SAN ANTONIO, Texas – The US Army All-American Combine features some of the top underclassman prospects in the country. We break down the All-Combine Team for the defensive backs and linebackers. Despite numerous outstanding prospects, only the top 11 were selected.
Marcus Robinson has a great linebacker frame.
Marcus Robinson (Memphis, Tenn./East) LB – Robinson is a legit 6-3 and at just a biscuit over 200 pounds, he needs to add some weight but one thing he is not lacking is athleticism. Robinson could run with any running back or tight end during one-on-ones, transitioning with ease and even showing great ball skills by finding the ball over his shoulder and making an interception. He already claims offers from North Carolina, Clemson, Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Memphis.
Xavier Griggs (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic) LB – Griggs is a little bit stiff at times but he is instinctual and he has a knack for reading routes well and seeing where the running back is going. He showed the ability to drop in coverage and get underneath routes and he also had the physicality to knock receivers off of their routes.
Darius Sims (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven) CB – Though Sims is only around 5-10, he showed some of the best feet at the event. He is extremely quick out of his backpedal and he can battle bigger receivers for the football. He had two interception in his limited opportunities on Friday and is emerging as one of the top playmakers in the southeast.
Kendall Fuller (Olney, Md./Good Counsel) CB – In his backpedal, Kendall Fuller can really see a play develop well. His instincts and quickness allowed him to win almost all of his reps. He doesn’t overexert himself in his backpedal but if he has to turn and run, he still has the hips to transition. With good size to boot, Fuller showed why he has such a lofty ranking and such a large offer list. Fuller also had one of the day’s fastest 40 times.
Jalen Tabor (Washington, D.C./Friendship Collegiate) CB (2014) – Only a sophomore, Tabor continues to grow into an ideal cornerback frame with wiry strength and long arms. On Friday, he looked terrific in and out of his backpedal, keeping his feet under his shoulders and exploding out of his breaks. Look for Tabor to be one of the most heavily recruited defenders in the 2014 class.
Laurence Jones (Monroe, La./Neville) S (2014) – One of best looking defensive backs on the hoof, Jones plays cornerback but likely grows into a safety if not a linebacker. Even with his sturdy frame though, Jones has great turn-and-run ability and with the ball in the air, he has elite skills. His recruitment is quiet but that should quickly change this spring.
Jermaine Antoine (Loreauville, La.) ATH – Antoine was arguably the top all-purpose performer at the combine on Friday, displaying big play ability not only at cornerback but also at wide receiver as well. He’s limited when it comes to size but Antoine competes at a high level and has the quickness and short movement skills to really be a difference maker on either side of the ball.
Jesus Wilson (Miami, Fla./Columbus) CB – Wilson is a typical south Florida athlete. He’s undersized but he loves to compete and he uses great speed to out-quick bigger prospects. Wilson has got some savvy about him and when the ball is in the air, he can really go get it.
Dakari Antoine (Round Rock, Texas) CB – Often times when you don’t notice a cornerback that can be a very good thing. On Friday though, Antoine continued to get noticed for all the right reasons. He just kept making plays. Though he has limited size at 5-9 Antoine fought his way onto the All-Combine team with play after play in coverage.
Mackensie Alexander (Immokalee, Fla.) CB – Alexander is an athlete that is just natural. When he’s on the field, you notice him, not from a physical standpoint but just in the way he moves. He is effortless out of his backpedal and closes on the ball in a flash. Alexander also has good size and is part of a fantastic Immokalee junior class.
Dashon Hunt (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Westlake) CB – Hunt, a UCLA commit, is a stocky defender that doubles as running back for his high school team. He shows that strength and toughness in his frame and in the way he plays, scraping through receivers to get to the football and showing a lot of physicality. The athleticism is certainly there too with Hunt who continues to look the part of his four-star ranking and a Top247 prospect.
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