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WESTFIELD - Top performers from Monday’s Best of the Midwest Combine just outside of Indianapolis.

ALPHA DOG

The handheld watch by a camp staffer said 4.22 after Frankfort (Ky.) Mission Hills all-purpose back Wandale Robinson finished his first 40-yard dash. What couldn’t be debated following that rep was who the fastest guy in the facility was.

Robinson hit 4.4 on his next run and that speed along with the burst and shiftiness allowed him to dominate 1-on-1 reps where the 2019 recruit also showed soft hands down field. Ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 5 all-purpose back, Robinson had defenders spinning like a top as he exploded free with double moves. Subtle moves saw Robinson easily separate for a nice game of pitch and catch with his quarterback. The 5-foot-8, 170-pound Robinson is one of the more dynamic players on film in the country and it showed up during this venue.

Duke, Kentucky and Virginia make up the top three for Robinson who is also considering Louisville among others.

NEXT FIVE OFFENSE

Reynoldsburg (Ohio) High offensive tackle Jay Amburgey took on the top pass rushers during 1-on-1s and dominated, a fine performance for the 6-foot-5, 265-pound 2019 recruit who is approaching double digit offers. Amburgey still has a lot of filling out left in him, but the senior-to-be already has good feet, a strong base, plays with good leverage and strength.

Belleville (Mich.) High 2021 talent Damon Payne racked up early offers from the likes of Florida State, Georgia, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan and Minnesota as a two-way standout but following this camp his future may be brighter on the offensive line. We’ve seen him dominate on both sides over the last two years but on this day the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Payne performed at a high level on offense showing a strong pass set and violent punch. He took on the twitchy pass rushers coming off the edge and he used his strength to control the bull-rushers. Regardless of the side of the ball, Payne looks like a blue-chipper.

A day after committing to local Louisville, 2019 receiver Demontae Crumes came out and ran sub 4.5 and flashed several times during 1-on-1s. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Crumes has a lot of growth potential and brings explosive play-making ability to the position.

We thought 2021 quarterback Christian Veillieux spun the most consistent football on Monday among a talented group of quarterbacks. The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Canadian was accurate to all levels and has the traits to be a Power Five recruit. Penn State and Syracuse are showing early interest.

Belleville (Mich.) High 2020 offensive guard Sherrod Greene is going to continue to makeover his body but he was a finisher, a heavy-handed violent football player that came out on the winning end of most of his 1-on-1 reps.

TOP FIVE DEFENSE

Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean linebacker Cameron Williams should see his stock rise this spring. He ran 4.65 during the camp, flashed that short-area burst and change of direction quickness coveted at the position, brings nice size and is one of the Hoosier State’s top hurdlers so he is a unique athlete for a second-level defender. Williams was a handful for running backs in blocking drills and covered them easily during 1-on-1s. Ranked by the 247Sports Composite as the No. 7 recruit in Indiana and nation’s No. 27 outside linebacker, Williams offer list currently includes Boston College, Iowa State and Syracuse.

Belleville (Mich.) High 2020 cornerback Andre Seldon ran a pair of sub 4.5 40-yard dashes during the testing portion and come 1-on-1s he didn’t give up much. Cat quick and obviously fast and tenacious, Seldon has all the traits coveted in a nickel defender.

Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis 2019 cornerback Michael Adams Jr. wasn’t allowed to play as a junior per state transfer rules so the camp circuit this spring and summer will be big in spring boarding his recruitment. This event certainly helped as Adams ripped off a 4.34 40-yard dash which was the second fastest of the day. He was also hungry for reps during 1-on-1s taking more than any other defensive back and getting his hands on a lot of passes. Adams is also expecting a big track season this spring so that will be a boost for him as well. Like Seldon, he checks the boxes as a nickel defender.

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech athlete Jalen Graham was the most physical defensive back at the event burying receivers or re-routing them. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound senior-to-be is also impressive physically and could play on either side of the ball on the next level but the secondary seems like his best upside. He said Iowa State and Kentucky are his best relationships at this point in the process.

Sunbury (Ohio) Big Walnut linebacker Eli Myers has an early offer from Ball State but at the Best of the Midwest Combine he looked like a future Power Five player. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Myers was arguably the most physically impressive player at his position, he has some twitch to him and made plays in coverage while dominating running backs in 1-on-1 blocking drills.

AROUND THE CAMP

—Camp coaches awarded several MVPs.

  • In the quarterback group Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central 2020 Roman Purcell, Indianapolis (Ind.) North Central’s Liam Thompson and Lima (Ohio) Shawnee’s Johnny Caprella shared the honors. Danville (Ind.) High’s Ben Slaton also turned in a strong performance. Those quarterbacks got more reps than most of the others during the 1-on-1 portion.
  • The running back group saw Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis 2019 Delbert Mimms and Springfield (Ill.) Sacred-Heart Griffin 2021 awarded the hardware. Mimms ran 4.6 and is approaching double-digit offers. Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech running back Lew Nichols III ran 4.5 and routinely got behind linebackers in 1-on-1s. Another running back from Cass Tech in Jordan Lowe was the best in pass protection drills.
  • Receiver MVPs were awarded to Robinson and Indianapolis (Ind.) Pick 2019 Cameron Williams. Tight end MVPs went to Frank Caldwell from Butler High in Kentucky and Ian Drummond from Lewis Center (Ohio) Olentangy.
  • The offensive line MVPs went to Amburgey and Payne. Others that shined included Justin Britt, Lebanon (Ohio) High’s Luke Lane, Jack Kirby, 2020 Alex Collett of Louisville (Ky.) Ballard, 2020 Jack Kirby of Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier, 2019 Max Hill from Paris (Ky) Bourbon County and Dayton (Ohio) Trotwood-Madison 2019 offensive guard Jaison Williams.
  • On the defensive line, the staff gave MVPs to Noblesville (Ind.) High 2019 Dalton Davis, a versatile, quick player across the front and Belleville (Ind.) High’s 2019 Jalen Bell, who is an undersized but a quick and powerful interior lineman. Good reps came from Brownsburg (Ind.) High 2019 defensive end Lawson Aiken, Radcliff (Ky.) North Hardin 2020 defensive tackle Octavious Oxendine, Canadian 2020s Akheem Mesidor and Kenny Mestidor (who both project as outside linebackers), Lexington (Ky.) Christian Academy 2020 Walker Parks, Indianapolis Pike 2020 Antonio White and Avon (Ind.) High 2020 defensive tackle Nathaniel James who at 5-foot-11, 250-pounds ran 4.7 and could play numerous positions with his size and strength. He’s a 650-pound squatter, 360-pound bench presser with a 315-pound clean. His quickness allowed him to be disruptive, he’s obviously powerful and that speed makes fullback an enticing option as well.
  • The linebacker group was loaded and Kokomo (Ind.) High’s Jabrian Adams, Canada Prep’s Kerves Bonhomme and Williams were awarded MVP. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Bonhomme was raw but may have been one of the best overall prospects at the camp. Indianapolis (Ind.) Cathedral’s Richie Hagarty, Louisville (Ky.) Ballard’s Jared Casey and Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech’s Devin Nicholson look like future Power Five players. Carmel (Ind.) High 2020 Ty Wise is on the verge of breaking out.
  • Defensive back MVPs included Seldon along with Antoine Holloway out of Maple Heights and 2020 Myles Williams out of Westerville Central, both of Ohio.

Allen Trieu contributed to this report.