BHS and University of Charleston Graduate John Cominsky defensive lineman has been invited to the 2019 NFL Combine in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium (NFL HOME of the Indianapolis Colts). The NFL Combine will take place from February 26 – March 4, 2019.
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U of Charleston lineman invited to NFL Combine, rarity for D-II player
CHARLESTON — John Cominsky made plenty of big plays for the University of Charleston football team during his tenure there on the defensive line. Now he’s making history.
Cominsky, who played in last weekend’s Senior Bowl, earned an invitation to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, held at Lucas Oil Stadium from Feb. 26 to March 4. UC coach Pat Kirkland said Cominsky is the first player in program history to earn an invite.
There, he and other top NFL Draft prospects will undergo medical tests, hold interviews with teams and participate in speed, strength and agility drills.
Those invitations are rare for NCAA Division II football players, something not lost on Cominsky.
“It was like, ‘This is getting real,'” said Cominsky from Naples, Florida, where he is training for the NFL Draft. “I didn’t just win over (executive director) Jim Nagy and the Senior Bowl crew. I’m winning over scouts all over, because you have to get so much of a recommendation. It just motivated me so much more, because I’m getting every opportunity someone in my position would want.”
Cominsky turned heads from the beginning in Mobile, Alabama, when he came in at 6-foot-5 and 286 pounds at Senior Bowl weigh-ins. That’s not the usual look of a Division II football player, and Cominsky said he was told he didn’t have the look of a player who normally comes in at that size.
The week of practices and the game were a great overall experience, he said. He was able to show his skills to NFL scouts. He got to have some sort of conversation with representatives of most of the NFL’s 32 teams, plus longer, formal interviews with a half-dozen of them.
Throughout the week, Cominsky tried to find a way to stand out. There were plenty of big guys at the Senior Bowl. There were plenty of strong guys. He looked for other ways to get people’s attention.
“I hustled my butt off and made sure I was finishing the drill five yards past the finish line,” he said. “I made a deliberate effort to finish hard and put 100 percent in every single play.”
Cominsky said he tried to put himself in the shoes of an NFL scout who would be looking at him as a Division II prospect. He knew he needed to do something special to gain notice. That something was effort on and off the field.
“It was sitting up in meetings, paying attention at all times, getting to things early, busting my butt at practice,” he said.
That type of hustle is no surprise to Kirkland. He knows where Cominsky came from and knows how much work he put in to reach this point.
“The crazy thing is I think everyone knows John as the 6-5, 290-pound John,” he said. “But I saw him come in as a 218-pound freshman who was an option quarterback. To see his growth and go through the maturation process has been awesome.”
Kirkland said Cominsky will be a great representative of the UC program throughout the draft process. Cominsky knows the responsibility he has with that as he attempts to put his name among players from the giant programs of college football.
That was something that came into focus for the Barberton, Ohio, native during Senior Bowl practice.
“I’m looking around and there were K-State (Kansas State), Ohio State, Alabama and Michigan helmets all around me,” he said. “There were very few helmets that I didn’t recognize. And everyone was asking me about my helmet.
“That’s when it hit me, that I made it somehow,” he said.