- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
SAN ANTONIO -- Few freshmen are able to do what running back Gabe Angel (Lebanon, Tenn./Wilson Central) can do. Then again, few freshmen are built like the 6-foot-3, 216-pound running back.
Angel can bench press 250 pounds, and while he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds at the U.S. Army National Combine on Friday, his personal-best time is 4.6 seconds.
Angel’s efforts at the combine made heads turn. During 1-on-1 drills, Angel made a beautiful, one-handed catch. He immediately followed that with another one-handed catch. All eyes were on the player wearing No. 404 in his first Army combine -- despite the fact that he’s only 15 years old.
“I was one of the younger guys at the combine, and it was a little hard for me, but I think it made me better,” Angel said. “I’ll be more prepared as I get ready for more combines. Coming out to San Antonio was really great. It was a lot of fun.”
If Angel’s size and combine performance isn’t impressive enough, his recruiting resume is off to a great start. Angel said he picked up his first offer from Mississippi State last April. For those keeping score, he was offered as an eighth-grader.
“I’m big, I’m fast, and I can catch. I can play pretty much anywhere,” Angel said. “You can put me at linebacker or safety. I see myself as a linebacker in college, probably outside linebacker.”
Angel said he is looking at attending camps at Mississippi State, Tennessee, Alabama, Vanderbilt and Ole Miss during the off-season.
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