The Nike Sparq Recruiting Combine rolled into Arlington on Saturday at AT&T Stadium. With hundreds of high school athletes taking part, both from Texas and around the country, the 40-yard dash, as expected, generated the most interest of all the drills.
Not surprisingly, the skill positions didn't disappoint.
|Fastest 40 Times at Nike Sparq Combine (unofficial)|
|Name||Position (class)||High School||Time|
|Bryce Balous||DB -- 2015||McKinney North (TX)||4.39|
|Justin Bailey||RB -- 2015||Mayflower Senior High School (AR)||4.39|
|Jordan Stevenson||RB -- 2015||South Oak Cliff (TX)||4.44|
|Christopher Gardner||RB -- 2015||Arlington Bowie (TX)||4.46|
|Devin Duvernay||WR -- 2016||Sachse High School (TX)||4.46|
|Billy McCrary III||WR -- 2015||Rouse (TX)||4.48|
|Deavion Binion||DB -- 2015||Jonesboro (AR)||4.49|
|Chadrick Rice||DB -- 2016||Cedar Hill (TX)||4.50|
|Trey Kleffner||WR -- 2015||Wylie (TX)||4.51|
|Garrett Collins||WR -- 2016||Greenwood (AR)||4.51|
Defensive back Bryce Balous from McKinney North High School and Mayflower Senior High School (Ark.) running back Justin Bailey tied for top unofficial times in the 40 (4.39).
Balous has an offer from Iowa, but the great thing about these combines is it provides more exposure for players who test well. Balous has incredible straight-line speed and is capable of catching anyone on the field, even if he's taken a bad angle on a play. He's also a contributor in the return game.
4-star running back Jordan Stevenson, who is verbally committed to Texas for the 2015 class, had the next-best time with a 4.44 40. Stevenson would provide the Horns with a nice change of pace from bruising backs like Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron.
Getting more speed on the field is never a bad thing. Stevenson looks like he could contribute in a number of ways given his quickness.
Another guy to keep an eye on is wide receiver Billy McCray from Rouse High School. Not only did he have one of the better 40 times, he tested out with one of the best overall scores of the day. McCray has gained serious interest in a handful of "non-Power 5" schools like SMU and Rice, and he could be flying under the radar.
At 5'11" and 187 pounds, he could play slot receiver or defensive back with his athleticism. For someone under 6'0" tall, he also had the best vertical jump of anyone in the above group.
It wouldn't be surprising to see McCray pick up several more offers from top-level programs over the next year.
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Recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.