KENNEWICK Followers of Pacific-10 Conference athletics in this millennium likely will remember Jordan Kent as the University of Oregon's multi-sport student/athlete.
Kent, 26, went on to become a sixth-round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2007, and his four years in the NFL included a stint with the St. Louis Rams. He appeared in a total of 14 NFL games before the Rams released him last season.
Track and basketball were Kents primary passions, the latter being a natural considering his father, Ernie, coached the Oregon Ducks from 1997 to 2010 -- a run that included a trip to the 2007 Elite Eight.
However, the younger Kent, a 6-foot-4 speedster, openly wonders if he would have enjoyed a longer NFL career had he spent more time at football camps. It helps explain why hes launched a business called Edge Combines. His site is sleek with a series of YouTube videos that offers a taste of the instruction.
The 12-city Northwest tour of combines designed for offensive players -- begin July 2 in Medford.
Tour stop No. 11 is July 25-26 at Lampson Stadium in Kennewick.
Cost is $165 for the two days and includes some gear, lunch, snack bars and sports drinks. Pay an additional $30 and you are enrolled in Kent's Edge Advantage program. That provides online support for training and access to his Collegiate Contact Directory. What high school football player isn't looking for a scholarship?
And his Sport Support Program offers an incentive for area schools and coaches. Edge Combine will donate $1,000 to any Mid-Columbia high school that gets 25 players registered by midnight June 17.
My goal is to raise funds for the schools, teach the kids all about the necessary hard work it takes to succeed, and how to avoid the trappings of the somewhat muddied waters of recruiting services and 3rd party scouting agencies, Kent wrote in an email.
Ironically, his 27th birthday will arrive on the eve of the Tri-City combine.
Non-participants are welcome to sit in the stands and watch.