Photo by: National Underclassmen Football Combine
College Park, Georgia- Day
two of the SE Ultimate100 held at Bill Badgett Stadium in College Park saw air
temperatures swell to 105 degrees.
But that did not stop the over 280 participants from around the
Southeast region of the country from showing off their football skills. Every
participant took part in a combine, individual drills, one-on-ones, and a
7-on-7 tournament. Below are some of the top performers judged to have the best
chance of playing college at the next level at his stage in their careers. NUC
National Analyst, Barry Every, breaks down why these top performers stood out at
the SE Ultimate100.
Blasingame, DB, Buckhorn, AL (2014)
185, 4.59 40, 4.31 shuttle, 35-inch vertical, 16x155-pounds, 9-11 BJ
already has the size and overall athleticism that college coaches like their
safeties. He looks low and balanced in his backpedal and he eats up huge chunks
of yardage with his long elegant strides. He put in a dominant performance from
start to finish which was tough considering the weather conditions. His
superior effort earned him DB MVP.
Development: If you are a DI college coach in the Southeast you
really need to get this prospect in your one-day camp before the summer is
over. The area he needs to improve upon is playing in off man coverage by doing
a better job of reading the quarterbacks eyes. Outside of that he is a superior
Leslie Collins, RB, Kentwood, LA (2014)
Testing: 5-8, 161,
4.4 40, 4.43 shuttle, 30-inch vertical
Assets: Collins was
impressive on both sides of the ball on Saturday. He is very quick and has
exceptional change of direction. And though he came here as a running back he
looked natural backpedaling and making plays on the ball at defensive back.
Collins has long arms and the skill set that may allow him to project as a slot
receiver, cornerback, or all-purpose back. Though he did not win an award he
was considered one of the top RB performers by his position coach.
Development: Collins is still a bit light in the britches and
needs to add about 20-pounds of muscle mass. This should help him get more
yards after contact and improve durability. If he grows another inch he will
make a great cover corner.
Austin Gatewood, LB, East Hamilton, TN (2014)
Testing: 6-0, 201,
4.8 40, 4.26 shuttle, 28-inch vertical
linebacker really caught my eye during individual position work with his change
of directions and ball skills. Then during one-on-ones he was able to re-route
backs with a powerful jam at the line of scrimmage. His dominate play during
the one-on-ones really disrupted the quarterbacks with their decision making.
Though Gatewood did not win an award he was definitely considered one of the
top performers by his position coach.
Development: I really think this prospect has a bright future.
If he continues to add quality muscle mass while maintaining his overall
athleticism he will make a great inside linebacker in college.
Justin Jones, OL, South Cobb, GA (2014)
Testing: 6-2, 262,
5.16 40, 4.68 shuttle, 22.5-inch vertical
Assets: Jones is one
of the most athletic linemen I have seen this year. He is a natural hip and
knee bender that possesses long arms. He looks like a ballet dancer moving with
grace and precision during pass protection. I also liked how he took reps
during the one-on-ones on both sides of the ball. He ended up being ranked the
#2 offensive linemen in this camp.
Development: He needs to work on adding some upper body mass
which will help him combat massive interior defensive lineman. Jones is another
prospect that college coaches need to get into their one-day camp before the
summer is over.
Dimitri Leverett, QB/ATH, Bartow, FL (2014)
Testing: 6-0, 198,
4.64 40, 4.45 shuttle, 31-inch vertical, 32x155-pounds, 9-2 BJ
Assets: Leverett was
one of the most fiery and exciting players to watch in this camp. He not only
came here to show off his football skills but his versatility and toughness. He
took reps at quarterback and receiver during the one-on-ones not resting
between reps. He clearly has good leadership skills and could be successful at
receiver or quarterback at the next level. He also had a dominating performance
during the 7-on-7 tournament playing both positions. His effort did not go
unnoticed as he won the QB MVP award.
Development: As a quarterback he needs to work on keeping his
depth in the pocket in order to have bigger windows to throw through. His skill
set as a quarterback would be best served in the spread offense. I believe his
best position at the next level will either be slot receiver or safety.
Collin Lisa, WR, Chattahoochee, GA (2014)
Testing: 5-9, 181,
4.37 shuttle, 30-inch vertical, 24x155-pounds
Assets: No receiver
in this camp ran sharper routes than this technician. Lisa also possesses
excellent hands and body control. He can contort his body in any direction to
make plays on poorly thrown balls. Lisa also has superior lower body structure
which is ideal for making yards after contact. His precise route running left
defensive backs corkscrewed into the ground. Receivers Coach Jayson Swain had
no other choice but to honor this baller with the WR MVP Award.
Development: Lisa has good speed but in order to be considered
an elite WR prospect he will need to improve his homerun speed. Either way he
is still a solid slot receiver prospect in my opinion.
Aaron Maher, QB/ATH, Brentwood, TN (2014)
200, 4.59 40, 4.21 shuttle, 28-inch vertical, 30x155-pounds
Assets: Maher came
to this event to work out at quarterback. But it was his dominating performance
as a receiver in the 7-on-7 tournament that caught the eyes of the NUC Coaching
staff. He displayed the speed to get behind defensive backs and the body
control to make plays on badly thrown balls. Maher did a great job of attacking
the ball with his hands. He single handedly won the 7-on7 tournament for the
white team. For his herculean effort he was honored with the Dodie
Donnell award which goes to the best on
the field player.
Development: This southpaw needs to work on holding the ball
higher while squaring up to his intended target. I really think his best
position right now would be as a hybrid receiver/tight end.
Austin Mansell, LB, Walker, AL (2014)
Testing: 6-0, 219,
4.69 40, 4.69 shuttle, 36x155-pounds, 9-0 BJ
Assets: Mansell is
one really jacked linebacker that possesses superior strength and athleticism.
His position coach was raving about him from the start because he had good hips
in coverage and a powerful jam at the line of scrimmage. He was able to keep
backs from running free across the middle during the 7-on-7 tournament. His
hard work paid off in these unbearable weather conditions as he was awarded LB
Development: His size and skill set remind me of fellow Alabama
native and current Texas Tech linebacker Blake Dees. If he continues to add
muscle mass while maintaining his speed and quickness he should make a solid
inside linebacker at the next level.
Jarrett Mitchell, RB, Kubasaki, Okinawa, Japan (2014)
Testing: 5-8, 181,
4.45 40, 4.13 shuttle, 35-inch vertical, 20x155-pounds, 9-8 BJ
brought his "A" game to the SE Ultiame100 on Saturday. Not only did he test off
the charts he outworked almost every competitor in this camp. He was near
impossible to cover during the one-on-ones while making catch after catch. He
has excellent change of direction and acceleration for a running back. He also
has superior overall body structure. In the end Mitchell proved it does not
matter where you play your high school ball at if you work hard you will be
noticed. He was the easy choice for RB MVP at this camp.
Development: The area he needs the biggest improvement in is
visibility. It will be a tad tougher for college coaches to actually see him
play live. So he needs to hit a bunch of one day camps before he heads back to
Sione Palelei, RB, East Ascension, LA (2014)
Testing: 5-9, 188,
4.4 40, 4.1 shuttle, 34.5-inch vertical, 36x155-pounds, 9-10 BJ
Assets: The testing
numbers that he put up on this day are some of the sickest I have ever seen. I
knew from his performance at the SE 5-Star Showcase he was good but not this
good. He is one rocked up back that has homerun speed, great acceleration, and
the strength to bounce off linebackers. If college coaches have not seen his
film yet they need to google his name ASAP. He is not an all-purpose back but
an every down back that can either make you miss or run you over. The long trip
to College Park, Georgia paid off for Palelei as he received the highest honor Overall
Development: The only area I saw that he may need to work on is
his body control as a receiver out of the backfield. He already has verbal
offers from Alabama and LSU and you can expect that to continue to grow at an
Kamryn Pettway, RB, Prattville, AL (2014)
220, 4.58 40, 4.51 shuttle, 34x155-pounds, 9-5 BJ
Assets: I just love
the size and athleticism this young back possesses. He looks like a monster
standing beside the other running backs with the ability to run downhill and
wear out defenses. Pettway's testing numbers are off the charts for a big back.
He also looked very good during individual position work. His skill set will
also allow him to project as an athletic linebacker at the next level.
Development: If he wants to become an every down back he needs
to work on running sharper routes and improving his ability to adjust to the
ball once it is in the air. He is at a very high profile high school so I am
sure college coaches will get a chance to see him run roughshod on some
Richard Yeargin, III, LB, Chaminade-Madonna, FL (2014)
203, 4.63 shuttle, 28.5-inch vertical, 26x155-pounds
coaches are looking for linebackers with good length and superior athleticism.
Yeargin's frame can easily hold another 30 pounds of muscle mass which will
allow him to play every linebacker position at the next level. He possesses
excellent lateral movement and runs sideline to sideline like a deer. He was
clearly one of the better looking linebackers and performers at this camp.
Development: Right now he is really lean and he will need to
add more muscle mass and strength in order to take on offensive lineman. If he
can do this while improving his overall speed he could become a major DI
Marius Young, OL, Hermitage, VA (2014)
265, 5.37 40, 4.65 shuttle, 22.5-inch vertical, 24x185-pounds
Assets: Young was
not only one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the camp he was the most
cerebral. He was able to diagnose his mistakes immediately after the one-on-on
reps. Young possesses good size and strength for an offensive center and the
toughness to do battle with bigger interior defensive tackles. There is no
doubt that this natural hip and knee bender has the skill set to play at the
highest level of college football. Young made the long trip to this camp and in
turn awarded as the OL MVP.
Development: He really only needs to add about 20-pounds over
the next two years to be considered a blue-chip center prospect. Right now it
is time for him to hit some one day college camps in his
|Other Top Performers:
Ryan Broskie, OL, Co-Strongest Man Line, Creekside, FL; David Cook, LB, Leadership Award, Cornerstone Academy, FL; Joel Evans, RB, Strongest
Man Skill, Southern Durham, NC; Janaro
Jackson, DL MVP, Oak Leaf, FL;
Jimmy Keys, Jr., DB, Fastest Man,
Southwind, TN; Walker Laning, OL, Co-Strongest Man Line; East Henderson, TN; Jakell Mitchell, TE
MVP, Opelika, AL; Devon Steptoe, WR,
Independence, LA; Myquan Stout, DL, Combine King Line, Carson, NC; Derrick Tindal, DB, Boyd Anderson;
J'myiah Vincent, RB, Ben L. Smith, NC.