And so it begins. With an eye on the future, a factor that’s paramount when it comes to the whole game of scouting, the time to focus on prospects in the Class of 2016 for next year’s Blue-Grey All-American Bowl is right now. Actually, things got started more than a month ago.
Accordingly, the first workout in a close to sixth-month long series of Regional Combines took place at University of Texas at Arlington on Dec. 13. Four all-important Super Combines loom large thereafter as recruits from all over the country patiently wait for an exclusive invite.
The final step is multiple meetings between the selection committee for the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl, where individuals are evaluated for one of two big games: December at Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium and January at Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Raymond James Stadium.
Given the facts, and with a number of players well aware of what was at stake during the recent Regional Combine in the Lone Star State, several athletes left a lasting impression on our coaching staff comprised of NFL veterans. See for yourself. Details are below.
Jamall Collins, QB, Manor (TX): A jack-of-all-trades type, the 5-foot-11 and 195-pound junior typically lines up at quarterback on the prep circuit. At times, you’ll find him in the secondary as well. Bottom line: Collins possesses plenty of upside, regardless of the position.
Taylor O’Neal-Givens, RB, Shelton (TX): The 5-10 and 173-pound junior hoped to do well during the skills testing. He did that, to be clear. More impressive, however, was how O’Neal-Givens separated himself from his counterparts when the individual session started.
Jermaine Brealy, DB, Mansfield Legacy (TX): The 5-9 and 164-pound junior caught the attention of many with a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash. Then, a 4.16 mark in the shuttle followed. The Conference USA target held his own during the one-on-one drills, as well.
James Brown, LB, Lafayette (LA): He looked the part. And the 6-2 and 220-pound junior played the part, too. Aside from passing the eye test, he displayed balance and speed from start to finish. Brown fully understood what was expected from him in this type of setting.
Ashton Hollie, OL, DeQuincy (LA): The 6-3 and 270-pound junior turned heads throughout. He was seemingly without peer, most times. Not surprisingly, Arizona State, Boise State and Utah have been in contact with Hollie in the past. You’ll be hearing much more about him.