There's no shortage of firepower at Hahnville High School. Last year, the Tigers sent Alfred Blue and James Butler to the college ranks and there's a plethora of senior prospects on the roster for this season. Three Tigers - Lindzell Rhodes, JonTrell Lockett, and Alvin Kelly - made their way to Atlanta recently for the Ultimate 100 combine and Scout.com spoke with Rhodes and Lockett today to get the details.
"I ran a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.32 in the shuttle run, and I bench pressed 185 pounds for 14 reps," said Rhodes, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound safety. "There were a lot of good players there. I learned some new things - footwork techniques - that will help me."
Rhodes, who started at rush end/outside linebacker last year, will move to a more natural position for his senior year.
"I'll be at 'Cat' linebacker," he said, "which is a combination outside linebacker/strong safety. I'll control the defense. The rest of the unit will go off my movements. Last year, I really had to work hard for tackles at defensive end. This year, I'll be able to see more of the field."
Rhodes has a message for college recruiters who are looking for an athletic safety.
"If coaches want somebody who will play hard, that's me. I'm a player who is willing to learn. If a school will take a chance on me, I won't let them down. I just want to play. I just want to play football, to get on the field."
Lockett is a three-year starter who plays outside linebacker and defensive end.
"I ran a 4.90 in the 40, a 4.6 in the shuttle, and I benched 185 pounds for 17 reps," said the 6-foot-0, 230-pounder, who is a three-year starter and the younger brother of Ole Miss defensive end Kentrell Lockett. "I did pretty good in the one-on-one drills. It was the best of the best there at the combine, so if an offensive tackle beat me in a drill, then I would find their weakness - and then make a move that they would fall for.
"There was a lot of energy floating around the camp the whole day and it was good for exposure. The recruiting process is going fairly good. I've been talking regularly with Coach (Corey) Raymond from Utah State. I'm just waiting on an offer."
Both Rhodes and Lockett had high praise for Kelly, a 6-foot-3, 380-pound offensive lineman.
"Coaches are very surprised with how well Alvin moves at that weight," said Rhodes. "He's currently working on losing a few pounds and that will help him get more looks."
"Alvin did really good at the camp," said Lockett. "He's very light on his feet."