He’s not exactly sure what might come from taking part in two national high school football combines, but Boyle County senior lineman Trey Yeager figures there is no downside for him.
“It’s a good way to gauge myself against players from other parts of the country and also get my name out to more college coaches,” said Yeager.
“The combine was basically a tryout for their game in January,” Yeager said. “I feel like I did pretty well. I¿am actually kind of nervous about having to wait a month to hear back on how I¿did. It was just combine-style testing. We did some one-on-one against an offensive lineman for pass rush, but that was it.”
There were no college coaches at this combine that featured about 200 players who earned invitations at earlier regional tryouts.
“We got to take a tour of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and that was really a good experience,” Yeager said. “It was also nice to test yourself against players from not just Kentucky but Texas, California, Ohio and all over the country.”
In July he’ll be off to the National Underclassmen Top 100 Combine on July 8 in Indianapolis. He got an automatic invitation because he won the top defensive lineman at the NUC combine in May.
This one not only will be open to college coaches, but also recruiting analysts from ESPN, Scout.com and Rivals.com among others.
“That will be a chance to get a lot of information about me out there,” Yeager said.
He will be tested in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle run, vertical leap, broad jump and bench press (how many 185-pound repetitions he can do). He says the shuttle and broad jump are his best events.
Currently he’s trying to put on some of the weight he’s lost since Boyle’s 2011 season ended. He’s gone from 225 pounds down to about 215 and hopes to be back at 225-230 when the season starts in mid-August.
“I’ve been eating protein shakes and trying to get the weight back,” he said. “I am really not sure why I¿lost it. Part of it might have been I was on the track team, but I was a thrower and didn’t do a lot of extra running. Maybe just that and the combination of all the lifting I was doing was bad. So right now I¿am just lifting to try and get stronger and working on my sprints for the combine while also trying to add weight.”
He’s open minded about any college football possibility.
“I have talked to Louisville and Kentucky both this spring. I¿have also got stuff in the mail from Tennessee and Cincinnati. I¿have talked to Murray, Centre, Pikeville and Wofford,” he said. “I am trying to keep all doors open.
“I really don’t care about what position I play. I can do pretty much anything and have in the past. I will just be happy to play college football. It doesn’t matter if it is linebacker, defensive end or anywhere else. I just want a chance to play.”