It’s 8:45 a.m. on a Thursday morning in late February. Tupac’s “Hail Mary” and Kevin Gates’ “Satellites” blare from speakers inside the field house at the Madison Healthplex Performance Center, where several NFL hopefuls prepare for their futures.This has been home for a handful of former Ole Miss, Mississippi State and other former college football players for the past seven weeks.What their trainer R.J. Barrett has put them through twice a day for four to five days a week since early January is readying them for the soon-to-be biggest moment of their lives: Draft day.For some, like ex-Rebels defensive backs Cody Prewitt and Senquez Golson, Auburn safety Jermaine Whitehead and UAB wide receiver J.J. Nelson, these last two months served as preparation for the NFL Scouting Combine, which invites over 300 prospects to work out for scouts at Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Field from Feb. 17-23.Others, like Mississippi State’s Matt Wells and Jamerson Love, Ole Miss’ Bryon Bennett are gearing up to compete at their schools’ pro days in March.Regardless of who’s going to the Combine and who’s not, Barrett’s training plan doesn’t change, especially given the depth of talent he has at his disposal.“I’ve never had a class this good as far as athletic ability and athleticism,” Barrett, a certified Sports Performance Coach, said. “They’re all good players, so it’s not like it’s a shot in the dark for any of them. Every one of these kids has a chance to make a team, all the way from the Ole Miss guys to the Delta State guy.”There’s no doubt that this has been a stressful time for many of the trainees working out in Madison. Football could soon become a full-time job they get paid for, and they’re using Barrett’s training to make sure they do it right.“(I’m) just trying to make the new techniques I’m learning here a habit,” Golson said. “I try to be a perfectionist, and that’s my biggest problem. I’m trying to make sure I’m doing all the little things right.”The “little things” Golson and other player have honed are Barrett’s training techniques for the workouts they’ll go through to be evaluated for the NFL.And it has to do with a whole lot more than just decreasing one’s 40-yard dash time.“I can’t promise guys that they’re going to come in here running a 4.3 (second 40-yard dash) and leave running a 4.2,” Barrett said. “But what I can tell them is that as long as they follow the plan that (we) have in place and we have a purpose for why we’re doing it, because every workout has a rhyme and a reason to it, then we’re going to get somewhere.”The 40-yard dash is one of the most highly critiqued areas used not to evaluate a player’s football skill, but athleticism.Regardless of where these players run their 40, it’s an event that often brings out anxiety among those competing for a future spot on an NFL roster.“It’s a matter of seconds,” Golson said. “One stumble, one slip and your time won’t be as good as you want it to be.”Nelson, who worked out in Indianapolis on Saturday, ran the fastest 40-yard dash so far at the 2015 Combine at 4.28 seconds.Golson, Prewitt and Whitehead compete at the Combine on Monday. How they approach these sets of workouts isn’t very different from how they prepared to play on some of the biggest stages during their college football careers.“I’ve run fast 40s, I’ve jumped high, I’ve done all these kinds of things before,” Whitehead said. “It’s just being able to wake up and do it on a particular day. It’s kind of like preparing for a game. Combine day will be game day. The lights will be on and it’ll be time to perform.”It’ll be the same way for the players who will compete at their school’s pro day in a few weeks.And with the initial disappointment of not being invited to the Combine gone, Mississippi State’s Love looks to some of the most successful players in the NFL and how they got their as motivation.“Nowadays you see a lot of undrafted guys playing in big games like the Super Bowl, just look at (Patriots cornerback) Malcolm Butler,” Love said. “You can’t get down on yourself about it. You just need to take your chance and run with it.”Wells, like Love, plans to participate in the Bulldogs’ pro day on March 4. Given his 6-foot-2, 220-pound frame, Wells has taken the last two months to prepare for an opportunity to show off his skills at multiple positions.“With me, I’m a hybrid tackle guy. I could possibly be a safety or linebacker (in the NFL) and I might have to go through a little bit more than most people,” Wells said. “D-Back drills, linebacker drills. They’re probably going to try and tire me out getting me to do different drills to see how I do with that.”With much of the early buzz at this year’s Combine surrounding former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s throwing shoulder and other potential health concerns, Barrett is able to hammer home to his trainees the main purpose of why some players are invited to the Combine and others are not.“The Combine is nothing more than medical, and a lot of people don’t understand that,” Barrett said. “It’s simply to get medical records and see how to measure some players against others.”Which is why so much of Barrett’s training aims to make these players well rounded not only on the gridiron, but off the field as well, having taken his group to speak to students at St. Anthony Catholic School and on weekly lunch outings to work on interpersonal skills.Golson, who was drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the eighth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft, has a unique perspective on how to handle the entire process of being selected for the pros.Headed into Monday’s workouts and what the next few months could hold before the NFL Draft, the cornerback looks back on his past experiences to prepare.“I don’t really get into projections or anything with my agent because even when I was coming out of high school with people throwing out, “(you’re) projected here, projected there,” it didn’t matter,” Golson said. “(In baseball), nobody knows where you’re going unless you’re a top-10 pick. I had no idea I was going to get drafted by the Red Sox. Draft day is different. Nobody knows what’s going to happen.” Contact Courtney Cronin at (601) 961-7091 or [email protected] Follow @CourtneyRCronin on Twitter.