Daniel Prior - LB, Henderson
One thing the Owls require over anything else from their linebackers is the ability to run. Henderson's Daniel Prior possesses the speed the Rice caoches covet for the position. Players at the combine were all timed on grass, so his 4.66 time in the forty is on average a tenth of a second slower than what he would run on turf or the track. An adjusted time of 4.56 makes him plenty fast enough. The question may be his size at this point. A couple of other linebackers performed well also - Trey Briggs of Jersey Village and Bryan Skow of El Campo. Briggs measured an even 6-2 and weighed 216 pounds. He ran a 4.69 (4.59 adj.) forty and turned in a 4.47 second shuttle, to go along with a 33" vertical jump. Skow weighed 207, but had a very quick 4.22 second shuttle. Bothare sure to receive looks from area recruiter Craig Naivar.
Marcus Trice - CB, Mesquite
Trice ran a 4.54 second forty (4.44 adj.) and turned in a 4.38 shuttle. He didn't measure a vertical but did broad jump 9'3". At 5-10 164 he need some weight but his speed put him in the top 10 of all performers at the combine. The Owls lose 2 cornerbacks this year so adding a couple more will be a high priority. DeWayne Peace has been recruited mostly as a WR - but I like him as a possible CB in college. His 3.91 second shuttle was the best time at the event and one of the best in the country so far at any of our combines. Peace also had a 35" vertical, so he possesses an explosive skill set. He's not a straight line blazer but has better than adequate 4.5 speed in the forty.
Will Adams - S, South Grand Prairie
Like Peace, Adams plays on the absolutely loaded SGP squad. He measured 6-0 181 at the event and could easily carry another 15-20 pounds in college. He ran 4.62 (4.52 adj.) in the forty, ran a lightning quick 4.19 in the shuttle and jumped 36" in vertical testing. He's the kind of fast, athletic Safety the Owls could use playing the Free Safety position. A local player who performed well was Tomball's Kyle McKenzie. He measured almost 6-2 and turned in a very solid L-cone drill time of 7.09 seconds, a 4.35 second shuttle, and a vertical jump of 33".
More on other defensive prospects later...