TORONTO — The second of three regional combines got under way on Friday afternoon in Toronto as the CFL hosted the Ontario Regional Combine presented by adidas at the Varsity Centre and five prospects were selected to make the trip the national showcase next week in Regina.
Adam Adeboboye, Richard Gillespie, Jordan Hoover, Mark Mackie, and Jonah Pataki were invited to display their athletic abilities once again in front of CFL scouts, coaches, and management. With the five additions, the roster for the CFL Combine presented by adidas has increased to 45 prospects.
Toronto, Ontario native Adam Adebobye from York University had the second-fastest time among wide receivers with a 40-yard time of 4.72 seconds. Adebobye finished in the top five in three-cone drill time (7.37 seconds).
Richard Gillespie, the defensive back from Whitby, ON, had the highest vertical of all prospects at the combine at 36.5 inches. He also registered the fourth-highest time in the 40-yard dash at 4.77.
Jordan Hoover, defensive back for the Waterloo Warriors, had the fastest three-cone drill time with a time of 7.01 seconds, as well as 40-yard dash time of 4.62 seconds and shuttle time of 4.03 seconds. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native also had the third-highest vertical at 35.5 inches.
McMaster Marauders defensive lineman Mark Mackie recorded 25 reps on the bench press, good enough for second at the combine. He also ran the second-fastest time among defensive linemen (4.57 seconds) and the longest broad jump among defensive lineman (9’5.75″).
Wallaceburg, Ontario native and Queen’s running back Jonah Pataki registered the second-fastest shuttle time (4.23 seconds) and second-highest vertical (36 inches). Pataki also recorded the fifth-fastest 40-yard dash time, 4.84 seconds.
The final regional combine will take place in Regina, Saskatchewan on March 23.
Hamilton Hurricane’s defensive lineman Ian Marouf set the mark for the bench press on Friday, hitting 26 reps while Mark Mackie, a defensive lineman from McMaster followed with 25.
Jordan Hoover, a defensive back for the Waterloo Warriors, had the fastest 40-yard dash time, sprinting to a 4.623 for the best of the day.University of Toronto’s Rahul Madan had the second fastest time, dashing 40 yards in 4.701 seconds.
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Richard Gillespie, a defensive back from Whitby, On., jumped the highest of all prospects on Friday, hitting the 36.5 mark and Jonah Pataki, a running back from Queen’s, was second at 36 inches – both were invited to the National Combine after their performances.
Hoover, a defensive back at Waterloo led everyone in the shuttle, finishing with a 4.03 second time, and was followed by Pataki, who finished with a 4.23 second time.
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Hoover was on top of another drill, this time for the 3-cone shuttle. He finished his shuttle run with a time of 7.01 seconds. He was followed by Marcus Arkarakas, a wide receiver from Wilfred Laurier, who finished with a 7.24 second time.
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The final drill that Hoover dominated was the broad jump. He jumped 10 feet, 4.5 inches in his best jump of the day. Pataki, who also was near the top of three drills, jumped 10 feet, 3.5 inches in his attempt.