Kings Shine at Lestini Combine
Mobile, AL – When John and Mary Jo Lestini invited the Crescent City Kings to their free agent camp in 2015, it was the opening of a new door for both the camp and the franchise. The Kings were the first invited minor league football team in the 15-year history of the free agent super camp. Kings assistant head coach Clyde “CJ” Maiden was the catalyst in creating this new avenue, by way Kings players could showcase their skill before CFL and Arena football scouts.Like everything else in 2016 the Kings did it much bigger and a whole lot better, than they did last year.
Shaun Jones was the only Kings player to participate in the 2015 Lestini free agent camp. This year, 11 athletes participated: Jamiah Sorapuru, Eben Barra, Larry Paisant, Johnathan Warren, Derek Williams, Keith Brown, Shaun Jones, Lamont Simmons, Bryant Carter, Keywan Bullock, and Harlow Pollar. The Kings players flashed top-level talent and were amongst the top of the charts in all measurable drills. Wide receiver Johnathan Warren ran the second fastest 40 yard dash time of the day with a 4.53 on his first attempt, hybrid safety and linebacker, Lamont Simmons, impressed with a 4.6 on his second attempt. Shaun Jones garnered significant attention, showing cat-like quickness in one-on-one drills and posting a 4.1-second shuttle drill time. His time was equivalent to times posted by the running back and wide receiver group. In one-on-one drills, the Kings were exceptional and turned the heads of the CFL and arena scouts on hand. Their performance led many to ask, “Who are these Crescent City Kings?”
The Lestini combine offers the Kings more than a stage to perform. It is also a recruiting stop just before the start of Kings training camp. Three Lestini combine participants made the Kings roster in 2015 and the goal is to keep adding talent and depth through as many avenues as possible. Running back Keith Brown was a product of the 2015 camp and rushed for over 350 yards. The Kings staff is hopeful that the super camp will continue to yield results.
The Lestini combine was another resounding success for the organization and the next step in the development of the franchise. In fact, former New Orleans Saints quarterback, John Fourcade, has personally invited five Kings to the upstart Louisiana Cottonmouths, a brand new AIF arena football franchise. In the coming days, the phones will be ringing and everyone is hoping to be the one, two, or three, who receive an amazing opportunity based on the skill showcased at the 2016 Lestini Group Free Agent Super Camp.