Former South Carolina cornerback Marty Markett turned heads Wednesday in front of professional scouts with his running and leaping ability.
Markett was equally impressed that he was able to bench-press 225 pounds 12 times as part of USC's pro timing day.
The 5-foot-9, 172-pound Markett had a personal-best vertical jump of 40 1/2 inches and a broad jump of 10-feet, 10-inches, both highs for the USC players working out Wednesday. The vertical jump would have tied him for third overall if he had done it at the NFL Combine.
And he heard that his 40-yard dash time was as low as 4.28 and as high as 4.37, times that would have put him in the Top 5 at the combine.
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Markett made seven starts in his two seasons of playing, shining on special teams during the 2011 season.
How do you think you did in front of the scouts?
I feel like I did real good. I’ve been working hard these last two months looking forward to this day. All the work I’ve been doing was showcased today
How fast did you run the 40?
The fastest I've heard was a 4.28 and the slowest I heard was a 4.37. I'll take it.
You jumped pretty well, too?
Yeah, 40 and a half. That's a personal best for me. I did 40 during the season.
Do you think you impressed people?
Most definitely. My job is just to lay it all out on the line so everybody can see it. It’s up to them if they want to talk to me, or however it may work out. ... I was surprised by the bench. I didn't expect to get 12. That was pretty good for me.
What have you been doing the last two months?
I've been working out with the speed coach for the track team. I've been doing two-a-days for the last two months. I get up in the morning, come here and lift weights. In the afternoons I go out there with him and work on my speed. I just work hard every day.
Talk about your journey from track scholarship to football walk-on to football scholarship and now pro day?
It's been a long ride for me, coming to school on a track scholarship then having to give it back and having to get a job. I had to work my way up and save money. I didn't get a scholarship my first year or my second year. Finally after my second season, coach Spurrier rewarded me with a scholarship. I've been taking it in stride and giving it the best I can.
Have you had any contact with teams yet?
I've talked to a few teams. They usually call my agent and speak with him. I talked to a couple teams out here that told me I was a person of interest and that they would be watching me today.
Have you always dreamed of playing pro football?
A lot of people call me the track guy. I only ran track two years, my senior year in high school, and I was a state champion. In my freshman year in college, I was an All-American. After track I knew I wanted to play football. This has always been a dream of mine, to play football.
How do you think your senior year at USC went?
Real great. I got a lot more playing time, especially on special teams. I take pride in special teams. I feel like I was one of the best special teams players in the country this year. I stepped in at corner when we needed me to and did a good job.
Continue working hard. It's not over. I'll wait to see if get phone calls. I'll be right back at it in the weight room, getting better every day.