Morehouse Football Players Attend NFL Talent Search

Date Released: March 22, 2017

(L-R) Coach George Copeland, Emmanuel Parks, James Woods, Austin Benton & Coach Richard Freeman

By Vanzetta D. Evans


Three Maroon Tigers' football players were invited to show off their skills before an audience of 20 NFL scouts at Kennesaw State University’s “Pro-Timing Day” recently. 

The scouting event gives small liberal arts colleges that don’t have the training facilities of larger schools such as Georgia Tech and University of Georgia a chance to showcase top athletes who want to be considered for the NFL draft.

Morehouse defensive backs Austin Benton and Emmanuel Parks and linebacker James Woods were among the student athletes who were evaluated at the mid-March talent search. Football players from Georgia State and Fort Valley State also were evaluated.

Scouts representing 20 NFL teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, and the Pittsburgh Steelers attended the event. It has helped to launch the football careers of other Maroon Tigers in the past, Morehouse coaches say.

In 2010, when Morehouse College hosted “Pro-Timing Day” all 32 NFL teams came to came to see offensive lineman Ramon Harewood. Harewood was later drafted in the sixth round by the Baltimore Ravens. He went on to play four seasons and helped the Ravens win Super Bowl XLVII in 2012.

Morehouse College head football coach Richard Freeman said Benton could also be a strong contender for NFL teams. Benton ran the 40-yard-dash in just 4.4 seconds. He also registered 36-inches in the vertical jump.

“We were very impressed with Austin Benton’s performance,” Freeman said. “He’s a six-foot cornerback. He can run. He can jump. He has God-given athletic ability …He ran one of the fastest 40 [yard dash] times there.”

Freeman said that he hopes that Benton and his teammates receive some interest from scouts and continue to bring prestige to the football program at Morehouse.


Last Modified: June 8, 2017, 13:06 PM, by: Synera Shelton

< Previous | Next >