Courtesy: Matt Yanofsky / National Underclassmen Football Combine
          Release: 07/28/2010
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Freshman set the tone at Baton Rouge freshman combine!


Loreauville HS' Jermaine Antoine capped a solid freshman session at Zachary HS last Saturday. Antoine, 5'9 163, took home the Overall MVP honors after putting together an impressive all around performance. Antonie had a 9'1 broad jump, ran a 4.52 shuttle and was a stud during 1 on 1's. He had quick feet and good hands, making him a viable option to get the ball at any time.

Curtis Jones (St. John) and Chris Taylor (Zachary) took home the DL and OL MVP respectively. Each were over 300 lbs and had massive strength which helped power them during 1 on 1's. Their bulk can really create problems for players at this level.

Jamal Chevis (Beau Chene) was the day's top RB. The 5'7 146 lb prospect had good strength and was powerful during the individual position period. He also had an 8'4 broad jump and 29 inch vertical in addition to bench pressing 135 lbs 24 times.

Donald Gage (Redemptorist) was the top athlete of the frosh session, taking home the Combine King award. The 5'10 156 lb WR had a 30 inch vertical, 8'7 broad jump, ran a 4.56 shuttle, 4.68 40 and bench pressed 135 lbs 15 times. His all around athletic gifts can help him become a star at wide out as long as he continues to improve on his route running.

With athletes like Antonie Gage, Chevis, Jones and Taylor, Baton Rouge remains a hotbed for football.

Sophomores Show Sensational Promise in Baton Rouge!

Zachary HS showcased a plethora of star sophomores last Saturday. The level of competition, determination and willingness to put everything on the line.

Dutchtown HS' Landon Collins put up one of the best performances of  the '10 season. The 5'11.5 199 lb safety had a 35.5 inch vertical, 10'6 broad jump, ran a 4.48 shuttle, bench pressed 155 lbs 24 times and was an absolute stud during 1 on 1's. Collins was physically dominant, quick, had Ed Reed like ball skills and was coachable. Collins has tremendous potential and I would be shocked if he doesn't end up at a big time school.

Teammates Ian Podwtalski and Kyron Jackson (Lutcher) shared the DB MVP award. Both were quick, did a terrific job of covering WR's, had 30+ inch verticals and 8'6+ on the broad jump. Lutcher HS' defense must be  one of the best in Louisiana with these two studs manning down the DB spots.

Jordy Wyble, 5'10 283 (Beau Chene) made a major statement en route to getting the OL MVP. Wyble had a tremendous intensity level and enough mass to making things difficult for opposing linemen during the individual period.

Holden Rogers (Sulphur) was a standout LB. The 5'9 192 lb Rogers had good athleticism (8'5 broad jump, 4.59 shuttle. 4.65 40) was strong (28 reps at 155) and played at a high level during 1 on 1's. His love of the game and willingness to lay everything on the line was impeccable.

Peabody's Jalen Richard ,5'7.5 190, was a terrific athlete and won the RB MVP. Richard had a 33.5 inch vertical, 9'0 broad jump, ran a 4.58 shuttle, 4.5 40, bench pressed 155 lbs 23 times and was a monster during 1 on 1's. He  is a solid combo RB and has potential to really do it all.

Big Boys Steal the Junior Combine in Baton Rouge!

Darren Harrell, 6'0 435 lbs of pure power, literally dropped jaws of scouts, coaches, parents and fellow athletes at the combine. The Marksville HS rising senior won the OL MVP and Strongest Man award. Harrell bench pressed 185 lbs 33 times and was literally impossible to move during the individual period. I can only imagine what it is like for a 16 year old d-lineman attempting to get past a player bigger than any anybody in the NFL. Harrell needs to get in better shape, but he has the talent and surprising quickness to do something.

Ezekiel "The Animal" Alsander (Southern Lab) was yet another OL who eliminated hope from the opposing linemen during 1 on 1's. While not as big as Harrell, Alsander was 6'5 287 of pure power. He bench pressed 185 lbs 23 times and did a nice job during 1 on 1's en route to claiming the co-OL MVP.

Raheem Richard (Thibodeaux) was the top athlete at the combine. Richard, 5'6 152, had a 39 inch vertical, 9'9 broad jump, ran a 4.44 40 and 4.62 shuttle. His ability to dominate in all of the testing make him a viable asset to any team. If he continues to improve as a RB, the sky is the limit.

Stevie Douglas (Home School) is one of our personal favorites. The 6'4 194 lb QB has played with a home school football team and previously didn't have any type of exposure. This was until 09', where he took home an MVP at the combine. Douglas once again starred, taking home the QB MVP. He has a great release, good feet, terrific leadership skills, throws a good ball and has a cannon for an arm. Douglas is a great story and with further coaching, he has the kind of story that can capture the hearts of many.

Devin Fosselman (Wilkinson County) was another stud athlete and could really play WR as well. The 5'9.5 183 lb Fosselman had a 39 inch vertical, 9'6 broad jump, ran a 4.63 shuttle, 4.55 40 and has solid hands en route to winning the WR MVP. It must be fun to throw to a QB who can leap like this kid!

Oh and how could we forget, Derrick Milton, the Overall MVP from Pineville HS! Milton, 5'10 189, had a unbelievable 39.5 inch vertical 9'10 broad jump, ran a 4.49 shuttle, 4.57 40 and starred during the 1 on 1's. From a RB standpoint, he did a great job of exploding off of the line and has unprecedented athleticism.

To say the players in Baton Rouge were very good wouldn't be honest. This junior session was simply one for the ages.

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