This year, NCSA had a blast hosting the Rivals Camp and Combine Series Presented by adidas! We traveled across the country, putting on the camps and combines in New Orleans, Orlando, Miami, Dallas, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Charlotte, New Jersey, Columbus, St. Louis and Chicago. Through rain and shine, the camps and combines still went on, giving thousands of high school football players an opportunity to show off their skills and get their verified football stats. Here are some key stats:
- Held in 11 different cities throughout the U.S.
- 11,000 high school football players attended the Rivals New Speed Combines
- 2,000 athletes competed at the Rivals 3 Stripe Camps
- Nearly 55 combine attendees scored an invite to the camp the next day
Making these events truly unique, the Rivals New Speed Combines were the only free, national combines offered this year. These free combines gave thousands of high school athletes the opportunity to get their verified combine numbers. And this is huge, as college coaches look for third-party verified stats when recruiting athletes. Recruits who have these numbers gain an upper hand over those who don’t. We’re proud to help student-athletes across the U.S. reach their goal of playing college football.
Favorite moments from the Rivals Camp and Combine Series Presented by adidas
Each camp and combine had its share of memorable moments, but we decided to call out some of our favorite highlights!
- An inventive way to get to the field. Four high school students didn’t have a ride to their camp in New Jersey. The athletes ended up riding a bus from the Bronx and then walking four miles, making it to the camp just in time to compete. That’s dedication to the game!
- Seeing stars in Atlanta. During the Atlanta combine, famous rapper Big Boi and his son turned up to get tested in the combine drills.
- Football isn’t just for the boys. In New Jersey, a female competitor hit the field to compete in the combine drills. Shajara Simpson is a track athlete and a DL/WR. “Playing like a girl” has a whole new meaning.
- Getting an offer on the spot. Elijah Jones, a class of 2018 recruit, ran a blazing 4.43 second 40-yard dash at the New Jersey combine, 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, who offered Jones a scholarship on the spot!
- Giving time and giving effort. Michah Jones spent his entire Saturday volunteering at the St. Louis combine before coming back the next day to compete in the camp. Strong character gets players recruited!
NCSA, Rivals and adidas thank every attendee and volunteer for joining us at the Rivals Camp and Combine series this year! We had a blast and we hope you all did, too. Check out some pictures from these events.