BATON ROUGE, La. - The National Underclassmen Combine hit the home of the National Championship LSU Tigers recently, with a stop at Dutchtown High School in the Baton Rouge, La., area. The stop did not disappoint, as there were a number of amazing performances. Leading the way was Overall MVP sophomore RB DJ Lewis of Haynesville High School, who also took home the Fastest Man Award.
Lewis, 5-foot-9 and 188 pounds, is a fabulous all-around athlete, who showed great feet and skills during the one-on-ones. He also excelled during the combine events with a 36.5-inch vertical, 10'0 1/2" broad, 4.60 shuttle, 23 reps on 155 pounds, and a 4.41 40, which was the fastest time of the event.
Lewis was not the only running back to excel in Baton Rouge. Winning the Freshman MVP was Derrick Milton of Pineville High School, who is definitely a name to remember. Milton, 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, was a man amongst boys throughout the event, and showed that off during the combine events with a 32-inch vertical, 10'0 1/2" broad, 4.51 shuttle, 4.53 40 and 31 reps on 135 pounds. And taking home the RB MVP was sophomore Thomas Gumpert of St. Thomas More High School. Gumpert, 5-foot-11 and 179 pounds, showed great speed and footwork during both the individual drills and one-on-ones. He also had a 30-inch vertical, 4.49 40, 4.62 shuttle, 8'7 1/2" broad and 22 reps on 155 pounds.
Notre Dame High School took home both the LB MVP and the DB MVP. The DB MVP went to sophomore Hunter Stover, who is more of a prototypical safety prospect at 6-foot-0 and 202 pounds. Even at that size, he still showed great cover skills and athleticism. During the combine events he had a 4.73 40, 8'5" broad, 4.34 shuttle, 24.5-inch vertical and 13 reps on 155 pounds. Winning the LB award was sophomore DJ Welter, who at 6-foot-0 and 214 pounds, really showed the complete package. Welter is an amazing athlete, who showed impressive strength and cover skills during the individual drills and one-on-ones. He also had a 9'0" broad, 29-inch vertical, 4.48 40, 4.48 shuttle, and 20 reps on 155 pounds. Another linebacker who stood out during the event was sophomore Orrin Fontenot of Parkview Baptist High School. Fontenot, 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, is an extremely powerful prospect who has the potential to be a big-time recruit. He also had a 27.5-inch vertical, 4.52 shuttle, 4.68 40, and 29 reps on 155 pounds.
Taking home two awards was sophomore OL Chance Fayko of Barbe High School. Fayko, 6-foot-0 and 301 pounds, was named the OL MVP and the Strongest Man, the later coming for his 21 reps on 185 pounds. Aside from his strength, he also demonstrated great hands, explosion, and overall skills during the one-on-ones. Fayko also had a 5.67 40 and 5.43 shuttle during the combine events. Winning the Leadership Award for Barbe High School was sophomore RB Michael Gullary. Guillary, 5-foot-10 and 212 pounds, is an excellent athlete and leader, who also possesses great footwork and explosion. He also had a 29.5-inch vertical, 9'0" broad, 4.69 40, 4.62 shuttle and 20 reps on 155 pounds.
Also winning two awards in Baton Rouge was Zachary High School, with both the WR MVP and the DL MVP. The WR MVP went to sophomore Nick Hopkins, 5-foot-10 and 171 pounds, who outside of showcasing impressive hands, feet and route running ability, also hustled and showed great work ethic throughout the event. He also had a 4.72 40, 4.45 shuttle, and 25.5-inch vertical. Winning the DL MVP was sophomore Stan Williams. Williams, 5-foot-11 and 211 pounds, is a fabulous athlete with great hands, quickness, feet, and individual skills. The lineman had a 23-inch vertical, 4.95 40, and 4.76 shuttle.
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