Position Breakdown of SIU Combine

Position Breakdown of SIU Combine

Nearly 200 players from three different states participated in the Step It Up Combine in Jacksonville over the weekend. Scout was there, and has this position breakdown.

Note: These are just some of the many standout performances from players at this event.

Quarterbacks:
There was a strong group of quarterbacks at this event. When the receivers were asked for their favorite quarterbacks during the passing drills, two names kept coming up -- Lafayette's Brycen Lee and Orange Park's Jacob Mezera. At 6-foot-4 and 160 pounds, Lee has a live arm and threw for over 1,400 yards and 20 touchdowns as a sophomore this season. Mezera, 6-foot-4 and 175 pounds, is a very good athlete who can beat you throwing it or running it. Both players seem to have Division 1 size and skill sets.

Running Back:
This was probably the strongest position group at the event. Raines standout Ashton Hall (5-10, 180) was actually the strongest man at the event (27 reps). He plays running back and scored eight touchdowns as a junior.
Clay High is loaded with quality players and one of their best is only a freshman. Bilal Ally (5-9, 160) showed off great athleticism, and had over 500 yards on the ground this season. He's a player in the 2016 class to remember.

Austin Ritchey is a small school standout at Bell High. He ran for 1,230 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior this season, and then was excellent at this event. At 6-feet and 210 pounds, Ritchey ran a 4.6/40, 4.01/shuttle, and did 9-9 on the broad jump.

Lowndes High's Ahman Brown (5-8, 170) ran for almost 600 yards and 10 scores as a sophomore this season. He turned in a very good performance here, and is a running back prospect in Georgia's 2015 class to keep an eye on.

Jack Reed won the Fastest Man race. At 5-foot-9 and 155 pounds, Reed was an explosive player for North Marion this season. He's only a sophomore but reminds you a lot of former NM standout Jamie Gilmore. He'll be a college prospect to keep an eye on.

The most impressive running back prospect at the event was probably Centreville High's A.J. Turner. At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, the Virginia standout ran a 4.4, and was excellent in all the testing stations and then all the drills. He ran for over 2,000 yards as a sophomore this season and will be a major college prospect down the road.

Wide Receivers:
It was a solid group but a few of them jumped out over the rest. Rickards High's Stephen Denmark (6-foot-3, 195 pounds) has the size, speed, athleticism, and ball skills to become a major college recruit over the next year. He should have lots of nice offers to choose from very soon.

Trinity Christian's Jeffery Holland (6-2/215) is only a sophomore but had over 700 yards rushing and 10 sacks on defense. He plays all over the field but worked with the receivers here. He already has offers from Florida and eight others, and is definitely a player to watch.

Wes Weeks turned in a very good junior season at Clay High, and will be a Division 1 prospect this coming year. At 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, Weeks tested well and looked smooth in drills.

Linemen:
There were several standout performances among the offensive and defensive linemen. Kendrick Norton, Deion Eakins, Darius Anderson, Janard Waters, and Brandon Charles were just a few of them. Ealrinz (6-2/315) has Division 1 size already and is only a sophomore at Trinity. He will be a major college prospect down the road.

Linebackers:
Josiah Carter was the overall MVP. At 6-foot-2 and 206 pounds, his athletic numbers are off the charts. He also looked good at linebacker, and then as a defensive end at times. Carter plays alongside Dillon Bates (a national recruit already) at Ponte Vedra and it's only a matter of time before he collects similar offers.

Kellen Snider (6-0/205) was an all-state performer on the field in 2012 after he had 179 tackles. He has a nose for the football and showed off good athletic ability at this event. He's a Division 1 linebacker prospect in the Jacksonville area.

Defensive Backs:
Remember the name Chris Barr. At 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, he tested pretty well but then dominated in drills on both sides of the ball. He's going to play a big role for Trinity as they chase a state title in 2013. Lincoln High is always loaded with prospects and this year will be no different. One player to really keep an eye on there is Brandon Jackson. At 6-feet and 175 pounds, Jackson tested very well and looked excellent in drills. He's fresh off an excellent junior season too.

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