May 21, 2007
New Jersey underclassmen make a statement
LINCOLN PARK - The National Underclassmen Combine rolled into New Jersey on Sunday for its final stop on the east coast prior to the Ultimate 100 Camp on June 10. Athletes from the northeast and beyond traveled to the Sports Factory in Lincoln Park looking to earn a spot in June's invite-only showcase.
The day was divided into two sessions - morning and afternoon - with awards given out to top performers in each group. The overall MVP for the morning session was Bayside (VA) High School defensive back William Marable. The 6-foot, 194 pound athlete clocked a 4.49 forty and 4.55 shuttle. He leaped an amazing 35 inches to go along with a solid 8-feet-11 broad jump. But it was the one-on-one session where Marable truly made a name for himself, making it virtually impossible for quarterbacks to hit their targets.
Penns Grove (NJ) High School wide receiver Aaron Hayward was the overall MVP of the afternoon session. The 6-foot-, 185 pound sophomore is one of South Jersey's top sprinters (league champion in the 100, 200 and 400), and showed some of that speed on Sunday. He clocked a 4.55 forty and a 4.68 shuttle. Watching him in the one-on-ones made it clear that his game speed is significantly faster than his already impressive forty. No one could cover Hayward in the one-on-ones, prompting combine staff members to wish that morning MVP William Marable had stuck around for the later session.
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