Published: 07:47 PM, Tue Jan 08, 2013
Jack Britt to host football Combine for seniors
You're a senior who has completed his high school eligibility and would like to play college football. But with national signing day looming next month, you haven't been offered any opportunities to compete at the next level.
If the scenario above matches your situation, then Jack Britt High School would be a good place to be Saturday morning.
Jack Britt's first-year coach Brian Rimpf will conduct the Big Show Combine, which will give graduating seniors a chance to perform in front of college scouts.
"The underclass combines are all about testing and exposure,'' Rimpf said. "We're having kids bring their highlight film and their (academic) transcripts. So (college) coaches can come watch the kids here, and if they're interested can see their transcripts when their done.
"This is a great way for kids who didn't get the exposure during the season to get a college interested in them.''
Registration for the event will start at 8 a.m. Players may also pre-register online at the Big Show Combine website (http://www.bigshowcombine.com). It is open to any high school player who has completed his eligibility.
A charge of $40 is required. Players will participate in normal combine events like the vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, 40-yard dash and 3-cone drill. They can also showcase their talents in position and seven-on-seven drills.
Coaches from at least five colleges have committed to attend, according to Rimpf, and test results will be made available on the Big Show Combine website.
"Every (NCAA) Division II, Division II, NAIA and I-AA school in North Carolina has been invited and are aware of it,'' Rimpf said. "We did one of these last year at Harnett Central and over half the kids who attended ended up playing in college.''
Unlike underclass combines where college coaches are prohibited from attending under NCAA rules, they are allowed to view the Big Show Combine because all the players have completed their prep eligibility.
"We've had a good response from the other coaches here in Cumberland County,'' Rimpf said. "We're expecting about 50 kids, but we could easily accommodate 100.''
Staff writer Sammy Batten can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 486-3534.