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February 25, 2002The first Rivals.com Junior Day of 2002 took place in suburban Austin on Sunday at Pflugerville's Connally high school.
Here's a rundown of Sunday's events and some of the star players that showcased their skills at the first-year event.
Showstopper: Michael Griffin is a blue chip prospect. The Austin Bowie product made that abundantly clear on Sunday. Griffin's performance included running back-to-back 40-yard dash times of 4.48 seconds and 4.52. He also checked in at a chiseled 6-foot-1 and 177 pounds. Look for Griffin, who can play either offense or defense, to be recruited nationwide. At his size, he may even have the ability to play cornerback, which could make him an ultra-hot commodity if it's proven to be true during the summer camp and evaluation process.
Intriguing: Brenham players Limas Sweed, Dustin Moore and Wade Sisk showed up to the junior day but decided not to workout. Well, sort of. Sweed measured out at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds. And the wide receiver even decided to do the weights and vertical jump section of the event in his blue jeans and Polo boots. Sweed bench pressed 19 repetitions of 185 pounds and vertical leaped 30-inches but all three Brenham players skipped the 40-yard dash and pro agility section of the event. Moore bench pressed 25 reps of 185 pounds.
Sleeper: Del Valle has never been a football power. But they represented on Sunday. Several Del Valle players posted good 40 times and it appears the participation levels at Del Valle continue to rise. One Cardinal put in perhaps the most tantalizing performance of the day. Deondrick Nunez, a 5-foot-10, 161-pound defensive back, ran a 4.36-second 40-yard dash.
Lived up to the hype: Erik Hardeman popped a 4.42-second 40-yard dash. Hardeman, from nearby Pflugerville, looked the part of a Division I athlete. Austin Westlake tight end Joey Thomas clocked a 4.72 40-yard dash and showed good agility in drills. Thomas could be the best pass-catching tight end in the state.
Emerged: Cody Wallace was a known commodity before the event. But nobody knew for sure that the Cuero native, who checked in at 6-foot-5, 288 pounds, is a bona fide Division I prospect. Wallace impressed in nearly every event. He worked out well and he has the over-sized frame necessary to play offensive line in college.
Top performances: 40-yard dash, Nunez of Del Valle, 4.36; Bench Press repetitions, Wallace of Cuero, 26; Pro-agility shuttle, Keith Kirven of Pflugerville Connally, 4.13; Vertical Leap, Nunez of Del Valle, 36.25"
Others to watch: Avery Cleveland and Lucious Alexander of Austin LBJ, Carl White of Nixon-Smiley, Steven McCoy of Harker Heights, Marcus Griffin and Kelon Davis of Austin Bowie
Special thanks to: The people at ATD Sports for putting together the most successful Junior Day and combine that the Austin area has seen in years.
If you'd like to know more about ATD Sports, which focuses on improving the abilities of the individual athlete, you can visit their website at ATDSports.com or email Sean Adams at Sean_Adams@ATDSports.com.
Also thanks to the staff at Connally High School for the use of their facilities for the event.
Look for announcements for upcoming Junior Days across the nation very soon.
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