Tupelo Combine Notebook

For the 8th consecutive year, Tupelo High School was home to the Steve Robertson Southeast Select Combine. Once again, some of the region's top talent showed up and showed out. For the first time ever, participants were able to hold drills on the Golden Wave's signature blue turf. A handful of prospects really put their best foot forward.

Keshon Heard was the head turner this year with a trio of sub 4.4 times in the 40 yard dash. In addition to running the fastest 40 during the event, Heard had a broad jump of 10 feet two inches, which was second best among all participants.

Heard also displayed some very good cover skills as a defensive back and the ability to run away from defenders as a pass receiver.

Heard is open to either position on the college level, so his projected position will likely depend on team need. With his ability to cover and his speed to erase mistakes, he looks like a natural at free safety.

The Hamilton High School standout holds an offer from Mississippi State, with a trio of other schools considering following suit after seeing Heard in camp this month.

Hidden Gem

Corinth High School standout Antares Gwyn worked at quarterback, but also agreed to run some routes as a pass receiver. Recruited as an athlete by most schools, Gwyn is the type of player that is tough to pass on due to his versatility.

Gwyn recorded a 4.51 in the 40 yard dash and was among the most explosive players during the one-on-one drills.

Edge setter

Nettleton defensive end Chris Long was among the most dominant players in the pass protection drills. Measuring in right at 6-3, 227 pounds, Long has the frame to carry some serious weight without hurting his athleticism or dexterity.

In a year where the state has some serious defensive line prospects, Long may be the biggest sleeper of the bunch. Long plans to make the camp rounds this summer and he projects as a D1 player without question.

Home Field Advantage

Tupelo High brought one of their most talented groups to the event. Several underclassmen turned in tremendous times with rising freshman Jordan Jernigan running a 4.49 in the 40 yard dash. More than just a speed merchant,Jerningan looked crisp in drills snagging passes out of the air effortlessly and without gloves. Great speed and great hands, what's not to like?

Corner R'Darious Edwards proved to be one of the top performers in testing drills. Edwards 40 time of 4.61 is more to do with technique than foot speed. A month with his track coach and Edwards is a 4.4 sprinter. Edwards turned in the top time in the short shuttle (3.9) and had the longest broad jump 129 inches. Those numbers are freakishly good.

Perhaps the top QB in attendance was THS standout Daniel Bistrow who is getting interest from several college programs with Troy setting the pace so far. Bristow routinely dropped the ball in between the numbers and the boundary where only his guy could catch it.


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