Iowa City All-Combine Defensive Team
CB Victor Reynolds
CB Victor Reynolds
Recruiting Analyst - Midwest
Posted Apr 27, 2006

The All-American Combine in Iowa City has came and passed, but that doesn't mean there wasn't a lasting impression left from several talented prospects across the midwest. is ready to announces it All-Combine defensive team, and offers a breakdown of each position. Read slowly, there was plenty to talk about......

Defensive Line - Cody Hundertmark, Jeff Body, Steven Barnett, Clyde Manuel
Hundertmark was the top defensive lineman on hand, and at six-foot-three, 265-pounds, he can run with the best in the country. Fifteen minutes after the combine, he received his first offer from Iowa State, and followed that up with offers from Indiana and Iowa later in the week. Hundertmark will still have a big adjustment on the collegiate level from Class 2A football in Iowa, but he is very coachable and has a great work ethic. You will be hard pressed to find a kid who will get after it as consistently as he does. As Hundertmark becomes more of a student at the game, you will see him get better and better.

Indianapolis Warren Central is stacked along the defensive line, and it showed at the combine in naming three of their prospects to our all-combine team. Kentucky nabbed themselves a good one in Jeff Boyd, and Class of 2008 prospect, Steve Barnett, showed promise to be one of the nation's best at defensive tackle this time next year.

Clyde Manuel is an intriguing prospect. At six-foot-one, 200-pounds, his explosion off the edge was un-matched and he created problems for many offensive lineman on hand. Still, his frame doesn't appear that it will allow him to weigh much more than 235 to 240, but there is no question, you are talking about a division one athlete. Schools able to have him in camp this summer will undoubtedly look to see how he reacts standing up.

At defensive end, Solon, Iowa's Auggie Hadenfeldt helped make a name for himself. Hadenfeldt does not have the ideal frame at defensive end, but has a motor that will not be denied, and he proved in testing that he can run.

Grand Island, Nebraska's Jake Gdowski surprised some by competing along the defensive line, but had one of the more impressive showings of the day. After testing well, Gdowski repeatedly made his way to the front of line to gain more reps, and performed very well in the drills, as well. Don't be surprised to see schools more actively look into the possibility of Gdowski playing at defensive tackle.

At defensive tackle, Fremont, Nebraska's Taylor Escamilla, Monroe City, Missouri's Andy O'Cheltree, and Leavenworth's Victor Butler are all guys who could earn themselves offers at summer camps.

Linebacker - Blake Lawrence, Kevin Rouse, Tyler Nielsen
Blake Lawrence is an ideal outside linebacker prospect. You can read more about him in this feature written by's Chris Pool.

Kevin Rouse may not necessarily pass the eyeball test as a highly coveted linebacker prospect, but watch his film, and you know he is a football player. The best part, Rouse ran as well as any linebacker will on the All-American Combine tour. Already holding seven offers, it shouldn't stop there for Rouse.

Tyler Nielsen (pictured above) joined his teammate, Cody Hundertmark, as one of the true success stories at the combine. Like Hundertmark, Nielsen also received three offers after the combine (Iowa, Purdue, and Iowa State). Nielsen still has plenty of room to fill out, but as long as he puts in the work, he has the speed and athleticism to be a premier linebacker.

The talent at the linebacker position at the combine was enough to make up the all-combine team on both sides of the ball. Both Luke Lambert (Missouri commitment) and Noah Keller could have just as easily made this team. Remember, with Keller, he is second to Cozad, Nebraska's Luke Pinkelman, who was named as an all-combine offensive lineman, in the shot put with a throw of 59-5. Keller was as physical as any linebacker on hand, and if you read the article on Blake Lawrence above, you'll see he earned the attention of Lawrence, as well. He is going to make a very good inside backer at some Big 12 or Big 10 school.

Plenty of other prospects showed promise as division one prospects, including Stephen Franklin and Kevin Pacholski. Shawn Gerard is one to watch this summer and fall, and is another solid inside backer prospect. Jake Steffen hopes to follow the path of former Mount Vernon alum Chad Greenway, and he displayed plenty of athleticism at the combine.

Cornerbacks - Victor Reynolds, Ryan Murphy
Oak Creek, Wisconsin's Victor Reynolds came in as an intriguing prospect to our staff given his accomplishments on the track field. A transfer to Oak Creek head coach Joe Koch this past winter, Reynolds displayed that he has all the raw tools you can ask for in a defensive back on the division one level. Combine defensive back coach Don Cox stated, "This kid is going to be one of the lockdown corners for some big school. He has great bump coverage, uses his hands real well. Good size, too."

On both of his 40s, he slipped out of the blocks and let up five yards short of the end. He has some big time speed. His frame is solid as well.

There wasn't a lot of hype surrounding Lawrence, Kansas (Free State) athlete Ryan Murhpy entering the combine, either, but he certainly showcased he has what it takes to be a cover corner in the Big 12 or Big 10 Conference.

In the one-on-one drills, Murphy jammed receivers up almost instantly and held them inside the five yard cushion for a second or two longer than the rest of the defensive backs. Several receivers felt Murphy was the toughest in coverage, when asked after the combine.

Both Marcus Thomas and Jerrell Parks represented chi-town in a good fashion with solid showings at the combine. Murphy's twin brother, Brian, is a better athlete than what his testing numbers would indicate. The only question on him is his size.

Safety - Jordan Bernstine, Dom DeCicco
Jordan Bernstine made the short drive down, 1-80 east, and proved he not only is one of the midwest's premier athletes, but one of the premier athletes in this entire country. Named the MVP of the combine, Bernstine received offers from UCLA, Kansas State, and the Iowa Hawkeyes following the combine. His recruitment quickly is becoming a national affair, although, it is his mother's hopes that he will remain close to home.

DeCicco made a mark at wide receiver at our Pitt combine, and his made his way out to Iowa City to do the same, in adition, to making a mark at safety. According to Coach Cox, "(DeCicco) is an ideal strong safety prospect that I know I'd love to have."

DeCicco has the most blazing shuttle times ever witnessed at our combines. His versatility and toughness, combined with his quickness, make him a great prospect, but he will have to continue to work on his top end speed. A lot of schools are now mentioning the possibility of playing outside linebacker, as well.

Davenport Assumption's Kyle Steinbrecher and Chicago King's Marcus Wesley are both to watch over the summer, and into next fall.

The All-Combine Teams are selected by representatives of and the high school coaches who work our combines, the combine is broken up into three phases including testing, positional drills, and one-on-one competition. Players who are chosen for the All-Combine teams.

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