There certainly was no shortage of talent at this weekend’s Blue-Grey Regional Combine at the training facility for the Washington Redskins in Richmond (VA).
In fact, multiple premier prospects from that part of the country, along with plenty of under-the-radar recruits, opened the eyes of our NFL veteran coaching staff.
What follows is a look at a majority of the individuals who did well when given the chance and made the most of their opportunities in the competitive setting.
Chazz Surratt, QB, East Lincoln (NC): A Duke commit, the 6-foot-2 and 195-pound junior was on the official roster, but then unable to attend due to some unforeseen circumstances. Considering his intentions were good, and an attempt was made, he could soon end up on the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Watch.
Bryson Stukes, QB, Landstown (VA): Without a marquee name around, the 6-3 and 195-pound junior did well when given the opportunity to spin the ball during the one-on-ones. Harry Woodberry of Benedictine (VA) also benefited from the additional reps.
Daenard Branch, WR, Kinston (NC): The 6-foot and 175-pound sophomore made the difficult catch appear routine during the one-on-ones. At times, more often than not, he was unstoppable. For his efforts, he took home the award for Co-Offensive MVP.
Khalif Sinclair, WR, Norristown (PA): Competitive as they come, the 5-10 and 175-pound junior was talkative throughout his match-ups with the opponent. Considering his results, there was no reason to keep quiet. By day’s end, he was Co-Offensive MVP.
Brian Bullock, WR, Thomas Dale (VA): The 5-10 and 170-pound junior was in the same discussion as Branch and Sinclair. He handled business. Same thing can be said about Matthew Pidgeon of Mount vernon (VA) and Alajuwan Langston of Lakeland (VA).
Jordan Douglas, RB, South Hagerstown (MD): The 6-1 and 195-pound junior had several flash plays. Heth Grant from Radford (VA), Notorious Smith from Hopewell (VA) and Jeremiah Hankerson from Lee Davis (VA) and are other names to remember.
Dorian Banks, DB, Gallatin (TN): A Tennessee commit, the 5-9 and 165-pound junior had every intention to come out and compete. Unfortunately, he was not in action. Still, Banks remains on the radar for the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl Watch List.
Jamaal Lopes, DB, First Colonial (VA): The 5-10 and 170-pound junior is a freakish athlete. He had the top mark in multiple skills testing drills. There was little, or no, drop-off once the individuals started. Thus, he was named as Co-Defensive MVP.
Anthony Mason, DB, Thomas Dale (VA): Fearless, the 5-11 and 175-pound junior was busy from start to finish and did not back down from any challenge. In fact, he held his own against the top receivers on hand. Accordingly, he earned Co-Defensive MVP.
Robert Morris, DB, New Kent (VA): The 5-8 and 150-pound junior might have been unfairly labeled as undersized by some. Once the workout was all said and done, however, those who thought that his frame would limit his effectiveness, they were wrong.
Sharmane Alexander, LB, Brunswick (VA): Despite being an underclassman, the 6-foot and 195-pound sophomore played the position as if he’d been on the prep circuit for years and years. He was a force to be reckon with, certainly there’s no doubt that.
Brian Plummer, OL, South Carroll (MD): A Maryland commit, the 6-7 and 300-pound junior was a man among boys. He turned more than a few heads, both on and off the field. Safe to say, his effort did nothing to tarnish his growing national reputation.
Doug Leighty, OL, Southmoreland (PA): The 6-4 and 250-pound junior held his own, and then some, down in the trenches with the big boys. He might have been underneath the radar before, but after word spreads about his effort, those days will be done.
Greg Maddox, OL, Spencer County (KY): Raw, but with plenty of upside, the 6-4 and 360-pound sophomore has some tools to work with. He showed flashes of quick feet and strong hands. Now, it’s only a matter of time before he puts it together.
Reese Donahue, DL, Midland Cabell (WV): A West Virginia commit, the 6-4 and 250-pound junior grabbed his fair share of attention, with his sheer presence alone. All eyes were on him, specifically speaking, his peers and fans in the stands alike.
Glenwood Williams, DL, Frederick Douglass (MD): The 5-10 and 265-pound junior a force inside and his name was mentioned in the same sentence as the others for Defensive MVP. Several schools from the ACC are interested, including Syracuse.
Jarey Allen, DL, Hopewell (VA): A spark plug, both physically and mentally, the 6-foot and 266-pound junior proved to be a headache for many of his counterparts. Too many to count. He not only talked the talked, Allen also walked the walk.