TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Sports Commission will host the annual Tampa Bay High School Football Combine on May 21, 2011 at the University of Tampa. This year, the Tampa Bay Sports Commission has partnered with DeBartolo Sports and Events to host the annual combine, which showcases the top football talent from Hillsborough County.
Modeled after the NFL Combine, football players currently in their junior year of high school have the opportunity to demonstrate their physical and football skills to college coaches and scouts from across the country.
“We’re excited to partner with DeBartolo Sports and Events to provide invaluable exposure for our local high school athletes,” said Rob Higgins, executive director of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission. “With the rising cost of education, there’s no doubt our community’s kids are being treated to a unique opportunity with potentially life-changing results.”
The event is conducted by experienced combine performance specialists and a professional coaching staff. Athletes will undergo standard performance tests in the areas of speed, strength, explosive power and agility and participate in position specific, 1-on-1 competition drills. Participants are nominated by their high school football coach for their achievements on the field, contributions to their team and potential to play football at the collegiate level.
“The Tampa Bay Sports Commission has done an excellent job with this event and we are thrilled to partner with them and showcase our community’s high school football talent to coaches and scouts at the next level,” said Brian Kopp, president of DeBartolo Sports and Events. “This is a great opportunity for DeBartolo Sports and Events to expand our grass roots amateur football programs and bring young talent to the forefront through best in class events such as the Tampa Bay High School Football Combine.”