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The U.S. Army All-American Bowl pits the top high school football recruits in the country against each other in a game on January 5 in San Antonio, Texas. On the Friday before the game some of the top junior and sophomore football prospects in the country come and participate in a football combine.
The highlight of the combine in the laser-timed 40-yard dash. It is a chance for college coaches and scouts to get a verified look at just how fast these recruits really are.
There are no high school coaches with a quick trigger finger on a stop watch. The laser does not lie. The 40 at the U.S. Army Combine allows the top sophomore and junior football players in the country an opportunity to compare their speed to their peers.
This is a look at the top 40-yard times run at the U.S. Army Combine.
Maurice Trowell is a wide receiver at Southern Durham (N.C.) High School. He is 5'11" and 170 lbs. Trowell turned in one of the top 40-yard times of the day with a time of 4.76 seconds.
Trowell is a junior in high school and will have another year to work on improving his time. He also runs track and has a personal best time of 22.50 in the 200.
Trowell should be one of the top receivers in North Carolina in 2013.
Jalen Embry is a 5'10", 174-lb athlete who plays both wide receiver and cornerback for Martin Luther King High School in Detroit. He turned in the fourth-best 40-yard time of the day when he ran a 4.74.
The junior athlete has already taken a visit to Ohio State and is considering various other B1G schools. It says a lot about your speed when you are able to travel halfway across the country and outrun a bunch of kids from Texas, California and Florida.
Embry should see his offer list soar because of his rare combination of size and speed.
Donovan Clark is a 5'11", 170-lb defensive back from South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Ind. He ran a 4.73 40 to turn in the third-best time of the day.
Clark is receiving recruiting interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Purdue and Indiana. Much like Embry, teams are coveting the combination of Clark's size and speed at the defensive back position. Clark is one of the fastest football players in the Hoosier state.
Jarriel Jordan is a defensive back at DeMatha Catholic High School in Fort Washington, Md. DeMatha is a basketball powerhouse best known for producing basketball stars. Jordan is out to prove that they play good football at DeMatha also.
Jordan ran a blazing 4.6 in the 40 to turn in the top time for his group of players. There were approximately 500 prospects at this combine. They were split up into two groups and Jordan was the fastest in his group.
Jordan is considering Oregon, Rutgers and a variety of other ACC schools for his college choice.
The fastest player at the combine was a sophomore who will be part of the 2015 recruiting class. Kendall Sheffield is a star defensive back at Houston (Texas) Lamar High School. He was the fastest man at the combine with a 40 time of 4.56 seconds.
He also turned in the best vertical jump of the day with a leap of 38 inches. Sheffield is already considered one of the top defensive backs in the state even though he is only a sophomore.
He played on a defense that led Lamar to the Texas 5A State Finals, where they lost to Allen High School. Sheffield is 5'10" and 172 lbs.
Although it is early in the process, Sheffield is considering Baylor, Texas A&M and Texas.