News Notes and Notoriety from LA Beat The Heat Junior Combine
East Bakerfield's Akeeli Holley was the leader of a dedicated pack last Sunday afternoon at Cathedral High School. The 5'7 159 lb RB ha terrific quickness and had all eyes on him during 1 on 1's. With an 8'4 broad jump, 4.35 shuttle run, good hands and sharp cuts, Holley left the combine with the Overall MVP trophy.
Travis Bernard (Valley Center) won the RB MVP following a spirited effort, The 5'6.5 174 pound Bernard had a 30 inch vertical, 8'10, ran a 4.35 shuttle, bench pressed 185 lbs 20 times and was in a league of his own during 1 on 1's.
Austin "Big Dog" Williams (Crenshaw) scaled in at 6'0 300 and stepped off the field with a buzz surrounding him. With the near-NFL size at age, impressive strength and good hands, Will most definitely be heard from again.
Christian Diehm (San Pedro) has all the tools to be a multi functional TE. At 6'5 213, he is quick, jumps well and knows how to block. He also has good hands and can play like a wide receiver. In addition to winning the TE MVP, Diehm showed that he is a major threat to the defense.
Kyrle Wilson (Ridgeview) Is a terror to the offense. The 6'1.5 221 lb standout won the LB MVP by displaying tremendous instincts and equally as impressive athleticism. He had a 31.5 inch vertical, 8'11 broad jump, ran a 4.57 40, bench pressed 185 lbs 20 times and neutralized the RB's. You will hear more about him in the near future.
Jamal Overton (Pomona) and Mason Miller (Espenanza) shared the Combine King award. Both had 33+ inch verticals and terrific broad jumps. With the game of football becoming more reliant on athleticism each and every day, these two become that much more important.
Sophomores Show Promise in LA!
It was the second time the National Underclassmen Combine hosted an event in Los Angeles but a lack of star power was nonexistent. Many talented played showed up with hopes of making it to the next level, but after five highly competitive hours at the combine, some athletes' ability was above and beyond.
Leading the pack was Misson Hills HS' Aaron Leauma. Leauma is 5'11 245 lbs of power and tenacity, bench pressing 185 lbs 16 times while looking like a man amongst boys during 1 on 1's. He has the kind of drive that spells doom for opposing linemen and by winning the camp's Overall MVP award, looks to be a future D1 player.
Adam Sanchez (Bishop Amat) took home WR MVP honors and displayed an impressive skill set. At 5'7 163, Sanchez had a 30 inch vertical, 8'5 broad jump, ran a 4.59 shuttle, 4.60 40, bench pressed 155 lbs 19 times, had outstanding hands and ran good routes. There is a lot to like about this rising junior.
Logan Scott (Chaminade Prep) is a natural born leader. He hustles without hesitation, listens at all times and is the most vocal player on the field. The 6'0 163 lb Scott was an easy choice for the leadership award, as he possesses everything a coach could possibly ask for from his QB.
Jonathan Jerozal (Canyon) has plenty of zip on his pass and has the footwork of a tap dancer. The 5'10.5 173 lb Jerozal also runs a 4.55 shuttle and a terrific attitude, which earned him the QB MVP.
Cactus HS' Denzell Dotson is 6'1 290 lbs of domination. The easy choice for OL MVP, Dotson's aforementioned size enabled him to bench press 185 lbs 17 times while nuetralizing the opposing linemen during 1 on 1's.
Props on the defensive end must also go out to LB MVP Darnell Murray (Citrus Hill) and DB MVP Steven Russell (Narbonne), who put forth a solid effort as well.
From end to end, LA's second sophomore combine was first in class.
Los Angeles Beat the Heat Freshman Elite!
- Mater Dei HS' Jameson Field was the top dog of this talented session. The 5'8 143 lb Field has great hands, quick feet, runs nice routes and had that much more ability than the DB's. As long as he continues to grow, Field will be a force to be reckoned with.
- John Lopez is 6'5.5 315 lbs. We could honestly stop our assessment here, but won't. His tremendous size is met with equally impressive strength; strength by skill. Lopez sticks out from a crowd and should because he is a darn good prospect. With NFL size as a 9th grader, it is safe to say that all eyes are on him.
- Jonathan Davis is 5'8 243 lbs of nasty. In taking home the DL MVP, Davis displayed outstanding hands, a tremendous drive and good mechanics. He is the kind of DL that offensive coordinators dread.
- Taylor "King" Thompson was the top athlete at the camp, running and jumping all over the place. The 5'8 180 lb athletic freak had a 32 inch vertical, ran a 4.62 shuttle, had a 9'0 broad jump and bench pressed 135 lbs 21 times en route to winning Combine King and Fastest Man award.
- Jonathan Lockett has solid potential. As a current 8th grader, Lockett ran a 4.51 shuttle and was amongst the top performers during the individual period. The 5'8 131 pound wideout should be fun to watch improve.