AthElite Sports Training Academy and Peak Rehab played host to some of the top football players in the area last weekend for their second annual All-Area Football Combine. As you might know, I have run a few of these events, so I know how much work goes into them. I have to congratulate everyone involved for running a great combine for the players, and did so at no charge to the kids.
A special thanks also to University Healthcare System, which has been a sponsor of the event each year. In my column on Wednesday, I gave you the results of the Wunderlic Test. Now, here are the results of some of the top performers.
Mark Weidenaar (Lakeside/Georgia State signee). According to event founder Ryan Bowers, Weidenaar stole the show. Despite running into a pretty severe headwind, Weidenaar posted a 4.58 40-yard dash. He also had the best time in the L Drill at 6.94, and had the second-best shuttle time with a blistering 4.02. Folks, quarterbacks are not supposed to put up these kinds of numbers, unless you are Robert Griffin III.
Thomas Brown (Greenbrier/Air Force signee). Last year, Brown amazed many by winning the shuttle drill despite standing 6-foot-4. His 4.19 time last year was great, but a few competitors were quicker this year. Brown still was able to take home top honors in the broad jump with a leap of 9 feet, 10 inches. And, as I mentioned in Wednesday’s column, Brown posted the highest score on the Wunderlic Test with a 32.5. For reference, Brown’s score was better than NFL QBs Peyton Manning (28), Drew Brees (28), John Elway (30), Tim Tebow (22), Dan Marino (16) and Troy Aikman (29).
Jamal Cumming (Grovetown, junior) and Jahvon Hardrick (Greenbrier) I put this duo together because they went toe-to-toe all day. Hardrick did 19 repetitions of 185 pounds on the bench, to better Cummings’ effort of 18. However, Cummings had the last laugh as he posted the best shuttle time at 4.01. Cummings also had the highest vertical jump at 35 inches and the second-longest broad jump at 9 feet, 5 inches. Hardrick was third at 9 feet, 4 inches.
If you were picking an MVP, both Weidenaar and Cummings would be excellent selections. Brown, Hardrick and Evans’ Jacob Rizner were among the best athletes at the event. So Columbia County football fans should be very proud.