Talent Showcased at ScoutSouth.com Combine

Burton Scott

The ScoutSouth.com combine brought several talented prospects to Hoover, (Ala.) Sunday, May 27 to compete on Memorial Day weekend. Alabama is not lacking for talent in the class of 2008, and the class of 2009 has prospects making a name as well.

Burton Scott, Scout.com four-star wide receiver from Pritchard-Vigor, had a spectacular day in testing and during the one-on-one competition. Scott worked out with the quarterbacks and excelled.

"I thought the camp went good. I had a good time up here," Scott said following the combine.

Chris Hood, quarterback from Huffman, has a strong release on the ball and throws a nice deep pass.


Justin Rogers

Justin Rogers, from Vestavia, was the top running back in attendance. Rogers was clocked under a 4.45 in the 40-yard dash showing his blazing straight ahead speed. The times were on a very slow surface.

The South Hot 150 member stated, "I had a real good time at the combine. I think I did well out here. I am glad I came."

Grant Streams, running back from Huntsville, had a really nice combine. He did extremely well in testing and was too quick for the linebackers in the one-on-one competition.

Tuscaloosa-Central was well represented and the best overall may have been DeMario Pippen. The talented prospect stands 5-foot-9, 190-pounds, and he showcased his skills at running back, wide receiver and defensive back. Pippen perhaps has found his future position at cornerback.


Marsellos Wilder

The top two receivers of the day were Tristan Purifoy (Hanceville) and Marsellos Wilder (Tuscaloosa-Central).

Purifoy ran in the 4.5-forty range and was outstanding in the one-on-one competition. Purifoy should see scholarship offers come his way after hitting the summer camp circuit. Wilder is very athletic and has the size for a great receiver on the next level standing 6-foot-3, 190-pounds. He led the receivers in the individual drills, and you can tell he has been well coached at his position.


Greg McGrue

A very BIG surprise came from Greg McGrue an offensive lineman from Huffman. The monster talent stands 6-foot-8, 350-pounds and dominated the one-on-one competition. Alabama commitment Undra Billingsley beat him only once in the competition.

McGrue's teammate, Marcel Dareus, performed on the offensive and defensive line. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound prospect was very quick off the line and demonstrated tremendous power in his blocking skills.

According to combine offensive line coach Larry Rose, "Dareus is a kid who could be a major offensive line prospect. If he adds some weight he'll be a huge pickup for anyone."


Undra Billingsley

Alabama commitment Undra Billingsley (Woodlawn) had a great combine. He was in very good shape for his 6-foot-3, 260-pound frame. He was explosive off the line and outmatched all in attendance except McGrue.


Mario Goines

The linebacker group was the led by Tajh Tyler (Huntsville) and Martez Patterson (Vigor). Both had a solid day in testing and in one-on-one competition. Mario Goines, from Hot Springs, (Ark.), made the long drive to Alabama and performed great as well.

Huffman's Jason Blocker and Jason Horton did well working with the safeties. Pippen was the best cover corner of the day. Antonio Johnson (Moundville-Hale County) had a terrific day in the one-on-one competition as well.

Look for additional coverage all week from the ScoutSouth.com Combine.

A special thanks to Hoover High School for allowing ScoutSouth.com to conduct the combine at their outstanding facilities as well as thanks to Hoover head coach Rush Propst, defensive line coach Chris Davis, coach Kevin Sherrer and coach Phillip Propst.

Thanks to the other outstanding coaches who assisted with the combine including Gadsden City offensive line coach Larry Rose, Tuscaloosa-Central coach Graves and coach David Hartfield from Madison Academy, a new addition to the ScoutSouth.com staff.

A big thanks to all associated with the Scout.com team including Tim Gilbreath, Mark Murphy, Jason Caldwell, Stephen Atkinson and Adam Entrekin who were instrumental in the success of the combine along with several volunteers.

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