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Highlights from the Rivals New Speed Combine—New Jersey

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On Saturday morning, over 1,000 football players from across the country arrived at Piscataway High School in New Jersey to show off their skills at the Rivals New Speed Combine New Jersey. The combine tested athletes’ speed, agility and power in the 40-yard dash, 3-cone drill, shuttle run, broad jump and vertical jump. And the athletes rose to the challenge. Here are some key stats about the New Jersey Rivals Camp and Combine series presented by adidas:

  • 1,264 total high school football players competed at the combine
  • 10 different states were represented at the event
  • 8 camp attendees were Rivals 4-Star athletes
  • 7 combine attendees received camp passes to attend the invite-only Rivals 3 Stripe Camp the next day
  • 4 international athletes attended the camp
  • 2 camp athletes were invited to the Rivals 5-Star Challenge

The event also saw a few amazing moments. From welcoming our first female competitor, to congratulating a recruit for getting a DI offer during the combine, here are some of the highlights from the Rivals New Speed Combine New Jersey. Follow the Rivals Camp Series General Manager Izell Reese on Twitter @IzellReese to see combine updates in real time and find more camp highlights.

From 40-yard dash to DI scholarship at the Rivals New Speed Combine New Jersey

Elijah Jones, a class of 2018 recruit, had the kind of day every athlete hopes for. Jones ran a blazing 4.43 second 40-yard dash, and the time was too good for his high school coach to keep it to himself. He immediately called the football coach at Boston College, reporting that Jones had just clocked at 4.43 laser 40 at the Rivals Combine. The coach at Boston College was so impressed, he offered Jones a scholarship on the spot!

Jones hasn’t given his official answer to Boston College yet; meanwhile, other offers have come flooding in from Albany, Army, Connecticut, Howard and Purdue. Izell Reese was onsite at the Rivals New Speed Combine—New Jersey and is excited that the Rivals combine opened so many doors for Jones.

“There’s nothing that says an accurate time like the technology used by the NFL,” Reese explains of the Zybek technology used at the Rivals combines. “Coaches have a difficult time getting accurate measurements, so from a recruiting standpoint, these combines provide standard measurables coaches can trust. I’m excited how things have accelerated and the buzz garnered by college coaches. Just by being part of our combine, students are getting offers, and once you get one offer, you’ll get more. We’re passionate about helping more high school athletes find the right college program. And we’re excited we can provide these free combines for a high volume of athletes.”

Girls play football, too—and they go to combines

The Rivals New Speed Combine—New Jersey welcomed the series’ first female attendee: Shajara Simpson. The New Jersey recruit is a DL/WR, and the Rivals New Speed Combine—New Jersey was her first football combine/showcase. We look forward to seeing her grow her skills!

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7 standout combine attendees scored passes to the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp presented by adidas

At the end of each combine, Rivals scouts invite the top performers to the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp in the same city the next day. Here are the athletes who received the camp pass at the Rivals New Speed Combine—New Jersey.

Andrew Nee (pictured top left): Rivals calls Nee “one of the next big offensive linemen out of the northeast,” and schools like Boston College and some Ivy League institutions agree.

Clyde Haley Jr. (pictured top right): Football talent runs in the family for this offensive guard. Haley joined his brother at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camp on Sunday.

Jeremiah Carter (pictured lower left): A class of 2018 offensive tackle, Carter has been getting interest from Delaware and Old Dominion and is still looking at more schools.

Johnny Rosario (pictured lower right): This exceptional wide receiver already has offers from Boston College, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Georgetown.

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Katley Joseph (pictured at left): This recruit came all the way from Canada, and has been attending several U.S. events on his way to an NCAA football scholarship.

Kervens Bonhomme (pictured top right): A talented linebacker, Bonhomme is another Canadian recruited who made an impact at the New Jersey combine.

Landon Tengwall (pictured lower right): Believe it or not, Tengwall is an 8th grader who stood out to Rivals scouts based on his size and talent.

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Congratulations to all attendees who came to the New Jersey Rivals Camp and Combine series presented by adidas! There are still a few combines left—but spots are filling up fast. Sign up now for a location near you.

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Kelly Mantick

Kelly Mantick is a writer at NCSA Next College Student Athlete.