TUPELO – Two New Albany Bulldogs received the opportunity to compete as some of the top football talent in the state.
Rising seniors Jake McDonald and Devin Wilson took part in the Southern Select Combine at Tupelo High School on Saturday, increasing their visibility for recruiters in the hope of furthering their careers after high school.
“It was my first time to compete in a combine,” Wilson said. “It was a great experience and it showed me where I stand as an athlete.”
Wilson was pleased with his performance in the combine that involved four stations of drills.
“I gave every drill my all, I hope it will help get my name out there and hopefully I can get an offer,” Wilson said.
Wilson is hoping to improve his speed and quickness after experiencing the combine and thought he did especially well in the “L drill.”
“It was great, I felt like I learned a lot from the drills I did,” said McDonald. “I did good in the drills, but there is always room for improvement. I felt like I had good speed and also good footing in the “L drill.”
This was the second combine for McDonald, as he attended one in Oxford last year.
“I need to get stronger with the weights and get faster, that’s always a plus when playing football,” McDonald said.
“It’s a way to show your skills to the coaches and to get your name out there for them,” McDonald said.
There were 158 athletes who attended the combine as players came from across north Mississippi to participate, the largest turnout recorded for the annual event.