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Inland Empire Combines Talent

Posted Monday, May 11, 2009 by Susan Hudson

May 10, 2009

Inland Empire Combines Talent
 
Gerard Martinez
USCFootball.com Senior Analyst
 
Every year the level of talent behind the walls of the Inland Empire rises.
 

On the Flip Side

On the opposite side of the ball, Corona (Calif.) sophomore defensive end DeVante Wilson. Running a 4.78 and a 4.75 40-yard dash, he also had a vertical leap of 30-inches at 6-foot-4, 220-pounds. Wilson was one of, if not the most impressive physical specimen on the field Saturday considering his age.

Still fundamental raw as a pass rusher, Wilson oozed potential as he beat his blockers on pure talent and natural strength.

While Wilson ran well, he is a long strider, and with another two years to develop before hitting a college campus, should grow into a legitimate 4-3 defensive end. Early in the recruiting process, Wilson grew up a USC fan, but listed Oregon and Arizona State as other schools of interest.

Teammate, Childera Uzo-Dirbe was also impressive. At 6-foot-3, 221-pounds, Uzo-Dirbe is going out for football for the first time this fall. Running a 4.79 40-yard dash, Uzo-Dirbe shares many of the same physical attributes as Wilson, but as a junior.

Joining Wilson and Uzo-Dirbe on the defensive line was Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Los Osos defensive end Will Harris. At 6-foot-4, 254-pounds, Harris ran a 5.06 40-yard dash. With a huge lower-body and long arms, Harris' future at defensive tackle could be very bright when he gets to college.

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