HHS players shine at state combine
Numerous Hahnville High School football players attended the National Underclassman (NUC) Five Star Football Combine that was held last month in Denham Springs.
The combine hosted a number of invitees from across the region who are hoping to increase their stock for potential college scholarship offers prior to their senior year of play.
During the one-day camp, players went through a series of drills designed to assess their physical ability and skill set while engaging in one-on-one and two-on-two play.
Out of the HHS players in attendance, Brandon Singleton was named the Most Valuable Player out of more than 20 wide receivers who participated. Hahnville’s Dwaine Thomas was named co-MVP at the linebacker position.
The NUC post-combine report called Singleton a definite Division I prospect.
Overseeing HHS’s players at the combine was former NFL player Nate Singleton, Brandon’s father and Hahnville’s wide receivers coach.
The goal in attending the NUC combine, as well as several others offered at colleges throughout the region, is to bring recognition to players who hope to receive scholarship offers that would enable them to play at the college level. “This is how we are going to get noticed. From these camps here - you’ve got NUC, Rivals camp, Nike camp, and now we are going to move on in June to Florida, Missouri, Arkansas and Ole Miss. We’ve already been to Mississippi State University,” coach Singleton said.
While Brandon has received letters of interest from several schools, he is hoping for a breakout season.
“The whole point of what we are doing is for him to be seen. Hopefully with this, and his performance during his senior year, he will be candidate for a scholarship,” Singleton said.
Thomas played defensive end last year after moving from the safety position in his sophomore year, but at the camp he lined up at linebacker. If NUC’s assessment of him is any indication, he may have a big year ahead. NUC’s post-combine report anticipates that Thomas will develop into a major Division I outside linebacker.
Wide receiver Rickey Preston also received a mention in the post-combine scouting report. Preston started for Hahnville at wide receiver both as a sophomore and as a junior. He has already received interest from several schools. NUC’s post-combine praised Preston’s ability, saying that he made some of the most difficult catches of the camp. He is projected as either a Division I or Division I-AA player.
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