"In The Trenches" Part V
Terence Edge
Terence Edge
East Recruiting Analyst
Posted Apr 20, 2006
Bob Lichtenfels, SteelCitySports.com

Over the next three months Scout.com will be traveling the nation in search of the top prospects. We will have the chance to see players who will be nominated for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, and Underclassmen who will be the stars of tomorrow. At times, you will also see an under dog, someone who wasn’t on the radar who comes to the combine and puts themselves on the map.

Terence Edge, 6-2.5 and 266 pounds, from Tri-Cities was beaten once all day and that was his very first try at the one-on-ones. That lit the proverbial fire under the behind of Edge as he dominated the field the rest of the competition. Edge ran a 4.81 forty, 8.12 L-Cone. If you want to measure explosiveness the you look at his results in the vertical 29” and the standing broad jump 9-1.

Scouting Report: What’s not to like. Edge is a good student (3.7 GPA) and is a very intense competitor. As you can tell by his test results he is a very explosive player. Edge is one of those linemen who is big, but he is also an exceptional athlete. If someone gets this prospect and nurtures him, he could be a star. He was hands down the best looking offensive line prospect in Atlanta.

Edge was the best prospect, but his teammate Marcus Brewster was the best lineman. At 5-10, 276 pounds, Brewster lacks the ideal size of a D-I prospect. Don’t tell Brewster that, because this kid will battle anyone and probably win. He tested well and ran a 5.30 in the forty.

Scouting Report: Brewster may not be a technician, but his low center of gravity and competitiveness he gets it done. He will most likely end up at a I-AA or D-II school because of his size. He has very good feet and he is deceptively strong. He finishes his blocks, once he engages and keeps going until the whistle blows.

Kevis Watkins, 6-3.5 and 340 pounds from Creekside earned himself the nickname “IHOP” at the combine. What better name could you chose for a linemen who pancakes multiple opponents during a pass rush drill. Watkins ran a respectable 5.47 in the forty and posted a 7-8 standing broad jump.

Scouting Report: Watkins can be as good as he wants to be. One area Watkins needs to improve on is his body. A solid weight training and nutrition regimen will help Watkins. At first glance you would not expect Watkins to be as fierce as he is, but he is very quick off the snap and opens up well in pass pro.

Heard County lineman Jason Vise, 6-5 and 289 pounds, is a warrior. Vise took his lumps a few times, but he gave more than he received. Vise worked out as a guard, but he could also play offensive tackle. Vise posted a 7-6 standing broad jump.

Scouting Report: Vise is one of those players who will give you everything he’s got. He is a very fiery competitor. Vise is very efficient, no wasted movements. One area he’ll need to improve on is his footwork.

I hate to jinx a young prospect, but A.J. Harmon of Jefferson has the potential to be one of the top defensive linemen in the nation next season. Harmon checked in at 6-4 and 303 pounds. Harmon showed his explosiveness by recording a 25” vertical and a 7-10 standing broad jump. I’m guessing that Harmon will be receiving a few offers in early September.

Scouting Report: Harmon is a great character kid and is very coachable. One thing I saw that I really liked was after Harmon dominated the interior linemen, he moved over with the defensive ends without even being asked. This is a sophomore who challenges himself to get better. Harmon has an outstanding frame and will likely get a lot of looks for offense as well.

Peach County defensive tackle Dion Armstrong, 6-1.5 and 310 pounds, is this weeks “silent, but violent” winner. Armstrong hardly ever uttered a word, but his actions spoke for him. One by one Armstrong soundly defeated each man he faced.

Scouting Report: Armstrong is very quick off the snap and gets a tremendous up field push. He uses his hands very well and does not let the opposition get their hands on him. Armstrong is very strong and compact. He keeps a nice low base and powers through the opposition.

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