Local college notebook: NFL scouts, coaches pack UD to test Blue Hen and other draft hopefuls at pro day

Delaware defensive back Nasir Adderley has his vertical tested as NFL scouts look on. Delaware sports information/Mark Campbell

Delaware billed it as the biggest turnout for a pro day it’s ever had.

Over 70 scouts and coaches, including someone from all 32 NFL teams, were on hand for the session in Newark on Friday morning.

They were there to test 26 former local college football players — including 16 Blue Hens — ahead of the April 25-27 NFL Draft.

The big draw of the day was Delaware defensive back Nasir Adderley, who most experts consider a likely draft pick.

Delaware linebacker Troy Reeder and tight end Charles Scarff, as well as Wesley College receiver Alex Kemp (Caesar Rodney), also worked out for the pro personnel. Testing was done both in the Carpenter Center and in the Field House.

Blue Hen linebacker Troy Reeder sprints during testing for NFL scouts on Friday.

“This is what we’ve worked so hard for,” Reeder told BlueHens.com. “We just want an opportunity to show what we can do.

“It’s been proven that these pro organizations will find you and Delaware has shown that plenty over the years. We just want a shot.”

“For these group of guys, we’re all blessed to have this chance to show what we can do,” said Blue Hen receiver Joe Walker. “We’ve all worked together, side-by-side, for all these years and now we get an opportunity to put all of our work on display and it’s pretty special to be able to do that alongside guys who I consider my brothers.”

Fleetwood battles back

Smyrna High grad Brent Fleetwood won three of his first four matches at the NCAA Division I wrestling championships on Thursday and Friday.

A 125-pound senior for North Dakota State, Fleetwood was still alive in the wrestlebacks on Friday afternoon in the tournament being held in Pittsburgh.

Seeded No. 10 in the championship bracket, Fleetwood posted a 2-0 decision over Penn’s Carmen Ferrante before falling to Princeton’s No. 7-seeded Pat Glory, 10-0. 27-5

In the consolation bracket, Fleetwood (27-5) picked up wins over No. 25 Malik Heinselman of Ohio State, 10-0, and over No. 17 Devin Schroder of Purdue, 4-2. Fleetwood was next slated to face No. 4 Ronnie Bresser of Oregon State.

The other downstater in the NCAAs, Caesar Rodney High grad Zack Parker, lost both his matches. A 285-pound senior for Ohio University who was seeded No. 30, Parker fell to Minnesota freshman Gable Stevenson, the No. 3 seed, by an 18-3 technical fall.

Parker then lost to Purdue redshirt senior Jacob Aven in the wrestleback prelims by a 10-6 decision, marking the end of his Ohio career.

DelTech sweeps in baseball

Delaware Tech’s baseball team improved to 10-4-1 by sweeping doubleheaders against Connecticut-Avery Point (10-0 and 11-6) and Baltimore County-Dundalk (9-2 and 7-5).

Against UConn-Avery Point, freshman Jordan Haddaway (Delmar) picked up his fourth win of the season by striking out eight and allowing just three hits. In the second game, sophomore Evan Nibblett (Seaford) picked up the win in six innings, while sophomore Tyler Cunningham hit a three-run home run.

Against CCBC-Dundalk, sophomore Ben Hudson threw a complete game, while sophomore Luke Wilhelm and three hits and freshman Dylan Allen (Seaford) hit a homer. In the second game, sophomore pitcher Tommy Heffernan (Cape Henlopen) picked up the win by pitching four innings of relief, and freshman Collin Jensen hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth inning.

DelTech falls in lacrosse

Delaware Tech’s men’s lacrosse team dropped a 16-6 decision to Mercer County on March 16.

Sophomore Connor Garrett (Dover) scored two goals, freshman Jared Mullen (Smyrna) had one goal and one assist, and freshman Dakota Kerr (Smyrna), sophomore Bobby Stevenson (Caesar Rodney), and freshman Devaughn Williams (Dover) had one goal apiece. Sophomore goalie Nathan Williams (Smyrna) had a season-high 15 saves.


• Dover High grad Kendall Small, a senior first baseman on the Wilmington University baseball squad, is tied for the team lead with 21 hits, has a team-high 18 runs and is second with 16 RBI for the Wildcats. He also has a team-best 13 walks.

• Former Caesar Rodney High lacrosse All-Stater Demetrius Stevenson, a freshman at Rutgers, may end up redshirting this season after undergoing off-season hip surgery.

Shaina Reed, the former Polytech softball standout, is a senior at Western Carolina. She has 10 RBI and a pair of homeruns while also posting 21 strikeouts in 35.1 innings as a pitcher.

Regan Green, who led Laurel High to a pair of softball state titles, is now a junior at Baylor after transferring from Mississippi State. She has 35 strikeouts in 36.1 innings.

• Appoquinimink High grad Myles Cale was one of the First State’s few ties to this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The sophomore was second on the team with 10.3 ppg for the Pirates, who lost to Wofford in the NCAA tourney on Thursday.

• Delaware Tech opened its golf schedule by hosting a four-team tournament at Baywood Greens. Freshman Ben Cooper shot an 87, freshman Cole Hatton shot a 94, sophomore Frank Myers shot a 97, and sophomore Ben Hudson shot a 107.

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