The 2nd Annual HBCU & Small College Pro Combine will be held May 13-14, 2011 at The Ford Stadium Complex at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. The combine will feature top draft eligible athletes from the 105 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) throughout the United States.
“The talent level at HBCUs is extraordinary. Yet, the selection of only one player in 2010’s NFL draft proves there is great potential that is being overlooked. By hosting the 2nd Annual HBCU Combine, our goal is to bring increased recognition to HBCU football programs and increase the number of HBCU players on NFL rosters,” states Gene Washington, former Director of NFL Football Operations and co-founder of the HBCU Combine.
This combine is beneficial to these players because they do not get the same level of exposure that players at your traditional FBS schools get. Most fans could go an entire season without hearing the name of one HBCU player.
Does the name Jerry Rice ring a bell? Jerry Rice arguably the best wide receiver to ever play in the National Football League is a proud alum of Mississippi Valley State, which is an HBCU school located at the heart of the Mississippi Delta in Itta Bena, Mississippi.
Other former NFL stars such as Walter Payton, Michael Strahan, Aeneas William and Shannon Sharpe have all come out of HBCU schools.
We may go 100 more years and never see another wide receiver as talented as Jerry Rice come from the HBCU ranks. But this combine will help these players get noticed.
This Combine is once again exclusive to draft-eligible QBs, DBs, RBs, TEs, LBs and Wide Outs. Events include the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, bench press, pull-ups, and agility drills. Ken Fiore, Director of Player Personnel, National Football League has also announced that “all 32 NFL Scouting Directors will be in attendance this May,” making the Combine an exciting and worthwhile event for both HBCU players and NFL scouting directors.
The Houston area is home to two HBCU’s from the Southwestern Athletic Conference or SWAC. Texas Southern located in the heart of Houston and Prairie View A&M just north of Houston. This combine will help players from these schools get noticed; with scouts from all teams at the combine the HBCU numbers in the NFL should surely see a rise in the near future.
“Few NFL players come from a Historically Black College. HBCU players bring an elevated level of pride to the league, knowing that they represent a select group. We wanted to continue to give them a special venue to showcase their talent for NFL coaches and scouts,” says Mark Bloomquist, Washington’s business partner and co-founder of the HBCU NFL Combine.
Both Prairie View A&M and Texas Southern should have a good representation at the combine. Prairie View A&M has some of the top draft prospects among all HBCU’s which includes the top HBCU quarterback prospect K.J. Black.
With this only being the second year of the combine, continued growth and development among HBCU’s and the HBCU combine will certainly increase the chances of these young men and help them achieve their dreams of one day playing in the National Football League.
For more information on the HBCU & Small College Pro Combine at North Carolina A&T State University, please visit http://www.procombine.com or call (336) 420-8060.
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