Under Armour All-America Game 2014: Top 5 Underclassman Combine Performers

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IJanuary 3, 2014

Under Armour All-America Game 2014: Top 5 Underclassman Combine Performers

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    Before the brightest stars in the 2014 recruiting class got on stage for the Under Armour All-America Game, the Underclassman Combine took place.

    This event featured the many of the nation's best prospects from the 2015 class, as it gave the recruiting world a sneak peek into next year's group. Although it's early in the evaluation process for juniors, some used this event to stand out from their peers.

    A talented offensive lineman displayed great upside, while a pair of defensive ends showcased their ability to be monsters on the edges. Also, a linebacker known for his pass-rushing ability impressed with his cover skills. 

    Player evaluations are based on review of tape at Scout.comRivals and 247Sports. 

Tavares Martin, WR (2015)

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    Hailing from Florida, Tavares Martin is a 4-star receiver with a lot of potential. At 6'2" and 165 pounds, he has a long and lanky frame that should fill out as he physically matures.

    Martin had a great day at the Under Armour Underclassman Combine, per Rivals.com (subscription required). He used his speed and quickness to separate from defenders, plus he showcased natural ball skills and the ability to pluck passes with his mitts.

    Florida State, Miami and Ohio State have already offered, plus Oregon is also in the mix, according to 247Sports.  

Darrell Williams, OLB (2015)

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    Darrell Williams is a 4-star outside linebacker from Alabama who can do an array of things on the field. At 6'3" and 205 pounds, Williams has the speed and athleticism to hold his own on the flanks.

    He's also a solid pass-rusher off the edge due to possessing a quick first step to beat offensive tackles. However, according to Kynon Codrington of Rivals.com (subscription required), Williams had a great day in coverage. With his agility and solid strength, he has the ability to smother running backs and tight ends on passing plays.

    Auburn and Florida State are among Williams' several early offers, says 247Sports

Jonathan Ledbetter, DL

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    At 6'4" and 270 pounds, Jonathan Ledbetter is a defensive lineman who can play end or tackle. The 3-star prospect from Georgia is another defensive player who looked good during the Under Armour Underclassman Combine, per Kynon Codrington of Rivals.com (subscription required).

    Ledbetter displayed good quickness at the snap, plus he used his strength and power at the point of attack to menace offensive tackles during one-on-one drills.

    Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Georgia Tech have offered, according to 247Sports

Lester Cotton, OL (2015)

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    Among the top offensive linemen in attendance was 4-star blocker Lester Cotton. The 6'5", 309-pounder used his size, strength and adequate short-area agility to hold his own versus several top defensive linemen, per Rivals.com (subscription required).

    Cotton, who is from Tuscaloosa, has offers from Alabama, Auburn, USC and Ole Miss, according to 247Sports. He's on track to being ranked as one of the best prospects in the state of Alabama for 2015. 

Adam McLean, DE (2015)

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    Adam McLean is a 4-star defensive end from Maryland who is 6'2" and 280 pounds.

    Blessed with tremendous snap quickness, McLean also impressed observers with his ability to use his hands as weapons versus blockers, says Kynon Codrington of Rivals.com (subscription required).

    On the recruiting front, Michigan State leads schools such as Penn State, Florida State and Maryland, says 247Sports. The 4-star recruit will be among the nation's most explosive pass-rushers in 2015. 

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.