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February 28, 2009
Combine tour making three stops this weekend
The National Underclassman Combine tour hits the road this weekend and is making three major stops on the circuit. Over 600 combine participants are expected to be on hand in Baton Rouge, Los Angeles, or Jacksonville, and Rivals.com - the exclusive partner of the NUC - will be there to analyze each event.
On the Istrouma Bluff
In 2008 then sophomore D.J. Lewis of Haynesville (LA) High set the bar for individual testing as he posted a 36 inch vertical jump as well as a 10-foot broad jump.
Another speedster expected to be in attendance will be sophomore Derrick Milton, of Pinesville (LA) High. Milton dominated the event last year as a freshman churning out the NUC second best freshman broad jump of all time at 10-foot and one-half inch en route to winning the Freshman MVP.
Now a sophomore and a year older and stronger, enormous things are expected of him.
"Derrick could be one of the biggest prospects for 2011 out of the NUC." said NUC president and CEO Dave Schuman.
Dynamic Duo in the City of Angels
The NUC invades Cantwell-Sacret Heart in Montebello (CA) and there are already over 300 pre-registered for the event, but none have more hype surrounding them than potential 5-star player Robert Woods.
Woods put on an athletic clinic last year at the event and had all in attendance raving about the amazing catches he made on most plays.
Woods now hold over 10 Division-IA offers and that list only looks to grow.
Joining Woods will be his Junipero Serra High teammate, George Farmer. Farmer is now a sophomore but put on a display of his own last year en route to winning the Freshman MVP award.
Of the teammates, David Schuman said: "Those two are something special. I believe both of them can be All-Americans. They have special gifts as players."
Catching rays on the First Coast
One of the biggest recruits will be on display at Wolfson High School in Jacksonville, as Brent Benedict heads back to the NUC to defend his OL MVP from 2008.
Benedict, 6-foot-5 278-pounds, from Jacksonville (FL) Bolles now boasts over 40 scholarship offers following his performance at the Ultimate 100 camp in Atlanta last season.
"Brent is among the elite Offensive Linemen in the US," Dave Schuman said of Benedict. "His speed, athleticism and strength bring a level of excitement to the NUC that is unmatched."
Joining Benedict on the Wolfson field will be last seasons Overall MVP Daniel Jones. Jones led all skill position players with a 4.51 in the 40 and 4.39 shuttle at last years event will return to display his capabilities and his teammates of Florida High.