Similar to year’s past, there was no shortage of talent when the Blue-Grey Regional Combine recently made a customary stop out in the Golden State. The talent pool, across the board, at multiple positions, was particularly deep once again in Southern California.
College coaches, and scouts alike, were spotted on Feb. 21 at Ventura College. There was more than enough media coverage as well, with the recruiting services and video crews catching the action. That said, let’s get down to business and take a look at who’s who.
Matt Fink, QB, Glendora (CA): Plenty of hype surrounded him beforehand. And the 6-foot-3 and 185-pound junior didn’t disappoint. He lived up to the advanced billing and was named Offensive MVP for his efforts. Rightfully so. Also worth mentioning, Fink entered the workout with six scholarships in place. The next day, Kansas put another offer on the table.
Jason Harman, QB, Canyon (CA): L.J. Northington of Orange Lutheran (CA) was expected to contend with Fink for top billing. A prior commitment, however, did not allow that situation to materialize. Still, Harman emerged as one to watch. The 6-3 and 181-pound junior impressed from start to finish.
Kenny Gagnon, QB, Desert Christian (CA): The 6-foot and 170-pound junior grabbed the attention of many with an impressive time in the 40-yard dash. After that, it was more of the same. Consistent, also with several flashes of potential, he could be a name to remember for the future. Stay tuned.
Kenneth Trice, RB, Kennedy (CA): All signs pointed to Leo Lambert III of Notre Dame (CA) and Parie Dedeaux of Dorsey (CA) being a pair of marquee names. In the absence of both high-profile prospects, Trice took advantage. The 5-10 and 170-pound junior did well throughout with all of the extra reps.
Isaiah Gable, RB, Arleta (CA): The 5-4 and 140-pound junior is often knocked for his size, or the lack thereof. The shortsightedness though, might be a bit unfair. When given the opportunity, Gable rose to the occasion and held his own against bigger opponents. He did everything the coaching staff asked.
Mason Hale, RB, Santiago (CA): Versatile as the come, the 5-9 and 165-pound junior did well during individual drills and then duplicated the feat once the one-on-ones started. Austin Bacher of Chaparral (CA) and Kobe Stancil of Independence (CA) were other prospects who opened up eyes along the way.
Anselem Umeh, WR, St. John Bosco (CA): The 5-10 and 177-pound junior was without peer. Try as they might, opponents never figured out a way to stop him. Given his dominance, it should not come as a surprise to learn that Umeh has received interest from programs in the Pac-12 Conference and ACC.
Trace Hobbs, WR, Canyon (CA): Both Isaiah Diego-Williams of JSerra (CA) and Cameron Jackson of Centennial (CA) planned to attend the workout. Unfortunately, the tandem was unavailable. Hobbs, on the other hand, was around and the quarterbacks quickly gravitated to the 6-3 and 185-pound junior.
Daveon Howard, WR, Long Beach Poly (CA): A big target, the 6-4 and 191-pound junior made several memorable plays, particularly in the red zone. Same thing can be said about Jerome Bohuslavizki of Santa Margarita (CA), Jordan Harris of St. John Bosco (CA) and Lloyd Hightower of Chaparral (CA).
Jerald Campbell, DB, Lemoore (CA): Most in attendance came to see Traveon Beck of St. John Bosco (CA) and Christian Wilcox of Roosevelt (CA). Each recruit was unable to go, however. That was fine with Campbell. The 6-foot and 165-pound and fellow junior teammate Allen Perryman filled the void.
Corey Selenski, LB, JSerra (CA): The 6-3 and 220-pound junior transfer did little, or nothing, to tarnish his growing reputation as a prospect to watch on the whole West Coast recruiting scene. It’s reasonable to expect that programs such as Cal and Washington will remain in contact with him in the near future.
Avery Jones, LB, Canyon (CA): He looked the part. And also played the part. Perhaps one of the things that separated him from some of his peers was his athleticism. Right at the point of attack, sideline-to-sideline, or vertical down the field, the 6-foot and 220-pound junior delivered in all facets of the game.
Devon Harper, LB, Colony (CA): The 6-foot and 210-pound junior held his own against the running backs during individual match-ups. He did not back down from a challenge and was named Defensive MVP for his efforts. Nacion Reese of San Marcos (CA) was also in the discussion for the honor.
K.J. Latu, LB, Paraclete (CA): In terms of the underclassmen, regardless of position, the 5-11 and 210-pound sophomore could turn out to be the best of the entire bunch. Keep this in mind, close to 200 prospects participated in the workout. Bottom line: Latu is a name to remember. You heard it here first.
Koal Denning, DL, La Mirada (CA): A man among boys, most times in this setting, the 6-3 and 255-pound junior went to work from the start. Once things began for the Big Man Challenge, he went toe-to-toe with Dominic DeMarco of Frontier (CA) and the exchanges between the two were entertaining.
Sean Chisholm, OL, Camarillo (CA): No stranger to the process after one teammate on the prep circuit Nico Lima played in the recent Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, and another Jake Constantine worked out a year ago, Chisolm made a favorable impression. Keep an eye on the 6-5 and 280-pound junior.