The National Underclassmen Combine has expanded its national reach this year, holding combines in new areas across the country. After dominating at events in previous years, Bear (Del.) Red Lion Christian Academy hosted the Delaware NUC and its athletes didn't disappoint.
In the 2014 and 2015 classes, a number of rising stars rose to the occasion. RB J.T. Blyden (5-10, 185) was the running back MVP in the class of 2014. He showed great athleticism and footwork during testing and position drills and it carried over to the 1-on-1's. A varsity starter at Downingtown (Pa.) Bishop Shanahan last fall, he has transferred to West Grove (Pa.) Avon Grove for next season.
RB Devon Russell (5-7, 150) of Red Lion was the fastest man and overall combine king for the Class of 2014. He ran a 4.64 40-yard dash, a 4.18 shuttle, had a 9-11 broad jump and a 34-inch vertical. RB Zakeer Washington (5-7, 190), also from Red Lion, was the strongest man with 33 reps at 135 lbs.
RB Daquan Worley (5-10, 160) of Coatesville (Pa.) High was very impressive in the 1-on-1s, showing the skillset of a wide receiver, running very precise routes and exploding out of his breaks. Daulton Gregory (5-10, 172) of Delaware power Wilmington (Del.) Salesianum has great size for his age and the athleticism to match. He has the potential to be the next great back out of the Wilmington school.
At wide receiver, 2014 position MVP Kendell Singleton of Warminster (Pa.)Archbishop Wood showed the ability to be a scholarship athlete following along the lines of the loaded Class of 2012 currently at the school. Delane Hart from Philadelphia (Pa.) Dobbins of the Philadelphia Public League possesses great size already at 6 foot 1, 170 lbs.
At quarterback, 2015 Red Lion's David Sills (6-3, 170) tested very well, running a 4.9 40-yard dash and a 4.2 shuttle with a 30-inch vertical. In the 1-on-1s, he was the best quarterback throughout all of the grades in attendance showing a stronger arm and great touch, especially on the post corner route.
On the offensive line, overall 2014 MVP Jamie Herr of Red Lion(6-5, 270) has the size of a high school senior already, with the frame to pack on more muscle over the next three years. His 5.4 time in the 40-yard dash is very good at this stage of his development. The defensive line MVP was Matt Boylan (6-0, 180) of Bear (Del.) Caravel Academy. Boylan was relentless in the 1-on-1s, earning high praise from the coaches.
At linebacker, a name to remember for the future is 2015 athlete Dolo Harding. A Delaware native, Harding already possess great size at 5-10, 186, showing advanced coverage skills for a player his age.
At defensive back, Damon Brinkley (5-7, 156) of Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara was very fluid in coverage, showing the ability to flip his hips and change directions easily as he was the best at this position for 2014.