When push comes to shove, you can’t ask for a better setting than the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (San Diego Regional). Scenery aside, there was talent on the field, too.
NFL veteran Mark McMillian was the lead instructor, once again, and shared his knowledge. Fellow one-time professional Sam Kirkland was in attendance too, among many others.
Also on hand was the brand’s All-American Bowl alum Luke LaCilento, now a sophomore at San Diego. What follows is a look at the individuals who left a lasting impression.
Carter Schultz, QB, 2022, San Marcos (CA): An underclassman, but only on paper, the 6-foot-2 and 185-pounder performed with the poise of a varsity starter.
Aiden Adams, QB, 2022, San Diego Serra (CA): The 6-foot and 175-pounder earned the respect of his peers, along with Ash Bibbes from Patrick Henry (CA).
Eddie Nelson, RB, 2022, Vista (CA): Quick and fast, strong and durable, good hands and a willing blocker, the 5-11 and 180-pounder seemingly did it all.
Trey Blackford, WR, 2021, Tri-City Christian (CA): No stranger to the environment, the 5-10 and 155-pounder opened eyes for the second time in as many years.
Matthew Keeley, WR, 2021, Granite Hills (CA): The 6-2 and 195-pounder turned some heads, along with his counterpart Jason Pugal from Great Oak (CA).
Luis Martinez, TE, 2022, Tri-City Christian (CA): The 6-5 and 235-pounder held his own. Really, the same thing goes for Dakotah Audibert from Julian (CA).
Justin Curtis, OL, 2021, Hart (CA): With interest from schools in the Big Sky Conference, the future appears to be rather bright for the 6-5 and 300-pounder.
Shawn Martinez, OL, 2021, Helix (CA): The 6-3 and 290-pounder is on the radar of teams in the Mountain West Conference and offer could soon materialize.
Emeka Ogbonna, DB, 2021, Brophy College Prep (AZ): A Big Sky Conference target, the 5-10 and 180-pounder is an athlete and excelled in the secondary here.
Mason Thompson, DB, 2021, Arroyo Grande (CA): The 5-9 and 170-pounder delivered on defense and likely would’ve done the same on the other side of the ball.
Daniel Ganino, LB, 2021, Great Oak (CA): Good size, with even better athleticism, the 6-2 and 195-pounder has plenty of tools to work with. Watch out for him.
William Peterson, LB, 2021, San Diego Serra (CA): Backs, receivers, tight ends, it didn’t matter, the 6-foot and 205-pounder was up for any, and all, challenges.
Diego Piche, DL, 2021, Cathedral Catholic (CA): Regardless of position, or class, the 6-3 and 265-pounder seemed to have the most upside of them all.
Justin Locke, DL, 2022, Bonita Vista (CA): The 6-2 and 220-pounder did well, with Trey White from Eastlake (CA) and Thomas Grothe from Del Norte (CA).
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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, each participant at the All-American Combine, as well as other impressive prospects, will most likely be provided with details and exclusive membership to Red Zone Prospects (click here).
Individuals will have an all-important star rating, as well as a workout evaluation and HUDL review as part of their profiles, for the recruiting convenience of scouts and coaches 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.