Rivals adizero Combine: Takeaways from Nashville
NASHVILLE – The Rivals adizero Combine rolled into Tennessee on Saturday, with nearly 1,300 athletes turning out to record their times and try to earn a shot at returning for Sunday’s Rivals 3 Stripe Camp event. We break down which players earned their invites and give an insight into their recruitment.
The headliner in terms of offers and interest among those who participated on Saturday was 6-foot-7, 285-pound Kentucky (Ky.) Lexington Catholic offensive lineman Sam Vaughan. With early offers from Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Eastern Michigan and others, Vaughan could be poised for a big late spring and summer as schools continue to evaluate him. Vaughan grew up as a fan of Kentucky and said he’s hoping the Wildcats join his list. But he said Purdue, Duke and Vanderbilt have all recently stopped in and are hoping to get him on campus to camp this summer.
A RAW TALENT
Even with over a thousand prospects on the field, 6-foot-6, 262-pound Memphis (Tenn.) Cordova offensive tackle Matthew Bradford stood out. The recruiting process has already started, with offers from UT-Chattanooga, Tennessee-Martin and Austin Peay, along with interest from Memphis, Arkansas and Auburn, even though Bradford has seen little on-field action thus far in his high school career. He did not play as a freshman while he focused on academics, then was a back-up defensive lineman this past season for Cordova High. Offensive tackle is his natural position, though, and he plans to move back there as a senior.
PROMISING DEFENSIVE END
One of the first invites of the day went out to 2020 Columbia (Missouri) Rock Bridge defensive end Jalen Logan-Redding. The 6-foot-4, 221-pound prospect put up impressive testing numbers for his size and has the look a future FBS prospect. With Missouri right in his backyard, Logan-Redding said he’s hoping to catch the eye of the Tigers coaches at camp later this summer. He is also receiving interest from Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa and Iowa State, with the Cyclones being the most aggressive to date. Logan-Redding said Michigan and Miami are his dream schools, and he’s hoping to camp in front of the Wolverines this summer.
RUNNING BACK WITH HOPS
Class of 2019 Franklin (Tenn.) Franklin-Simpson running back Tre Bass punched his invite after recording one of the highest vertical leaps of the day. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound prospect has an offer from FCS program Morehead State and said several other schools like Western Kentucky and Temple are showing interest. Bass said he expects many offers to come once he has a chance to audition for schools in person this summer.
LB DRAWING BIG-TIME INTEREST
One of the most impressive prospects on the hoof was Class of 2019 linebacker Jehdon Jenkins, a Kentucky prospect who is receiving interest from several big-time programs, including Kentucky, Louisville and Vanderbilt. Jenkins said the holdup when it comes to offers is his ACT score, which he’s currently working to improve, with plans to take the test again soon. Jenkins recently visited Louisville and said he plans to camp at Kentucky and Vanderbilt, among others, this summer.
Class of 2019 offensive lineman Rowdy Garza made the trip to the Nashville area all the way from Texas, and the 6-foot-4, 285-pound prospect earned his way back to Sunday’s camp with his performance. Garza has plenty of interest from high-academic programs like Princeton and has plans to camp at Tulsa, TCU, Alabama and several other programs this summer.
RUNNING BACK ON THE MOVE
Two-star Louisville (Ky.) Waggener running back Brandon Jones earned his way back to Sunday’s camp with a strong all-around testing performance. Jones has early offers from FCS programs Howard and UT-Martin, but said he continues to receive interest from Indiana, Duke, Cincinnati and several other programs. Jones has plans to hit several on-campus camps this summer, but said he’s yet to set his schedule.