Monday, April 27, 2009

And a little more from the combine

The high school combine at West Charlotte Sunday had plenty of already-sizzling prospects, but it also offered a look at some kids that might not have gotten much attention until now. Just a quick glance at several -- some well-known, others, not so much:

*Guys like West Rowan High wide receiver Jon Crucitti. In the one-on-one receiving drills, he made a huge impression with the catch of the day. He had beaten his defender deep but the pass appeared overthrown. Then Crucitti lunged, reached forward with his left hand and caught the ball, a true one-handed grab.

*People are always looking for the next big thing, and they might have to look no further than D.J. Goodman, a Greenwood (S.C.) freshman (Class of 2012) who turned in a remarkable 4.64-second 40-yard dash and impressed with his athleticism. He can play running back, quarterback or wide receiver. Keep an eye on him.

*Blake Gowder of Union Co. High in Blairsville, Ga., had just bolted through a 4.58 40. He said he had a bad start and asked scouting director Scott Kennedy if he could run it again. Kennedy grinned at him and said, “Trust me, you don’t have to run again; everybody knows you’re fast.”

*Some guys simply make you stop and watch. Northern Guilford’s RB/safety Keenan Allen, No.4 on our N.C. Top 25 Prospects list, is one of those guys. He’s 6-2 but with the quickness and smooth movements of a shorter man. He has more than 20 offers, and he did nothing to lower his stock Sunday.

--Stan Olson

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