Three former University of Hawaii football players — slotbacks Greg Salas and Kealoha Pilares, and running back Alex Green — will be invited to participate in the National Football League Scouting Combine in February, according to UH head coach Greg McMackin.
"I’m excited and honored," said Salas, who set the UH single-season record with 1,675 receiving yards in 2010. "I always watched (the combine) as a kid in high school. To be invited, and take part, is exciting."
The NFL notified McMackin yesterday that invitations would be sent to the three players in the next week.
The combine, held in Indianapolis from Feb. 23 through March 1, invites the top 300 NFL prospects.
Agent Kenny Zuckerman, who represents Salas, said each NFL team will send up to 50 people to interview, evaluate and test the prospects at the combine.
"Owners, general managers, scouts, coaches — everyone involved in the decision process — will be there," Zuckerman said.
Salas, who earned his bachelor’s degree Dec. 18, said: "It’s a fun time. I’m focusing 100 percent on training and football."
Beginning Monday, Salas and Green will train at the Athletes’ Performance facility in the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif. They will be roommates in an extended-stay hotel in Manhattan Beach, Calif.
Salas will play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29 in Mobile, Ala. Green will play in the Feb. 5 NFL Players Game (previously known as the Texas vs. The Nation bowl) in San Antonio’s Alamodome.
Pilares suffered a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the Dec. 24 Hawaii Bowl, an injury that will not require surgery. His agent, Wynn Silberman, estimated the recovery period between two and four weeks.
Pilares said he expects to participate in the weight-lifting disciplines at the combine, but probably won’t run the 40-yard dash until UH’s Pro Day in early April.
"You want to be smart about this," Pilares said.