SAN ANTONIO - Hundreds of potential college football prospects converged on the Alamodome last week for the U.S. Army National Combine, and many of those players impressed the Rivals.com team of analysts.
The combine coincided with Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl which featured numerous players who worked out at the same event one year ago.
On the defensive side of the ball, several stars from the 2014 class managed to stand out, including Woodbridge (Va.) Woodbridge Senior DE Da'Shawn Hand and Washington (D.C.) Collegiate Friendship Academy ATH Jalen Tabor.
Here's a look at the Rivals.com U.S. Army All-Combine Defense:
Rivals.com U.S. Army National All-Combine Team: Defense
The defensive line group was led by Hand, a 2014 prospect who is a physical specimen who might not even understand how talented he is at this point. Robinson was a consensus pick among the Rivals.com analysts after an impressive showing during one-on-ones. Hatcher and Webb also made good impressions. A few second-team selections could have easily been on the first team, the group was deep and talented and a lot of players had a good showing.
Linebackers are always at a disadvantage during combines especially during the one-on-one segments because they have to deal with hard-charging running backs coming right at them in the open field. But Banderas, Brown and O'Daniel were able to make the best impressions, showing off their athleticism against those backs and making plays all over the place. All three stood out in their own way and O'Daniel definitely made a strong impression because of his ability to move in space.
Defensive back was one of the deepest groups at the combine and the first team is loaded with top Division I talent. Fuller, a five-star by Rivals.com, earned the combine MVP award and he was outstanding in one-on-one drills. Alexander was aggressive and talkative and really hounded receivers all day. Ellis is a standout and Jones could be one of the top defensive backs in the South in the 2014 class.
First team: Jalen Tabor, 6-1/168, Washington (D.C.) Collegiate Friendship Academy (2014); Jesus Wilson, 5-9/165, Miami (Fla.) Columbus
Wilson stood out at wide receiver and cornerback and looked comfortable at both positions. The Miami Columbus standout can get open on offense and did an outstanding job covering receivers during one-on-ones. Tabor is a star in the making for the 2014 class. The Washington, D.C., recruit already has an impressive offer list and could be one of the top overall prospects in the class.