LANCASTER, TEXAS – May of the Top Class 2013 and 2014 prospects in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex took part in the fast-paced Next Level Athlete combine put on by Justin Simons and staff.
Here’s a look at the top performers from the event.
Four-star quarterback JT Barrett continues to impress in early camp settings for the Class of 2013.
Quincy Adeboyejo, WR, Cedar Hill, 2013
In a 2013 class full of talented receivers, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound Adeboyejo hasn’t received near the fanfare as others, but he certainly made his mark on Sunday. He was smooth throughout the combine, whether it be drills or route running. He displayed the quickness to create separation and adjusted to the ball well. He is just now popping onto the radar with recent interest by Rice, Baylor and Texas A&M.
JT Barrett, QB, Wichita Falls Rider, 2013
The 6-foot-1, 209-pound dual-threat signal caller took home the QB MVP award at Sunday’s combine doing what he does best, making a lasting first impression. Even in the combine setting, Barrett’s leadership qualities shine through and drew praise from the instructors. On the field, his feet again proved to be very impressive as well as his fast arm, and arm strength. His command in everything he does, and the effort he gives with every single rep in drills or one-on-one’s always impresses. Texas Tech and Nebraska have offered with Baylor, Texas and a number of others showing serious interest. Barrett will be in Lubbock this weekend for junior day.
Jesse Brubaker, TE, Wylie East, 2013
Another class of 2013 prospect that hasn’t received as much interest as others, the 6-foot-3, 238-pound Brubaker impressed on Sunday. The former quarterback is a the quintessential “gym rat” type. He’s always in the action, was always engaged in every drill and rep. As a tight end prospect, he’s got a terrific in-line frame with the body type to carry 255-260-pounds and look very strong doing it. He displayed soft hands and deceptive feet and body quickness throughout the day. Thus far, TCU, Iowa State and Michigan have show interest, but expect his list to grown throughout the spring evaluation period.
Nick Harvey, CB/S, Lancaster, 2014
If 247Sports ranked the combine on upside potential, sophomore budding star Nick Harvey might be the winner. The 5-foot-10, 176-pound two-year starter for the talent rich 4A program is both quick and fast with impressive burst out of a T-step. The high school jack-of-all-trades projects to corner on the next level and already has the likes of LSU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and USC calling the Lancaster coaching staff with hopes of getting him to campus and camps in the spring and summer.
Rami Hammad, OG, Irving High, 2013
The little known Hammad took home the Offensive Line MVP honors on Sunday with a combination of strength, the ability to mirror and reactive quickness. His flexibility and knee bend also impressed on Sunday, along with his acceptance of physical one-on-one’s against some quality bull rushers. The 6-foot-3, 285-pounder is a relative unknown due to Irving’s 1-9 season in 2011, and a head coaching change that has slowed down college coaches visits to the 5A school. Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline was by the school last week, so expect Hammad’s recruitment to start picking up.
Cornelius Henderson, DT, Duncanville, 2013
Henderson took home defensive line MVP honors Sunday, and deservedly so. He attacked every rep with max effort and showed very impressive toughness and an aggressive nature. The 6-foot-1, 290-pound Henderson is primarily a bull rusher with impressive leg drive, but can improve with quicker first step get off. Henderson will be at Texas Tech junior day Feb. 18. Oklahoma State, Michigan State and Purdue are among those showing serious interest.
Karick Huggins, DT, Dallas Skyline, 2013
Huggins has impressed us before, and did so again on Sunday. While the 6-foot-4, 282-pounder could easily project to offensive line on the next level, he showed an impressive skill set on Sunday at defensive tackle. He was aggressive and quick with the hands and showed the ability to get small on more than one rep. As a defensive tackle, he is a good athlete, as an offensive lineman, he would be a plus athlete. Texas Tech and SMU have verbally offered, and programs such as Oklahoma and Baylor are showing serious interest. The Sooners are talking both defense and offense with Huggins.
Eldridge Massington, WR, West Mesquite, 2013
The first thing that jumps out about Massington is his coaches dream frame. He is all of 6-foot-3 and 200-pounds with a strong body type perfectly proportioned. While he excels on deep routes and in high-point situations on video, he proved to have intermediate route running skills on Sunday. He did a good job of pushing through the ground, sticking his foot in the ground and getting his head turned throughout the day. Massington will attend junior days at Baylor, Oklahoma and Texas. Baylor, Oregon State and Colorado have verbally offered.
Kameron Miles, S, West Mesquite, 2013
Miles was awarded the defensive back MVP on Sunday, and did so with an impressive combination of size, strength, above average change of direction for his size, physicality, and the ability to time the ball in the air. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder with verbal offers from Baylor, UCLA and Oregon State also showed downhill, T-step burst just like we have seen on video. While he has the frame to grow into a 225-230-pound outside linebacker, he prefers safety at the next level. Miles will attend junior days at Texas A&M January 28, Baylor January 29, Oklahoma February 4th and Texas February 12th.
Kenneth O’Neal, OLB, South Grand Prairie
Another relative unknown to this point, outside linebacker prospect Kenneth O’Neal impressed on Sunday. The 6-foot-0, 198-pounder with the frame to carry 225-pounds or more, showed the ability to react and change direction pretty well in coverage. He also displayed the type of foot quickness college coaches look for at his position. O’Neal will attend junior days at LSU Feb. 4 and Tulsa February 18.
Lionel Phillips, DT, Garland Naaman Forest, 2013
Phillips was one of many talented defensive line prospects on hand. His effort and quickness stood out initially in drills. He brought a lot of energy and competitive fire to the event. The 6-foot-1, 265-pounder won the majority of his one-on-one battles with a quick first step, the ability to react to sudden movement by offensive lineman and the strength and flexibility to win the leverage battle and bull rush. He played with impressive extension throughout the day. Texas A&M, Oregon, Northwestern, New Mexico and TCU are among the schools sending mail.
Jalen Rhodes, RB, Rowlett, 2013
Rhodes capitalized on a productive junior season at Rowlett with an impressive showing on Sunday. The 5-foot-9, 176-pounder proved to be a tough cover for linebackers in passing drills with a combination of strength, quickness and the ability to quickly change direction. His foot quickness impressed on junior video, and again at the NLA Combine. Oregon State and Missouri are currently showing interest, but expect his stock to rise during the spring evaluation period.
Jaylon Scott, CB, Dallas Carter, 2013
Scott has impressed before, but it was on the track with his blazing times of 10.65 in the 100-meters and 21.7 in the 200-meters. On Sunday, the 5-foot-8, 165-pounder with 4.4-speed showed the ability fluid hips and the ability to change direction and quickly close on the ball. Colorado State has verbally offered, and Missouri, Iowa State and Michigan have shown interest.
Sam Tevi, DE, Euless Trinity, 2013
The 6-foot-6, 268-pound Tevi is an impressive prospect on the hoof. While he plays defensive end for Euless Trinity, he may well project to offensive tackle at the next level. He showed impressive natural strength Sunday on multiple reps, and while it’s tough for him to gain a leverage advantage, his combination of strength and quickness for his size resulted in a number of wins in the one-on-one setting. Utah State has verbally offered, with programs such as Oklahoma, Colorado, Baylor, Texas Tech and Texas A&M showing serious interest. Tevi will be at Baylor junior day Sunday and
Texas Tech February 18.
Dontre Wilson, APB, DeSoto, 2013
Wilson seemingly always causes a buzz every time he steps foot on a field and Sunday was more of the same. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounders ultra quick feet and elite ball skills were on full display in passing drills leading to him being honored as the combine running back MVP. As impressive as he is in space and in the passing game, his effort and competitiveness in pass protection drills impressed equally. The national 100 prospect in the 2013 class will be Texas A&M junior day this weekend and Texas on Feb. 12.