Athletic QB Shines At Two Combines

A South Alabama quarterback was impressive at both the Jackson Hospital Capital City Combine and the Nike Tuscaloosa Combine.

Mobile, Ala.--In what is shaping up as an outstanding upcoming football season for quarterback prospects in the state of Alabama, another name to watch this fall is Thomas Kirksey.

Standing six feet, one-half inch tall and weighing in at 198 pounds, Kirksey is expected to be one of the more athletic quarterbacks in the state this year. At the Jackson Hospital Capital City Combine in Montgomery this past weekend, he was a standout performer in passing drills and other skills tests.

A three-year starter at Davidson, football is the rising senior's only sport and he works on it year-around. However, next spring he plans to run track. At the combine in Montgomery, ran a 4.5 40 on a wet track on a windy day, which was one of the best times turned in of the 200-plus participants. "My fastest time in the 40 is 4.4," Kirksey says. He ran a 4.56 at the Nike Combine in Tuscaloosa last month.

Thomas Kirksey waits his turn in a passing drill last Saturday at Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

Kirksey showed good strength for a junior quarterback, doing 21 reps of 155 pounds on the bench press in Montgomery. At the Nike Combine, he did 15 reps of 185 pounds. When working out at Davidson, his max bench is 275 pounds.

When asked what he considers his strength as a quarterback, Kirksey says, "My running ability and I have a strong arm. We are a 70 percent running team so I don't throw the ball a lot. We run out of the ‘I' formation."

In Mobile high school football, Blount, Vigor, UMS-Wright, St. Paul's and Daphne have been the top teams in recent years and Davidson has not been a power. Kirksey says he would like to see that change and predicts his team will be one to watch during his senior season. "We are going to be pretty good this year," he says.

Kirksey says that Florida, Mississippi State, LSU and West Virginia have expressed the most recruiting interest in him so far. He says that he is interested in both Auburn and Alabama and plans to attend summer camps at both campuses in addition to heading west for one at LSU.

Kirksey says he is not dead set on only being a quarterback. "I think I could be a safety or could play other positions, too, like running back," he says. "I feel like I am a good athlete." The numbers back him up. At the Nike Combine, he had one of the better vertical jumps, going nearly 35 inches, and he performed well in the shuttle run with a time of 4.56 seconds.

Tiger Ticket Extra: In addition to quarterbacks like Cole Peace of Cedar Bluff, Clay Harrelson of Benjamin Russell and Kelcy McKissick-Luke of Central High in Phenix City who were already well known by college scouts prior to coming to the Capital City Combine, there were other lesser known QBs who had coaches checking out how they threw the ball and handled themselves in combine drills. Zac Champion, who measured six feet and three-quarters of an inch tall and 182 pounds, showed a strong arm in passing drills. He is from Bessemer Academy. Chris Brown, a 6-0, 156-pounder QB from Billingsley High, was receiving plenty of attention from college scouts who like his athletic ability. He jumped a very impressive nine feet, six inches in the standing broad jump. Zack Golson, a 6-2, 169-pounder from Autauga Academy, obviously needs to add some beef but showed a strong arm in passing drills at very windy Cramton Bowl. The same was true of Dezzmon Johnson, a 6-3, 3/4, 187-pounder from Shaw High in Mobile.

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