In its long-awaited debut, turned out, there was no real reason for tempered expectations at the Blue-Grey All-American Combine (Tennessee Regional).
NFL veterans Ken Stills and Justin Geisinger were instructors and the one-time pro tandem was greeted at the workout by an eager group of participants.
NFL veteran trainer Rodney Beasley and Blue-Grey Football staffer Glen Campbell also worked and here’s insight on those who left a lasting impression.
Cole Kennon, QB, Ensworth (TN): The 6-3 and 180-pound junior has started a dialogue with Penn and Princeton. The recruiting process will heat up soon, too.
Ben Watson, QB, Ft. Zumwalt East (MO): Colgate jumped out to an early lead for the 6-foot and 185-pound junior. The race for a commitment is far from over.
Tristan Vandiver, QB, Booneville (MS): The 6-2 and 190-pound sophomore held his own. Same thing can be said about Ben Nixon from John Paul II (TN).
Kyle Mill, RB, Marquette (MO): With feelers from the Ivy League, Dartmouth and Princeton, the 5-9 and 190-pound junior is certainly heading in the right direction.
B.J. Connard, RB, Oakland (TN): The 5-11 and 180-pound sophomore has upside, so does Ke’Shun Gant from Covington (TN) and Antwan Roberts from John Paul II (TN).
Zyshon Alderson, WR, Mt. Pleasant (TN): The 6-1 and 196-pound junior nearly stole the show. Already with an offer to Moorehead State, others figure to do the same.
JaShaun Fenderson, WR, Fulton (TN): No slouch, the 5-9 and 196-pound junior grabbed his share of attention. Eastern Kentucky and Memphis have been in contact.
Presley Ingram, WR, Marquette (TN): Dayton and Eastern Michigan are schools that have kept the lines of communication open with the 6-3 and 190-pound junior.
Chayce Bishop, WR, Brentwood (TN): On the official roster, the 5-10 and 165-pound sophomore has an offer from Tulane. Tennessee is among others showing interest.
Makell Smith, WR, Maplewood (TN): The 5-10 and 190-pound junior turned heads with Ellis Dunn from Christian County (KY) and Rory White from John Paul II (TN).
Jaylen Wardlow, DB, Bowling Green (KY): Teams from the Ohio Valley Conference are apparently on the bandwagon of the 5-11 and 180-pound junior. Rightfully so.
Luke Bowers, DB, Page (TN): Murray State and Tennessee-Martin are couple programs that liked what they’ve seen in the past from the 5-10 and 185-pound junior.
Jay Wright, LB, John Paul II (TN): The 5-10 and 215-pound sophomore has talked with Memphis. Brooks Heagarty from John Paul II (TN) also deserved a mention.
Xavier Hopkins, LB, Sparkman (AL): The 5-10 and 220-pound junior did well, along with Ben Galluzzi from Springfield (TN) and Denarius Barnes from Hopkinsville (TN).
Max Goodwin, LB, Evansville Reitz (IN): The 6-foot and 210-pound junior held his own, with Will Gusmus from Houston (TN) and Dallas Darden from John Paul II (TN).
Payne Morgan, LB, St. Benedict of Auburndale (TN): The 5-11 and 210-pound freshman-to-be has a bright future, so does Austin Gough from Owensboro (KY).
Matt Needham, OL, Houston (TN): In a class all his own, the 6-6 and 310-pound junior has interest from Eastern Kentucky, Memphis, Murray State and Tulane.
Matt Bedford, OL, Cordova (TN): The 6-5 and 260-pound junior had his way with just about everyone down deep in the trenches. His name is one to remember.
Nathan Havrda, OL, Houston (TN): The 6-3 and 260-pound junior did well here, so did Alex Litle from Perry County (TN) and Andrew Farmer from Sunbright (TN).
William Long, OL, Hopkinsville (KY): The 6-foot and 255-pound freshman is about to hit a growth spurt. Once that happens, watch out, he’ll be difficult to deal with.
Braxton Ashabraner, DL, Jo Byrns (TN): Fully capable of lining up at the linebacker spot as well, versatility is the biggest asset for the 6-2 and 235-pound junior.
Ross Johnson, DL, Cedar Bluff (AL): With a motor that didn’t stop once throughout, it was full-speed ahead, all gas and no brakes, for the 6-2 and 275-pound junior.
Colton Spears, DL, Livingston Academy (TN): Strong, with good balance, the 6-2 and 260-pound junior has tools. With continued improvement, he’ll be just fine.
Trace Brown, DL, Seymour (TN): Forget about the fact the 6-2 and 235-pound sophomore is an underclassman. His peers did not recall age by day’s end.
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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.