The wait, at long last for some, is finally over. After a planned and nearly two-month absence from the circuit, things returned to normal as a pair of well-organized Blue-Grey Regional Combines took place this past weekend along the West Coast.
Will Pyburn left a lasting impression on scouts at the recent Blue-Grey Regional Combine.
The first stop was at Ventura College (Calif.) and the turnout on Saturday was far better than expected down South. Same thing can be said about the gathering on Sunday after a road trip North ended up at Memorial Stadium in Napa Valley (Calif.).
“I was impressed with the talent, the players came ready to compete,” said longtime veteran of the NFL and Blue-Grey Regional Combine instructor Mark McMillian. “We had some big names and diamonds in the rough who will receive offers soon.”
That said, we plan to take an inside look at the more well-known prospects in attendance and reveal the latest on how the whole recruiting process is going for each individual. We'll also shed some light on the under-the-radar types who participated.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COMBINE
Will Pyburn, QB, Pasadena (Calif.) La Salle: It's difficult to believe that the 6-foot-5 and 200-pounder leftie doesn't have any scholarships on the table, especially after watching him dominate from start to finish here. Worth mentioning, Pyburn had a combine-best 34 inch vertical. Arizona State, Fresno State and New Mexico are among the few schools in the mix.
Greyson Bankhead, WR, Corona (Calif.) Centennial: The 5-10 and 160-pounder junior couldn't be stopped, or so it seemed at times, during one-on-one drills. As a direct result, his selection as offensive MVP was a no-brainer decision. Bankhead is lacking an offer right now. However, interest from programs in the Pac-12 Conference continues to pick up.
David Lewis, CB, San Diego (Calif.) Morse: He was one of the few players, perhaps the lone prospect in retrospect, to put up a fight against Bankhead. Lewis held his own against many counterparts. For his efforts, the 6-foot-1 and 190-pound junior was named defensive MVP. Rightfully so. San Diego State and Nevada have expressed interest in Lewis.
Keisean Nixon, CB, Los Angeles (Calif.) Salesian: Not to be outdone, the 6-foot and 180-pound junior gave opponents fits when the time came for the defensive backs to take on the wide-outs. He excelled in bump-and-run coverage and displayed good recovery speed as well. Arizona. Oregon State, UCLA and Washington State have contacted Nixon.
Nico Lima, TE, Camarillo (Calif.): At 6-4 and 255 pounds, he certainly passes the eye test, there is no doubt about it. Still, even with a sizable frame that's larger than most of his peers at the position, Lima is agile enough to get open down the field. And once there, he possesses good hands. Not surprisingly, Lima is talking to Arizona, Colorado and Holy Cross.
NORTHERN CALIFORNIA COMBINE
Deante Fortenberry, CB, Pittsburgh (Calif.): Plain and simple, the 5-11 and 165-pound junior is a fierce competitor. His motor does not stop. If given the opportunity, Fortenberry would've liked to take every rep during the one-on-one drills. When all was said and done, he was defensive MVP award.
Darius Powe, WR, El Cerrito (Calif.): The 6-2 and 185-pound sophomore nearly stole the show. His battles with Fortenberry were the most watched encounters on the afternoon, perhaps the most entertaining at both combines this past weekend. Still, there are no scholarships to speak of for Powe.
Edward Ware, WR, Sacramento (Calif.) Capital Christian: There was no shortage of talent lining up on the outside. That said, Ware refused to be overlooked. The 6-1 and 175-pound junior made the most of his opportunities and left a lasting impression. Teams from the Pac-12 Conference are aware of what he brings to the table.
Daniel Dunham, DL, San Jose (Calif.) Valley Christian: Some are under the impression that gatherings such as this are tailor made for recruits at the skill positions. Don't tell that to Dunham though. The 6-1 and 270-pound junior never took a play off. And his efforts did not go unnoticed. UC Davis and San Jose State are a pair of programs apparently interested.
Vincent Johnson, RB, Lubbock (Tex.) Monterey: Somewhat surprisingly, he decided to travel from the Lone Star State. Yet the road trip proved to be worthwhile for the 5-10 and 170-pound junior. Johnson did well when asked to do a number of different things. Perhaps that best explains why he's recently been in touch with several schools a bit closer to home.
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