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Seniors stand out at Big Show Combine

Posted January 24, 2012

Seniors from across the state - and even a couple from other states - gathered at Harnett Central High School on Saturday morning for a unique event.

The Big Show Combine RDU Senior Showcase presented by HighSchoolOT.com was a chance for senior football players to showcase their talent for college coaches in hopes of gaining a college scholarship for the fall.

View complete results from the combine!

There were a number of great performances.

Garner running back Juwan Moye was named the Most Valuable Player at the combine. The 5-foot-7, 153-pound senior ran a 4.44 second 40-yard dash on wet grass. He also completed the Pro Agility drill in 4.59 seconds and the L-Drill in 7.09 seconds. Moye showed off his jumping abilities too, posting a 34-inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump. Capping off his performance, Moye benched 185-pounds eight times.

Quadry Hardy of Broughton and Dennis Gholston of Jack Britt were named Co-Defensive Most Valuable Players.

Hardy stands at 5-foot-8 and 153 pounds. Hardy's 40-yard dash time was 4.85 seconds. He posted impressive Pro Agility (4.01 seconds) and L-Drill (6.66 seconds) times too. Hardy recorded a 32.5 inch vertical and a 9-foot-4 broad jump.

Gholston is also 5-foot-8 and weighs 150 pounds. In the 40-yard dash, Gholston posted a time of 4.55 seconds. He also had a 4.34 second performance in the Pro Agility Drill and ran the L-Drill in 6.81 seconds. Gholston was also successful in the jumping events, posting a 33.5 inch vertical and a 10-foot broad jump.

Jordan wide receiver Jeff Clark was named the Offensive Most Valuable Player at the combine. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Clark recorded a 4.72 second 40-yard dash, a 4.56 second Pro Agility time, and a 7.47 L-Drill time. Clark posted a 32.5 inch vertical jump and a 9-foot-2 broad jump.

Lenny Paul of Cary was named the Most Valuable Lineman. A defensive end for the Imps, Paul stands a 6-foot-1 and 216-pounds. Paul ran the 40-yard dash in 4.76 seconds, completed the Pro Agility Drill in 4.41 seconds, and ran the L-Drill in 7.47 seconds. The defensive lineman also had a 30 inch vertical, a 9-foot-8 broad jump, and benched pressed 185 pounds 11 times.

Bunn's Montre'l Cooke earned the Fastest Man Award after running a 4.51 second 40-yard dash, a 4.38 Pro Agility and a 7.09 L-Drill.

Devon Best of James Kenan took home the Jump Man Award with a 38 inch vertical jump and a 10-foot-2 broad jump. The 5-foot-5 running back also benched 185 pounds 17 times and ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.

Two East Wake defensive players took home the Strong Man Award. Defensive lineman Jerry Goodson and linebacker Jerry McLean had impressive bench press performances. Goodson lifted 185-pounds 31 times while McLean lifted 28 times.


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  • lmaks1 Jan 29, 2012

    This was a great event!! The participants received small group position drills and individual assistance. It was well worth the $40.00!! It's not like the BIG SHOW COMBINE made Mr. Rimpf, his staff or the coaches that participated RICH. The participants received a T-shirt and there were individual awards given. My son had participated in other combines and we paid much more and he did not get a t-shirt and no awards were given.

  • racing away Jan 25, 2012

    I agree if any one gets some help from it then it is a good thing. Not sure of the type of scholorship, but I am sure it was worth $40. Congrats to that player and hopefully others.

  • wingman4u99 Jan 25, 2012

    Not man coaches were in attendance. Div 1 coaches can't attend. I don't think those same restrictions apply to Div 2 and 3 schools? I do know of one player that was offered a scholarship from a 1aa school off his performance at the combine so it was at least worth it to him?

  • racing away Jan 25, 2012

    First NCAA coaches are not allowed to attend high school combines as per NCAA regulations (which I am trying to find specific as there are a lot). This does not mean there was not someone there to scout for the coaches. As we all know there is always some way around the rules. However there should be rules about advertising the presence of college coaches. I am sure this was a first class event however with the weather last Saturday it would screew some results. Best of luck for all that attended.

  • Lost and Loaded Jan 24, 2012

    I doubt if any college coaches actually went to this "combine". Sounds pretty useless to me - prospective college talent is identified long before this combine occurred and if you didn't make the first cut/didn't hear from anyone - you won't. That doesn't mean a kid who wants to play college football is shut out - just means his options basically translate to competing as a walk-on at a juco or making the big leap to div 1 and vying for slot there too. Virtually all big schools do have a tryout process for students already enrolled. Full ride athletic scholarships are actually pretty rare given the amount of HS students who may want one. College coaches have to be very selective and pursue their choices early, all the slots(with backups) are basically spoken for months before national signing day, so having a combine a few weeks before signing day does nothing to put somebody "on the radar."

  • no thanksss Jan 24, 2012

    1st thing in my head when this was posted - how much will it cost? Then I saw that "college coaches" would be in attendance. I laughed.
    Seriously, what college coach is going to give up a Saturday (they probably have class of '12 recruits on campus at that time anyways) to drive to Harnett Central HS to watch some kids bench press & run the 40? Maybe Campbell (b/c its close) & Guilford (b/c they are desperate)...but enough coaches to make it worth the money? Again, I laughed.
    If coaches want combine numbers, they ask the HS coach. If they want to eyeball the kid, they have already been in the school. If they are really interested they get film.
    All props to the folks at Big Show for helping the kids out, but I would never tell a kid to pay for a combine. Waste of money.

  • durhamfbfan Jan 24, 2012

    One of the main points of this combine was that COLLEGE coaches would be at this event. Or at least that is what was indicated. The above article appears to be comprehensive with one exception, a list of the college coaches in attendance. I'm interested as I'm sure many underclassmen are as well to read about the college staffs/representatives that were attendance.