Gulf two-way lineman Jeff Kruse confirmed that he claimed top defensive performer honors Saturday afternoon at the Blue-Grey National Super Football Combine at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Kruse, a 6-foot-3, 290 pound rising senior who has yet to field an offer but has received high interest from several Ivy League and D-I programs, won the prestigious award based off coaches’ collaboration after the combine. Kruse ran a 5.1 40-yard dash, a 4.89 in the shuttle run and had a 26" vertical jump.
The top players from the Canton combine are invited back for a nationally-televised all-star game in January.
“It was really cool to be around some of the top athletes in the country,” Kruse said. “I improved on my stamina in this combine. I did the 185-pound bench press 33 times this time compared to the combine at Raymond James. I talked to a lot of coaches and they were very impressed with me. This combine was really important to me and my dad, and I’m glad my family got to see me perform well. There must have been 300 kids here at the combine. It’s just such an honor to take top defensive honors at an elite combine like this.”
Kruse was selected for Saturday’s Blue-Grey national combine based on his performance at a regional Blue-Grey combine at Raymond James Stadium.