Citrus Combine Recap -- Part 1

El Camino DE Simi Kuli

At the final combine of the 2007 evaluation season, over 400 prospects from up across the Golden State descended on Citrus College to be tested and show their mettle in the one-on-one drills. Here's a quick breakdown on who impressed and boosted their stock as we get ready to head in to the beginning of summer workouts.

The best part of the one-on-ones is almost always when the offensive and defensive lines square off.

There were a plethora of top prospects on both sides of the ball and each showed why he is so highly thought of and there were a few others that opened some eyes with their talent and intensity.

College of Sequoias DE Brandon Sesay He is an absolute freak of nature. He stands 6-6 and weighed in at a lean 265. He signed with Georgia out of high school, but didn't qualify and he spent his freshman season at Northwest Mississippi before transferring to COS in 2006. He redshirted and now is primed for a big season. He absolutely tore up each offensive lineman he went up against and had that terrifying "50-yard stare" that only the most intense players possess. He has numerous offers from some of the best colleges in the country, but he's focused right now on graduating in December and said he will likely take all his visits before he makes a decision.

Mount San Antonio DE/DT Bernard Afutiti He showed excellent speed off the edge and a nifty spin-move as well as a nasty bull-rush. He dominated every offensive lineman he faced and pretty much had his way during the one-on-ones.

West Los Angeles DT Kenneth Bragg The big man from West LA was a man-child and showed incredible quickness on inside rushes. He was also very strong and once he got a step on his man, he couldn't be moved off of his path to the quarterback. Bragg was recently offered by California and is seeing interest from several Pac 10 and Big 12 schools.

Grossmont DT Valentino Tofaeono He wasn't the most heralded guy on the Grossmont roster, but after watching him tear up the interior offensive lineman every time he lined up…he'll surely be a known commodity now. He weighed in a 360 pound, but he's incredibly quick for a man his size. He bull-rushed on player and was in the quarterback's lap within two seconds. He also sidestepped a punch on his initial move and blew past a guard to "sack" the quarterback as well. He claims to never lift weights and one can only imagine what he could do if he got serious about that phase of the game.

Southwestern (Ca.) DE Leonard Brown He's physically and mentally more mature than most college players. He was in the Navy for six years and he's just now started to hone his skills on the gridiron. He wasn't a terror using his speed rush skills, but his quickness allowed him to get inside a couple of tackles and he was able to get to the quarterback on several rushes.

Mount San Antonio DE Philip White – He isn't the biggest guy in the world, but White really showed well when he stepped in against the offensive tackles. He showed excellent speed getting around two of the better tackles out there and he was solid most of the time. If he doesn't beat his man though, he struggled to get around them using other moves.

El Camino DE Simi Kuli Whatever you've heard about Kuli, it's an understatement. He was a man among boys out on the field today. He bull-rushed one tackle and threw him 10 feet beyond the quarterback. He then stood over his man and stared before turning and heading back to the line. He also really used his hands well and showed excellent quickness and explosiveness throughout the afternoon session.




On the offensive side, some of the better players were…

El Camino OT Daniel Mafoe The big offensive lineman who has garnered lots of top offers. He fought hard against several of the top DE prospects including Sesdy and they both held their own in the battle. Mafoe has a tough initial punch and showed excellent foot-work in handling the speed guys and the power guys. He was the best offensive line prospect on the field on Saturday.

College of Sequoias C Larry Landry He showed well in the forty – he ran a 5.13 – and he was very impressive in the one-on-ones. He's got a lean frame even though he weighs over 290 pounds and he's very muscular. He handled bull-rushes really well, but struggled a couple of times when he went up against the quicker players. He's definitely a player to keep an eye on this fall.

Mount San Antonio OT Ula Matavao He handled some of the best defensive ends with ease, showing excellent footwork and very quick feet. I really liked how he didn't talk at all and quietly went about his business. Very efficient player.

Cerritos OT Phillip Garcia He was a monster out there on Saturday. He was by far the tallest player – he is a legit 6-8 – and he wasn't afraid to go up against the best defensive lineman that were out there. He stoned Sesdy once, got bettered by Kuli and then came back against the standout from Elco and they battled to a draw. He showed very well and it's understandable why teams like Texas A&M among others are starting to heat up their recruitment.

El Camino OG Jarret Gant He showed very well and, while he isn't the biggest, strongest or most athletic, every time he stepped in the box he shut down almost every player he faced.

By no means were these the only standouts on either side, but they were the ones who I was able to notice while trying to take in everything that was going on.

Tomorrow I will review the running backs, linebackers, quarterbacks, wide receivers and defensive backs in part two.

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