Close to 100 of the East Texas area's top high school football players converged on APEC training facility in Tyler for the fifth annual + APEC Football Recruiting Combine on Sunday.

Following a long day of athletic testing and skills work, we were pleased to welcome back motivational speaker Ahmard Vital to deliver the event's keynote address for the second consecutive year.

Vital, a sports media analyst who evolved into a keynote motivational speaker and author, spoke to the athletes in attendance and offered up tips on becoming a better man both on and off the football field.

Below, is a video beautifully shot and edited by Damon Clayton, with a portion of Vital's message playing over the the sights of Sunday's combine.

For more information on Vital, please visit ahmardvital.ocm. Clayton can be reached at

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