KSU Commits Star at Army Combine
Dalvin Warmack and Elijah Lee were among the headliners in last week's U.S. Army National Combine in Kansas City. The Blue Springs (MO) duo are lifelong friends, and have committed to play college football together at Kansas State. It was fitting they took the field together for the last combine of their high school careers. Having spent the summer training for his senior season, the three-star running back was looking forward to competing. "I stayed out of the camp circuit," Warmack said with a nod. "I got up to about 194, and didn't feel like myself. I cut down to 184. Now, I'm trying to get back up to 186, 187 before the season starts." As a junior, Warmack rolled up 2,279 rushing yards and 45 total touchdowns in leading Blue Springs to the Missouri Class 6 State Championship. He was honored with the 2012 Simone Award as the Most Outstanding Player in Kansas City, and was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in The Show Me State. Warmack put on a show at the Army Combine, clocking a 4.44-second 40-yard dash time and a 4.06-second pro-agility drill. He showed off his power with a personal best 10-foot-2 in the broad jump. "Our coach, Coach Donahoe, preaches explosiveness, especially from the running back position," Warmack said. "I know if I don't come out and perform this year, there would be a lot of people questioning. Being five-foot, there's already all eyes on me." "This season, I'm going to play to play, enjoy my senior year, but also try to get things done." Lee took home his share of postseason hardware in 2012. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound defensive end was an All-Conference, All-State, and All-Metro honoree in 2012. With 72 tackles and 15.5 sacks, he was the recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive lineman in Kansas City. He knows there are expectations for him in 2013 as well. "I don't keep all the weight on my shoulders," the talented pass rusher said. "I just go out and play. Hopefully, I can do better than last year." Lee paused. After a moment, he corrected his statement. "Not hopefully, I will do better than last year," he said with a smile. Both of the Blue Springs standouts performed well at the Army Combine. The FBU staff was impressed, nominating each to represent the United States in the International Bowl next year. "I killed people off the edge, that's what I'm best at," Lee said with a smile. "I've gotten faster, stronger, quicker with the agility. I tried to play everywhere. I think I did pretty good." Asked about his teammate, Lee smiled again. "I know he's going to be a special player." Warmack spoke just as highly of Lee. "Just to see him grow from the first time we started to work out together last summer, he's made significant improvements," Warmack said of his best friend. "Especially in the weight room. Now, he tosses up whatever we put on the bar." "It's special, being able to be with him and Kaleb Prewett at the next level."
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