Hoover Prospects Talk ScoutSouth Combine

Andre Shields

The ScoutSouth.com Combine May 27 brought out several prospects for the Hoover Bucs. We caught up with a few of them to talk of their performance and recruiting.

"I thought I did okay," running back Thomas Marbury said from Hoover, (Ala.). "I did the shuttle and the standing broad jump. I didn't run the 40 because I had a brace on my knee."

"I fell on the shuttle, but ran a four-something. I think I did okay overall especially in the one-on-one drills. I will be backing up Andre Shields this season for Hoover."

Thomas Marbury

"I actually am getting a lot of interest right now for wrestling, but not much for football. I like Alabama, Duke, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Miami in football. I have real high interest in Alabama."

Hoover starting running back Andre Shields also took part in the combine.

"I think I did pretty well," Shields said. "I need to work on my 40-time. I didn't do to well on the turf. I ran a 4.52. Overall I did well. I will be starting for Hoover this season."

"I am more of a power back rather than elusive. I have pretty good speed to go with my power though. I see myself as a running back at the next level."

When asked of favorite schools Shields said, "Auburn is my top school, then Florida and Miami."

Several prospects were impressive for the day, and Shields shared who caught his attention.

"Burton Scott really stood out to me at the combine. He is real good," he said.

Ky'Var Bolden

Hoover defensive end (6-2, 246) and class of 2009 prospect Ky'Var Bolden participated in the combine as well.

"I think I did pretty well," he said. "I ran my 40 in a 5.1. I ran my shuttle in a 4.7. I wasn't too proud of that one. I did real well in the one-on-one drills. Undra Billingsley was the best person I went against. He gave me a big challenge. He is big and very good."

Bolden talked about his early favorites, "Alabama, Auburn and LSU are my favorites. Alabama is my main school I am trying to get into. That is my goal."

Hoover is losing two big players from the defensive line who signed with Alabama in 2007 in Kerry Murphy and Josh Chapman.

"The way I see it they left the line to us," Bolden said. "They are going to be big shoes to fill, but I will try to do my best to do that."

"We lost in the championship game last year. I hope we have a chance to play Prattville again. I believe we have a chance to win it this year. Our defense is going to be good."

Scotty Long

Another junior lineman for the Bucs is 6-0, 240-pound defensive tackle Scotty Long who participated in the combine.

"I will be starting at tackle this year," Long said. "I haven't really heard from any colleges, but my granddad [Scott Long] played for Auburn. I would like to go there or maybe Troy."

"I grew up an Auburn fan. If not those two maybe Samford. We went out to Arkansas, and I talked to their coaches. My grandfather introduced me to one of their coaches, but I can't remember his name."

Long talked of his performance at the ScoutSouth.com combine.

"I did all right," he said. "I could have done better. I felt slow running on that turf, but I did all right. There was a tall wide receiver that stood out to me, but I can't remember his name [Marsellos Wilder]. He wore red. Undra Billingsley was really good. He impressed me."

"We are working on trying to improve on our teamwork. Our communication skills need to improve. Last year we didn't really talk or understand each other. We are trying to take care of that so we can work better as a team."

"We have some big shoes to fill, but I think we will step it up and prove everyone wrong. We are small, but we will be pretty good. We have been working a lot harder because with all the talent we had last year we didn't win it."

"We are going to outwork that group so that we can get back to the championship game, and hopefully win it. Everyone has changed their attitudes and stopped playing around so much."

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