Lineman Henry Porter from Opelika High came to the combine looking to show what he could do against some of the state's top players. He left confident he established himself as one of Alabama's top offensive linemen.
"It was a good experience," Porter says. "I'm glad I got to put myself out there as a prospect. I liked the one-on-one drill the most because I got to go up against other guys that are potentially as good as I am. Overall it was a good experience."
A player still looking for his first scholarship offer, Porter took advantage of Saturday's opportunity to strut his stuff in front college coaches from SEC and ACC teams as well as other programs. Among the coaches in attendance Saturday were both James Willis and Don Dunn from Auburn, Jimbo Fisher, Bo Pellini and Stacy Searels from LSU, Rick Trickett from West Virginia, Joe Whitt Jr. from Louisville and others. Porter said having the college coaches on hand made the day important for him.
"It was what I expected," Porter said. "It's real big because you always want to make a good first impression on somebody. A good first impression sticks with somebody. Once you make that impression you've got it in good with that coach."
Porter runs the 40 in Saturday's combine.
Measuring in at 6-2 1/2, 300 pounds, Porter ran a 5.32 second 40-yard dash time on Saturday on an artificial turf surface on Alabama's campus. Following that he did very well in one-on-one drills, more than holding his own against everyone he faced. He said the best player he faced was one he'll see next season up close and personal.
"The guy from Auburn was pretty good," Porter said of defensive end Brandon Boudreaux. "He was pretty good. I've got to watch out for him. I'm going to train up and be ready for him. I think I need to work on getting back in my pass sets."
For now Porter said he's concentrating on improving as the Bulldogs go through spring training. While he continues to bide his time waiting on offers, Porter said that he's hearing from several schools as he gets ready for the summer camp circuit.
"We've got spring training going on right now," he added. "I'm just going to try to get stronger. This summer I'm working out every morning at five o'clock. I'm also planning on attending camps at Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, trying to stay in the SEC."