By J.T. Powell
The Appalachia Prep Combine was held at Princeton Sr. High School, in Princeton, WV on this past Saturday. The stars were out and the day was perfect for football. Over 100 athletes turned out coming from five different states. 17 awards were given out at the conclusion of the event.
Cameron Allen from Graham High School (VA) wowed coaches throughout the day and earned the first ever APC MVP award. Allen shut kids down during the 1-on-1s period mixing up both press and off coverage. He clearly showcased his talent as the top DB and athlete in the group earning the Top DB award also. Right behind him was Deep Creek High School’s (VA) 2020 linebacker Gaberiel Fuster. Fuster impressed the accomplished LBs coaching staff and the rest of the invites who were on the defensive side of the ball. Fuster came to the combine very polished during the position drills and dominated in the 1-on-1s. He also looked good during the 7-on-7 game. The Deep Creek standout even repped 185 lbs 19 times! Fuster left as the Top LB and Best in the Class of 2020. Right behind Fuster at LB was Marquez Edge (Tarboro, NC) who also impressed coaches with his size, feet, skills, and athleticism. Other notable LB performers were Mason Polier 20’ (Union, VA) and Mike Bartram 19’ (Wayne, WV).
Another impressive performer on Saturday was Jaylen Coleman 19’ RB (Porter Ridge Indian Trail, NC). Coleman walked into the venue looking like a freight train. He tested well in all areas running a 4.50 twice, breezed through drills, and was unstoppable during the 1-on-1s period. Also in the discussion for Top RB was Marcus Robinson-Jenkins 19’ from Harrisonburg, VA. The Harrisonburg standout had LBs on skates during 1-on-1s, tested well, and breezed through drills. Other notable RB performers were Donavan Kirby 19’ (Madonna, WV), Owen Chafin 19′ RB (Spring Valley, WV) Prophecy Kisamore 20’ (Blue Ridge, VA), Juice Edwards (Bluefield, WV), Jake Bowen 19’ RB (Bridgeport, WV) and Trenton Adkins 21’ (Ridgeview, VA), (Huntington. Bryce Damous 19’ TE (Huntington, WV) looked really good and took home the Top TE award. Damous got some great work in with Coach Will Albin before highlighting kids during the 1-on-1s. The Huntington High School star looks and plays like a grown man.
The QBs struggled with the high wind conditions early on. Grant Johnston from Blacksburg High School had the best performance throughout the day separating himself during the 7-on-7 game earning the Top QB Award. Jacob Knight also impressed coaches throughout the day and was in the discussion for Top QB. Nate Ellis 20’ (Spring Valley. WV) shocked coaches and performed well enough to be selected as 1 of 2 QBs to represent Team WV during the 7-on-7 game. Ellis threw and connected on a couple of beautiful deep balls. Other notable QB performers were Will Hackney 19’ (Sissonville, WV), Xavier Kane 19’ (Blue Ridge, VA) and Ti’Jhan Blackwell 20’ (Huntington, WV).
At the Wide Receiver position, Hedgesville’s Class of 2020 wide-out Malakai Brown put on a spectacular performance proving himself as the best receiver at the APC. Brown hit DBs with some nasty moves at the line and was virtually was open all day long. The Hedgesville star looked the part and tested well in all areas. Pulaski High School’s (VA) 19’ WR E.J. Horton was the next impressive wide-out on Saturday. Horton bullied DBs at the line of scrimmage then created separation from defenders with sharp routes. Horton was in the discussion for the Top WR Award, but had some bad luck with some poorly thrown passes and a couple of dropped balls. Capital High School’s 20’ WR Chance Knox was also in the discussion for Top WR by dominating during 1-on-1s and making some big time plays in the 7-on-7 game including a TD. Michael Boaitey 19’ WR from Martinsburg High School was also impressive. Boaitey competed nose to nose with the best really showing himself to be a legitimate Division I prospect
Terrance Panky 20’ OG from Huntington High School was dominating DL throughout the day. Panky lined up defenders and put them on the ground. He showed some nastiness and good footwork earning the Top OL award. Other notable offensive lineman were Nick Malone 19’ OT (Morgantown, WV) and Brandon Moran 19’ OG (Martinsburg, WV). On the defensive side of the line, Mt. View High School’s 19’ DE Tyyon Powell made opposing lineman look silly all day. Hardly any lineman could get their hands on him and sealed the Top DL Award after knocking a couple of 6’5 plus OL off balance. Kealey Davis 20’ DE (Freedom, VA) also looked very impressive throughout the day displaying the best technique and a quick get off at the line.