On Saturday, May 22, three Water Valley Blue Devil Senior Football Players were invited to the 2nd Annual Scout.com Southeast Select Combine.
This is an invitational only combine to players in north Mississippi and southern Tennessee. The athletes were tested on measurables such as height, weight, 40-yard dash times, 20- yard dash times, a short shuttle, the L-Cone Drill, and the Broad Jump. They were also broken into positions for basic skill teachings, and then into pass skeleton, and eventually a 7-on-7 competition.
Returning 1,500-yard Running Back Davidtron “D.C.” Logan made an impression on the combine coaches as he was named to the All-Combine Team, a team that is voted on by all Coaches who help run the combine. Logan clocked a 4.66 in the 40-yard dash while doing that event at the end of the testing period and already winded.
He also showcased his fundamentals during the running back drills and made an impressive one-handed touchdown reception during the 7-on-7 competitions.
Senior Quarterback and Punter Josh Johnson illustrated his athleticism as he clocked the second fastest 20-yard dash at the combine with a mark of 2.53 seconds. His 40-time of 4.59 seconds was also in the top five out of 108 athletes running.
Senior Defensive Tackle Zack Caulder drew praise for his one-on-one drills during the defensive line session.
These three Blue Devils were not the only ones representing Water Valley at the Combine, Defensive Coordinator Richard Russo was a volunteer coach for Steve Robertson and Scout.com. “While I am a defensive-minded coach, Steve Robertson and Scout.com really needed someone to coach running backs and take on a group for the 7-on-7 competitions,” Russo said about helping with the event. “ I have known Steve for a while from our Mississippi State connection, and was happy to help him out. It was good to interact with football players from other schools and see what they knew and how they are being coached. It was a very professional combine and I am glad to have been a part of it. Scout.com does a lot for young men around the nation, I just wanted to do my small part.”
When asked about the three Blue Devils performance during the day Coach Russo added, “I was proud of our guys. They proved they belonged there competing with Mississippi’s best. D.C.’s catch during 7-on-7 was something to see and several of the coaches were talking about it.”
Russo also pointed to Johnson’s and Zack Caulder’s performance.
“The coaches who were timing the 20-yard dash could not believe Josh’s time, but then he matched it the second time and they were impressed,” Russo said. “I was glad that Zack got to go up against some of the better Offensive Linemen in North Mississippi. Overall, it was a great experience for our guys and will help get their name out there,” Russo concluded.