Every year, several kids in KELOLAND get passed over by colleges because the coaches can't get to them on Friday nights. Now that’s about to change thanks to the High School Combine. When Kurtiss Riggs, founder of Riggs Passing Academy, heard his assistant talking about the time and money it took to recruit high school players across the region, he got an idea. That was to bring sophomore and junior players to the coaches.
"For a lot of the local city kids it's not uncommon for them to get the exposure, but for a lot of the small surrounding areas this is a great chance for them," said Kurtiss Riggs. "It's a chance for them to get in front of Division One, Division Two, and NAIA coaches," he added.
Over 120 athletes and almost two dozen college coaches met at the Sanford Fieldhouse on Saturday to show off speed, strength, and the ability to play their position. So what exactly were coaches looking for there?
"We're looking for size," said Augustana Head Coach Jerry Olszewski. "That is one thing on a piece of paper that you can look at how it's put together with a young man, that's always good. We will get the reports and the scores on what they do lifting and running, but when you can look at a young man and see him on the hoof that is always a good thing."
Several of the top players were on hand such as Brandon Valley's Jake Comeaux, Howard's Luke Loudenburg, and Roosevelt's Taryn Christion. They all have extensive highlight reels, but here they get to show off in person.
"I just want to show the colleges what I've got. Show them my speed and agility. A lot of them want to see me throw this summer and that will help to get me far in the recruiting process," Roosevelt QB Taryn Christion said.
It's safe to say a first time event like this is a win-win for everyone involved.
"I think it's fantastic for these area players and to be honest us as college coaches," exclaimed Olszewski. "Just to be able to see these kids for the first time in action. I want to compliment Sanford and Kurtiss for putting together a first rate opportunity for these young men,"
Each player paid $60 to get into the combine. Their results were then sent to all of the coaches who were on hand. For more information on upcoming camps, click Sanford POWER.