Jan. 19, 2006
By Tom Lemming, CSTV Recruiting Editor
CSTV recruiting expert Tom Lemming is out on the road on his NCSA tour that will take him to 46 states during which he will see more than 1,000 of the top high school football prospects in the country. Here is the fourth of his reports:
The U.S. Army National Combine, run by Zach Moralda, was a huge success. Some of the nation's premiere players were in San Antonio, such as RB Caleb King from Lilburn, Ga., the top prospect in that state for next year, and RB Chris Rainey, from the national champions in Lakeland, Fl.
Other top prospects were RB Armando Allen of Miami Hialeah, OT Sam DeMartinis from Sherman Oaks, Ca, LB Lorenzo Edwards from Orlando (Fl) Edgewater, and QB Peter Lalich from West Springfield, Va. The two top players from Alabama were there, DB Phelon Jones and DE Sidell Corley of Mobile McGill Toolan. RB-DB Tony Jackson from Rochester, NY, also appeared. He looked great on defense and is an excellent two-way player. RB Thomas Merriweather of St. Louis might be the best player from Missouri. And, possibly, the next Vince Young, QB Cameron Newton from Atlanta was in attendance.
Overall, there were 550 campers. I got to see the majority of them run and throw, although it was a hectic and busy time.
After that, I headed back to Chicago with a couple stops en route. The first was in Lawton, Oklahoma, where the top player in the state lives, Deon Miller, a WR from Lawton HS. Miller is 6-4, 195 and looks like the prototype NFL WR. He will be heavily recruited as he has great size, hands and speed. Florida State appears to be the early favorite. At Eisenhower HS in Lawton, there is WR Devon Bailey, a 6-3, 205-pounder who is one of the better receivers in the Midland Region for next year. They both star in basketball and track.
Also at Eisenhower there is a QB who I saw in the combine and in Lawton. His name is Chris Stutzriem, a 6-3, 205-pound QB from Eisenhower with a rifle arm.
After that I made a quick stop in Norman to see CB Ryan Broyles, who is the top DB in the state. He is an athlete with good grades. Then I visited with the coaches at Oklahoma State in Stillwater. After that, it was a straight line home.
My next trip will be to New York City to do the Generation Next Signing Day show on Wednesday Feb. 1. It will be on CSTV from 4-9 p.m. EST. En route, I will make recruiting stops in Erie, Buffalo, Rochester and Syracuse. The day before Signing Day I will be at the Meadowlands watching one of the nation's premier ballplayers work out. In order to find out who that is, watch our Signing Day special on CSTV.
I will be doing another chat on CSTV.com on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. EST and will follow that up with another one on Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. and a wrap-up chat on Thursday Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. EST. On the Jan. 31 chat, look for our final Top 10 list.
Tom Lemming is CSTV's football recruiting editor. He appears regularly on CSTV's Generation Next show, and maintains rankings and offers analysis on CSTV.com.