Bradwell rising senior defensive end/linebacker Jeff Andrew isn’t waiting until spring to prepare for the 2014 season.
Andrew recently attended a combine in Dallas, Texas, along players from across the United States and took home an award for defensive MVP.
National Underclassman Combines, which hosts events nationwide for potential college recruits, billed the event as Texas vs. The World. The combine allowed players from outside Texas the opportunity to compete against some of the best underclassman in the Lone Star State.
“It was a combine full of some of the top prospects across the U.S.,” Andrew said. “I went to this one specifically because it was a combine that I got specially invited to and a chance to help put Bradwell on the map.”
Players were tested on speed and strength, and worked in pads against other players.
“We had the basic 40-yard dash, which was timed, and they measured our vertical jump. We did the shuttle run and the broad jump and a bench-press test. We had 7-on-7 competition versus linebackers and defensive backs,” Andrew said.
Some of the strongest high school coaches and college evaluators served as instructors for the camp.
“This camp helped me prepare for next season by telling me more what I need to work on what I can bring back to my team and help us be better and get ready for a tough — but not impossible — season, and the seniors are even more excited to see what coaches and scouts are truly looking for in a player,” Andrew said.
“It’s a good event,” NUC Vice President Barry Every said. “Players from all over see how they stack up against some of the top talent in the country. NUC is different than a lot of other recruiting groups, we share the information we get with every group, so Rivals, Scout and the other major recruiting groups see our information. Our goal is to help players achieve their goal of playing college football.”
According to his profile on Yahoo Sports, Every has worked in the recruiting offices at Georgia, Florida State and North Carolina.