Ex-TCU returner KaVontae Turpin is looking for a chance at the NFL
KaVontae Turpin will not have his legal issues resolved by TCU’s Pro Day on Friday, so he will not be eligible to take part in it, a source confirmed.
Turpin has two pending legal issues involving domestic violence incidents in New Mexico and Fort Worth. The New Mexico case had a pre-trial hearing on Monday, and another one is scheduled for April 18.
The Fort Worth case has been “pending” since Turpin was arrested on assault charges in late October.
Turpin has been training for a professional career at APEC in Fort Worth, and the gym is expected to hold a private workout with Turpin for professional scouts Friday after the TCU session is completed.
TCU will have 15 former players take part in its Pro Day on Friday, including likely NFL Draft picks L.J. Collier, Ben Banogu and Ty Summers. Representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including at least one head coach, are expected to be on hand, a TCU spokesman said.
A representative for the San Antonio Commanders of the Alliance of American Football is also scheduled to be attendance.
Collier, Banogu and Summers all took part in the NFL Combine, so it remains to be seen what drills they’ll take part in at Pro Day. It’s unlikely any of them run the 40-yard dash as all posted solid times at the Combine.
Other intriguing pro prospects include former linebacker Jawuan Johnson and wide receiver Jaelan Austin. Johnson took part in the College Gridiron Showcase in January, but must convince scouts his height won’t limit him at the next level.
Austin didn’t have the most eye-opening numbers receiving, but is a good athlete and should test well.
The rest of the players taking part include LBs Arico Evans and Alec Dunham; OLs Chris Gaynor and Casey McDermott Vai; DBs Ridwan Issahaku and Niko Small; WRs Jarrison Stewart and Patrick Zeller; TE Jacques Guillot; and former WR Daniel Walsh, who played at TCU from 2013-17.