Friday, January 4, 2013
TCU commit Porter talks Army combine
By Damon Sayles
SAN ANTONIO -- 2014 wide receiver Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln) committed to TCU in August. What many seem to forget is that he’s still relatively new to the offseason lifestyle of a football player.
Porter, a longtime basketball player, took in his first football combine experience Friday at the U.S. Army National Combine at the Alamodome. He said he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds and also recorded a 32 ½-inch vertical -- noteworthy for an athlete just shy of 6-foot-4 and 185 pounds.
“It was great. I was nervous, but I just relaxed and did what I have to do,” Porter said. “It was crazy.”
Porter said he plans on taking Friday’s experience and using it to his advantage. As he prepares to venture further into the offseason, he’s excited about upcoming junior days to TCU and Texas. Additionally, Porter has been invited to an Oregon camp in June.
“I’ve been more focused on football than basketball,” Porter said.
Porter finished his junior season with 29 catches for 421 yards and three touchdowns. He’s expected better statistics as a senior -- which could equate to more offers, although he reconfirmed his commitment to the Horned Frogs.
“I can block, and I want people to see that stats don’t mean anything,” Porter said. “It’s all about what you do when you have the ball in your hands. Hopefully, in 1-on-1s, they can see what I can do.”