Ohio Report Under Armour / Scout.com Combine

Brandon Underwood - Cleveland Heights

While holding the Under Armour / Scout.com Combine in Pittsburgh brings out the best from the East, it also allows for a few Ohio prospects to make the trip to the Steel City and compete. How did some of Ohio's best do? We take a look…

Where do you start when looking at those from Ohio who took part in the Under Armour / Scout.com Combine? 

 

Well one place is with state runner-up Youngstown Ursuline High School as head coach Dan Reardon had several of his top players taking part and doing well.  One player many have asked about is Darrell Mason and his disappearance in the state title game.  We got that one answered as Coach Reardon explained.

 

“It’s been one of the funniest things.  Darrell played some key minutes for us in the first half and is more of a between the tackles straight ahead runner.  We were getting stopped and felt we needed to go outside and use our speed so Darrell wasn’t part of those plays.  I’ve heard he was injured or did something wrong and that is not the truth.”

 

But while some may have questioned Mason’s ability he showed on Sunday he’s a legit player with major talent holding his own.  Joining Mason were several teammates including Jamel Turner and Dale Peterman who each showed they’ve got skills to be watched.

 

Another top Ohio prospect who continues to impress is Cleveland Heights wide receiver Bryan Underwood who had one of the better forty times on a slow surface.  Underwood has picked up several offers over the past month with Kansas being the latest to join the field.  But he like Mason didn’t come alone as several members of the Heights squad made the trip.  One player that caught my eye was 2010 defensive end Arthur Lowe who will need to continue to build his body in the coming year and have a good summer season to raise his stock.

 

But while Mason and Underwood enjoyed good days, no one had a better day than Chris Snook of Highland High School.  The linebacker has several offers but chose to take part and show why he may be one of the best prospects in Ohio that doesn’t get the respect he deserves.

 

Snook left no stone unturned on the day and took many reps and didn’t back away gaining praise from a couple of the coaches as well as from members of the Scout.com team.  During the running back / linebacker battles Snook picked off three passes showing the ability to cover, open his hips and adjust to catch the ball over the back.  In my opinion Snook was one of the Top Five performers on the day if not the MVP of the event in a very crowded field of top performers.

 

Another Ohio prospect who earned his way was wide receiver Patrick White of Pickerington Central High School.  White who turned heads this past summer will continue to get interest with his crisp route running and great hands.  While White may have lost some of the attention with the rise of high school teammate Jamie Woods, he’ll be quick to raise the bar by taking part in the combine.

 

Another linebacker catching some looks is Hussain Trowery of Reynoldsburg High School.  Trowery is still looking for the first offer but has shown he’s got the skills to compete with anyone he comes up against.  Summer camps will play a huge role in his college future.

 

While I wasn’t overly impressed with the offensive linemen at the combine a few stood out with two being from Ohio. 

 

I first saw Brian Smith at the Cleveland Combine and on Sunday he showed he’s got some athletic ability running a 5.3 forty to go with a 4.52 shuttle and 7.81 L-cone.  While the Walsh Jesuit product will need to do some work on his techniques, Smith will turn a few heads with his physical size and ability.

 

The other was another player first seen at the Cleveland Combine in February.  Adam Scheid of Avon Lake showed he’s worked hard since the early combine showing his overall ability should make him a D-I player before it’s all done.  Like Smith he’ll need to continue to work on his techniques and show well in the summer camp season.  Several MAC programs have been showing interest.

 

Steubenville Central Catholic defensive end Zac Costlow posted a nice forty time and did well in the individual work.  Camps will make or break any chance of Costlow being a prospect that gets noticed.

 

Quarterbacks in Ohio may be the weakest position for the Class of 2009 but one player is getting his name out.  Patrick Nicely has nice physical size and shows the arm strength needed to be a prospect college coaches will want to sign.  While we’ve only seen Nicely in combine situations he’s got the early lead as Ohio’s top signal caller.

 

But no player or coach walked out more pleased than Lexington’s B.J. Payne who watched one of his young players turn heads and place himself on the list of player to keep an eye on this fall. 

 

A great looking athlete Courtney Avery is a player who will have time to earn his place at the top of the Class of 2010.  Showing great physical skills Avery will be one of the top corners in his class and a kid who should pick up early offers in the process.

 

Ohio will have another chance to show they’ve got the stuff to be considered one of the top product states in 2009 come May in Cincinnati. 

 

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