Combine Testing Results for Nacogdoches’ Jacob Bragg + Mount Pleasant’s K.D. Cannon at Nike’s The Opening
BEAVERTON, Ore. — Two of East Texas’ top football recruits in the 2014 class started a prestigious recruiting camp Monday in Oregon featuring some of the nation’s best high school football players.
The Opening is put on by Nike at its headquarters and invites top talent (162 players total this year) from the incoming high school senior class each summer to compete in a huge recruiting showcase. The event conducted Nike’s SPARQ combine testing of 146 athletes Monday to start the week. Nacogdoches offensive lineman Jacob Bragg, a Kansas pledge, and Mount Pleasant receiver K.D. Cannon, who holds more than 20 offers, represented East Texas.
SPARQ is a weighted system based on size/position that tests athletes in the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, shuttle, and power-ball throw. The results of the four events wind up giving a player his overall SPARQ rating.
Bragg measured 6-foot-3, 310 pounds with a 5.32-second 40, a 4.89-second shuttle, a power-ball throw of 37 1/2 feet, and a 26.7-inch vertical. Bragg’s SPARQ score was 86.64, which was 112th of 146. Bragg’s score was 11th of the event’s 17 offensive linemen.
Cannon, who measured 6-foot, 162 pounds, ran a 4.58-second 40 and recorded a vertical of 34.4 inches. He had an impressive shuttle time of 4.15 seconds and a power-ball throw of 34 feet for a SPARQ rating of 96.78, which was 87th of the 146 competitors. Cannon’s score ranked 21st of The Opening’s 24 receivers who tested.
Pool play for the event’s 7-on-7 tournament start Tuesday evening with finals scheduled for Wednesday night, which will also include the lineman challenge. Bragg is on team #AlphaPro, while Cannon plays for team #Apocalypse.
The 7-on-7 pool play will be televised on ESPNU from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday. The lineman challenge and 7-on-7 finals are 8 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, also on ESPNU.
New Orleans Edna Karr’s Speedy Noil won Monday’s SPARQ national championship with a rating of 153.51. The 5-10 1/2, 181-pound athlete ran a 4.40-second 40, a 3.94-second shuttle, and threw the power ball 41 feet. But his most staggering feat was his event-best vertical jump of 45.3 inches.
Two Texans made the 10-player SPARQ finals: Beaumont Ozen cornerback Tony Brown and Mansfield Timberview safety Edward Paris, who is committed to LSU. The 6-foot,196-pound Brown, who is ranked second in the world in the 110-meter hurdles in the under-19 age group, ran the day’s best 40 time with a 4.35 and had one of the top shuttle times with a 3.83. The 6-foot, 200-pound Paris ran a 4.53 40 and had a vertical of 39.7 inches.
Brown scored a 136.2, while Paris finished with a 130.8.
SBNation has full results from Monday’s SPARQ testing.