Word is out, it’s been mentioned around these parts plenty of times in the past, states such as California, Florida and Texas are traditionally known for being a hotbed for prospects on the gridiron.
Nevertheless, there’s no arguing with the success, or results, found on yearly basis at the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Midwest Regional). That was blatantly obvious, once again no less.
Accordingly, NFL veterans Ken Stills and Mike Bartrum can vouch for the overall collection of talent in attendance during the recent workout at the Bengals’ Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati (OH).
Tristan Dillon, QB, West Carrollton (OH): The 6-foot-6 and 220-pound junior was without peer, or so it seemed. Cincinnati and Indiana have shown interest.
Austin Browning, QB, Chesapeake (OH): The 6-2 and 190-pound junior turned heads of many members of the staff, along with Devyn Byers from Warrensville (OH).
Michiah Burton, RB, New Albany (OH): Akron and Toledo are among the schools interested in the 5-8 and 175-pound junior. And rightfully so, given his effort.
Sam Stickley, RB, Hopewell-Loudon (OH): The 5-11 and 185-pound junior opened up some eyes during skills testing and he kept most of the attention thereafter.
Jamir Jackson, RB, Pickering Central (OH): The 5-11 and 205-pound junior did well, with Isaac Pettway from Wickliffe (OH) and Jesse Deglow from Fairmont (OH).
Danyal Minton, RB, Elgin (OH): The 6-2 and 220-pound junior had same body type as Brandon Troncano from Revere (OH) and Ethan Rogers from Jeffersonville (IN).
Clayton Steele, WR, Westfall (OH): Contacted by multiple programs from the MAC, the 6-3 and 185-pound junior went out and proved that he belonged.
Weston Bauer, WR, Meigs (OH): The 6-2 and 160-pound junior made an impact, as did Tevin Watkins from Walsh Jesuit (OH) and Blayse Taylor from Zanesville (OH).
Taylor Robinson, WR, Teays Valley (OH): The 5-10 and 160-pound junior was explosive as they come. Zachery Bartrum from Meigs (OH) deserved a mention, too.
Orrin Schmidt, TE, Milan (IN): The 6-5 and 200-pound junior was a big target, same for Jacob Eblin from Paulding (OH) and Jon Surman from Miami Valley Christian (OH).
DeAirious Smith, DB, Lexington Christian (KY): The 5-10 and 158-pound sophomore has been on campus at Vanderbilt and more programs figure to follow suit soon.
RaShad Wallace, DB, Lima (OH): Go ahead and count Miami (OH) as a fan of the 6-foot and 177-pound junior. Don’t be surprised to see him land a scholarship soon.
Cody Vacco, DB, East Canton (OH): A competitor, regardless of who was standing in front of him, the 6-3 and 180-pound junior did not back down anyone, or anything.
Kwuave Booker, LB, Marion (OH): Akron and Toledo first expressed interest in the 6-1 and 225-pound junior. Worth noting, Cincinnati and Pitt are now in the mix.
Jamey Deckard, LB, Bedford North Lawrence (IN): The 6-1 and 200-pound junior has talked with Butler and Columbia. More teams are sure to join in on all the fun.
Ty Tiggs, LB, Mayfield (OH): The 6-foot and 200-pound junior put in some work and it should not be a surprise to learn that he’s talked with Bowling Green and Toledo, among others.
Kaden Davis, LB, Johnstown-Monroe (OH): 6-foot 205-pound junior held his own, with Austin Terrell from South Dearborn (IN) and Jacob Campbell from Gallia Academy (OH).
Sebastian Wagoner, LB, Middlesboro (KY): The 6-4 and 230-pound junior did well, with Ramon Puryear from Eastern (KY) and Donovan Bickelhaupt from Hopewell (OH).
Sam Vaughan, OL, Lexington Catholic (KY): Cincinnati, Eastern Michigan and Miami (OH) offered the 6-7 and 280-pound junior. Duke and Louisville are in the running.
Kellen Adler, OL, Detroit Catholic Central (MI): Well-rounded in all facets, the 6-3 and 300-pound junior impressed from start to finish. Akron is among many interested.
Jayden Heltsley, OL, Arcanum (OH): On paper, the 6-5 and 275-pound sophomore might be perceived as inexperienced. On the field, he delivered upperclassman results.
Jalen Bradley, OL, Walnut Ridge (OH): The 6-5 and 270-pound junior did well, with Cole Roseld from East Central (IN) and Jacob Stoll from Steubenville Catholic Central (OH).
Marc Rumpke, OL, Lexington Catholic (KY): Air Force has put a scholarship in place for the 6-2 and 285-pound junior, and following the effort here, it was no surprise.
Aaron Hatter, DL, Boyle County (OH): The 6-4 and 245-pound junior has been on the campus of Eastern Kentucky and Cincinnati. The list figures to grow and grow.
Trent Robinson DL, Miffin (OH): Ohio and Toledo were among the first to jump on the bandwagon of the 6-3 and 299-pound sophomore and it’s going to get more crowded.
Caden McKinnis, DL, Logan County (KY): The 6-3 and 260-pound junior has continued to keep lines of communication open with Austin Peay and Eastern Kentucky.
Cole Pelgen, DL, Madison (OH): The 6-2 and 235-pound junior took the first step toward making a name for himself, so did Maxwell Evans from Madison (OH).
Joseph Scharr, DL, Conotton Valley (OH): The 6-3 and 280-pound junior was a force up front, along with counterpart Stephen Edwards from Franklin Central (IN).
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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.