Speedy Noil is the most coveted athlete in the class of 2014, and showed why yesterday as he took home the SPARQ Combine championship.
The SPARQ Combine is made up of four different drills — the 40-yard dash, the vertical jump, the powerball toss and the 20-yard shuttle — to test a football player’s overall athleticism. Thousands of football players competed in the competition national throughout the year before it was whittled down to 170 players for the final competition.
After doing tests over the weekend and early in the day Monday morning. The final ten competitors were selected to give each drill another go to decide who wins the SPARQ championship.
Noil didn’t win any individual competition, but finished somewhere in the top-four in each drill and was able to secure the championship before even running his last 40-yard dash, which was the last drill they did. It came down to Noil and underrated and relatively unknown receiver Terry McLaurin, an Ohio State commit.
McLaurin is only the no. 66 wide receiver by Rivals and is not even in ESPN’s Top 300 players, but you wouldn’t be able to tell by watching him compete yesterday as he made Noil work in every drill. McLaurin could have made Noil sweat in the 40-yard dash, but after McLaurin recorded a slightly slower time on his second attempt, Noil was already named the winner before his own second attempt.
It’s being predicted by many that Noil will pick between Texas A&M, USC, and Florida, but many think his home-state LSU is still in the mix as well. It will be interesting to see what happens in the rest of the Opening competition and what Noil’s future holds.