As a sophomore a year ago, Encino (Calif.) Crespi quarterback Bryan Bennett was the top underclassmen at the Los Angeles Scout.com Combine.
A year later, and Bennett was the top overall prospect in attendance. Standing 6-2/6-3ish, Bennett is still a little lean, so he needs to add some weight but he has a rifle on him, and with some more weight, that could really serve him well in college.
Bennett at times tries to muscle passes, but as he becomes more consistent, he'll be one of the better throwers in the state.
Te'Shon Burton from Leuzinger also showed up as a sophomore a year ago and had a good day, but his performance on Saturday dwarfed how he did a year ago. Burton has good size, and as he develops, has a chance to be a pretty good prospect.
Cody Fajardo from Anaheim (Calif.) Servite is a player's who's stock we expect to rise this year, and he's the top quarterback returning in the always tough Trinity League. Fajardo is a dual-threat quarterback who can definitely throw the ball.
Dominic Ragland from Fountain Valley had some of the best testing times of any player there, and was steady in throwing.
Probably the most impressive underclassmen was Kyle Boehm from San Jose, who we saw a year ago in Oakland as a freshman and you could see the potential oozing. Boehm tested very well, running a 3.88 in the shuttle and then throwing well. He'll be a name to watch the next two years.
It's a loaded crop of running backs in California this year, and several of them made their way to the combine.
Between Corona (Calif.) back Jordon James, San Diego (Calif.) Scripps Ranch's Brennan Clay or Compton's James McConico, you had a stout group.
And none of those three disappointed.
James probably was the most consistent all day, getting great separation from the defenders when running routes out of the backfield and has good hands.
Clay really stood out with his quickness during the 1-on-1 drills. Clay is very comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield and made several nice catches.
McConico was the most physically impressive player in the running back group with a very big frame and muscular build. He clocked a 4.52 forty then looked good during the 1-on-1 drills, using his combination of speed and strength to get the best of the linebackers that he matched up against.
But after the big three were plenty of other backs who shined.
Emery Schexnayder was another returning all-combine performer and he had another solid showing in Los Angeles.
Derrick Hawkins from Corona (Calif.) Santiago is a bruising back but excelled in the drills. Derek Stewart from San Jose (Calif.) Piedmont Hills did much the same.
Palmdale (Calif.) back Corey Washington, Santa Clara (Calif.) Wilcox's Anthony Herrera and Fresno (Calif.) Edison back E.J. Scott also had good days.
By now, the word has been out about the dominating performance put on by Kenny Stills, the elite receiver prospect from La Costa Canyon in Encinitas. The MVP of the Combine, Stills ran a 4.36 and looked smooth throughout the drills before calling it a day.
Tehvyn Brantley is the hardest working man on the camp circuit. The North Carolina native came out to perform, after earning MVP honors in Charlotte and had another solid day.
"Brantley is always one of the hardest working kids that we see at the camps and he had another strong showing on Saturday. At 5-foot-7, he isn't the biggest receiver but he always finds a way to get open and make some acrobatic catches. Brantley brings a lot of swagger and intensity to the field," said Kevin Carden of SCPlaybook.
Two receivers on our all-Underclass team a year ago, Ontario (Calif.) Colony's Kenneth Scott and Gardena (Calif.) Serra's Paul Richardson both returned.
"Richardson is a very quick wide receiver that gets a great burst off the line of scrimmage. He got great separation from the defensive backs and made some really tough catches in traffic," said Carden. "Kenneth Scott was the most physically impressive player in the wide receiver group. The Colony star is a big, physical kid that runs good routes and used his frame to shield the smaller defensive backs. Scott was one of the most productive receivers at the L.A. Scout Combine pulling in pass after pass."
Necho Beard from Rancho Verde in Moreno Valley had a good day, recording the fastest L-Cone drill and he should be the Mustangs main weapon on offense with some of their graduation losses. His teammate Quincy Enunwa also showed admirably.
Encino (Calif.) Crespi receiver Brandon Graves had a strong day too, as he did a year ago.
"He's a smaller and somewhat undersized kid, but Graves had a great day," said Scott Schrader of SCPlaybook.com.
Los Gatos's receiver Andrew Berg is one of the top pass-catchers in the Bay Area and he didn't disappoint on Saturday.
Rialto (Calif.) Carter's Calvin Stewart and Vista's Troy Ware also were steady throughout the day.
Randall Telfer from Rancho Cucamonga is one of the top five tight ends in the country and he's one of the best pure pass-catchers at his position nationally.
"Telfer was easily the top tight end in attendance. He definitely passes the eyeball test with a big, muscular frame and clocked an impressive 4.68 forty time. Telfer lined up with the wide receivers during the 1-on-1 drills and looked dominant at times going against the smaller cornerbacks," said Carden.
Pierce Richardson is the kind of tight end who gets it done on the football field with the pads on because he's such an excellent blocker but make no mistake, he can catch. The Encino (Calif.) Crespi should be a big part of the Celts offense this fall.
Riverside (Calif.) Arlington offensive lineman Corin Brooks is yet another returning all-combine performer from a year ago, and this year, with the 1-on-1s returning, Brooks was the best performer. He's quick and does a great job getting out of his blocks and getting his man outside.
Giovanni Di Poalo from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure also had a nice showing.
"Di Poalo was probably the most highly rated OL at camp, and he did well in the one-on-ones. He has a good frame and strong legs, while his upper body looks more like that of a tight end," said Tracy Pierson from BRO.
Other offensive lineman who shined were Eric Alt from Ontario (Calif.) Colony, Shane Moniz from Canyon Country (Calif.), Encino (Calif.) Crespi's Mike Mitchell and Christian Soto and Avery Poates from Moreno Valley (Calif.) Rancho Verde.