Radney Elementary School students did something Thursday that could follow them for the next several years.
Benjamin Russell’s football team hosted a Wildcat Junior Combine on Thursday morning, marking down measurements for every fifth- and sixth-grader at Radney.
“My hope is to put them in a file and hopefully these guys when they graduate and have their senior banquet, we can give it back to them,” BRHS coach Kevin Smith said. “It’ll show them how far they’ve come.”
Smith, with the help of middle school coach Chris Graham and quarterback Carter Smith, hit the field at Radney, testing out of every student’s strength, agility, speed and throwing ability.
“All these things are actual combine things that they would do at Rivals or anything like that,” coach Smith said. “It’s stuff they’re seeing on TV, and we’re going to measure all these things.”
Smith organized the combine by contacting coach Wes Coleman, who is also a physical education teacher at Radney. Coleman gladly helped get his students together to participate in the combine.
“We’re doing some camps in the summer, but if you have camps in the summer, you may get them or you may not get them,” Smith said. “This way, we have every fifth- and sixth-grader coming in contact with us and that’s what we wanted. We wanted to think of something else we could do to connect with the youth. I couldn’t think of anything better, and we’re so lucky to have coach Coleman who said we could come take over his classes for a day.”
Although the biggest purpose in Thursday’s combine was recruiting and making those early connections with area youngsters, Smith also said he wanted to get his eyes on potential standouts as early as possible. One of the big reasons he had Carter out there is because Carter has a good eye for arms and could point out possible future starting quarterbacks.
“We’re kinda two-fold out here,” coach Smith said. “We’re wanting to see the guys we really need to go after, and we’re just recruiting. We brought Carter just so they can see a player, and we want them to see us and let them be around us.”