Sunday, April 26, 2009

Today's combine was, well, loaded

As good as Gabe King was (see previous post), there was considerable talk of giving the overall MVP award to Manning (S.C.) High cornerback John Fulton. Going on essentially no sleep and after changing a flat tire on I-85 on the way to the combine, he turned in the best 40-yard dashes of the day, clocking in at 4.48 and 4.44. He was named the combine's defensive MVP.

Fulton said he's already got eight college offers, and each is from a big-time school--Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, Clemson, Maryland, N.C. State and Georgia. He smiled and added, "And North Carolina's sending me letters. What do I have to do? Come on, offer your boy."

While most schools think he would be a better fit at safety than CB, he would rather play the latter and wants to prove he's fast enough, despite his 6-foot-1 height.

By the way, he's No.8 on The Observer's South Carolina Top 25 prospects list, and today could boost him higher.

The offensive MVP was Tehvyn Brantley, a blur of a 5-9 wide receiver from Mt. Zion Christian Academy in Durham. Brantley was so excited that after working through the crowd of players to pick up his trophy, he jumped into his dad's arms.--Stan Olson

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