Colton's 40 highlights Mass. combine

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- When the players who attended Wednesday's Massachusetts combine at Gillette Stadium were asked to stand if they had run the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds or faster, only one player was on his feet -- running back Joe Colton (Norwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers). The 2011 prospect was timed at 4.50 seconds and hopes his speed will help him earn an FBS scholarship.

Duke is a likely landing spot because the Blue Devils already have two Xaverian Brothers products on their roster: quarterback Paul Asack and defensive end Eriks Reks.

"I'm hearing from [FBS and FCS] schools, but Duke's the one I've heard from the most," Colton said. "I think I have explosive top-end speed that makes me a home run threat. I wanted to break 4.5 [Wednesday]."

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder also plays cornerback and was one of the key ingredients on a Xaverian Brothers team that beat Everett 29-0 in the Eastern Massachusetts Division I Super Bowl last season. Colton rushed for 108 yards and scored two touchdowns (one receiving) in that game.

"As a running back he has good speed, runs hard and he's always gaining yardage -- moving forward," Xaverian Brothers coach Charlie Stevenson said. "He runs with pretty good aggressiveness, and he's versatile. He can come out of the backfield and catch the ball. Defensively, he's very physical and a good tackler. He's also a very good return man."

Colton said he plans to attend at least 10 camps and combines this summer. He's also drawing interest from Boston College and several Ivy League schools.

"I want to be at Duke or BC," Colton said.

Not up to speed

Colton's teammate, Nick McDaniels (Norwood, Mass./Xaverian Brothers), didn't work out because of a hamstring injury. However, Stevenson said that McDaniels would have challenged Colton for the fastest 40 time at the combine.

"Nick is the fastest guy on our team. I saw where Joe [Colton] ran a 4.5. Nick would have matched that or better," Stevenson said. "His speed allows him to run with [receivers], and he has good athleticism, so he can make a play on the football when it's in the air."

Just like Colton, the level at which the 5-9, 170-pound cornerback/slot receiver will play in college is unknown.

"At Xaverian, we tell the kids to get their tape out to a lot of different schools at a lot of different levels," Stevenson said.

McDaniels already has taken unofficial visits to Boston College and Duke. He realizes that he'll likely have to choose between an Ivy League school and playing in the ACC.

"I've heard from Dartmouth, Penn and Brown, and I'll be attending the Dartmouth camp," McDaniels said. "Right now I'm also planning on going to the Syracuse camp, the BC camp, the Duke camp and the NC State camp."


ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive back Albert Louis-Jean (Brockton, Mass./Brockton) was also in attendance, but the Miami commit didn't participate. Several of his teammates did, though.

Ralph Cherry (Brockton, Mass./Brockton), a 6-1, 190-pound wide receiver/defensive back, is among the other Brockton players hoping to attract a Division I offer.

"I'm hearing a lot from NC State, and I will be going to the NC State camp. I've also heard from BC, Syracuse and UMass-Amherst," Cherry said. "Playing against [Louis-Jean in practice] has helped. I think I can be a good wide receiver in college."

Sophomore standout

Many of the FCS coaches in attendance said they were impressed with defensive back Karl Sery (Hudson, Mass./Hudson), a Class of 2012 prospect who showed good recovery speed during passing drills.

"My press man coverage is my real strength," Sery said. "I need to work on my off coverage when I'm not at the line."

Sery said he has heard from Dartmouth, Wagner and Maine. He plans to attend camps at Temple, Connecticut and Boston College in June.

Roger Brown is a contributor to ESPN Recruiting.