Tech Prospects Shine at Combine

This past weekend held their annual combine in Waco to evaluate some of the top talent in the state of Texas. As expected, a lot of Red Raider prospects stole the show by performing brilliantly.

The combine was held Saturday at Baylor's Floyd Casey Stadium from approximately 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Players, parents, and scouts were on hand to see some of college football's future stars. Players participated in position-specific drills and competed in events measuring 40 times, vertical leap, and agility.

Texas Tech WR prospect James Kirkendall posted the second-fastest 40 time of the day with a blistering 4.38, followed closely by the highly-touted QB prospect John Chiles with a 4.39. Kirkendall showed impressive elusiveness in his routes as a receiver, but perhaps needs to work on his hands and put on a little size for Division-1 football. As for Chiles, we would not be surprised to see him moved to receiver, running back, or defensive back in college. His throws were relatively erratic for a D-1 quarterback, and with his impressive size and strength, a position change just seems to make sense.

However, there was one quarterback who was arguably the highlight of the entire event, and that was Red Raider prospect Jaret Lee. He threw the football with impeccable accuracy, and looked head-and-shoulders above the competition in doing so. Nearly all of the attendees were whispering about him throughout the day.

Texas Tech RB prospect Justin Sturns also turned in a noteworthy performance on the day, posting a very solid 4.46 40 time and displaying some exciting agility during the combine. He is a very physically gifted back that should be able to make an immediate impact wherever he signs.

Tray Allen is another big name player who attended the combine, and "big" is about the best way to describe him. He was an imposing force in the O-line drills, and battled with Brandon Joiner all afternoon for the title of best offensive lineman. One could have made such an argument for either player, but one thing was clear; Allen and Joiner clearly outshined all of the rest and have bright football futures ahead of them.

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