NUC Houston: Combine Notes

FOX Sports Next is in the streets bringing you all of the coverage. We recently took in some action at the NUC Combine in Houston. Lots of good play was going on and here are a few notes to highlight some of the action…

Beastin' the Backs
In some cases, combines do no justice for players of an aggressive nature. Sure, this is a skills challenge and players are supposed to work on cover skills and footwork. Somebody needed to get the memo over to Chavez linebacker Jonathan London. Now understand that he was not simply out there playing tackle football, but when the backs crossed his path, they knew it was no free pass. The 6-foot, 232-pound London, who was ultimately named the combine MVP, was just being himself and playing how he knows best, at full speed. Maybe that is why he is likely to pull in offers from both Texas Tech and TCU.

Can't Coach Speed
You wonder why you have not heard the name Kendall Sheffield? That's probably because last season when you watched a game from Marshall last season, Sheffield was not on the field. And that is because he is a freshman. But go ahead and remember this name now, as signs are pointing to the fact that this kid will be one of the best in the Class of 2015. 

At the NUC Combine, the 6-foot, 165-pound Sheffield ran the fastest time of all attendees with a 4.37 40-yard. Then turned around and ran a 4.41. One of the coaches at Marshall said that this kid will be a special one. Look for the upcoming sophomore to be in the Buffs rotation sooner than later.

Breeding ‘Backers in Pearland
While Pearland High is known for producing top running backs, it could also be said that a good crop of linebackers are making their way through as well. With the Oilers last guy on his way to Baylor, upcoming junior Justin Phillips is next in line. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Phillips had a solid season for the Oilers and has already caught some college attention thus far. Look for him to make an appearance at both Houston and Texas A&M, where he plans to camp this summer.

D-Town to H-Town and Back
Transferring schools can be difficult for athletes. Especially, when it takes place on more than one occasion. That what is going on with Duncanville quarterback Travis Collins. Originally from Chicago, Collins moved to the Dallas area and was playing for Plano West. Now, he is at Duncanville, hoping that this will not only be his spot, but that he will win the job for next season. At the same time, he will be hitting as many camps as possible this off season. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Collins said South Florida, Mississippi State and Arizona are only a couple of the planned stops.

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