March 31, 2007

Underclassman Combine finishes strong in Dallas

There were a number of impressive performances during the Underclassman Combine's morning session in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, but the afternoon session seemed to raise the bar even higher. Standing out amongst a number of memorable performances was the MVP of the session, dual-threat QB Shane Ros, a sophomore from Cinco Ranch High School in Texas.

Ros, 5-foot-10 and 171-pounds, was a starting cornerback during the 2006 season, but will line up at both quarterback and cornerback during his junior season. He moved extremely well in the quarterback drills, but also threw a surprisingly good ball during the 1-on-1's, which should make him a very dangerous weapon at Cinco Ranch. He also excelled during the combine events with a 9'6 broad jump, 30-inch vertical, 23 reps at 150-pounds, and a 4.46 40 and 4.24 shuttle time. Ros wasn't the only dual-threat quarterback to make his mark during the afternoon session, however. Sophomore Justin Mullinix, 5-foot-10 and 160-pounds, of Normangee High in Texas was extremely accurate during 1-on-1's, plus ran a 4.23 shuttle and 4.55 40. Oklahoma was represented with sophomore Dax Dilbeck of Edmond Deer Creek, who measured in at 6-foot-1, 171-pounds, and had a 31-inch vertical, 9'4 broad, 4.5 40, and a 4.14 shuttle, which was the fastest shuttle time of the afternoon. Good performances were also turned in by sophomore Ryan Campos of South Grand Prairie, who ran a 4.16 shuttle, sophomore Jameson Wells of West High, who ran a 4.51 40 and 4.38 shuttle, and sophomore William Moore of Bullard High, who at 6-foot-2 and 174-pounds, ran a 4.55 40 and 4.41 shuttle.

Even though dual-threat quarterbacks ruled the afternoon, there were definitely a few drop back passers that still impressed. Leading the way was sophomore Tyler Tettleton, 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds, of Norman North in Oklahoma, who was named the QB MVP. Even though Tettleton is a drop back quarterback, he ran equally well and dominated throughout the afternoon. He also did not disappoint during the combine events by running a 4.54 40, 4.25 shuttle, doing 23 reps at 150-pounds, and jumping 32.5 inches in the vertical. It wouldn't be surprising if Tettleton turned into a major star down the road. Other drop back passers who impressed were sophomore Jackson Crawley, 6-foot-2 and 185-pounds, of First Baptist Academy in Texas, and potential superstar freshman Zach Lee of McKinney High in Texas, who at 6-foot-4 and 184-pounds, ran a 4.56 shuttle and had a 4.77 40, while throwing a very good ball during drills.

At the running back position, the star of the afternoon was sophomore Rex Burkhead of Plano Senior High, who was named the RB MVP. Burkhead, 5-foot-10 and 180-pounds, came into the event as a proven star and did not disappoint as his agility and athletic ability helped him dominate the 1-on-1 portion of the event. He also proved his abilities during the combine events with a 34-inch vertical, 9'7 broad jump, 28 reps at 150-pounds, a 4.28 shuttle, and a 4.61 40 time. He is definitely a superstar in the making. The running back position also produced two other MVP awards. Monte Anderson of Big Spring High in Texas was named the Fastest Player with a 4.43 40, plus he looked very good during 1-on-1 drills. The Freshman MVP went to Ben Malena, 5-foot-8 and 169-pounds, of Texas 5A power Cedar Hill High School. Malena's performance was not a surprise at the event, as he previously ran a 10.9 100M in the 8th grade and is expected to be the next great running back at Cedar Hill. He did not disappoint during the combine events either, with a 4.52 40, 27 reps at 135-pounds, and an 8-foot broad jump. Other running backs who impressed include sophomore Beau Blankenship, 5-foot-9 and 201-pounds, of Norman North, Oklahoma, who had a 4.5 40, 4.37 shuttle, 29.5 vertical, and did 37 reps at 150-pounds, sophomore Tyler Tabor of Crockett High in Texas, who at 6-foot-0 and 194-pounds, had a 4.26 shuttle, 4.5 40 and did 29 reps at 150-pounds, and finally freshman Dante Lipscomb, 5-foot-10 and 163-pounds, of Boswell High in Texas, who ran an impressive 4.37 shuttle and 4.50 40.

The WR MVP award in the afternoon session went to DeWayne Peace of South Grand Prairie, who edged out two other top receivers for the award. Peace, 5-foot-11 and 165-pounds, came out on top due to his excellent route running and hands, plus he had a 4.20 shuttle, 4.73 40, 8'10 broad, 28.5 vertical, and did 18 reps at 150-pounds. During 1-on-1's he definitely looked the part of a big time D1 receiver. Coming in right behind Peace was Jordan Mullinix, 5-foot-11 and 156-pounds, of Normangee, Texas and Maurice Porter, 5-foot-11 and 165-pounds, of Shoemaker, Texas. Mullinix, whose brother excelled as a quarterback at the combine, had a 29.5 vertical, 8'8 broad, 4.39 shuttle, 4.47 40, and sacrificed his body throughout the 1-on-1 portion of the combine. Porter finished with the best broad jump of the day with a 9'8 and the second fastest 40 of the day with a 4.44.

The inside look at the offensive side of the ball ends with the offensive line, which was anchored by the MVP Mason Walters, a sophomore out of Friendship High in Texas. Walters, 6-foot-5 and 280-pounds, had an amazing 29.5 vertical and 8'2 broad, plus ran a 5.0 shuttle, 5.4 40 and did 16 reps at 185-pounds. He is surefire D1 caliber player. Another offensive lineman that deserves mention is sophomore Starion Lowe, 6-foot-4 and 285-pounds, of Brownwood, Texas. Lowe ran a 4.98 shuttle and finished with 17 reps at 185-pounds.

Opposite the offensive line, the defensive line also turned in some quality performances. The defensive line MVP went to sophomore Ameen Behbahani of Plano West Senior High in Texas, who was dominant during 1-on-1's. At 6-foot-0 and 245-pounds he has the size and athleticism to be a great 3-technique lineman. He also had a 7'11 broad, 25-inch vertical, 5.13 40, and 5.07 shuttle. Another defensive lineman who impressed during 1-on-1's was sophomore Andrew Hudson of Bushland, Texas. Hudson, 6-foot-5 and 207-pounds, ran a 4.96 40 and 4.66 shuttle.

The LB MVP went to sophomore Beau Traber of Norman North in Oklahoma, who solidified his claim for the MVP award after a fantastic performance in the 1-on-1's. Traber, 5-foot-10 and 216-pounds, also left his mark during the combine events with a 4.70 40, 4.54 shuttle, 27-inch vertical, and a very impressive 38 reps at 150-pounds.

Cedar Hill High produced a second MVP in the afternoon session with sophomore defensive back Jameel Bagby. At 5-foot-8 and 150-pounds, Bagby sealed up the MVP award by making two electrifying interceptions late in the 1-on-1 portion of the event. If he needed any other validation for the award, he also had an 8'11 broad jump, 4.6 40, and 4.37 shuttle. Two other sophomore defensive backs also turned in performances that are definitely worth mentioning. Steven Baker, 5-foot-10 and 164-pounds, from Garland, Texas, had a 29.5 vertical, 4.21 shuttle, 4.62 40 and 19 reps at 150-pounds, while Vincent Daniel of South Grand Prairie was neck and neck with Bagby for the DB MVP award, and ran a 4.25 shuttle and 4.64 40.

Finally, a couple of special mentions: First, national power Southlake Carroll may have yet another superstar on their campus, as freshman Jackson Richards, 6-foot-3 and 234-pounds, had 26 reps at 150-pounds, a 29-inch vertical, 4.46 shuttle, and a 4.96 40. He is definitely a name to remember. And lastly we would like to mention the morning and afternoon accomplishments of all the participants from Norman North High School in Oklahoma. Players from the school dominated both the morning and afternoon session, and it is safe to say that this program has a very bright future. National Recruiting Analyst Mike Farrell contributed to this article.

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