UA/ Baltimore Combine Preview
Logan Thomas
Logan Thomas
Regional Recruiting Manager
Posted Jun 3, 2008
Bob Lichtenfels

More than 200 prospects from up and down the East coast and Canada are in for a rare treat on Tuesday as they get the opportunity to strut their stuff at M&T Bank Stadium the home of the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens will be hosting the Under Armour/ Combine that will feature some serious star power.

Tajh Boyd
There are a handful of solid quarterback prospects who will be showcasing their skills on the Ravens turf. The cream of the crop may be four-star Tajh Boyd from (Hampton/VA/Phoebus) a West Virginia commit. Boyd can do it all and after missing the Pittsburgh event he has rescheduled for Baltimore. We could see lots of Boyd-to-Logan Heastie on Tuesday. Emmanuel Yeager is expected to transfer from Ballou to Coolidge for his senior year. The District of Columbia signal caller has been rising up the charts all spring. Danny O’Brien will be making the trek from (Kernersville/NC/East Forsyth). O’Brien holds offers from Duke, East Carolina and Maryland. Word has it he likes the Terps and will now have the chance to compete close to one of his potential suitors. Myles Gibbon is a little older than most high school athletes, but the Canadian star deserves respect for making a ten hour drive to compete. Gibbon has also been rising up the charts with a few strong performances this spring.

The region lacks depth at running back, so we would not expect to see a ton of stars, but there are a number of solid players and potentially high-major players at the position. De’Antwan Williams (Woodbridge/VA) holds double-digit offers, but has still managed to stay under-the-radar. He could definitely increase his press with a solid showing Tuesday. Sean Unterkoefler is a sleeper prospect from (Reading/PA/Exeter Township) who holds an offer from Army. Carlton Koonce (Rancocas Valley/NJ) may not possess ideal size, but he is dangerous in space and could help himself a lot with a strong performance.

Je’Ron Stokes
We’ve been blessed to see a lot of very good wide receivers the past two seasons, but the Baltimore combine has the chance to be special with the abundance of top flights pass catchers. Leading the way are a pair five-star prospects Logan Heastie (Chesapeake/VA/Great Bridge) and Je’Ron Stokes (Philadelphia/PA/Northeast). Heastie a West Virginia commit missed the Pittsburgh event as well, but he is looking forward to competing against some top flight defensive backs. Stokes has been battling nagging injuries all spring. The Tennessee commit is tough to stop when he is 100-percent. Four-star Aaron Hayward (Carneys Point/NJ/Penns Grove) is another player who has been battling nagging injuries. Hayward has a number of offers from the likes of Rutgers, West Virginia, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Iowa. Jerrard Hunter arrived at the Pittsburgh combine late, but he still impressed and earned All-Combine honors. Hunter is on the verge of blowing up. Wake Forest commit Mike Campanaro (Clarksville/Md/River Hill) is nursing an injured ankle, but he will try and compete. Shawney Kersey (Woodbury/NJ) is as impressive as anyone in a combine setting and this combine could make him move up drastically in the rankings. Alec Lemon (Arundel/MD) and Tyray Forte (Plainfield/NJ) both had exceptional performances at the New Level Athletics Skills Pass Camp in Akron back in March and the two are looking to build on the showing. Brandon Felder (Potomac/MD/Oxon Hill) recently committed to Penn State and we’re anxious to get our first look at him in action. There is always a good chance at any combine Devon Smith attends that he will be the fastest man in attendance. We don’t suspect that this event will be any different and we expect the (Waldorf/MD/Westlake) burner to hit his customary (4.3). Tyree Watkins (Camden/NJ) ventured across the country last weekend to compete at the Under Armour/ event in Phoenix and he walked away with All-Combine honors. Logan Thomas (Brookville/VA) is ranked as the top tight end in the nation according to, but Thomas wants to prove he can be a wide receiver and we do not doubt him and his two dozen offers. Malcolm Bush (Hackensack/NJ) holds offers from North Carolina, Rutgers and Pittsburgh and he wants more. Matt Landry (Pittsford/NY/Sutherland) and Steve Marck (Fairless Hills/PA/Pennsbury) both hold offers, but both want bigger schools to start recruiting them and what better way then to show out at a combine like this.

Oday Aboushi
Pete White is an impressive lineman at 6-foot-5 and 330-pounds. The (Washington/DC/St. John’s College) standout holds a number of offers from schools up and down the East coast. Oday Aboushi (Brooklyn/NY/Xaverian) recently picked up his first offer from Iowa and he hopes more are on the way. Malcolm Bunche (Newark/Del) holds some impressive offers including Rutgers, West Virginia and Syracuse. Blake Graham (Philadelphia/PA/Northeast Catholic) and Nick Kindler (Camp Hill/PA/Trinity) are two of the top linemen in the state and both hold a number of offers. Two sleepers we will keep an eye on Danzel Manley (Greenbelt/MD/Eleanor Roosevelt) and Bob Ancheff (Williams Valley/PA) are hoping to open a few eyes. Ancheff should have no problems attracting attention to his 6-7, 350-pound frame.

Sean Stanley
This combine has a distinct Nittany Lion flavor to it with six Penn State commits scheduled to attend. The one of the best player the Nittany Lions have landed so far is (Gaithersburg/MD) defensive end Sean Stanley. Stanley will be strutting his stuff on the M&T Bank Stadium turf. Dominick Davenport is one of four West Virginia commitments who are scheduled to attend the event. We are anxious to see “Baby D” in action. Jason Ankrah (Gaithersburg/MD/Quice Orchard) a talented defensive end is picking up offers at an alarming rate and he wants more. Clint Simpkins is a versatile defensive end with multiple offers from (Chancellor/VA). This is a chance for Simpkins to open some eyes. Brian Slay (Stone Bridge/VA) also comes to the event sporting a number of offers and he wants to show that he deserves more.

Atco (NJ) Winslow Township) athlete Ka’Lial Glaud leads a small, but talented group of linebackers. He holds offers from Maryland, Iowa, West Virginia and East Carolina. Syracuse legacy prospect Brendan Pidgeon has a lot to prove after missing most of his junior season due to an injury.

Darrell Givens
No matter who steps up at wide receiver to battle this group of defensive backs has a very good chance of facing a future Penn State player. There are four future Nittany Lion defensive backs participating including Darrell Givens and Malcolm Willis (Indian Head/MD/Lackey), Stephon Morris and Derrick Thomas (Greenbelt/MD/Eleanor Roosevelt). Syracuse will be represented by (Frederick/MD/Thomas Johnson) cornerback Darrick Scott. Scott blew up after a strong showing in Akron. Courtney Bridget (Calvert Hall/MD) also had a strong showing in Akron and he wants to prove his doubters wrong. (Quince Orchard/MD) standout Travis Hawkins holds over two dozen offers, now he wants to prove just how good he really is. (Bethlehem/PA/Catholic) speed demon Tevrin Brandon could challenge Devon Smith for the fastest man at the camp.

Spencer Ware
All Under Armour/ Combines feature a bevy of talented underclassmen and this combine is no different. The talent starts at quarterback with a talented pair of 2011 recruits Tyrone Johnson (Plainfield/NJ) and Spencer Ware (Cincinnati/Ohio/Princeton). It may be early, but both of these players have a serious chance to be major prospects in the very near future. Johnson already holds a basketball offer from Georgetown. Savone Huggins (Jersey City/NJ/St. Peter’s Prep) is also one of the more talented members of the class of 2011 and could be one of the top running backs in his class. You cannot talk about underclassmen wide receivers without talking about one of the best that we have seen and that is Anthony Williams (Fork Union (VA) FUMA). Williams can flat out play and he does it so effortlessly. Linebacker Khairi Fortt is a solid looking member of the class of 2010. The (Stamford/Conn) standout will not back down from competition and seems like he welcomes it. We’ll be keeping our eyes on Zack McCray over the few years. He hails from (Brookville/VA) and already hold a few verbal offers.

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