Friday, January 3, 2014
Under Armour Combine Early Offerings
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Today’s Early Offering is coming to you from the Under Armour Combine in St. Petersburg, Fla. Here’s a look at who stood out among the 150-plus competitors.
Campbell steals the show George Campbell (Tarpon Springs, Fla./East Lake) showed why he is ranked as the No. 2 player in the ESPN Junior 300. The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Campbell tested off the charts with a 4.36-second time in the 40-yard dash and a 4.06 shuttle. He then backed it up with a strong performance in the one-on-one and seven-on-seven portion of the combine. Defensive backs lined up to face him and, in most cases, he burned them with either his speed or his ability to go up get the ball at its highest point. “I felt good about what I did today,” Campbell said. “I wanted to test myself against the best-of-the-best.” Consider the test passed. On the recruiting front, Campbell recently backed away from his commitment to Michigan and said at Wednesday’s registration he’s slowing down the process.
Moses is the man Some times when a recruit receives a lot of early attention when you finally see them in person, they disappoint. That wasn’t the case with Class of 2017 running back Dylan Moses (Baton Rouge, La./University Lab). The LSU commitment has been a lightning rod with fans wondering how early is too early to recruit a prospect, but Moses proved at the combine he’s right at home with some of the best prospects two or three years older than him. Moses especially excelled during the one-on-ones where he blew by linebackers with his speed. When defenders tried to get physical with him, he was more physical than them, brushing them off and getting open. Maybe it’s time to stop doubting Les Miles’ evaluation ability.
A few others that impressed DaMarkus Lodge (Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill), the No. 5 receiver in the 2015 class, won’t blow you away with his speed, but he catches everything that’s thrown his direction. He made defensive backs look silly with his route running. The battles between offensive tackle Lester Cotton (Tuscaloosa, Ala./Central) and No. 5 defensive tackle Daron Payne were worth the price of admission. Cotton got the best of Payne on a few reps, including one where he ripped Payne’s jersey. Payne then returned the favor by blowing past him with a powerful speed rush. Both displayed why they have numerous offers and should compete for the top spot in Alabama. ESPN Junior 300 cornerback and LSU commit Kevin Toliver II (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) was about the only one that could slow down Campbell during one-on-ones.