By Brandon Speck/Daily Journal
TUPELO – Lafayette’s D.K. Buford may have entered Saturday as a little-known prospect but that’s about to change.
But after being clocked at 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash on Saturday at the fifth-annual Tupelo Combine, the Lafayette junior is likely to become one of the state’s top rising college prospects.
“That’s fast,” Amory receiver Dario Robinson said. “He’s real fast.”
Scout.com lists the 5-foot-11, 190-pound back’s list of interested schools as Alabama, LSU, Memphis, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
“This is my first combine. When I first came out here, I was kind of nervous,” Buford said. “I had fun.”
This year’s combine featured 230 players, who drilled for some three hours in 90-degree heat.
Camp organizer and Scout’s Southeast Region Recruiting Analyst Steve Robertson complimented a good offensive line group, including Canton’s Deronta Bouldin. He praised the quality of the players the combine attracts.
New Albany senior offensive guard Austin Howard was in his second Tupelo Combine.
“It shows a lot of players have a lot of talent,” Howard said.
Robinson (5-10, 166) led Mississippi in catches, yards and touchdowns last season and ran a 4.59 Saturday.
Robertson said he sees Robinson and Biloxi’s Tevaris McCormick, both seniors, as the top two inside receivers in the state.
Both have offers from South Alabama, with Southeastern Conference offers sure to follow.
“Dario is stronger than I expected him to be,” Robertson said. “A lot of times little guys kind of pad up and you don’t know what to expect, but he still looks good in the hallway, like a football player.”
Baldwyn freshman Duke Upshaw attended his first combine. The 5-10, 170-pound athlete emerged as an eighth grader and will line up under center this season. He ran a 4.6.
“I want to try to get a 4.3, 4.4,” Upshaw said, “and get bigger. I’m going to work hard at it.”
Robertson said numbers will be posted on Scout.com on Monday.
“A lot of these guys kind of come out here and figure out if they want it or not,” Robertson said. “They don’t really realize what they’re up against in the recruiting process. I promise you, everybody in the state will know who D.K. Buford is Tuesday.”