USF football senior wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling announced today that he was invited to the annual NFL Scouting Combine held in Indianapolis each February.
God continues to bless me, I couldn’t be more excited! Officially invited to the NFL Combine. One step closer to my dreams. pic.twitter.com/OCk3nuRwbA— Marquez V-S (@MVS__11) December 27, 2017
The 6’5” wide out from St. Petersburg is the third USF player to get invited to the combine in the last two years, joining former high school teammate and current Minnesota Viking Rodney Adams and running back Marlon Mack.
MVS broke Adams’ USF single-season receiving yards record of 822 in the Birmingham Bowl when the he got behind the Red Raider defense for a 64-yard touchdown, ending his season with 879 yards.
He would have had a great chance to shatter that record further but a back injury limited him in the Black Friday game against C.
The senior ended the season with 53 catches, 879 yards and six touchdowns. He added 108 yards on the ground, including a 75-yard TD run against ECU.
MVS has the size and speed combination that NFL teams seek. Plus, he’s a great human being.
He spent Christmas Day handing out duffel bags full of supplies to the homeless community around the Tampa Bay area.
I do this for for the man upstairs, for motivation and inspiration. I hope I can inspire at least one person to go out and help others. You never know what someone is going through or what a small gesture can do to someone’s life. Be grateful for the things you do have. God Bless pic.twitter.com/HcOCc1qCHZ— Marquez V-S (@MVS__11) December 25, 2017
MVS transferred from NC State after the 2014 season and sat out the 2015 year due to NCCA transfer rules but made his presence known during that season winning the Scout Team MVP award.
He parlayed that success into a breakout 2016 season alongside Adams and finished with 22 catches for 415 yards and five TD’s.
MVS graduated in the spring and was accepted into the USF Sports and Entertainment Management master’s degree program.
It’s likely a few more of his teammates will be joining him in Indy.
Good luck Interstate-11.