Despite it being a national ACT testing date, and spring games at Ole Miss, Alabama, Southern Miss and Louisiana Tech, there were more than 115 prospects in attendance representing the 2009, 2010 and even the 2011 recruiting class.
Scout.com is going to have coverage from the event all throughout the week and complete results from all of the testing will be posted Wednesday night.
The country’s 15th ranked and 31st ranked player overall were both in attendance in Chris Davenport and Michael Ford, respectively.
Davenport was battling a sore groin and two tight hamstrings but he still ran a 5.25 in the 40 yard-dash, and once again, he was the center of attention in the individual position drills when the linemen broke away.
Ford did not start well when he ran his 40’s and it showed with two times of 4.69 seconds.
Those times were easily forgotten, though, when the 206-pounder ran a 4.2 pro shuttle, logged a 41” vertical, and looked like a seasoned veteran in the position drills.
Ford showed some very quick feet and drew praise from the running back coaches all afternoon for staying low, keeping his shoulders square and doing all of the little things that nearly everyone else in his group had to be coached on.
Another Louisiana prospect that tested well was Destrehan’s Darrington Sentimore as the big man ran a 4.82 (40) on a slow surface and ran the L-cone and shuttle as well as nearly all of the linebackers.
Several guys from Texas made the long drive over to the Big Easy and one who shined all day long was Colin Renton of the Woodlands.
Renton was so fundamentally sound and displayed very good technique in all of the drills. There was no hitting out there but he had the look of a kid that would lay the wood on every play if they would have been in pads.
Another Woodlands product that was flying under the radar heading into the combine was wide receiver Alex Tweedy.
Tweedy caught the ball well and ran good routes in the individual drills and 7-on-7 part as did Adair Stephens of Ozen High School.
Bryant Lavender of Gulfport (Miss.) had a strong showing and some felt that he was the top receiver in attendance but another wide out that made a big splash was 2010 prospect Trevon Reed of Thibodaux (La.), who ran the fastest time of the day with a 4.44 (40).
Reed was one of the underclassmen who made his mark and another one was running back Kenny Hilliard of Patterson (La.).
Hilliard is only going to be a sophomore but he already has a body of a college back and showed that he has the making to be one of the top running backs in the land for 2011.
Scout.com is going to have a ton of coverage from Saturday’s event all throughout the week so be sure and check back often as we compile all of the notes and data from what turned out to be a very good day in the Crescent City.