From Cathedral HS to Rodeo Drive? Juniors Shine in LA!
Adam Judnich (La Quinta) took home the Combine King award after showing he has Lebron James like athleticism. The 5'7.5 148 lb Judnich had a 35.5 inch vertical, 10'6 broad jump, ran a 4.41 shuttle and 4.42 40. Whether it is a football game or slam dunk contest, Judnich is pure excitement.
Blake Anderson (Don Lugo) battled with the d-linemen during the 1 on 1's and had great success in creating frustrations for his counterparts on the other side of the ball. The 5'9.5 242 lb Anderson was aggressive, strong as an ox (he bench pressed 185 lbs 36 times to take home the Strongest Man award), had quick hands and moved well. Anderson took home the OL MVP and captured plenty of attention as well.
Evan Hukko (Mayfair) was a hulking figure at QB. The 6'3.5 186 didn't necessarily have the mass that typically goes along with the term "hulking", but his gargantuan abilities helped him win the QB MVP. Hukko had unprecedented smarts for a 17 year old, making more smart passes than one would expect from a high schooler. He had a good arm, good feet and a future brighter than a Los Angeles summer.
Jens Jeters (Simi Valley) and Ejiro Ederaine (Santiago) shared the LB MVP award. Both were outstanding athletes for LB's, did a great job of covering the ball and had a great understanding of the game. They both battled their tails off and gave it everything they had, making it far too difficult to pick just one for MVP.
Los Angeles continues to be a hot region for the NUC and the talent is seemingly unlimited.
Sophomores Show Solid Potential in LA!
A star studded city showcased a number of future superstar football players last Saturday at Cathedral HS.
Chandler Scott of Etiwanda HS won the Overall MVP at last Saturday's combine but more importantly, captured the eyes of everyone in attendance. The 6'0.5 220 lb Scott was a beast during 1 on 1's, dismantling the competition, and ran a 4.50 40. His ability to close a gap was sensational and he is as tough as they come, undoubtedly making him a big time D1 prospect.
Ridegeview's Maurice Boyd won the Combine King and Fastest Man awards. He was a terrific athlete, with a 32.5 inch vertical, 9'3 broad jump, 4.48 shuttle and 4.56 40 in his arsenal. His quickness and leaping ability make him a dual threat as a running back. At 5;8 162, he can really make things happen on offense.
Taylor LaGrace (Arcadia) and Bryce Harper (Carter) shared the top WR honors. Harper had a tremendous 9'10 broad jump and ran a 4.59 40, while LaGrace's body control was truly second to none. Both players did a good job during 1 on 1's and are good options to throw the ball to.
Shannon Edwards, 5'9 160 (Ridgeview) was an elite DB who is a threat for a pick six at any given time. Edwards had a 31 inch vertical, 9'2 broad jump, ran a 4.62 shuttle and shut the WR's down during the individual period. Edwards is a top tier DB with a solid understand of how to play the game.
Tyler Ferguson, 6'2.5 169, threw a great ball during 1 on 1's and had terrific accuracy for a 16 year old. Ferguson, the QB MVP, did a good job of dropping back and has good tools, but needs to get stronger.
If you are a young football player looking to get recognized, LA is definitely the place to be!
Freshman show Fantastic Potential in LA!
Khalfani Muhammad of Notre Dame HS came to the last weekend combine at Cathedral combine looking to do his best; but even with an array of confidence, we highly doubt this 5'6.5 152 lb sensation really expected what actually happed. Muhammad, a ridiculously talented RB, won the Combine King, RB MVP and Fastest Man after putting together an all time great session by a freshman. His 9'1 broad jump, 31 inch vertical, 4.30 shuttle run, 4.47 40 and 1 on 1 skills were highly impressive. If Muhammad was being sold in an infomercial, he would definitely be billed as an "all in one".
Dionza Blue (Chaminade) took home the Overall MVP award. He is a terrific playmaker and displayed the ability to play as a combo RB due to his terrific hands and toughness. The 5'8.5 160 lb Blue has a future far brighter than his surname.
KC Leomiti, a powerful 5'8 207 lineman, came up with the DL MVP and 8th grade Overall MVP. Leomiti's quickness, strength and hands put him in a league of his own compared to the rest of the non high schoolers at the combine.
Addison Morrow, 5'10 153 (Mira Mesa) was easily the best WR during the individual period and a good athlete as well. Morrow has terrific hands, good body control and can catch the ball at its highest point ala Randy Moss. He also has an 8'5 broad jump and runs a 4.69 shuttle, giving him the ability to both change direction and get off the ground.
Even though it has been the case for years, the stars were shining bright in LA