UnderArmour Scout KC Combine Review
Nathan Scheelhaase
Nathan Scheelhaase

Posted Jun 10, 2008


The Under Armour/Scout.com combine series hit Kansas City with close to 100 football prospects from seven states who ventured to Ruskin High School to showcase their talent. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU and Nebraska were a few of the big schools in the region also holding camps, but Scout.com got a closer look at several elite Midwest prospects who visited Kansas City.

The offensive side of the ball featured Nathan Scheelhaase, four-star quarterback from Kansas City-Rockhurst, (Mo.). Scheelhaase tested very well at the combine, and many were eager to see him throw the ball. He struggled at times with the short routes, but his deep passes proved his high rank. He threw several accurate deep balls in a strong wind throughout the day.

Another quarterback who stood out was Kory Faulkner from Sainte Genevieve, (Mo.). Faulkner looked like a polished quarterback, and his footwork was near perfect. He was very consistent throughout the day.

Antonio Brown, from Oklahoma City-Midwest City, (Okla.), made some nice moves in pass catching drills and looked great in regular drills. He had one juke move on a pass catch that left the linebacker on the ground wondering what just happened.

Trevor LaBarge, fullback from St. Louis-Chaminade College Prep, (Mo.), was a top combine performer. He went all out on every play and moved well in the drills. He was a fun player to watch.

The best receiver in attendance was easily Donnie Jennert, from Glenwood Springs, (Colo.). Jennert was flat out ridiculous, in a good way, in one-on-ones. He dominated throughout the combine and should collect more offers than Colorado State. He consistently broke down the coverage and got behind the defensive backs. His long arms make him interesting since he showed nice body control in pulling in some bad passes.

Fritz Rock, three-star receiver from Plymouth-Wayzata, (Minn.), performed very well. He showed quickness coming off the line and was very aggressive. He caught the ball well and had good body control.

Two tight ends stood out at the event with Gabe Ikard, three-star tight end from Oklahoma City-Bishop Mcguinness, (Okla.), and Joe Randazzo, from Edwardsville, (Ill.) catching the most attention.

Ikard plays with some nasty deposition. He consistently got separation for catches and made most of the catches on the day. He can fight his way through a defender and has quick hands to find the ball on timing patterns. He is a big kid with an infectious attitude

Randazzo is another big tight end who looked great. He showed good hands and an all-out attitude on the drills. He has the ability to make a quick cut on out patterns making him nearly impossible to stop. He rarely dropped a pass.

The defensive side of the ball featured several really good looking players in the defensive backfield including Daytawion Lowe, Scout.com four-star from Oklahoma City-Carl Albert, (Okla.). Lowe was solid throughout the day and drew heavy praise from Scout.com defensive backs coach Don Cox.

“He is a special player,” said Coach Cox. “He was definitely my top guy out there.”

Four players from Alabama took in the combine as they were headed to Nebraska the following day. Jonathan Edwards, cornerback from Tuscaloosa-Central, had a solid day in one-on-ones and has continued to get better after each combine event. The Kansas City combine was the third of the year for Edwards. His teammate, Will Sterling, was very physical and looked good going up against the receivers as well.

If Scout.com based the overall MVP on combine testing alone Darron Harvey, safety from Shawnee Mission (Kansas) West, would have blown it out of the water. Harvey measured 6-foor-2, 200-pounds, and ran a blistering 4.37--40 yard dash. He is certainly a terrific athlete and passes the eye test.

A linebacker who really stood out was Shawn Jackson, from Tulsa-McLain Career Academy, (Okla.). Jackson is a very good player and performed well in the one-on-one drills.

The defensive line is tough to gauge as they do not match up against offensive linemen. A few performed well including Kevin Young, three-star defensive end from Olathe-North, Kansas. Young has been patient and is starting to reap the benefits. He has received several offers the last few weeks. He has a great frame and showed excellent footwork in Kansas City.

One defensive lineman who is beginning to make a name for himself is Garrett Kraft, from Wichita-Bishop Carroll, Kansas. Kraft has the size at 6-foot-4, but needs to bulk up the 220-pound frame. He has fantastic quickness for a big player as he ripped off a 4.13-short shuttle run.

Scout.com will have more combine reviews throughout the week including photo galleries, interviews as well as the All-Combine Team and Combine MVP.


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