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Navasota graduate attends football combine

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Solomon McGinty’s interest in a professional football career hasn’t diminished.

The Navasota High School graduate participated in the invitation-only National Scouting Combine during February in Indianapolis.

The former Liberty University standout was among 41 defensive backs to take part in the event, according to the event’s online site. He said he received an invitation in November.

McGinty earned a grade of 3.43 at the combine, resulting in him being tagged as a Canadian Football League athletic prospect. With his grade, he tied one other as the top-graded defensive back. Those who earned 3.50 and higher were billed as National Football League prospects. “I’m satisfied with it,” he said about his effort. “I gave it all I got.”

He completed the 40-yard dash in 4.78 seconds, had a vertical jump of 33 inches and a broad jump of 113 inches, the results indicate.

He said he trained for the combine in Boston, where he lived two years before recently relocating to Pennsylvania for work.

McGinty said pro football scouts knew his name from when he competed in a Pro Day at Liberty. “They knew about my background,” he said.

He is hopeful his showing leads to a playing opportunity. The Detroit Lions of the NFL had contacted him before the 2018 draft, and at least three other teams initiated contact that year, b ut nothing materialized.

Most of the scouts at the combine represented the CFL, he said, and he would play there if he received an opportunity.

He said he was invited to a combine in April, but he isn’t sure that will occur because of the coronavirus pandemic. “There’s not much I need to do,” he said.

“It’s all about finding the right one (team),” he said. “It’s kind of like a waiting game.”

Send updates about area athletes to Barbara Boxleitner at jdanddoc@gmail.com.