Two of Kentucky’s finest really showed out at the prestigious sectional event
Well, it’s not like Anthony Johns and Tyler Morris being a couple of football playing studs is any well-kept secret or anything. Both players sport multiple college offers and are considered among the very best in the commonwealth at their respective positions.
Do you know who agrees with that assessment? Only one of the more prestigious football, offseason combines in all of the midwest region.
The Best of the Midwest Combine (BOTM) came off this year pretty much as any other excepting the COVID-19 precautions undoubtedly added to the normal combine protocol. A couple of Kentuckians from the Lexington Christian Academy attended and came away impressing the faculty sufficiently to bring home some hardware.
Now this event is known for its NFL combine format and that format, for the casual fans, sort of favors the skills. You can’t just flatly compare Johns’s performance with that of Morris’. They play completely different positions.
What is fast for an offensive lineman isn’t fast for a linebacker. So you will need to remember that as we recite times. Both players had incredible performances when compared to other athletes at the same position.
Anthony Johns, 6-2, 285, ran the 40-yard dash in 5.4-seconds (toward the top among OL). His pro-agility shuttle was 4.78 (No. 2 among OL). His L-Cone was 7.95 (No. 2 among OL). We can tell you the 285-pound slab of granite broad jumped 8’8″ (104-inches, No. 1 among OL).
That is considerable hip-explosion out of an offensive lineman with his physical prowess and dimensions. Johns tested among the leaders at his position in every single area. There were 46-offensive linemen competing.
Remember, these aren’t just 46 random, high-school offensive linemen. These are 46 college prospects playing offensive line who think themselves good enough to show up in Indianapolis, Indiana to compete for the “brass ring.”
These OL are the “best of the best.” Anthony Johns was the best among them.
Obviously, the same is true about the linebackers who presented to compete. Tyler Morris had an eye-popping performance.
Tyler, pictured to the right of this paragraph, clipped off his 40-yard dash in an incredible 4.45-seconds. Have we mentioned the 6-0 linebacker weighed in at 205-pounds? That is moving.
We also have heard from an agent we placed at the combine that Morris was 4.06-seconds in the pro-agility, 6.9-seconds in the L-cone, and had a broad jump of 10-feet (120-inches). That broad jump exhibits off-the-charts hip-explosion. His change of direction speed exhibited in his pro-agility and L-cone certainly support his athleticism and explosion.
Morris’ times were the third-fastest 40 at the entire combine out of 400-athletes, first among linebackers. Morris registered the fastest pro-agility shuttle at entire combine regardless of position. He had the 2nd-longest broad-jump out of all 400-participants. He had the 8th-fastest L-cone time at the entire combine, first among linebackers.
Morris swept the linebackers. He darn-near swept the entire combine.
Both of the players were awarded MVP-distinction at his respective position. Johns was the MVP of the offensive linemen group. Morris was the MVP of the linebackers.
Corey Taylor, who trains both Anthony Johns and Tyler Morris at his Team CTSP (Corey Taylor Sports Performance) located in Lexington, was effusive in his praise of both athletes. He described both Johns’ and Morris’ performances at the BOTM as dominant. We would readily agree.
This is HB Lyon reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron reminding you that WE’RE JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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