Bright at Belleville East HS!
Louis area combine was once again a smashing hit this past weekend at
neighboring Belleville East HS.
Central HS' DJ Cameron was the top performer of the entire event, taking home
the Junior Overall MVP. The 6'0.5 166 lb wide receiver had an 8'11 broad jump,
ran a 4.56 shuttle, 4.62 40 and starred during the 1 on 1's. Cameron has great
hands, runs near perfect routes and simply knows how to get open, giving his QB
a great target at all times. He still needs to add weight before playing at the
next level on either side of the ball, but the talent is there.
RB MVP and
Fastest Man award winner Tryan Carey (McCluser North) is a slick and quick
running back loaded with talent. The 5'9 162 lb Carey runs a 4.44 40 and 4.52
shuttle, which powered him to big time success during the 1 on 1's. His speed
also created major problems for the d-backs, who were unable to keep up with
him. Carey's good hands make him a definite dual threat, as he seemingly caught
the ball every time it came in his direction.
"For Real" Strehl was the juniors' top QB. At 6'1 201, Strehl has
excellent field vision, a good arm, nice footwork and a high IQ. He displayed
quick feet during the testing, running a 4.49 shuttle, and is a good leaper,
jumping 8'9 on the broad. During the 1 on 1's, Strehl put on quite a show,
zipping the ball across the field as if it were nothing. His height and well
rounded skills definitely put him on the map after last weekend's performance.
down on the other side of the ball was DL MVP Robert Smith, a 6'1.5 278 lb
phenom. The St Pius HS standout had great strength (bench pressing 185 lbs 28
times en route to winning the Strongest Man award), is fast off the ball, had
tremendous hands and is very strong.
Smith had many tough battles with the opposing linemen during the 1 on
1's, but came out on top most of the time due to his size and talent.
Hardin's Jeremy Harness, a 5'7.5 171 lb
wide out, took home the Overall MVP and Fastest Man awards after an exceptional
all around effort. Harness was quick on his feet, fast off the line, had good
hands, created a consistent target for the QB's and had a 30 inch vertical.
Harness still needs a solid growth spurt in order to dominate on a consistent
basis, but his talent can't be questioned.
Conrady (Lincoln Community) dominated during the 1 on 1's, putting the
offensive linemen to shame throughout his terrific day. At 6'2.5 282, Conrady
has tremendous size, awesome power and had an array of moves during the
individual period, earning him the DL MVP.
winner Thomas Militello (MICDS) is an athletic QB with solid talent. At 6'2.5
173, Militello had an impressive 30.5 inch vertical, 8'6 broad jump, he threw a
good ball, played with an array of confidence and kept the offense flowing
during the 1 on 1's.
MVP Aaron Ragusa (East Alton Wood River) is an accurate passer with a strong
arm, nice footwork, and high football IQ. During the 1 on 1's, Ragusa did a
great job of getting the ball in the right place at the right time and played
with an array of confidence.
Hicks (Belleville East) took home the Combine King and Fastest Man awards.
Hicks had a 30 inch vertical, 8'10 broad jump, ran a 4.64 shuttle and 4.76 40.
HS' Malik Scott is 5'8 205 lbs of pure power. Scott ran the ball with a mean
streak, has great footwork, changes direction well for a player his size and
utilizes his advantages every time he gets the ball. Scott is likely going to
become a fullback and a very good one at that.