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Colonels lure Carson Combs to Danville

It would appear abundantly clear the Colonels are actively recruiting states like Tennessee, Ohio, and Indiana in addition to the commonwealth of Kentucky when assembling a varsity football roster. Well, the Colonels are also actively scouring Georgia, Florida, and Texas. There is nowhere to hide from the Centre Football coaching staff. Centre pulled quit the coup on NSD ’23 when the Colonels secured a pledge from Marshall High’s Carson Combs. Combs is strong, powerful, explosive, fast, and lightening quick in addition to being a defender who plays with excellent burst, leverage and all with an appropriately angry, game-time disposition.

Fletcher Long, Chief of the Scouting Division, KPGFootball

We are a Kentucky based magazine which covers Kentucky middle and high school football players from across the commonwealth. That doesn’t mean we don’t know a big-timer from Texas when seeing one.

National Signing Day (NSD), the traditional one which occurs the first Wednesday of every February, was yesterday and several small colleges around the commonwealth cleaned up, talent wise. Few demonstrated the national reach of Danville’s Centre College.

The Colonels dipped into various states to come away with top-flight talent. Even the lone-star state (Texas), where the Colonels reeled in a whopper of a prospect, would feel the effects of the Colonel invasion.

Combs may be one of the finer Texans inked by the Colonels since Bo McMillan

HB Lyon, Senior Sports Writer, KPGFootball

Centre gained the pledge of Marshall, Texas’s Carson Combs. Combs may be one of the finer Texans inked by the Colonels since Bo McMillan came to Danville (after detouring through Somerset, KY) to lead Centre football to national prominence over 100-years ago.

First of all, Marshall High (Mavericks) is a Texas program competing at one of the higher levels of Texas High School football (5A). The program boasts legends like Y.A. Tittle, for whom its pavilion is named, and its stadium holds 9,100 or so fans most every Friday night.

The program has won 642-games all-time, 24 district titles, and has made the playoffs on 34-separate occasions. It is a good place from which to recruit talent as the Mavericks have clearly demonstrated proficiency at winning football games.

Now Combs is quite the specimen. While some might consider him a tad short at 5’11,” the 260-pounder is literally off the charts in most every other category.

Combs reportedly has a lengthy wingspan for his height, though we haven’t been able to confirm or deny this rumor. We have confirmed, through a reliable source, that Combs runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8-seconds and has been timed in the pro-agility shuttle (5-10-5) at 3.63-seconds by laser.

This pro agility time was measured at one of Rivals’s Adidas Three-Stripe combines. That is a fairly reliable source, or as “reliable” as you’re ever going to get in the recruiting world.

We read that shuttle time and initially thought, that must be a misprint. If he is truly that quick, and we aren’t saying he’s not; then that may be the fastest shuttle we have ever seen recorded for any player, at any position; much less a prospect projected to play along the interior DL.

Combs carries a 4.6 GPA, squats 515-pounds, and bench presses 325-pounds

Reported on NCSA (Next College Student Athlete)

Combs carries a 4.6 GPA, squats 515-pounds, and bench presses 325. All of those numbers would belie his being ready to show up in Danville capable of competing on all fronts, on and off the gridiron.

Combs was picked to play in the prestigious Blue-Grey High School All-American Classic at AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX where he was selected Defensive MVP, registering eight (8)-QB sacks in the game. He was District 8-5A’s, Division II, Defensive Lineman of the Year. Combs has the versatility and athleticism to play DT/DE and even MLB.

Over the course of his senior year, the Centre pledge earned Defensive Lineman of the Year honors for good reason. Combs registered 63-tackles, 12-assists, eight (8)-TFL’s, and five (5) QB-sacks.

Combs was offered by NAU, Texas Wesleyan, and Trinity College. Combs also visited EKU, being courted heavily by the “other Colonels” from Richmond, KY.

Combs was offered by NAU, Texas Wesleyan, and Trinity College

Reported on Twitter

We have always heard D-3 programs are looking to load the roster with D-1 talent which gets passed over owing to some (perceived) physical deficit outside the prospect’s control. This kid here, if one were trying to be hyper-critical, might be a couple inches shorter than what most programs want along the defensive down-interior.

At the Blue-Grey AA Game

Everything else about him is D-1, all the freaking way! Strength, power, explosion, on-field production, leg-kick, leverage, ability to shed, squeeze, gap, scrape, pursue, and close are right where any program could possibly want from an entering player.

Welcome to Danville, Carson Combs. We can’t wait to see you play.

This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!

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Have coached at the high school and middle school level. Have worked in athletic administration. Conceal my identity to enable my candor on articles published by this magazine. Only members of the editorial board are aware of my true identity.

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