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Pittsburgh Nike Combine Launching Pad

Updated: February 24, 2010, 5:52 PM ET
By Michael White | ESPN RISE

While there was some astounding Class of 2011 talent at this past weekend's Pittsburgh Nike Combine, there was also several underclassmen that had the ESPN RISE staff talking. Here's a look at seven players from Pittsburgh who have future star written all over them.

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Khaleel Artis, 5-10, 167, RB, Emmaus (Emmaus, Pa.) Class of 2012
Results: 4.75 40, 4.10 shuttle, 34-5 PB, 33.2 VJ, 92.19 SPARQ Breakdown: Artis is looking to be able to get on the field this fall and show he can be a solid player. Last year he got a taste in a few games but will look to gain a starting spot this season. With his speed he should develop into a playmaker.

Adam Bisnowaty - 6-5, 271, OL, Fox Chapel (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Class of 2012
Results: 5.70 40, 4.88 shuttle, 37-0 PB, 23.7 VJ, 64.65 SPARQ Breakdown: Posted good numbers throughout the each event, most impressive is showing solid strength with a 37-foot power ball toss. Coaches at Fox Chapel believe he has the talent and overall athleticism to develop into a top prospect.

Mark Dodd - 6-0, 209, LB, Linsly (Wheeling, W.V.) Class of 2012
Results: 4.89 40, 4.23 shuttle, 35-0 PB, 4.23 VJ, 85.80 SPARQ Breakdown: Already has been a force on the field totaling at least 90 tackles the past two years. Even more impressive is his 4.0 GPA and aspirations of playing for an Ivy League school.

Ross Douglas, 5-8, 158, DB/RB, Avon (Avon, Ohio) Class of 2013
Results: 4.58 40, 4.44 shuttle, 32-5 PB, 33.8 VJ, 87.00 VJ Breakdown: Douglas opened some eyes after posting the fastest 40-yard dash ever by a freshman at a Nike Combine -- twice running a 4.58. This young running back will definitely be one to watch develop over the next few years and could become a household name. This past year, Douglas stepped up big, starting six games on varsity and rushing for 300 yards and four scores.

Travis Elliot - 5-10, 199, RB, Ryle (Union, Kent.) Class of 2012
Results: 4.85 40, 4.13 shuttle, 38-0 PB, 29.4 VJ, 95.23 SPARQ Breakdown: Powerful runner has already run for over 2,000 yards with 30 touchdowns going into his junior year against some of Kentucky's toughest programs. Even more impressive is that he improved his SPARQ rating nearly 20 points since last year. May end up transitioning to safety, linebacker or fullback at the college level but will be a player no matter where he ends up.

Corey Jones - 5-8, 145, DB, Penn Hills (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Class of 2012
Results: 4.47 40, 4.13 shuttle, 27.5 PB, 31-5 VJ, 83.28 SPARQ Breakdown: Jones' 40 time of 4.47 was the fastest of any player in Pitt and will now just have to add some size to his frame over the next two years to be viewed as a big-time cornerback prospect. Will look to compete for a spot in the secondary this spring, replacing Penn Hills' duo of Division I signees in Cullen Christian and Brandon Ifill from this past year.

Deaysean Rippy - 6-1, 190, LB, Sto-Rox, (McKees Rocks, Pa.) Class of 2012
Results: 4.79 40, 4.50 shuttle, 32-5 PB, 27.5 VJ, 69.75 SPARQ Breakdown: Last year Rippy recorded 77 tackles and seven sacks for a program that turns out college prospects each year. Already has been verbally offered by local programs Penn State and Pittsburgh and will rank amongst the Keystone State's top recruits in the Class of '12.