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May 3, 2005

Elite back in Jersey

Led by big names like Derrick Williams, Eugene Monroe, Melvin Alaeze, Callahan Bright and others, the Elite College Combine was a big hit in 2004 with players and college coaches alike. The second annual Elite College Combine will be held on Wednesday in Randolph, N.J. and yet another group of big names are set to compete led by Pennsylvania tailback LeSean McCoy.

McCoy, a national top 10 player who could challenge for the top spot overall, leads a group highlighted by 10 pre-evaluation Rivals100 members and many others who are positioning themselves for a spot on the next version.

In addition to McCoy, wide receiver Andrey Baskin, linebacker Navorro Bowman, quarterback Pat Devlin, linebacker Akeem Hebron, defensive tackle Jason Kates, offensive tackle Antonio Logan-El, defensive back John Maddox, running back Knowshon Moreno, quarterback Jeremy Ricker, defensive back A.J. Wallace and offensive lineman J.B. Walton, all on the pre-evaluation Rivals100, are all expected to attend and work out.

Others of note who could take up permanent residence on future Rivals100 lists include safety Antwine Perez, offensive/defensive lineman Jared Odrick, running back Benjamin Tate, quarterback Zach Frazer, wide receiver Vidal Hazelton, cornerback Aaron Berry and defensive tackle Phillip Taylor. Defensive back Myron Rolle will also be on hand, although it's not certain whether he will work out or not. Linebacker Jeremiha Hunter is expected to attend but won't participate due to an injury.

The combine is also a great chance to see some top 2007 prospects in action as well. Quarterbacks Tyrod Taylor, Tony Logan and Pat Bostick will all be spinning it while massive offensive linemen John Elliott and Anthony Davis will be in the trenches.

Players will be tested in the 40-yard dash, standing broad jump, 20-yard shuttle and the vertical jump. They will also be put through individual drills by position and then the fun begins with the one-on-ones. Some of the better matchups to be seen will be teammates Baskin and Perez head-to-head, McCoy, Tate and Moreno against Hebron, Bowman and others and the big guys in the trenches. Logan-El versus Taylor? Walton versus Odrick and Kates? It doesn't get much better than that in the Atlantic East.

Roughly 280 college coaches are expected to attend the event, to be held at the Sports Pavilion in Randolph, N.J. on Wednesday evening. It is not open to the public.

Every BCS conference team is expected to be showing their colors with some schools expected to send their full allotment of coaches. Head coachs Charlie Weis, Bobby Petrino, Urban Meyer, Ron Zook and others will also be making the trip.

Rivals.com will be providing coverage of the event over the next week or so.


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