Mobile, Ala.--With over 130 of the top prospects in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana on hand Sunday in Mobile for the first UnderArmour/Scout.com Junior Combine, there were several players that stood out above the crowd as players to watch for next year.
One of those is big Jamontay Pilson from Greenville (Ala.) High. Measuring in at 6-3, 258, Pilson tested well on a very cold day, turning in a 40-dash time of 4.9 seconds and doing well in the one-on-one drills. He says the combine is something that should prepare him well for next season.
"It was a good experience," Pilson says. "I got a chance to talk to and go against a lot of players I didn't know. They also taught me some things I didn't know, but I know it now. We had some good competition."
A physical player for the Tigers up front, Pilson says his strengths as a player are being active and a hard worker, but he notes he's got plenty of things to work on as well including becoming a more complete defensive player.
"My strength is run stopping and being able to move," Pilson says. "Those are my strengths. I have to work on seeing the whole field. Our coaches tell me I've got tunnel vision when the play starts so I'm going to work on that."
One of the main reasons why Greenville showed as much improvement as any team in the state last year, Pilson was a force on defense with 97 tackles and 50 the solo variety. He also added 12 sacks.
Those numbers and his overall play as a junior were enough to get the ball rolling on offers as the Auburn Tigers were the first school to extend an invitation for Pilson. He says while he thought he would have the chance to play on the next level, he wasn't sure it would come this soon.
"It's pretty exciting," Pilson says of the Auburn offer. "I wasn't expecting it that's for sure."
In addition to Auburn several more schools have already started showing interest in the big defender although he says he's still standing at one offer at the moment.
Currently playing basketball for Greenville and averaging a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds per game, Pilson says he also plays baseball for the Tigers as both a first and third baseman.