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May 6, 2007
Countdown To Combine: Defensive Linemen
We are less than one week away from the 2007 SCVarsity.com All-State Football Combine. The unequivocal best sports performance evaluation and testing event available to South Carolina high school athletes, this combine is set to host some of the state's top football players at Brookland-Cayce High School this weekend for a great day of talent showcasing. Here's a look at what to expect on Saturday.
After working the Nike Football Training Camps for several years, we had an opportunity to see the best in the busines put on great events. There is no doubt that those are quality events for the players. The problem was, there were so many players wanting in that it turned into an almost invitational and limited the number of players from our great state that were able to attend. Last year, I decided that I wanted to bring that same quality of evaluation and training to South Carolina and make it open exclusively to Palmetto state players. The response has been overwhelming and we've had to work overtime to put plans in place to make this event the best ever in our state.
With four hundred players registered, we will be able to evaluate and test some great high school football players and prospects. There will be some of every type here...the player who just wants a chance to measure himself against great talent; the player who has the ability to play at the next level but just hasn't had the exposure; the players who are sure to turn the heads of all-star coaches; and the total freaks that will not ony be top ranked players in the state, but will be highly sought after by college recruiters from around the country.
Today, we'll take a look at the defensive linemen who are scheduled to be at this year's combine.
The defensive line chart in South Carolina is not nearly as deep as it has been in the past. However, some of the state's top guys will be on hand for this event. Lewisville's Dion Foster is a 6-4, 233lbs defensive end who entered Spring as a sleeper, but with an offer on the table from Auburn already, he's now on the radar.He collected 67 tackles last season for the Lions, including 11 for loss and 3 sacks. Ridge Springs-Montetta's Justin Conaway is a 6-5, 220lbs strong side end. Last season the two-way star collected 132 tackles, an interception, 12 caused turnovers while on offense he tallied 223 yards receiving and three touchdowns. Sumter's James Fulwood is a 6'4, 225lbs strongside end who's very athletic and has excellent speed for a big guy. Richland Northeast will send rising junior Chris Bonds, who is one of the Class of 2009's top players. Bonds is a strongside end who is extremely athletic and has been a starter since his freshman year for the Cavs. He has an offer from South Carolina already.
The defensive tackle spot is loade with talent, as well. Greenville's Arterio Arnold, a 6'2, 270lbs man, finished with 70 tackles last season for the Raiders and already has an offer from Kentucky. Joining him will be jumbo athlete Sam Hammond, of Union County High School. Hammond will be a four year starter and has an offer from Clemson. He's strong against the run and very athletic. Columbia High School's Cliff Stevenson is a 6'3, 260lbs monster in the middle. Several DI schools love him and feel hes' the best kept secret in the Columbia area. Wade Hampton's Dexter Jenkins is another beast in the middle. At 6'5, 230lbs, Jenkins was a dominating force in the middle for his team in 2006.