It’s never too early to start thinking about the future. Therefore, no surprise, talent evaluators were out in force for the recent Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Southeast Regional).
NFL veteran Larry Ryans was, again, lead instructor. This time around, however, Jacksonville Jaguars’ Practice Field right across from EverBank Field provided the workout’s backdrop.
Fellow one-time professionals PaTell Troutman, Emarlos Leroy, Damien Swain and Rod Harris joined him on the coaching staff and helped instruct the many recruits in attendance.
Eric Williams, QB, Winter Haven (FL): The 6-foot-3 and 180-pound junior has visited North Carolina and Wake Forest. Fellow underclassman C.J. Shedd from Cypress Lake (FL) also did well.
Cade Ledman, QB, Arnold (FL): The 6-1 and 200-pound senior held his own in this setting, so did the likes of Hunter Riggan from Tate (FL) and Connor Edel from Orlando Christian Prep (FL).
Damean Bivins, RB, Pace (FL): A bigger back, with somewhat surprising athleticism, the 6-foot and 220-pound senior nearly stole the show for his position group. He delivered results.
C.J. Hall, RB, Suwannee (FL): The 6-foot and 170-pound senior showed several flashes of explosiveness, and in doing so, was able to keep the attention of more than a few onlookers.
Jalen Carr, RB, Orlando Christian Prep (FL): The 5-9 and 160-pound senior did a little bit of everything. Most of it well, regardless of whether it was carrying or catching the ball.
Jayden Kel McCloud, WR, Bolles School (FL): Apparently still growing, the 6-1 and 183-pound senior possesses plenty of upside. Moving forward, his name is one to remember.
Bryson Kirksey, WR, Bolles School (FL): The 5-11 and 175-pound senior caught seemingly everything thrown in his direction, over the middle, on the sideline and downfield.
Quinn Caballero, WR, Navarre (FL): The 5-11 and 175-pound senior wasn’t intimidated, nor was Maurice Moore from Yulee (FL) and Demoundre Evans from Suwannee (FL).
Cole Beckham, TE, First Coast (FL): With interest at next level, and an offer from the Pioneer Football League, the 6-2 and 215-pound senior is heading down the right path.
Damon Harris, DB, West Nassau (FL): The 6-2 and 175-pound senior has been contacted by schools in the ACC. That said, a scholarship offer could soon materialize for him.
John Barksdale, DB, Episcopal School (FL): More of a last line of defense in the secondary, the 6-1 and 170-pound senior showed above-average range from his spot at safety.
Jalen Mitchell, DB, Fletcher (FL): A competitor, the 5-10 and 185-pound senior, with interest from the ACC, was not intimidated by anyone. Or any situation, for that matter.
Christopher Rolack, DB, Robinson (FL): The 6-1 and 170-poind senior held his own, as did Antwuan Alexander from Yulee (FL) and Trevontae Cunningham from Stranahan (FL).
Jordan Richo, LB, Yulee (FL): The 6-2 and 198-pound senior might have been the most well-rounded prospect on hand and his recent offer from Minnesota is further proof.
Omari Fiffer, LB, Ed White (FL): With several scholarships in place, perhaps notably one from Boston College, the 6-foot and 198-pound senior is well on his way to success.
Jael Feliz, LB, Alonso (FL): The 6-foot and 215-pound senior did not back down from any challenge and Malik Fordham from Bishop Snyder (FL) was in the same boat.
Silas Little, OL, Orange Park (FL): The 6-4 and 285-pound senior has feelers from multiple programs, particularly from teams in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC).
Jake Tylski, OL, Episcopal School (FL): Eager to prove he belonged, the 6-4 and 270-pound senior was all business. In the end, accordingly, he earned plenty of respect.
John Manning, OL, Union County (FL): The 6-3 and 305-pound senior was more than just a big body. Matt Lee from Hagerty (FL) was in a similar category, worth noting.
Archer Hathaway, OL, Schley County (FL): Still young, the 6-6 and 305-pound junior did a good job. Jalen Moore from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic (GA) deserved a mention.
Elijah Roberts, DL, Coral Park (FL): The 6-4 and 245-pound junior is learning the game on the fly. A year, or two, from now, he figures to be closed to a finished product.
Justin Williams, DL, Lennard (FL): The 6-4 and 240-pound senior was relentless, along with peers DaJuan Bennett from Fletcher (FL) and Josh Glover from Yulee (FL).
Editor’s Note: Those who did well at this workout, in 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.