Baxter’s Blitz

Baxter’s Blitz: Records are broken at combine testing

scvarsity@ sc.rr.comMay 1, 2014 

Columnist for Midlandspreps.com, Jim Baxter.

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THE ANNUAL South Carolina Varsity All-State Football Combine was held this past weekend. A large group of Midlands players fared well among the more than 300 players on hand for elite testing.

Spring Valley senior safety Tyler Frazier set a ASFC record in the broad jump with a leap of 10-feet, 2.5 inches. Vikings Jordan and Ja’lon Foster each performed well in one-on-one competitions, and wide receiver Jordan Foster captured the eyes of Division II coaches with his showing in the one-on-ones.

A.C. Flora senior Denzel Washington ran the fastest 40-yard dash (4.48) and was named the ASFC MVP for defensive backs. Other Flora standouts were DB/LB Rion Davis, DB Tyler Gray, and WR Michael Amione. Defensive lineman Tyrell Goodwin won his second consecutive ASFC MVP award for defensive line.

Airport’s Alec Spooner turned in a solid performance. He has played tackle for the Eagles out of necessity, but he has a good skill set as a tight end.

Blythewood had the largest group of players from the Midlands, and quarterback David Isreal had the best showing of the group. He had a good day throwing the ball in one-on-one drills.

Brookland-Cayce linebacker Marquise Inabinet had the fourth-highest bench press with 32 reps at 185 pounds. He performed well in one-on-ones and while playing linebacker and end for his school and looks to be suited for a three-technique tackle.

Chapin freshman tight end Will Register held his own in one-on-one competition.

Dutch Fork senior defensive back Lane Ecton turned in a very good day of testing. Rising senior WR Will Sweeper looked good in one-on-one drills. Kicker Tyler Bass was striking the ball well with a powerful leg.

Gilbert senior Tristan Register was impressive in one-on-ones. He was in the top 15 in three of the four testing events. He may be the most underrated player in the Midlands and can play either side of the football as a wide receiver or safety on defense.

Heathwood Hall junior offensive lineman Ben Wilson held his own against a strong group of defensive linemen in one-on-ones.

Irmo WR Manny Banks was strong in both testing and one-on-ones. He has a very good skill set as a wide receiver with excellent hands.

Lexington sophomore wide receiver Jayson Hopper was strong in both phases of the event and was in the top 15 in two of the four testing events. Defensive back Nick Graves eclipsed the broad jump record with a leap of 10-feet, 1 inch before being edged by Frazier of Spring Valley for the record. Graves was in the top 15 in three of the four testing events.

Lugoff-Elgin athlete Gunnar Catoe was in top fifteen in two of the four events and was recognized as one of the top performers in one-on-ones. He often is overlooked because of his size (5-foot-6, 145 pounds), but he always is one of the best athletes in the entire camp.

River Bluff senior Diante Wofford had great performances in the 40, shuttle and broad jump, and was strong in the one-on-one’s.

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