Jul 1, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Elijah Hood does a shuttle drill during the SPARQ Rating National Championship at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon on Monday July, 1, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
Elijah Hood failed to finish in the National Championship of the SPARQ combine last night but posted an excellent overall score earlier in the day, according to Irish Illustrated. He, as well as Kizer, Nelson and Brent, all posted SPARQ scores. Here are their overall numbers:
Elijah Hood, RB-133.47
Justin Brent, WR-121.71
Quenton Nelson, OL-85.2
DeShone Kizer, QB-74.88
Hood continues to impress physically. Despite being above 220, he possess great speed and agility. Hood posted a 4.48 40-yard dash. Any concerns about his speed and agility should be probably be put to rest. He is definitely a Running Back and not a Linebacker as some have suggested. Hood cemented himself as a 5-star prospect with this performance. Hood is a next level athlete that Notre Dame needs.
Justin Brent continues to show why recruiting gurus should be paying attention to him. Brent ran a 4.52 40-yard dash and a 4.13 20-yard short shuttle. Brent’s 121.71 overall SPARQ score was just short of the 10th best overall score of 126.99. Brent should continue to move up in the recruiting rankings.
Quenton Nelson’s performance was the most disappointing of the Irish participants. Nelson ran a 5.64 40-yard dash. Obviously, an Offensive Linemen cannot be expected to run a 4.4 like his counterparts. However, his mark is extremely low. He needed to be closer to 5.0. His score of 85.2 was 12th best for Offensive Linemen. His 5-star Rating could be at risk.
Kizer’s score was actually this lowest of all Irish commitments. However, his numbers are very serviceable for a Quarterback. His 40-yard dash of 4.96 would indicate that his running ability is not as good as former Notre Dame Quarterback Everett Golson.
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