We have said it again and again. Combines are not important nor a necessity to being recruited. In Fact few of any coaches in college look at the results nor do they care. Either they do not believe the results or they do not see the results as any proof of talent on the field. Once revered by College Coaches as a chance to see the kids compete they are no longer allowed to be at them by NCAA rules.
Now listen that does not mean they have zero value. They do help the athlete and the parent understand where the athlete fits in overall. If your too slow or not agile enough or maybe needing improvement these events expose that. By the same token they let the athlete know if he is in the upper tier. It is a chance to compete against yourself and then compare that against other top athletes.
BUT DO NOT PAY FOR SUCH AN EVENT! There are a number of reasons for that. Most importantly the most credible companies out there offer these events Free! And in the next few weeks you and your athletes can come to them and earn credible scores. Those events are as follows-
FREE NATIONAL COMBINE EVENT #1
Look at the above. This is one of the largest organizational football groups in the world. They are ultimately credible and for the first time ever have decided to offer this event for free. We are very lucky as a Region to have these guys coming to do a free event like this. And Major Media will be there including our staff from Rivals covering the NW.
This is a superb opportunity. We suggest if you want to attend a combine this is one of two.
Free National Combine Event #2
This year again we are so privileged to have a company of the magnitude of Nike come and offer the ultimate challenge. everything at this event is carefully recorded with sophisticated electronic equipment including a laser measured 40 yard dash. You run a 4.5 or faster here and your credibility as a speed guy jumps up. But be prepared. While other events using hand times had out 4.4’s and 4.5’s all the time the lasers will add about .20 to .25 of a second to your time. This is where the men get separated from the boys when it comes to speed. The shuttle, Vertical, and Power ball toss are all carefully calculated to generate a SPARQ rating and that is a known and highly respected measure of athletic prowess.
This year the Nike event is once again at Tigard High School on June 8th, 2013. Your going to find all the information you need right here in our article about Football Super Weekend! Get to this event!
People have a right to do whatever they choose to do. We are paid by no-one. But we have the right to help parents and kids in the NW and have maintained that right longer then anyone doing what we do. We have no dog in the fight and are not affiliated with any of these organizations in any direct way. Period.
If you want to go pay for your kids to be tested so that you can see where they are at great. But please never think that that will be a factor in their recruitment. Because thousands of kids we have covered and coaches we have talked to have taught us 100% of the time what is right. People charging money usually have another agenda. And much of that means they need to tell you that you have to go to their events. Is it possible they will tell you what you want to hear? Yes they will. We attended almost every paid combine there was for many years and never saw them help.
To be a college athlete you need #1) Grades, #2) Skill and Talent and some upper level of size and speed #3) Terrific Game Film, and #4) A connection to College Coaches and programs.
These events are the ones we recommend for Combines!