Football players from all over the Valley attended the i350 Temecula Combine powered by Football University (FBU) held at Linfield Christian School on Saturday, March 22, 2014. The combine was structured in the same format as the U.S. Army National Combine, also run by All American Games. The regional combines are designed to rank and identify the top 350 players in each region. Some were also named to the All-Impact team.
“This is a new initiative for FBU – identifying the top athletes in each region – and being able to rank them objectively,” said David Hill, i350 National Recruiting Director for FBU, “Top performers can earn scholarships to one of our many local invitation-only FBU camps or invitations to the U.S. Army National Combine, the nation’s most prestigious combine event, held in January at the San Antonio Alamodome.”
Coaches and former and current NFL athletes also conducted skill clinics in conjunction with the combine testing events. These included legendary receivers coach Charlie Collins, offensive lineman Ben Coleman (Cardinals, Jaguars, Chargers, Redskins), Linfield Head Coach Dechon Burns (Redskins, 49’ers, Eagles), and Kansas City Chiefs newest linebacker Jordan Campbell. Also coaching were Ken Whitworth, Linfield coach Greg Holt, Steve Singh, Rubidoux coach Jason McMains, and Jesse Halberstadt.
Combine testing consisted of: 40 yd dash, pro shuttle, three-cone drill, 60-yd shuttle, broad jump, and vertical jump.
At the high school level, Vista Murrieta running back Tito Feliciano recorded the top marks in three events: 40 yd dash at 4.48 seconds, pro shuttle at 4.12 seconds and 60-yd shuttle at 11.4 seconds. Derrion Grim a sophomore wide receiver from Stockton took top honors in the three-cone drill. Sheriron Jones from Rancho Verde, ranked among the top five dual-threat QB’s in the nation, jumped 9’4″ in the broad jump. Chino Hills wide receiver/defensive back Philip Afia recorded the highest vertical jump at 31″.
Braedin Huffman (class of 2019) and Justin Cordova (class of 2018) dominated the youth side of the combine. Huffman ran 5.0-flat in the 40 and 4.14 seconds in the three-cone. Cordova recorded a 4.25 second pro shuttle, 12.12 second 60-yard, and broad-jumped 9’0″.
The following high school players were selected for the All-Impact Defensive Team:
• Defensive Line: Isaiah Spencer, Joshua Florance, Metoriah Faoliu, Donald Bell
• Linebacker: Preston Carr, Samuel Wells, Austin Barrette
• Defensive Back: Lorenzo Burns, Jaedon Woodbey, Philip Alfia, Joshua Slazar
The following players were selected for the All-Impact Offensive team:
• Offensive Line: Gabe Westall, Jason Geary, Ty Whitworth, Kyle Parido, Thomas McCraw
• Tight End: Tanner Vanscourt
• Receivers: Derrion Grim, Brian Phan
• Running Backs: Tito Feliciano, Brian Phelan
• Quarterback: Sheriron Jones
Schedules for upcoming, camps, clinics, and combines can be found online at www.footballuniversity.org.