El Dorado Wildcats

Dexter Toney and Justin Billings made heads turn at the FCA combine this spring, now the college coaches are starting to pay attention.

The FCA Combine was held in Little Rock back in March. Not many people knew who Dexter Toney or Justin Billings were then, but the certainly do now. Billings turned in a 4.43 in the 40 at War Memorial Stadium and Toney was right with him at 4.44. The two players shared the load last season for Head Coach Scott Reed, with both players rushing for over 750 yards and scoring 11 touchdowns each.

"They were kind of unknown until the combine," Coach Reed remembered. "A lot of guys come by to look since then. ULM and Arkansas came by this week. Southern Arkansas, Missouri State, Mississippi State, and Louisiana Tech have also been in. Coach Hines from Louisiana Tech was in last week and really liked both running backs." Billings is 5'7" and Toney is 5'8", but don't let the height fool you. "They are both really good football players," said Reed. "They run well and they are strong."

Another player getting a lot of interest is Greg Carter. Carter is a 6'1" 200 lb. safety. "Greg is a good athlete and he is strong too," explained Coach Reed. "He benched pressed 325 pounds this spring."

Marcus Parker is a 6'2" receiver who runs really well. Coach Reed said that Parker has had a good spring and is also getting looks from the college coaches.

El Dorado competed in ULM's 7 on 7 camp last summer and the players are starting to get more and more exposure. Thanks to the FCA combine, Toney and Billings are definitely getting plenty of attention.

Two other players have appeared on the college scout's radar. Junior linebackers Jimmy Ford and Luke Lansdell both started every game for the Wildcats as sophomores. Ford is already getting mail from Arkansas, Tennessee, and Notre Dame.

El Dorado may not have had a lot of visitors from college staff members in recent years, but you can bet they will find their way through the pine trees in 2008. Coaches from all around will want to catch a glimpse of these Wildcats. Not too many people will be catching these guys any other way.


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