Three Cathedral players attend underclassmen camp
ZACHARY, La. — Three Cathedral football players got the chance to represent their school and show their talents at the National Underclassmen Combine on Feb. 26 and 27 in Zachary, La.
Daniel Huffines, JaDarius Ealey and Tyler Flemming all got the opportunity to participate in an NFL-style camp, and go up against some of the best players in the region.
“I did pretty good,” Huffines said.
“We felt we represented Cathedral.”
Huffines said it was nice to participate in a camp similar to what NFL players go through.
“You know you watch it on TV and you see those guys do it, and you see that this is my chance to show what I got.”
Huffines is a wide receiver for the Green Wave and participated as a wide out in camp, going up against defensive backs in the two-on-two competition.
The players also tested their 40-time, vertical jump, broad jump and bench press at the combine.
The camp is an opportunity for players to get their names out to college recruiters, as well.
“I know they take your results and send them out to all colleges,” Huffines said.
Huffines is not sure of a college destination yet, but he hopes football is in his future, he said.
“I don’t really know (about where I might go) yet, I just want to find somewhere to play college football and get the college experience.”
Huffines also plays baseball and basketball for the Green Wave. He said choosing what to play in college will be a tough decision.
“Football is pretty high up there on my list, but baseball is right there behind,” Huffines said.
Cathedral running back JaDarius Ealey said that the camp was a great experience for the players on the academic side as well.
“They taught us a lot of stuff to get us ready for college with credits and grades and our SAT scores,” Ealey said.
Ealey is also a member of the Cathedral track team and said it is hard to juggle the two sports this spring.
“(Track) is going good. I’m trying to balance it all out, though. I’m trying to stay in the weight room, too, because we have spring training coming up.”
Ealey’s college aspirations are pretty basic at this moment.
“I’m going to try to go play somewhere, that’s my goal.”
Tyler Flemming, Cathedral tight end, also attended the camp with Ealey and Huffines.
“It was a good experience,” Flemming said.
“It was good for my first one to go to and I am going to try to go to the next one.”
Flemming hopes that college football is in his future as well, he said.
“I’m not really sure where I’m going but I am going to play football.”
The three players helped lead the Green Wave to their best season since 1997 last year. Cathedral finished 2010 with a 10-3 record, won the region championship and also won their first round playoff game.
“We put Cathedral back on the winning side of things (last year), it was a coming out year,” Huffines said.
Huffines hopes to continue Cathedral’s winning ways next season, he said.
“(We hope to) have a repeat of this (past) year, but we have got to work hard to make it deeper in the playoffs.”
“We are really excited (about next season) and everybody is training hard,” Flemming said.