reckon with, the 6-2 and 250-pound senior often could not be stopped. Trace Brown from Greenback (TN) also did well.
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Additionally, those who did well at this workout, 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.
The games take place at one of several well-known venues: Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium, Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium and Jacksonville Jaguars’ EverBank Field.
Moving forward, the Blue-Grey Football Selection Committee will consider a number of different factors before making an all-important decision on invites to the All-American Bowl. Stay tuned.