Former Chants work out for scouts at Palmetto Pro Day

ccufoot-prodayHighlighted by NFL Combine invitees Matt Hazel and Lorenzo Taliaferro, 19 student-athletes – including 15 Chanticleers – were on Coastal Carolina’s campus Thursday morning showcasing their skills for a 10 professional scouts at the annual Palmetto Pro Day.

Professional teams represented included the NFL’s Browns, Jets, Eagles, Bills, Panthers, Steelers, Jaguars and 49ers along with the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes.

Chanticleers participating in the day’s events included Hazel, Taliaferro, Niccolo Mastromatteo, Adrian Sullivan, Jeffrey Salley, Dontavais Johnson, Jamie Childers, Brian Kass, Jamie Cheatwood, Johnnie Houston, Mike McClure, LaDarius Hawthorne, Chris Thomas, Akeem Wesley and DeMario Bennett. Also participating were Furman’s Ryan Culbreath and Greg Worthy along with Brandon McCladdie and Darian Robinson of The Citadel.

Not all in attendance elected to participate in each drill. For instance, Hazel only participated in the agility events and the position drills as measurement of his bench press, vertical and board jump were documented at the NFL Combine last month.

The event started with measuring and weighing the student-athletes. From there, the first group split into groups to measure the vertical and broad jumps. Johnson led the Chants with a vertical leap of 37 inches, while Furman’s Worthy had the best broad jump of the day at 10-foot-3.

The student-athletes then moved on to the 225-pound bench press. Coastal’s Salley led all, posting 33 reps.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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