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Hasty impresses at Nike camp

By Jimmy Carter jcarter@news-journal.com
April 7, 2013 at 3:14 p.m.


JaMycal Hasty capped off a busy weekend that included a visit to his favorite school with an impressive combine showing in Allen on Sunday.

Longview's sophomore running back recorded a 107.19 SPARQ score at the Dallas Nike Football training camp, a feat that placed him in the 95th percentile for class of 2015 prospects.

Hasty's score was markedly better than his 75.93 score at the Houston Nike Combine in February. His impressive 4.49 electronic 40-yard dash at the Dallas camp also easily bested the 4.61 he ran in Houston.

"I was pretty excited," Hasty said. "I actually expected the score to be a little higher. But I'm still excited I increased it as much as I did. I had already done it once so I was familiar with it. And my body felt great so I was able to perform at a high level."

The combine performance came two days after Hasty was an invited guest at Texas A&M's "Friday Night Lights" football scrimmage at Kyle Field. The 5-foot-9, 184-pounder got to eat dinner with other top prospects, listen to the coaching staff speak and then watch his favorite team scrimmage.

"It was fun," Hasty said. "I got to see a lot of players and coaches. I got to see them play the live scrimmage and that was pretty exciting. I like the high-paced offense. The coaches talked to us about how it was more than football. They have a special program just for the freshmen."

Hasty's performance at an A&M camp last summer likely went a long way in helping him earn the invite Friday. He ran a 4.38 handheld 40 at the camp and then rushed for 340 yards and five touchdowns while playing in a backup role for the Lobos as a sophomore last fall.

He may start to get attention from other schools in the near future after his performance at the Dallas camp. He made great improvements in the other three SPARQ events at the combine in addition to improving his 40 time.

His 35.3-inch vertical in Dallas bettered his 31.9-inch result in Houston, while his 4.13 20-yard shuffle topped the 4.44 he recorded in February and his 34-foot powerball throw Sunday improved on his previous 29.5-foot effort.

He also got to work in position-specific drills on Sunday.

"We ran routes and then we did one on ones against the linebackers and tried to get past them in the open space," Hasty said. "And then we had a little blocking session one on one against the linebackers. The blocking part was pretty physical. I was very happy with how I did."

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