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March 4, 2008Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas played host to another stop on the National Underclassmen Combine tour. And with Vegas being the host city, it should come as no surprise that several players from local-power Bishop Gorman High School excelled, including Overall MVP DL Alex Turner, who also took home the Strongest Man Award.
Turner (6 feet 1 and 234 pounds) was excellent during both one-on-ones and individual drills, and his 20 reps on 185 pounds won him the Strongest Man Award. Along with his dominant performance on the bench, he also had a 29-inch vertical, 8'11" broad, 4.83 40, 4.75 shuttle, and 20 reps on 185 pounds.
While Turner won the Overall MVP, he wasn't the only defensive lineman from Gorman to dominate. Winning the DL MVP was sophomore Ian Bubak, who at 6 feet 3 and 230 pounds, had a very good overall day. He showed good footwork and athletic skills and tested very well during the combine events with a 31-inch vertical, 7'11 ?" broad, 5.06 40, 4.57 shuttle and 13 reps on 185 pounds. Also winning a lineman award for Gorman was OL MVP sophomore Geoffrey Gibson. At 6 feet 3 and 325 pounds, Gibson showed great footwork and pass blocking skills for a player of his size. He also had a 5.62 shuttle, 5.88 40, and 16 reps on 185 pounds.
Showing that the sophomore class isn't the only one at Gorman with talent, Jordan Welte took home the Freshman MVP at the event. The 5-foot-11, 196-pound linebacker was excellent during both individual drills and one-on-ones, and during the combine events he finished with a 24-inch vertical, 8'1" broad, 4.99 40, 4.72 shuttle and 23 reps on 135 pounds.
Winning the DB MVP for Coronado High School was sophomore Garrett Rowe, who at 5 feet 10 and 178 pounds, showed very impressive cover skills, and had a 25-inch vertical, 8'3" broad, 4.94 40, 4.59 shuttle, and 3 reps on 150 pounds. Winning the last defensive award of the event was LB MVP sophomore Rodney Gilmore of Legacy High School. Gilmore (5 feet 8 and 154 pounds) showed good athleticism and power for his size. He also had a 29.5-inch vertical, 9'0" broad, 4.96 40 and 5.01 shuttle.
The RB MVP went to sophomore David Dash of AB Miller High School. Dash (5 feet 7 and 160 pounds) has very good feet for a running back, plus impressive overall athleticism. He showed that athleticism off during the combine events with a 8'10" broad, 4.66 40, 4.39 shuttle, 29-inch vertical and 13 reps on 155 pounds.
Sophomore Christopher Spencer of Cheyenne High School took home the QB MVP after showing excellent arm strength and accuracy at the event. Spencer (5 feet 9 and 165 pounds) had a 28-inch vertical, 8'0" broad, 4.34 shuttle, 4.93 40 and 17 reps on 155 pounds. The receiver who left the biggest impression was sophomore Anthony Norris of Liberty High School. The WR MVP is a great possession receiver with very good hands and route-running ability. At 6 feet 1 ? and 188 pounds, he also had a 32-inch vertical (with a 99-inch reach), 9'10" broad, 5.06 40, and 11 reps on 155 pounds.
The Combine King Awards went to sophomore Malik Henderson of Stockdale High School in California and freshman Dario Bongovni of Grand Ledge High School in Michigan. Henderson (5 feet 7 ? and 170 pounds) had a 30.5-inch vertical, 9'4 ?" broad, 4.87 40, 4.75 shuttle and 16 reps on 155 pounds. Bongovni, who made the long trip from Michigan to attend the event, finished with a 28.5-inch vertical, 4.86 shuttle, 4.80 40 and 16 reps on 135 pounds.
The final awards of the event went to sophomore RB Craig Cox (5 feet 9 and 177 pounds) of Mohave High School in Arizona, who was the Fastest Man with a 4.53 40, and QB Trey Shimabukuro of Kauai High School in Hawaii, who won the Leadership Award.