A pair of Grandview Zebras recently received invites to compete in the Blue-Grey Southwest Super Combine to showcase their skills.
Grandview’s Elijah Golden and Cooper Deans will head to Arlington for the two-day event June 29-30 at AT&T Stadium in a combine setting where they have a chance to gain additional exposure to college scouts as well as try to earn a spot in one of four Blue-Grey All-American Bowls.
Golden and Deans were key contributors during Grandview’s state championship run in 2018. And Grandview Coach Ryan Ebner said he’s glad to see them get this opportunity.
“That’s awesome for those guys,” Ebner said. “It goes to show the depth and talent we have right now in Grandview. Everyone knows we’ve got Dametrious [Crownover] and Dane [Jentsch]. So to see another couple of players get selected for a big-time achievement is great. All of those guys are starting to catch recognition from winning a state championship.
“I know they’re excited about it. They’re anxious to get out there and showcase their talent. The biggest thing is it’s good to see another couple of our players get exposure for what they’ve done.”
Golden and Deans are excited for their opportunities to showcase their talents with college scouts watching.
“I thought it was pretty interesting knowing that people with connections are checking me out,” Golden said. “I’m thankful for this opportunity to get exposure for the next level. I’m looking forward to getting to show them my skills and hopefully I have what they need so I can play in one of the games they host.”
Golden started out the 2018 season as a linebacker but filled a need as starting running back after a season-ending injury to Tremayne Gullatte. Golden rushed for 1,373 yards and 15 touchdowns on 186 carries, including 103 rushing yards in the state title game win over Malakoff.
“My reaction was gratefulness because of how hard I’ve been working to better the team and our chances to win each game, and now I get to show that at the Blue-Grey and to other coaches,” Deans said. “It’s unbelievable how grateful I am for this opportunity. I’m looking forward to the competition that will arise from people with different types of work ethic and really see how good I’ll fit and to see if I’m good enough to make it to the bowl game.”
Deans was a starting receiver and defensive back for the Zebras. Offensively, Deans hauled in 33 catches for 579 yards and 12 touchdowns, including Grandview’s first score in the state championship victory.
Golden was the all-district and All-Johnson County newcomer of the year while Deans was an all-district first-team selection on offense and a second-team selection on defense. Deans also received first-team offense honors for All-Johnson County.
Last year, the Blue-Grey Super Combines featured 630 prospects across the nation and more than 60% of those athletes ended up signing a college football scholarship.
Blue-Grey Football was established in 1989 by founders Gus Bell and Erik Bell to help prep prospects from all over the country receive national exposure and increase their chances to secure scholarships to a college.
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback and former Texas Tech superstar Patrick Mahomes, the 2018 NFL MVP, competed in the 2014 Blue-Grey Combine and All-American Game.
Crownover’s recruitment has blown up the past couple months as the 6-foot-7 defensive end/tight end has collected a plethora of Division I offers, including from powerhouses such as Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan and Ohio State, among others. And Jentsch was voted the Class 3A Division I state championship offensive and defensive game MVP, a rare feat in Texas high school football state championship history.