EDINBURG — The start of NFL training camp is nearly a month away for the Dallas Cowboys, but their coaches and players are already getting to work. That included a stop at the City of Edinburg Parks and Recreation Center to run a Combine Camp for Edinburg CISD high school athletes on Wednesday, hosted by the Edinburg Economic Development Corporation.
Cowboys coaches, scouts and players like receiver Jalen Guyton and defensive tackle Daniel Wise, two undrafted free agents who were signed by Dallas in April, ran Edinburg football players through what potential NFL draftees go through such as measuring vertical jumps, testing their strength on the bench press and having their height, wingspan and hand size measured.
Wise, a former Kansas Jayhawk who served as a team captain in 2017 and was named to the First Team All-Big 12 in his final two years in Lawrence, finished his collegiate career with 18.5 sacks from his interior defensive line spot.
“We’re here to get after it — all the kids are here to learn from us and go through these drills 100 percent. We’re going to coach them up and give them our best so they can be at their best,” Wise said.
The morning began with an autograph session with Wise and Guyton, who signed helmets, jerseys, footballs and took pictures with every fan in attendance.
Guyton, who starred at Allen High School just 20 minutes away from The Star in Frisco, said they felt the love from Dallas Cowboys fans in the Rio Grande Valley almost immediately.
“It’s amazing to be a part of this community, a part of one of the greatest fan bases in the world,” he said. “As soon as we got here, we could feel all the love and all the support that this whole area has for the Cowboys. They made us feel at home.”
A University of North Texas product, Guyton starred for the Mean Green as a wideout, posting 1,580 receiving yards on 103 catches to go with 15 touchdowns in his two years with the program. His advice to kids in the RGV hoping to one day find themselves in his position is to work hard.
“Never give up. Just understand that through the power of work and consistency, you can have almost anything you want,” Guyton said. “A kid just asked ‘does height matter?’ because he wanted to play in the NFL. I can think of a whole handful of examples off the top of my head where people thought they were limited physically, but at the end of the day, if you’re willing to work for it, you can have anything you want.”
The Dallas Cowboys are set to begin training camp July 27 in Oxnard, Calif., about a week before the Edinburg ISD football players who attended the Combine Camp are cleared to practice and show off their new skills Aug. 5.