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April 20, 2013

All State Combine Huge Success

Close to 300 players converged on the campus of Newberry College for the 2013 SCVarsity.com All-State Football Combine today. Players from Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina joined our South Carolina guys for the top combine event in the Southeast.


The SCVarsity ASFC records are pretty impressive but today saw one of our old records fall as Cherryville (NC) offensive lineman Gus Deviney knocked out 38 reps on the 185lbs bench press. The previous record was 32, set by South Aiken's James Gore in 2009. Deviney walked into the weight room and asked Coach Micah Kurtz what the record was; Kurtz replied "32." Deviney said, "not any more," and got on the bench and commenced to setting a new record.

For the first time ever, we implemented the standing broad jump into the testing set. There were a lot of great leaps but Westwood High School's 2015 WR Adonus Lee had the best jump at 10 feet, establishing the SCVaristy All-State Football Combine record for the event.

As with any testing event in the country, there were some players who weren't happy about their performances, primarily in the 40 yard dash. We try to explain to players, coaches, and parents that we are going to give accurate times and they may not always be what the players are being told they run "back home." Complaints were also voiced about some wind issues and running into the wind, though it was less than 5mph winds and was not constant.

The wind, however, did not seem to affect some players at all. Lakeside (Ga)  2015 running back Josh Jones turned in 4.43 and 4.48 times in his attempts. An interesting point on his times is that I was personally watching him run and this kid had slight slips coming out of the start on each run and still blistered the event. The track star from Augusta, Georgia also turned in a 4.12 shuttle run.

Blythewood had two players, WR Lynard Jamison and CB Aaron Peak, turn in impressive 40 times of 4.55 and 4.51 respectively.

There were a lot of players turning in impressive times in the shuttle. Players are getting more used to running this event and understand the body control part of transitioning their speed and did a great job when they weren't slipping. The top shuttle time was North Augusta DB Dale Young (2014), who missed the combine record by 4 tenths of a second. He ran a 3.94 on his second attempt, after a 4.0 on his first try. Dutch Fork 2014 RB Walter Roberson ran a 3.97 and Blue Ridge 2014 LB Lake Stoval ran a 3.99.


As with each year, the combine MVP's were impressive in their skills sessions and one-on-one competitions. Here's a look at the guys who captured the coveted awards.

QB MVP - Daniel Thompson, 2015, Boiling Springs HS - Thompson has been impressive from the first time we saw him as a rising ninth grader two years ago. He showed near flawless mechanics, a very strong arm, and better than average accuracy on the routes, hitting the receivers on their breaks in very tough coverage.

RB MVP - Walter Roberson, 2014, Dutch Fork HS - Roberson was a machine at running back, playing physical against a very strong group of linebackers and catching everything thrown his way.

WR MVP - Lynard Jamison, 2014 Blythewood HS - Jamison is an example of why players need to attend the QB1 QB-WR Training Days. This junior standout from Blythewood ran very crisp patters, was lethal in double moves, really sticks his foot in the ground and transitions better than any other receiver in camp, and has hands of glue.

OL MVP - Noah Green, 2015, Boiling Springs HS - Green was fierce in one-on-ones, taking on all comers and not giving up a sack in the pass protection drills. He's got excellent footwork, has great hip angles, and holds his blocks well.

DL MVP - Tyrell Goodwin, 2015, A.C. Flora HS - Goodwin is very physical and really takes it to the would-be blockers with a relentless pursuit of the ball carrier. He's good at staying low and is a very strong power rusher. He was seldom challenged in match ups.

LB MVP - Scott Roudabush, 2014, Boiling Springs HS - Roudabush was one of the most fundamentally sound linebackers in camp. He's very physical, and attacked the running backs under control. What was most impressive about him is that he displayed the coverage skills of a defensive back and I think he could really excell as a strong safety.

DB MVP - Lane Ecton, 2015, Dutch Fork HS - Ecton showed great fundamentals in coverage skills, read the receivers well, showed excellent transition speed and very good and targetting his breaking points. He plays safety but has the skills to play corner, as well.

COMBINE OVERALL MVP - Aaron Peak, CB, Blythewood HS - This 2014 cornerback was a unanimous choice for the overall combine MVP. He is as close to a "lock down" corner as you can get in high school, with refined coverage skills. He's explosive coming out of his t-step, is very instinctive on release reads from the quarterback, has great hips, and incredible breaking speed. I only saw him give up one completion in one-on-one's on the day and he had great coverage on it, as well.


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