TSR's Maddie McConnell interviews 2010 prospect Zack McCray about the recruiting process
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Breon Bailey, Darius Bickham, Eric Brown, Robert Brown, Tyler Caveness, Henry Coley, David Dean, Derek DiNardo, Taylor Evans, Lance Ford, Colby Goodwyn, Corey Gwynn, Eric Magruder, Zack McCray, Demetrius Nicholson, Bo Revell, Raysean Richardson, Chaz Robinson, Daquan Romero, Troy Ruediger, Dejor Simmons, Bruce Smith, Deshawn Smith, A.J. Staton, Caleb Taylor, and Jamal Wallace.
Zack McCray put on a show. He looked quick and showed great footwork during workouts. He also had some fun, doing a front flip over the finish line during one of the timed cone drills. McCray was already a four-star prospect on Scout.com and he showed why. He already holds offers from North Carolina, LSU, N.C. State, UCLA, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest. Don't expect offers from new schools to stop coming in any time soon.
Dejor Simmons came into the combine hyped as one of the fastest players in the 757, and backed it up with a 4.43 second 40-yard dash, that disappointed him. "I was hoping to clock in the 4.3 range on the laser, but I have to take the 4.4 and keep working hard." Simmons already holds an offer from West Virginia, and it looks like Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, and Duke are not far behind. Simmons showed good burst in one-on-one drills, separating from the linebackers trying to cover him. He also displayed above average hands when catching the ball. Check out his highlights below.
Quarterback Troy Ruediger (Frank Cox, Virginia Beach) looked great. He measured 6-foot-2 and 195-pounds. He reports that Boston College and Virginia sound like they will be offering him a scholarship soon. Ruediger displayed good accuracy on his passes and moved well for a kid who should turn out to be a standard pocket passer.
Tyler Caveness (North Cross, Roanoke) worked hard all day. He hustled all over the place and posted a 4.55 second 40-yard dash. "I was going for something in the low 4.5 range, so I can't complain," said Caveness. He looked good catching the ball and I like him as a fullback prospect. He is a 5-foot-9, 191-pound bruiser who could fit in as a lead blocker. He is being recruited by Duke, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Princeton, and William & Mary.
2011 corner Demetrius Nicholson (Bayside, Virginia Beach) looked outstanding in one-on-one drills. He did not time very well, but has been electronically clocked in the 40 at under 4.4 seconds. I don't know if it was the wind or he just had a bad day, but he more than made up for it in position drills and one-on-ones. He looks very fluid and comfortable changing directions and was all over most of the receivers at the combine. He needs to put on some weight, coming in at only 149 pounds, but he has plenty of time for that being that he is only a junior. He was one of the top corner prospects at the combine.
Phoebus High School in Hampton was well represented. Safety Colby Goodwyn, safety Chaz Robinson, linebacker Caleb Taylor, and tight end prospect Daquan Romero all worked out extremely well. It is easy to see why Phoebus is perennially dominant in the state of Virginia. Check out Chaz in the blue shorts in this video.
Keep an eye on Oscar Smith junior Raysean Richardson. He may not get as much attention as his teammates, Phillip Sims or Evan Hailes, but the kid looks like very natural out there in one-on-one drills and I project him as a safety at the next level. He has been playing on the defensive side of the ball since his sophomore year, something not just anybody does at Oscar Smith.
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