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January 12, 2009

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

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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 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 Defensive team.

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

First Team: Sharrif Floyd, 6-4, 297, Philadelphia (Pa.) George Washington; Nick Acree , 6-6, 300, Richmond (Va.) King William

Floyd and Acree definitely passed the eyeball test, and then went out and had good days both in testing and then in one-on-one battles. Rivals.com recruiting analyst Barry Every was really impressed with Floyd, giving him the nod as the best at the tackle position in the camp. "He's a very athletic big man," Every said. "He moves around really well and showed a number of different moves in the one-on-one battles."

Second team: Evan Hailes, 6-0, 303, Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith; James Lawson, 6-2, 300, Manchester, N.J.
Honorable mention: Beau Allen, 6-3, 296, Minnetonka, Minn.; LaCraig Brown, 6-7, 265, Monroe (La.) Richwood; Ricky Heimuli, 6-2, 276, Salt Lake City (Utah) Bingham; Darius Kilgo, 6-4, 300, Matthews (N.C.) Weddington; Karmah Yates, 6-3, 255, Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin


First Team: Willie Flowers, 6-4, 260, Fresno (Calif.) Edison; Owamagbe Odighizuwa, 6-3, 235, Portland (Ore.) David Douglas

Odighizuwa was one of the biggest surprises coming into the event as his name hadn't been mentioned as prominently as others when it comes to being a national recruit. However, pound-for-pound he was one of the strongest and quickest competitors in the event. The coaches at Oregon and Oregon State are already well aware of him, offering him scholarships early on, but he definitely has the type of game that could allow him to be a national recruit. "He's also a real high energy kid," Every said. "He's very explosive on the ball. He might only be in the 220-pound range, but it was quite impressive to see him bull rush and overpower 300-pound linemen on several occasions. He should be one of the top weakside defensive ends in the country for 2010." Flowers was another surprise from out West, but he proved he will be one of the next great ones to come out of the always loaded Edison program.

Second team: Traivon Bailey, 6-2, 210, Hollywood (Fla.) McArthur; Steele Divitto, 6-3, 215, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep
Honorable mention: Zack McCray, 6-3, 216, Lynchburg (Va.) Brookville


First Team: Khairi Fortt, 6-2, 216, Stamford, Conn; C.J. Moseley, 6-2, 215, Theodore, Ala.; Brandon Thornton, 6-3, 195, Conroe, Texas

Fortt finished with 118 tackles, four forced fumbles and two interceptions this season, and he's already ranked as one of the top 250 juniors to watch in the nation. He showed the same type of explosiveness in the combine as he did on the field. Moseley had one of the best looking frames of any defensive player in the event, and he showed he's got the speed to hang with quick running backs. Thornton showed well last summer at a Texas camp, and he did showed well again at the combine, proving to be one of the best defenders at the combine. His size, speed and ball-hawking ability will make him a heavily recruited player in the Lone Star State.

Second team: Ryan Cobb, 6-0, 224, Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep; Nick Forbes, 6-0, 217, Frederick (Md.) Thomas Johnson; Travis Williams, 6-2, 189, Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor
Honorable mention: John Fuhrman 5-11, 190, Houston Lutheran South (2011); Jeremiah George, 5-10, 175, Clearwater, Fla.; Fred Harvey, 5-11, 208, Memphis (Tenn.) White Station; Kurt Killens, 6-3, 198, Round Round (Texas) McNeil; Shawn Kitchens, 6-3, 203, College Park (Ga.) Banneker; Ty Linton, 6-1, 205, Charlotte (N.C.) Christian; Dwight Trammer, 6-3, 220, Oak Park, Mich. (2011)


First Team: Christian Bryant, 5-11, 175, Cleveland (Ohio) Glenville; Orne Bay, 5-9, 165, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway; Dior Mathis, 5-10, 171, Detroit Cass Tech; Dayonne Nunley, 5-7, 155, Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway

Defensive back was one of the most loaded positions in the event combine. Bryant is listed as a safety in the database, but he proved to be a lockdown cover corner in the combine. He has a shot to be one of the best defensive prospects to come out of Glenville in a while. Bay and Nunley are two talented teammates that aren't big on height, but big on coverage ability and speed. Mathis is a well known name in national recruiting circles already. He's going to be the next big-time player to come from Cass Tech, and he proved in the combine that he's got the lockdown tools to be a good corner.

Second team: Jonathan Anderson, Corpus Christi (Texas) Carroll; Barry Bostic, 5-10, 155, Louisville (Ga.) Jefferson County; Toney Hurd Jr., 5-9, 169, Missouri City (Texas) Fort Bend Marshall; Adrian White, 5-10, 169, DeSoto, Texas
Honorable mention: Spencer Boyd , 5-10, 160, Cape Coral, Fla; Cullen Christian, 6-1, 180, Pittsburgh Penn Hills; Grant Gill, 6-0, 201, McGehee, Ark.; Don Hursey, 5-10, 185, Washington (D.C.) H.D. Woodson; Richard Leonard, 5-8, 155, Miami Killian; William Jones, 5-11, 160, Wilmington (Dela.) Alexis I. Dupont High; Khiry McQuay, 5-8, 155, Tampa (Fla.) Hillsborough; Fidel Montgomery, Marianna, Fla.; Jabari Price, 5-11, 170, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely; Cody Riggs, 5-10, 170, Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas; Gilbert St. Louis, 5-10, 170, Plantation, Fla.


First Team: Spencer Ware, 5-9, 210, Cincinnati (Ohio) Princeton

Ware plays quarterback but his physique will remind you of T.J. Duckett at the same stage. "He really had very soft hands for a muscular back," Every said. "He has four offers at this time and is best suited to be an every-down power back at the next level. Look for him to be recruited by teams that still like smash-mouth football. The only thing that needs to figure out is what position he'll play at on the next level. Once he figures that out, he'll be a star."

Second team: Brice Hunter, 6-0, 190, Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes (2011); Clim Robbins, 5-7, 147, Orlando (Fla.) Jones (2011)
Honorable mention: Eric Bennett, 5-10, 170, Tulsa Booker T. Washington; Ryan Kasdorf, 6-2, 195, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame; Tacoi Sumler, 5-8, 151, Miami Gulliver Prep (2011)



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