Young-uns sweat it out at underclassmen FB Combine

Everybody stood back and let the ‘monster’ do his thing.  Michael Bentley proceeded to bench press 185 lbs… 36 times!

At 5’11” and 280 lbs., the Estrella Foothills HS junior is a major presence on the offensive line.  Dave Schuman, who runs the National Underclassmen Football Combine, called Bentley “a monster of a man” after he watched him work out at Sunday’s session for high school juniors at Apache Junction HS.

The Combine, which is sponsored by recruiting service, gives freshmen, sophomores, and juniors a chance to get early exposure to college recruiters.  They participate in a variety of tests that include running the 40-yard dash, broad jump, vertical jump, bench press, shuttles, one-on-one competition, and position skill work.  The results are sent to college football coaches at all levels, from D-I down.

More than 135 juniors turned out for the Combine, while freshmen and sophomores tested Saturday.

DJ Hubbard was the overall MVP from the junior session.  He had good numbers last year, but did even better this year.  He’s only 5’5″, but had a 35-inch vertical and a 10’2″ broad jump and ran a 4.38 40.

Other MVPs: (wide receiver) Deaunte Jefferson and Martwon Weaver from Marcos de Niza HS shared honors, (QB) Adam Brzeczek from Queen Creek HS, (Running back) Vegas Johnson from Centennial HS, who ran a 4.63 40, (Tight ends) Chrisdeon Ayiyi from Apollo HS and Alex Hernandez from Fairfax HS shared honors, (Offensive line) Vivi Teofilo from Moon Valley HS, (Defensive line) Sam Kemp from Mountain View HS, (Defensive back) DeAnthony Easley, (Linebacker) Hunter Long.

Chans Cox, a 6’2″, 200 lb. running back  from Lakeside Blue Ridge HS, was the freshman MVP and Davonte’ Neal, a wide receiver from Chaparral HS, earned MVP honors among the sophomores.  Neal, who was the freshman MVP last year,  is just 5’8″, but his play enabled him to excel in the one-on-one passing drills. He ran the 40 in 4.41 seconds, the fastest of the day.

And, just for the record, Teofilo also raised some eyebrows in the weight room as he benched 185 lbs. a total of 29 times.

And these guys are still in high school!