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January 7, 2009

U.S. Army National All-Combine Team: Offense

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SAN ANTONIO There was no better place to see more than 500 of the nation's top junior prospects than on the field at the Alamodome last Friday at the U.S. Army All-American Combine. Rivals.com's recruiting analysts got a good look at the stars of tomorrow, and here is a look at the Rivals.com All-Combine Offensive team.

Rivals.com U.S. Army National All-Combine Team: Offense

First Team: Austin Hinder, 6-5, 178, Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Hinder was already a well known name, putting his name on the national recruiting map in 2008. He did it again with another strong showing at the Army Combine. There is no doubt that Hinder will be one of the top pro-style quarterback prospects in the entire nation in the Class of 2010. As he continues to physically mature, his arm strength will get even better. Combined with his height, excellent accuracy and a good decision making, he's lined up to be one of the best of the best next year.

Second team: Barry Brunetti, 6-2, 210, Memphis (Tenn.) University School
Honorable mention: Daron Brown, 6-0, 190, Chicago Morgan Park; Devin Burns, 6-2, 180, Columbus (Ga.) Carter; Trey Burton, 6-3, 203, Venice, Fla.; Billy Cosh, 6-2, 200, Gambrills (Md.) Arundel; A.J. Derby, 6-4, 215, Iowa City, Iowa; Anthony Gonzalez, 6-3, 195, Bethlehem (Pa.) Liberty; Price Litton, 6-2, 185, Matthews (N.C.) Weddington (2011); Stephen Morris, 6-2, 185, Miami Shores (Fla.) Monsignor Pace; Brandon Pechloff, 6-6, 227, Lombard (Ill.) Montini; Phillip Sims, 6-2, 215, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith; Danny Spond, 6-3, 215, Littleton (Colo.) Columbine; Malik Stokes, 6-0, 157, Philadelphia (Pa.) Northeast; Chandler Whitmer, 6-0, 179, Downers Grove (Ill.) Downers Grove South


First Team: Lache Seastrunk, 5-10, 184, Temple, Texas; Corvin Lamb, 5-10, 180, Miami Northwestern

Named by the Army as the overall most valuable performer at the combine, Seastrunk ran in the 4.52-second range and had a 42-inch vertical leap in testing and then had a good day in the one-on-one battles. "Lache is impossible to stop when you get him in the open field," Rivals.com analyst Barry Every said. "He showed that same type of explosiveness in the combine when he would beat the linebackers one-on-one time after time." For his performance, he received an invitation for next season's Army game. It was one that he immediately accepted. Lamb clocked a 4.53-second 40 at the combine. "Lamb has elite speed as a running back and has the ability to control that speed when running pass paterns," Rivals.com analyst Barton Simmons said.

Second team: Michael Dyer, 5-9, 220, Little Rock (Ark.) Little Rock Christian; Dontae Williams, 6-0, 205, Houston Aldine
Honorable mention: Giorgio Bowers, 5-9, 200, Rich Central (Ill.) Rich Central; Tyler Caveness, 5-9, 175, Roanoke (Va.) North Cross School; Hassan Dixon, 5-8, 154, Germantown (Md.) Northwest; Jamaal Jackson, 5-10, 165, Newark (Dela.) Hodgson Vo-Tech; Tony Jefferson, 6-0, 188, Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven; Deandre Johnson, 5-8, 195, Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace; Chris Johnson, 5-10, 210, San Antonio (Texas) East Central; Griffin Lowry, 5-11, 210, St. Louis (Mo.) University; Rajion Neal, 5-11, 190, Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek; Silas Redd, 5-10, 190, Stamford (Conn.) King & Low Heywood Thomas; Khalek Shepherd, 5-10, 175, Brandywine (Md.) Gwynn Park; Jordan Wells, 5-11, 180, Round Rock, Texas


First Team: Markeith Ambles, 6-1, 185, McDonough (Ga.) Henry County; Ricki Herod Jr., 6-2, 175, Mesquite (Texas) North Mesquite; Kyle Prater, 6-4, 200, Hillside (Ill.) Proviso West

Ambles didn't back away from a challenge, going both in the Black and Gold groups, he was one of the best players in the combine, period. Ambles runs good routes, has great hands and has very good body control. There is no doubt he is the top receiver in Georgia, and he might end up being the top overall prospect after a strong showing like that. Every said Ambles should have an immediate impact wherever he ends up at. Prater was named Rivals.com's most outstanding performer in the combine. He has excellent height, hands and body control. He also had a beautiful catch when he ran a comeback route in which he went up and snatched the ball away from the defensive back while keeping his feet in bounds. Herod impressed Rivals.com's Barton Simmons with his great effort both in testing and in drills.

Second team: DeMarco McNeal, 5-11, 165 College Park (Ga.) Banneker; Ricardo Miller, 6-3, 208, Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips; Trovon Reed, 6-0, 172, Thibodaux, La.
Honorable mention: Kyle Baublitz, 6-4, 256, York (PA) Central York; Terrence Casper, 6-6, 197, Cherry Hill (NJ) Camden Catholic; DeMarco Cobbs, 6-2, 189, Tulsa (Okla.) East Central; Brendon Felder, 5-10, 170, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway; Jonathan Frazier, 6-3, 185, Pine Bluff, Ark.,; Sherrard Harrington, 6-1, 171, Washington (D.C.) H. D. Woodson; James Haynes, 6-1, 180, Orange (Texas) West Orange-Stark; Marquise Hill, 6-0, 165, St. Louis (Mo.) Trinity Catholic; Brandon Ifill, 6-0, 180, Pittsburgh (Pa.) Penn Hills; Jeremy Jackson, 6-4, 182, Ann Arbor (Mich.) Huron; Anthony Jefferson, 6-2, 190, Los Angeles Cathedral; Robert Johnson, 6-1, 196, Hattiesburg (Miss.) Oak Grove; Dyjuan Lewis, 6-4, 190, Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike; DeAndre Perry, 6-3, 208, Austin (Texas) Bowie; Matt Robinson, 6-3, 195, Columbia (Md.) Atholton; Kenneth Scott, 6-2, 180, Ontario (Calif.)Colony; Gerard Shillow, 6-2, 205, Round Rock (Texas) Stony Point; Darius Terrell, 6-3, 208, DeSoto, Texas; Julian Wilson, 6-2, 175, Moore (Okla.) Southmoore; Kasen Williams, 6-2, 190 Sammamish (Wash.) Skyline (2011); Shane Wynn, 5-7, 150, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville (2011)


First Team: Robert Crisp, 6-7, 302, Chapel Hill, N.C.; Dominic Espinosa, 6-3, 276, Cedar Park, Texas; James Hurst, 6-5, 275, Indianapolis (Ind.) Plainfield; Jawuan James, 6-5, 280, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett; Tyrus Thompson, 6-6, 290, Pflugerville, Texas

Hurst was named Rivals.com's offensive most valuable player for the combine. "He had the best feet of any lineman in the camp," Every said. "He also has a nasty disposition. He needs to continue to get stronger and add about 10 to 15 pounds, but he has good height, long arms and excellent lateral movement." Crisp was solid enough from his performance that he earned an invitation to the Army game, which he accepted. Espinosa proved why he's being called one of the best interior linemen in the country and James and Thompson further solidified their stature as two of the best tackle prospects in the nation.

Second team: Skyler Schofner, 6-6, 280, Washington Court House (Ohio) Washington; Adam Shead, 6-3, 305, Cedar Hill; Austin Shepherd, 6-5, 330, Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett; Collin Porter, 6-5, 310, Redmond, Wash.; Daryl Williams, 6-6, 255, Lake Dallas, Texas
Honorable mention: Chris Adcock, 6-3, 290, Dallas Christian; Russell Bodine, 6-3, 260, Fork Union (Va.) Fork Union Military Academy; Caleb Farris, 6-4, 292, Lexington (Va.) Rockbridge; Zach Fulton, 6-5, 290, Homewood (Ill.) Homewood Flossmoor; Robbie Havenstein, 6-7, 333, Frederick (Md.) Linganore; John Herndon, 6-4, 296, Columbus (Ga.) Hardaway; Kortlan Jackson, 6-2, 280, Washington (D.C.) St. John's College; Christian Lombard, 6-5, 290, Palatine (Ill.) Fremd; Gifford Timothy, 6-6, 280, Middletown, Del.



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