SWOC Combine Day A Smashing Success

New Talawanda head coach Larry cox has always been a guy who thinks and acts on ideas that are a step ahead of the times for high school football. While at Lakota West he was the ring leader of the Greater Miami Conference Signing Day event and later the GMC Signing Day Preview luncheon. This time, Cox has gotten together with head coaches Kenyon Commins of Ross and Scott Clemmons They forged the idea a SWOC (Southwest Ohio Conference) Combine Day and set plans into motion.

On Wednesday, in Oxford, at Talawanda High School that all came to fruition. All seven SWOC schools brought groups of potential prospects to run through seven stations of combine tests and evaluations. The test stations included the 40-yard dash, weightlifting, shuttle, cone drill, vertical and broad jumps as well as physical vitals (height weight and wing span).

What really made this inaugural SWOC Combine Day go off so splendidly were the 30-plus college coaches in attendance to watch and evaluate. From Division I to Division III and NAIA the representation covered the gamut. These recruiters could not have been more pleased to have all these schools, players and their coaches all gathered in one place. It was a win-win situation for everyone.

Several players stood out including, Talawanda senior-to-be, Terrell Wills. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Wills caught the attention of all the coaches with his sculpted physique and testing across the board. The combine gave him chance to showcase his talents. Let’s face it, Talawanda hasn’t been a hotbed destination for college recruiters as they have won just five games over the last years. Wills took full of advantage of his rare opportunity. He has done a little bit of everything in his three seasons as a starter for the Brave. Wills has 1,475 all-purpose yards (767 rush, 534 rec) and 52 reception but only one touchdown in his career.

On the cusp of getting his first offers Harrison quarterback Connor Kinnett enhanced his chances with a strong performance at the combine. The reigning SWOC Offensive Player of the Year has a visit scheduled to Pitt coming up here in the next few weeks. As a junior, Kinnett threw for 2,587 yards, ran for 261 yards, accounted for 30 touchdowns (24 pass, six rush) with just six interceptions.

The event is schedule to rotate from school to school each year. Next Spring, Edgewood will host the SWOC Combine Day. When word gets from all those who participated and watched count on the numbers getting larger. This get together is far from peaking.

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