Big time performance

Destrehan High is never short on football talent. Arriving to Pan American stadium in New Orleans with a crop of Wildcats on Sunday, junior Calvin Ursin was dressed out and ready to roll.

When it comes to being judged on first appearance, Calvin Ursin said that he has heard it all before.

Weighing in at 5-foot-10, 253-pounds, Ursin is on the small side for a BCS school defensive end.

Yet with the lights on at the Scout Combine on Sunday, Ursin unleashed a performance that stood out in a big way.

Scott Kennedy,'s Director of Scouting, was on hand and perhaps summed up the Destrehan native's performance the best.

"If I were playing a game tomorrow, Ursin would probably be my top pick to suit up," he said.

The junior blew the opposition away during one-on-one drills, seeing Ursin use his powerful frame and quick burst to give the offensive line fits throughout.

"I found out a lot about myself today," Ursin said after Sunday's combine. "I said that if I came out and played hard I would be fine, and I was.

"I found out how good I really am, and now I know that I can get out there and compete with the best."

Though he looked the part of one of the most explosive defensive lineman in attendance, Ursin said that his speed is still not where he would like it to be.

"I ran a 5.02 forty, so my speed needs to pick up," he said. "I just need a better jump from the start, because I feel like a better forty-time would have me set."

No matter on Sunday, however, as the junior turned the head of every scout and coach on hand.

"I got a lot of positive feedback from the people watching my performance, so it makes me feel good knowing that I am headed in the right direction," he said.

"I see some things I need to work on, like making my move to the shoulder quicker when the offensive lineman presses back, but this summer my coaches will clear all that up."

As for his recruitment, Ursin said that his run through the college camp tour in the coming months should take him a long way towards landing the offers he is after.

"I have been getting a lot of attention this year, mainly from schools like Ole Miss, Oregon, Kansas State, Stanford and Tulsa," he said. "I have been hearing a little from LSU, but nothing more than letters.

"[LSU] would definitely be my number one team if they became interested, because anyone from this area has surely been a Tiger fan for a long time," added Ursin. "I am just going to keep working hard like I did [Sunday] and I think that things will fall into place for me."

Ursin recorded an 8.36 three-cone drill, a 9' broad jump and an 18.8-inch vertical.

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