Cincinnati All-Combine Team
Donald Mathis
Donald Mathis
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Apr 19, 2007
Bob Lichtenfels, SteelCitySports.com


Cincinnati -- With driving rainstorms falling all day at Stargel Stadium in the Queen City, Scout.com decided not to have any testing on Saturday. The rain didn't stop the staff and athletes from performing though as the combine continued with agilities and positional drills, followed by one-on-ones and a seven-on-seven.

OFFENSE


Aquante` Braswell

QB:

Aquante` Braswell

Brookhaven High Columbus, Ohio 2008

This was a tough one to pick as Braswell and Trotwood-Madison sophomore Willie Ballard both were very impressive. Ballard had deft touch on his deep balls, but overall we felt Braswell had a little more zip and was more athletic throwing outside the pocket. He does not have ideal size, but his athleticism will give him some options.






James Cravens

RB:

James Cravens

Centerville, Ohio

Cravens passed the looks test and should provide a potent punch for Centerville this year. With the departure of Will Johnson, Cravens will be the man this year for the Elks. He looked very smooth and quick for a big back.






Ryan Nathan

RB:

Ryan Nathan

Lima, Ohio

Nathan is not big, but he has cat-like quickness and very good vision. He has very solid ball skills and is a threat out of the backfield.






DeVier Posey

WR:

DeVier Posey

Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle

It was easy to see why Ohio State jumped all over Posey very early. Posey is an outstanding route runner. He is so quick out of his breaks that it looks unnatural. Where you really see the difference between Posey and other receivers is when he catches a ball in stride, it’s almost as though he gets faster.






Daryl Gooden

WR:

Daryl Gooden

Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron

Gooden was as physically impressive as any wide receiver in attendance. He started out kind of slow, but once seven-on-sevens started Gooden came alive. He flashed good ball skills and used his body well to shield would be defenders from the ball.






Sam Gaymon

WR:

Sam Gaymon

Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance

Gaymon is a very solid receiver, but at the combine what impressed us was not anything that had to do with snagging passes. We were impressed by his desire to compete. Gaymon continually moved to the front of the line and challenge what ever defensive backs that would line up across from him.






Charles Hollowell

WR:

Charles Hollowell

Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance

We knew about Gaymon coming into the combine, but his teammate Charles Hollowell was a pleasant surprise. Hollowell scream slot receiver. Not a big guy, but he makes up for that with speed and quickness






Marquis Singleton

TE:

Marquis Singleton

Cincinnati (Ohio) Harmony Prep

Singleton is an unsigned class of 2007 prospect who will be playing at the post-graduate level at Harmony this season. Singleton has thickened up and looks like a solid prospect right now. We expect him to garner a few offers at harmony.






Donald Mathis

OL:

Donald Mathis

Detroit (Mich.) Crockett

Mathis is not your average 6-3/6-4 center, but there aren’t too many guys who play with leverage like he does. Mathis plays the game with unmatched intensity. He was clearly the best offensive lineman at the combine.






Rick Schmeig

OL:

Rick Schmeig

Cincinnati (Ohio) Oak Hills

Schmeig won most of his one-on-one battles during the combine. He showed a real compact and quick punch and good feet. It shouldn’t be long before schools start taking notice.






Ernest Brown

OL:

Ernest Brown

Detroit (Mich) Crockett

Brown is not a prototype interior guy, but he is a bull. He could probably play center-guard or defensive tackle. He is a very strong player with great quickness at the point of attack.






Blaine Schafer

OL:

Blaine Schafer

Plymouth, Indiana

At a legitimate 6-5 and 272 pounds, Schafer will get some looks and should be able to secure a few offers this season. He was one of the top pass blocking tackles in attendance.






Zachary Brown

OL:

Zachary Brown

Canal Winchester, Ohio

Brown had a decent day. He is very fundamentally sound, but needs to work on his strength. He had trouble with bigger and stronger player, but his feet are very good.






Shane Covington

ATH:

Shane Covington

Milwaukee (Wisc.) Riverside

Covington took reps at running back and at wide receiver. He is a very explosive athlete who excels in open space. He is very versatile and could play a number of positions at the next level.


DEFENSE



Shelton Gaines

DL:

Shelton Gaines

Detroit (Mich.) Crockett

Every combine that you go to, you will always see smaller, faster edge rushers dominate the one-on-ones. Gaines is smaller and faster, but he is also strong as a bull. Not only is he quick off the edge, but he is strong enough to take on blockers head on.






Jerel Worthy

DL:

Jerel Worthy

Huber Heights (Ohio) Wayne

Worthy proved that he is for real. He should end up as one of the states top defensive tackles. Worthy has lost some weight and showed up at the combine in great shape. He is very stout and strong. He comes off the ball low and fast and uses his hands well.






Larry Black

DL:

Larry Black

Wyoming, Ohio

On Saturday Coleman showed why he is one of the fastest rising defensive line prospects in the state. Black is an impressive looking specimen, who could pass anyone’s look test . He checked in at a shade under 6-3 and weighed 287 pounds. He showed good explosiveness and strength. We knew from film that he could stop the run, but at the combine he also showed he is a capable pass rusher as well.






Chandler Burden

DL:

Chandler Burden

Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle

It took all of five minutes and watching the first set of agility drills for Burden to catch our collective eye. He is a very solid 270 pounds and has outstanding feet. He looks like an athlete playing on the defensive line. Burden got after it in the one-on-ones and just narrowly lost the MVP honors to his teammate DeVier Posey. We expect Burden to see a lot of interest over the next few months.






J.K. Schafer

LB:

J.K. Schafer

Cincinnati (Ohio) LaSalle

We didn’t know a lot about Schafer coming into the combine, but we learned a lot at the combine. All day long Schafer continued to make plays. He checked in at a shade over 6-0 and weighed 209 pounds, but it was 209 pounds of solid muscle.






Jamiihr Williams

LB:

Jamiihr Williams

Trotwood-Madison, Ohio

Williams continues to impress us a little more each time we see him. You can tell he has found the weight room at his new school. Williams came to Cincinnati a lot thicker and stronger then he was when we last saw him in San Antonio back in January.






Chris Carlino

LB:

Chris Carlino

Hamilton Southeastern, Indiana

Carlino is a similar player to Schafer, a little light and exceptional in pass coverage. He has an decent frame and will play in the 225-pound range on the college level. .






Douglass Rippy

LB/S:

Douglass Rippy

Columbus (Ohio) Linden-McKinley

The only thing stopping Rippy from having offers is the lack of film out on him. He is a very solid 217 pounds and he gets after it. Like Williams, Rippy is very solid in pass coverage.






Demetrius Trapps

DB:

Demetrius Trapps

Defiance (Ohio) Ayersville

The very first time he matched up against a receiver on Saturday he made a terrific break on the ball and stepped in front of the receiver and picked it off. That would be a trend for the day as he did it multiple times. “He has the chance to be real special,” defensive back coach Don Cox said shortly after the event.






Isaiah Scott

DB:

Isaiah Scott

Fairfield, Ohio

Keep an eye on this one as he should be one of the top cover corners in the state next season. It would not shock us to see Scott emerge as a big time recruit if he fills out and adds a few inches the next two years.






Quinn Parnell

DB:

Quinn Parnell

Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance

Another solid prospect from Detroit, imagine that. Big play safety that plays centerfield and picks off everything.






Darrian Cordell

DB:

Darrian Cordell

Columbus (Ohio) Beechcroft

Cordell is a leader in the secondary. He is always in the right place at the right time.

The all-combine team is for the best of the best performers in all facets of the camp, but there were a few other players who were extremely close to making the list who deserve mention:

WR Ricardo Duncan Lima (Ohio) 2009

DE J.B. Lageman Huntington (WV) 2008

WR Von Wise Finneytown (Ohio) 2008

QB Willie Ballard Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) 2010

TE Chance Boone Elizabethtown (Ky) 2008

RB Bryan Schroeder North Harrison (Ind) 2008

DE Aaron McCord Crockett (Mich) 2009

S Jowann Peterson Withrow (Ohio) 2009

RB Kameron Alexander Buchtel, Ohio 2008

RB Storm Klein Licking Valley, Ohio 2009



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