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January 10, 2008

Army All-American All-Combine Team: Defense

SAN ANTONIO There was no better place to see more than 500 of the nation's top junior prospects than on the field at the Alamodome last Friday at the U.S. Army All-American Combine. Rivals.com's recruiting analysts were up close and personal with the stars of tomorrow, and here is a look at the Rivals.com All-Combine Defensive team.

Players are listed by what they are likely to project at in college.

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U.S. Army All-American All-Combine Team: Defense

First Team: William Campbell, 6-4, 325, Detroit Cass Tech; Justin Chaisson, 6-4, 252, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman; Dyron Dye, 6-4, 220, Sanford (Fla) Seminole; Jacobbi McDaniel, 6-0, 267, Greenville (Fla.) Madison Coounty

McDaniel would have been Rivals.com's pick for overall combine MVP. Nobody could stop him in the one-on-one competition, and he went up against all takers. People kept challenging him, and he kept rising to the occasion. He showed why he's a five-star prospect that day.

Campbell also made a case for a loftier ranking. He blew away the second session of the combine with his efforts in the one-on-one portion.

Chaisson has already become a household name, impressing at summer camps at Oklahoma, Florida and elsewhere the past two years, and he didn't do anything to change the impression on him. He's a beast. Dye's game is all about pure speed, and his quick first step is electric.

Second team: DeAndre Coleman, Seattle (WA) Garfield; Craig Drummond, Chicago Morgan Park; Darris Ford, Hazelwood (Mo.) East; Brennan Williams, West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial
Honorable mention: Michael Larrow, Union (N.J.) Union; Brandon Jenkins, Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida High; Nick Kasa, Broomfiled (Colo.) Legacy; Jamar Travis, Brewton (Ala.) W.S. Neal


First Team: Tahj Jones, 6-2, 190, Sulpher, La.; Derrick Webb, 6-1, 215, Memphis Whitehaven

Linebacker was one of the weakest positions at the combine, but Webb and Jones were two of the best. They both did solid jobs in the one-on-one battles and look like they should be very successful outside linebackers on the next level. Both had good coverage ability and could really change direction.

Second team: Will Studlien, Sunbury (Ohio) Big Walnut
Honorable mention: Zakee Bashir, Columbus (Ohio) Walnut Ridge


First Team: Dominic Clarke, 5-9, 165, Fredrick (Md.) Tuscarora; Cliff Harris, 6-0, 165, Fresno (Calif.) Edison

Harris and Clarke were the two defensive stars of the combine at defensive back. Not only were both amazing in coverage situations, breaking up a lot of passes, they also looked the part. Harris jumped out probably the most, though. He plays on the same team as two other highly recruited players, but in the combine he stole the show with three interceptions in one-on-one battles. He kept calling out talented receivers to go to battle with and almost every single time he won those battles. It should be noted that White is just a sophomore, and he was one of the best young players in the combine.

Second team: Ryan Campbell, Columbus (Ga.) Shaw; Adrian White, DeSoto, Texas
Honorable mention: Romel Dismuke, Cleveland Benedictine; David Lee, Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary; Gene Robinson, Memphis Whitehaven


First Team: Brandon McGee, 6-0, 170, Plantation, Fla.

McGee plays quarterback form Plantation, but he definitely showed he can excel as an athlete. He's got the athletic ability to possibly play as a receiver or defensive back. But with his exceptional ball skills it would be hard to imagine him without the ball in his hands. The same can be said about Scheelhaase from Kansas City. He's a tremendous athlete, and it showed with his 4.0 shuttle time, but he did struggle throwing the ball. Newsome is another quarterback that could also get plenty of looks as an athlete.

Second team: Nathan Scheelhaase, Kansas City (Mo.) Rockhurst
Honorable mention: Kevin Newsome, Chesapeake (Va.) Western Branch; Matthew Tucker, Aurora (Colo.) Grandview, Fritz Rock, Minneapolis (Minn.) Wayzata

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