Some of the fastest prospects I have seen are among some of the worst football players I have covered over the years.
Recently, I had the chance to follow up with the high school coach of one of the fastest guys ever timed at Tupelo.
It turns out, despite running low 4.4s in the forty yard dash consistently, the young man amassed about 100 career rushing yards in his high school career.
He suffered a couple of ailments along the way, but his biggest issue, according to his coach, was that he was scared of contact.
They say pain makes cowards of us all, but no matter how fast a player is, he has to be tough enough to play the game of football without fear.
I say that as a caution to those who get totally wrapped up in 40 yard dash times.
As I tell the combine guys every year, we're looking for football players. We're not putting together a track team.
There is fast and then there is fast enough. We're looking for fast enough.
The testing portion of the combine provides a good barometer of player's athletic potential from a purely physical standpoint.
In my opinion, the best part of the event is the one-on-ones.
I like to see the guys compete and see them match-up with guys from around the state from different classifications without the benefit of a scouting report or coaching.
To me, these raw and unrehearsed encounters are the best measure of prospects' true potential.
During the Miss-Lou combine at Copiah Academy, Brookhaven wide receiver Fred Trevillion stood out.
I have not looked up Trevillion's testing times. I will, but I don't need to see how fast he was in the short shuttle to know that he is a quality football player.
Trevillion matched up most competition reps with Oklahoma verbal commitment Tito Windham who was the fastest in the 40 that day at 4.36 and 4.37.
Windham was able to run and recover and play the ball well, but Trevillion had the size advantage on the jump ball and he used it.
Windham had nothing to prove, but attended the event anyway for fun.
His attendance provided a measuring stick for some of the lesser known prospects.
While several prospects did well, I am not sure any one elevated his stock more than Trevillion.
Last season, Trevillion played some at quarterback and receiver.
He was the leading pass catcher for Brookhaven High with 46 catches, 654 yards and ten touchdowns.
This fall, Trevillion may make the move to quarterback full time which would give him more offensive touches, but limit his time out wide at his projected position of receiver.
Combines were created for guys like Trevillion who may play out of position in high school or find themseleves tucked away in an under recruited area.
The Miss-Lou combine provided Trevillion the chance to showcase himself against other college level talent.
While most in the state of Mississippi don't know his name, they probably should.
According to one of his coaches, Trevillion has received rave reviews from college coaches during his summer camp sessions.
The talented wide out is beginning to create some buzz for himself, so his recruitment should be worth following this season.
Either you can play or you can't and Fred Trevillion can play.