Top LB's for Scout combine in Oxford

Chris Walker

There was a great collection of talent for the linebacker position at the scout combine in Oxford. We broke down the five who stood out the most.





Linebackers


Brandon Boykin (LB, White Station, TN) - Brandon put up good numbers at the scout combine in Oxford. He measured in at 5' 11 1/2", 212, and ran the fastest forty time (4.56) out of all of the linebackers. He also had a 34" vertical, which placed him second out of the linebacker group.

But what makes Brandon so good is his passion for the game. Boykin was playing like it was the last play of a championship game. He was never out of control, emotionally, but rather very even keeled but still played with great intensity.

Boykin has a lot of football savvy and brains, as evident by his 4.38 GPA/25 ACT.

Brandon recorded 75 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 fumble recovery and 3 forced fumbles as a junior for White Station and was named 1st Team All-Region.

Vandy, MSU, and Ole Miss are his early leaders.




Malcolm Belim (Ath, Calhoun City, MS) - Malcolm is one of those high school players who plays quarterback because he is the best "athlete" on the team. While he does posses a pretty good arm, he has the size and toughness to excel at linebacker on the next level.

Belim is built like a rock. He measured in at 6' 3", 196 with 4.59 speed. Malcolm also turned in a 32" vertical and a 9 and 1/2 foot standing broad jump, which was second best out of all of the linebacker prospects.

We put Belim in at the linebacker position for a few of the drills and he just looked like a natural out there, although you can tell he really loves to play the quarterback position.

Malcolm broke on to the scene as a sophomore when he was selected as the Most Valuable Offensive Player in Region 7 (2A). He passed for over 1,300 yards and 19 TDs. Belim also rushed for 561 yards and 14 TDs. Last season, he led Calhoun City to an undefeated regular season and passed for over 1, 500 yards while rushing for nearly 800.

Georgia Tech and Georgia lead Ole Miss, MSU, Alabama, USM, and Notre Dame.






Johnathan Frink (LB, Oxford, MS) - Big Johnathan was easily the most physically impressive looking linebacker, on the hoof., at the combine.

But the numbers do not lie. Frink measured in at 6' 1/2", 218 and ran an impressive 4.69 forty. Again, if you are looking for explosion, look no further than his 10 foot broad jump, which was best out of all of the linebackers.

Frink simply loves contact as we had to "tone" him down and tell him repeatedly to not hit the receivers during the one on one drills. He possesses all of the tools you are looking for in a linebacker. He has the body, range, and toughness to compete at a high D1 level.

Ole Miss (offer) leads LSU, Georgia, Texas, and Kentucky.






Chris Walker (LB, Christian Brothers, TN) - When one is trying to figure out who had the most "upside" out of all of the linebackers at the camp, you do not have to look no further than Chris Walker.

Chris was measured in at 6' 2", 215. He came in with a high ankle sprain so he was not able to participate in the drills. But, we have seen enough of Walker to know this youngster is a big time prospect, as evident by his offer list, which includes Memphis, Vanderbilt, Miami, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Clemson, Louisville, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

Chris is a two sports athlete for Christian Brothers, as he also excels on the hardcourt. But make no bones about it, Chris' future lies on the gridiron. As a junior, he recorded 83 tackles, 10.5 for losses, 4 sacks, and 9 caused fumbles while helping his team to the Division 11 Championship game against MUS.

Memphis, Vanderbilt, Miami, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Clemson, Louisville, Tennessee, and Kentucky are all under consideration.





Marshall Williams (LB, Parkview, GA) - Marshall was measured in at 6' 2 1/2", 205 and turned in a 4.59 forty. If you want explosion, look no further than his 35 1/2" vertical, which placed first out of all of the linebackers.

Williams looked to have a lot of upside due to his height, long arms, quickness and tenacity.Marshall could stop and go with the best of them, which is very important for a linebacker in coverage.

As a junior, Williams played defensive end and collected 33 tackles and 3 sacks. We believe Marshall's productivity will improve drastically when he is moved to his natural position, which is outside linebacker.

Alabama leads Florida, LSU, Miami, North Carolina (offer), Georgia, and Georgia Tech.




Side Note

Tomorrow we will feature the defensive linemen


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