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Position MVPs for Sunday’s ETSN.fm Football Recruiting Combine at APEC Training Facility

Position MVPs stand with their award certificates at the conclusion of Sunday’s ETSN.fm Football Recruiting Combine at APEC training facility in Tyler. From left: Chapel Hill’s Wesley Thompson (linebacker MVP), Troup’s Blake Lynch (quarterback MVP), Whitehouse’s Justin Dunning (defensive back MVP), Gladewater’s Daylon Mack (defensive line MVP and overall Defensive MVP), Longview’s Ja’Mycal Hasty (running back MVP and overall Offensive MVP), Nacogdoches’ Jacob Bragg (co-offensive line MVP), Van’s Wyatt Santos (co-offensive line MVP), and Tyler Grace’s Kade Clayton (receiver MVP). (Christopher Vinn, ETSN.fm)

TYLER — One hundred of East Texas’ top players in the 2014 and 2015 classes put on a show at Sunday’s ETSN.fm Football Recruiting Combine at Accelerated Performance Enhancement Center (APEC).

There were at least 11 players at each of seven position groups, resulting in exciting competition the entire day, from the combine testing results to the afternoon position-specific drills and linemen one-on-ones.

The following is a breakdown of the top performers at each position, along with a couple of players at each who caught the attention of APEC training staff, ETSN.fm staff, and media members from 247Sports.com, ESPN.com, and Rivals.com attending the combine.

NOTE: height and weight measurements made in shoes; all 40-yard, 20-yard, and 10-yard times were laser-timed.

QUARTERBACKS

MVP

Blake Lynch, Troup
  • Class: 2015
  • Height: 6-4 1/4
  • Weight: 192.8
  • Broad jump: 119 (1st of 12 quarterbacks)
  • Vertical jump: 34.0 (4th)
  • Ladder: 13.5 (10th)
  • 40: 4.51 (1st)
  • 20: 2.58 (1st)
  • 10: 1.53 (1st)
  • Pro agility: 4.15 (2nd)
  • Medball: 4.28 (tied 9th)
  • Keiser squat: 2563 (2nd)
  • Bench (185): 16 reps (1st)
  • Notes: Lynch, who battled a mean stomach bug the entire day, displayed solid footwork and velocity on his throws during position-specific drills. Lynch has a bit of a three-quarters delivery and may not be a natural QB, but his ceiling is high at the position and Mississippi State, Baylor, and others have shown a lot of interest in him as a signal caller. His combine testing was impressive.

 

RUNNING BACKS

MVP

Ja’Mycal Hasty, Longview
Overall Offensive MVP
  • Class: 2015
  • Height: 5-9 3/4
  • Weight: 181.2
  • Broad jump: 116 (3rd of 15 running backs)
  • Vertical jump: 39.0 (1st)
  • Ladder: 8.87 (1st)
  • 40: 4.39 (1st)
  • 20: 2.51 (1st)
  • 10: 1.49 (tied 1st)
  • Pro agility: 4.13 (1st)
  • Medball: 3.85 (6th)
  • Keiser squat: 2420 (2nd)
  • Bench (185): 9 reps (tied 9th)
  • Notes: Hasty tested through the roof. In position-specific drills, he showed great feet and burst and had a knack for catching the ball. Hasty’s combine testing was so good that it almost didn’t matter what he did during position drills, but he performed well in them as well.

 

RECEIVERS

MVP

Kade Clayton, Tyler Grace
  • Class: 2014
  • Height: 6-1 3/4
  • Weight: 179.4
  • Broad jump: 116.5 (4th of 20 receivers/tight ends)
  • Vertical jump: 34.4 (7th)
  • Ladder: 9.50 (1st)
  • 40: 4.40 (1st)
  • 20: 2.54 (1st)
  • 10: 1.41 (1st)
  • Pro agility: 4.09 (2nd)
  • Medball: 3.47 (5th)
  • Keiser squat: 2609 (1st)
  • Bench (185): 10 reps (tied 4th)
  • Notes: A week after setting TAPPS Class 4A 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles records, Clayton displayed blazing speed and recorded the fastest 10-yard time at the combine with a 1.41. Clayton can play receiver, all-purpose back, or defensive back and his fluidity and speed showed that Sunday.

 

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

Co-MVPs

Jacob Bragg, Nacogdoches
Wyatt Santos, Van

Jacob Bragg

  • Position: Center/guard
  • Class: 2014
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 311.2
  • Broad jump: 104.5 (2nd of 14 offensive linemen)
  • Vertical jump: 26.5 (3rd)
  • Ladder: 11.00 (tied 3rd)
  • 40: 5.20 (tied 4th)
  • 20: 2.96 (6th)
  • 10: 1.74 (7th)
  • Pro agility: 4.66 (4th))
  • Medball: 3.25 (3rd)
  • Keiser squat: 3029 ()
  • Bench (225): 20 ()
  • Notes: Bragg recently won O-line MVP honors at a Dallas Nike Football Training Camp and he brought it again Sunday in Tyler. He tested well, then shined in one-on-one drills, even going to the defensive side of the ball once and successfully bull rushing an opponent to get to the quarterback. His matchup with Defensive MVP Daylon Mack during one-on-ones was perhaps the most anticipated moment of the camp, and both showed flashes during the four-second encounter.

 

Wyatt Santos

  • Position: Guard
  • Class: 2015
  • Height: 6-2 3/4
  • Weight: 331.2
  • Broad jump: 77 (10th of 12 offensive linemen)
  • Vertical jump: 20.6 (12th of 14 offensive linemen)
  • Ladder: 11.00 (tied 3rd)
  • 40: 5.59 (tied 11th)
  • 20: 3.18 (12th)
  • 10: 1.84 (12th)
  • Pro agility: 5.03 (10th)
  • Medball: 4.10 (12th)
  • Keiser squat: 2811 (5th)
  • Bench (225): 24 (1st)
  • Notes: A glance at Santos’ testing may leave you unimpressed, but notice two numbers: the most 225-pound bench reps at the combine and a solid ladder time. Those suggest serious strength and quality footwork, even if his speed and athleticism tests weren’t great. He proved the bench and ladder time were no flukes in one-on-ones, anchoring well against Defensive MVP Daylon Mack and winning the majority of his few matchups. He’s got the pedigree; older brother Dalton is a middle linebacker for the Texas Longhorns.

 

DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

MVP

Daylon Mack, Gladewater
Overall Defensve MVP
  • Position: Defensive tackle
  • Class: 2015
  • Height: 6-2 1/2
  • Weight: 310.2
  • Broad jump: 108 (2nd of 11 defensive linemen)
  • Vertical jump: 30.5 (2nd)
  • Ladder: 12.20 (4th)
  • 40: 4.84 (1st)
  • 20: 2.77 (tied 3rd)
  • 10: 1.59 (3rd)
  • Pro agility: 4.75 (tied 5th)
  • Medball: 3.22 (2nd)
  • Keiser squat: 2546 (7th)
  • Bench (225): 21 reps (1st)
  • Notes: Everyone expected Mack to deliver and he did. The most sought-after recruit in East Texas’ 2015 class was explosive and downright fast with the best 40-yard dash time of all 21 attendees weighing more than 230 pounds. He weighs 80 pounds more than that. Mack made his presence felt in one-on-ones, which mostly featured his bull rush. Mack did nothing to derail him from being the top prospect in East Texas’ 2015 class.

 

LINEBACKERS

MVP

Wesley Thompson, Chapel Hill
  • Class: 2014
  • Height: 6-2 1/4
  • Weight: 185.4
  • Broad jump: 122 (1st of 12 linebackers)
  • Vertical jump: 37.1 (1st)
  • Ladder: 11.25 (4th)
  • 40: 4.49 (1st)
  • 20: 2.58 (1st)
  • 10: 1.52 (1st)
  • Pro agility: 4.19 (1st)
  • Medball: 3.72 (4th)
  • Keiser squat: 2392 (6th)
  • Bench (185): 15 reps (tied 5th)
  • Notes: Thompson dominated the speed and athleticism portions of linebacker testing and held his own in the strength and power drills. He made a serious case to be a safety at the next level, although his solid frame could add bulk and keep him at the outside linebacker spot he plays now. He was smooth in position-specific drills, which was no surprise after his pro agility and ladder times.

 

DEFENSIVE BACKS

MVP

Justin Dunning, Whitehouse
  • Class: 2015
  • Height: 6-5 1/2
  • Weight: 200.0
  • Broad jump: 124 (2nd of 16 defensive backs)
  • Vertical jump: 40.4 (1st)
  • Ladder: 10.81 (6th)
  • 40: 4.41 (1st)
  • 20: 2.49 (1st)
  • 10: 1.42 (1st)
  • Pro agility: 4.19 (3rd)
  • Medball: 4.09 (10th)
  • Keiser squat: 2334 (4th)
  • Bench (185): 8 (7th)
  • Notes: Dunning said before the combine that he had 4.4 speed, but that claim was met with skepticism. His huge frame backed it up Sunday as he clocked the third-fastest time at the event with a 4.41. He killed testing, with a great broad jump (124) and the best vertical (40.4) at the combine. Dunning was held out of position-specific drills because of a tweaked ankle he injured a week before the combine, but that obviously didn’t affect his spectacular testing.

 

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