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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Sugar Land QB Aboderin ready for SPARQ

By Damon Sayles

As the Nike SPARQ Combine makes its way to the Houston area this weekend, quarterback Seun Aboderin (Sugar Land, Texas/Austin) has one thing on the brain.

Compete, compete, compete.

Aboderin knows that SPARQ has been a ticket of sorts for athletes not only to gain recognition but also improve their college football recruiting stock. He knows solid SPARQ numbers would work well side by side with his 6-foot-1, 210-pound frame and high football IQ.

“I’m looking to go out and see how I measure up against the best talent in Texas,” Aboderin said. “I want to go and test well, because last week, we tested at my school, and my times were looking good.”

The SPARQ consists of the 40-yard dash, agility shuttle, kneeling power ball toss and vertical jump. The SPARQ has been a springboard for athletes looking to make an impression, but Aboderin is hoping the combine is the first step to multiple contacts from coaches -- and just as many offers. Aboderin doesn’t have an offer yet, but he has been in contact with SMU, Ole Miss and North Texas.

In fact, Aboderin is missing a junior day at North Texas to take part in the SPARQ.

“I spoke with Coach [Dan] McCarney and told him I had plans to go to this,” Aboderin said. “He told me they’d have another [junior day], and if I wanted to, I could possibly come on a private visit. I think a private visit would be a little more exclusive. I’d get more 1-on-1 time with the coaches.”

Aboderin considers himself “a competitor.” He’s run the 40-yard dash in 4.62 seconds, and he’s coming off a junior season in which he threw for 1,501 yards and 17 touchdowns with only four interceptions. He completed better than 63 percent of his passes, despite ushering an offense that relied heavily on a respectable run game.

While the SPARQ won’t allow Aboderin the chance to show off his quarterbacking skills, it will give him a chance to do two things -- compete against top 2014s and study his opponents. It all fits in to what has become a regular routine.

“What a lot of people don’t know about me is my intelligence of the game. People don’t really understand how much film I watch,” Aboderin said. “I study my position, and I study defenses.

“For the longest time, I’d take a notepad, go on YouTube and just write stuff down. I’d stay up late studying defenses. My preparation and understanding of the game is at a high level.”