This weekend is as busy as any weekend in college football during the spring., Looking around the midwest, many programs are set to host their spring classic, including Notre Dame, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Kansas State, and etc.
While Saturday's combine does not fall under ideal scheduling, due to relentless work from the Scout.com recruiting staff, the event is still shaping up to be one of the premier combines on the tour.
Lets take a look position by position:
A lot of big bodies in the midwest in 2006, and certainly a position that will be represented at the combine. While there is no clear established headliner, there are plenty of kids who could walk away from this combine having proven their ability as one of the midwest's finest. As of press time, we are still awaiting decisions from Saint Joseph, Missouri (Benton)'s duo of Demetrius Davis and Andy Gilmore, as well, as Olathe, Kansas (South)'s Jervon Graves. Certainly, anyone of those three could steal the show at the combine. Looking at who is expected to be on hand, Humboldt, Iowa's Cody Hundertmark, Chicago, Illinois (Hubbard)'s Brian Thomas, Fremont, Nebraska (Bergon Archbishop)'s Taylor Escamilla, Leavenworth, Kansas's Victor Butler, Monroe City, Missouri's Andy Cheltree, Saint Louis, Missouri (DeSmet)'s Rick Pipkin, Eden Prairie, Minnesota (Rosemount)'s Jordan Azzam, and Frankfort, Illinois (Lincoln-Way East)'s DJ Pirkle are all sleepers who could strut their stuff. Also, Class of 2008 prospect, Steve Barnett of Warren Central could emerge as one to watch in the future.
It has been a decision that has gone back and forth, and will likely come down to the last minute, but Scout.com remains hopeful that Chicago Simeon's Martez Wilson will be on hand to participate. He is a prospect ready to burst onto the scene. Warren Central's Jeff Boyd, a University of Kentucky commitment, Other prospects to keep an eye on: Elkhorn, Nebraska's Kevin Thomsen, St. Theresa's Marquis Singelton, Kenosha Tremper's David Kelsch, Wellington, Missouri's Kyle Nixdorf, Plainview, Nebraska's Luke Lingenfelter, Warren Central's Clyde Manuel, and Aplington-Parkersburg's Evan Capper. It was hoped that Lake City, Iowa (Southern Cal)'s John Blessington would be on hand, but a recently pulled hamstring will prevent that from occurring.
A lot of great linebacker prospects are set to be on hand, starting with Brother Rice's Chris Colasanti. It is unsure whether Colasanti will actually test or not. Harrisonville, Missouri's Michael Keck is a last minute decision after recently straining his hamstring. Joliet Catholic's Kevin Rouse will certainly be one attracting a lot of attention, as will Blake Lawrence of Shawnee Mission West. University of Missouri commitment Luke Lambert will participate. North Kansas City's Stephen Franklin will also be on hand. Other prospects to watch: Des Moines Roosevelt's Fabian Brown, St. Laurence, Illinois's Jason Mielzynski, Humboldt, Iowa's Tyler Nielsen, Mount Vernon, South Dakota's Jake Steffen, Kearney, Nebraska's Noah Keller, and Shawn Gerard of North Scott.
Due to the fact they will all compete together, I'm going to classify all of them under one unit. Without question, this is looking to be the most talented group of any position at the combine. As I write this article, it is expected that Cedric Everson of Detroit Mumford will be on hand. The other headliner set to join Everson's potential arrival is Jerimy Finch of Warren Central. There isn't much drop off after that, if any at all, when considering prospets Dom DeCicco, Jordan Bernstine, Victor Reynolds, Marcus Thomas, Quentin Moten, and Jacob Juedes are all set to participate. DeCicco already recorded some of the fastest times on the Scout.com All-American Combine Tour back in Pittsburgh. Reynolds holds some of the fatest track times in the entire country. There are two sleeper prospects to keep an eye on in Racine Park transfer Matt Ferron and Des Moines Roosevelt's Kameron Middlebrooks, who missed the majority of his junior season due to an injury. Both Sean Cattouse of Chicago Hubbard and Jerrell Parks of Chicago Martin Luther King are expected to participate, as well. Olathe East's Dorain Williams is another intriguing prospect set to attend.
Without question, there is a lot of talent set to represent the defensive side of the ball in Iowa City, Iowa this Saturday. As much, if not more, talent is expected on the offensive side of ball, which certainly presents many intriguing matchups when looking at the one on one drills to take place.
Scout.com will have full coverage of what transpires in Iowa City in the days, weeks, and months forthcoming.