Former UH linebacker Jahlani Tavai said he has been invited to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine in March.
Top officials — general managers, personnel directors, coaches — will be evaluating the participants in the invitation-only event in Indianapolis.
Tavai, whose senior season was shortened because of a shoulder injury, is now physically fit. He has been training in San Diego. Tavai played several spots during his UH career, but he is projected as a next-level linebacker.
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Defensive lineman Djuan Matthews of Blinn College (Texas) and defensive back Tavion Allen of Scottsdale (Ariz.) College said they will sign letters of intent with UH tomorrow, the first day of the spring-semester signing period for football prospects. Here’s the skinny:
> He is 5 feet 11, 280 pounds.
> The past season, he played nose tackle, 3 technique and end.
> He said being offered a UH scholarship is “like a dream.”
> Growing up in New Orleans, his family survived Hurricane Katrina. At one point, they found refuge in the Superdome before relocating to Houston for a spell.
> He also was used as a power back for Blinn.
> Blinn sound familiar? Cam Newton is a Blinn alumnus. Two former Blinn players — Ryan Mouton and Jacob Patek — were key members of UH’s 2007 team.
> He is 6-1 and 165 pounds.
> He is projected to compete at free safety because of his speed and range.
> This past season, he amassed 85 tackles, including 59 solo stops.
> As a junior in high school, he ran 40 yards in a laser-time 4.5 seconds.
> He also ran 100 meters in 10.9 seconds and 200 meters in 22.3 seconds.
> His father is the trainer for former UH cornerback Jalen Rogers. It was Rogers who sent Allen’s highlight videos to UH cornerbacks coach Abraham Elimimian.