Two Campo Verde combine participants stood out in the 11-13 year old division.
Team Impact’s Tavian Dennis and AYF’s Miles Lockhart.
Tavian took the fastest 40 time for the division, with an impressive time of 4.997 seconds slightly edging out Miles who posted a 40 time of 5.180 seconds. However, it was Miles who had the higher PPR score of the two which is based on overall combine performance. Miles had the fastest shuttle time in the division as well. With a time of 5.00 seconds. Two very talented players who in a few years will be likely having an impact on the high school level and making a name for themselves here in Arizona.
Tavian Dennis from Laveen, Arizona plays both receiver and safety. Just 13 years old Tavian measures in at 5’9”, 156 pounds, has a 7’6” reach and a sub 5 second 40 he is an ideal deep threat receiver. Tavian’s preferred position is safety where his combination of size and speed paired with a 26.5 inch vertical makes most QB’s think twice about throwing to his side of the field.
NFL Player Comparison: Kam Chancellor
Chancellor is one of the leagues most intimidating safeties. He is known for his hard hitting aggressive nature and play making abilities. At the 2010 combine Chancellor’s 22 reps of 225 pounds should surprise no one, as he’s arguably the hardest hitting safety in the NFL. Last season against the Arizona Cardinals he suffered a season ending neck injury. No word or time table for Chancellor’s return this season. Only time will tell if Chancellor will return to the revamped Seattle secondary this season. They could use his leadership this season on the field with Earl Thomas a potential hold out and Richard Sherman’s departure to the 49ers. Kam would be a welcomed return to the Seahawks secondary.
Chancellor’s 2011 Combine Results:
40 Yard Dash: 4.69 seconds | 225lb Bench Reps: 22 | Vertical Jump: 32″ | Broad Jump: 9’8″
Miles Lockhart from Chandler, Arizona plays running back and at 12 years old shows great athletic ability, size and speed. This 5’5” 140 pound running back shows solid foot work and an ability to spin and cut effectively. Miles five second shuttle time was impressive and some would argue that shuttle for a running back is the combine event that best translates on the field for the running back position. Showing great speed for his age group once Lockhart gets out into the open field he has break away speed and ability to take any given play to the house.
NFL Player Comparison: Alvin Kamara
Kamara had an exciting rookie season paired with Mark Ingram they provided an explosive back field for the New Orleans Saints. Kamara’s ability to burst to top speed is available at flip of a switch. Creates yardage with speed, wiggle and power. Kamara became the second rookie in NFL history to score five plus touchdowns, five plus receiving touchdowns, and return a kickoff for a touchdown. Last season started out slow for Kamara while the Saints tried to figure out a rotation with Adrian Peterson but once Peterson was traded to the Arizona Cardinals Kamara began to flourish. It will be interesting to see what numbers Kamara will put up this season and how the Saints offense will look moving forward with an aging Drew Breeze and their talented backfield.
Kamara’s 2017 Combine Results:
40 Yard Dash: 4.56 seconds | 225lb Bench Reps: 15 | Vertical Jump: 39.5″ | Broad Jump: 10’9″