Scouts visit PCHS

Published 12:00 am Thursday, May 8, 2003

Pike County High School has been taken over by college football recruiters of late.

If things go well this weekend, Pike County may become even busier.

The trio of offensive stars for the Bulldogs, Elijah Daniel, Nick Walker and Chris Nickson, will travel to Nashville, Tenn., today to get ready for Saturday's Baptist Health High School Combine. More than 200 college scouts are expected to be in attendance.

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"It has been very busy around here," said assistant football coach Danny Suber. "Southern Miss was here last week."

All three players have been contacted by SEC schools and should be offered scholarships by schools for their athletic abilities.

"Nick stays on the phone (with recruiters) all the time," Suber said. "I worry about them a little because they haven't experienced it as busy as it will get. It's a lot of hard work."

Saturday, the trio will be performing for college scouts in agility and strength drills. These drills will measure brute force and quickness.

Walker is a tall, athletic tight end who is used mostly as a possession receiver. He matched up against smaller linebackers most of last season. Nickson is widely regarded as a top-quality athlete. He threw for more than 2,000 yards last season and was dangerous on running plays as well. Daniel is a quick, slashing type who turned short passes into long plays last year.

Although he is confident the players can perform well, Suber said he was a little concerned.

"I'm worried that they will be sore or tired because we are in spring practice," Suber said. "I think they will do fine, because they all work so hard in the off season to keep themselves in shape."