Texas Combine in the Books

JCFootball.com kicked off the first of its four 2002 Combines on April 27 at Tyler JC in Tyler, Texas. Participants represented Tyler, Navarro, Cisco, Ranger, Blinn, and Independence CC (Kans.). This was the first JC combine held in Texas and it was a great success per four-year and two-year schools in attendance.

Camaradarie Ruled the Day!
Post-Combine Group Photo

(Minus Sixteen Navarro Participants)

JCFootball.com combine advisor, Dave Ogas, commented during the forty testing that a great deal of speed was on display. The results seem to support his assertion as five guys ran 4.5 or under.

Top Forties:

WR Paris Hamilton (Tyler): 4.37
WR Jermaine Carpenter (Navarro): 4.35
S Ben Baskin (Navarro): 4.4
RB Travis Cones (Navarro): 4.44

There was some wind, but these guys ran once in each direction and both times were great. Hamilton is compared favorably to former Tyler WR, Robert Ferguson, who starred at Texas A&M for one season before moving to the NFL. He's now the go-to guy for the Green Bay Packers. Hamilton is a great looking prospect at 6-1, 197.

One who really impressed was a tight end, Ray Gurley, Jr., who traveled all the way from Independence, Kansas. The 6-4 3/4, 253-pounder displayed good hands and nice routes in the one-on-one drills. During testing he posted 4.6 and 4.7 forties to go with a nice vertical jump. Gurley is a bounceback from Pittsburg State, who will have two years to play two at the next level. His head coach at Independence CC tells us that Michigan State and N. Texas are showing strong interest already. Gurley was definitely turning some heads last Saturday and we expect many more four-year schools to send him letters soon.


Who was the biggest man on campus last Saturday? No question that Tyler offensive lineman, Michael Erokwu, was blocking the most sunlight. He weighed in at 6-6, 363 pounds, which is probably 20 pounds more than his ideal playing weight. Nevertheless, he ran a 5.48 forty and generally impressed most scouts in attendance. Florida has already called this big Nigerian and it's only May.

The tallest wide receiver was Cisco's Brian Fry. At 6-5, 210, he has the ability to go up over shorter corners and bring the ball down. Fry made a spectacular diving grab during the one-on-ones that had everyone cheering; he returned to the group a little winded but received many a slap on the back for his efforts. Cisco coaches believe he's surefire D1 guy, who has all the tools to succeed at the next level. And coaches around the conference praised him, too.

We'll have much more on the Tyler Combine in coming weeks.

Tomorrow we're off to Santa Ana College in Southern California, where we expect a very large turnout.

Apologies for the short report...we'll make it up to you later.


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