Sun City Gridiron: Blue-Grey Combine Heads to El Paso in March
One of the biggest complaints throughout high school football programs in El Paso is the lack of true resources that the city has for local players.
From football camps to college coaches taking recruiting trips to El Paso, there aren't nearly as many events as other places across Texas as you may see in the DFW area, Houston, or other East Texas locations.
But as the talent of the city continues to grow, as well as more high schools opening up in the city, there has become a dire need for more resources to help these athletes to play at the next level. UTEP football offers a local camp in the summer that garners much regional interest. The Greater El Paso Football Showcase celebrates the city's top senior athletes in the fall. Even Aaron and Alvin Jones have held football camps in the city.
Still, there is a hunger for more.
This spring, El Paso football athletes have something extra to be excited about, as today the El Paso Sports Commission announced its partnering with the Blue-Grey All-American Football Combine to host a regional skills event in March.
The Blue-Grey All-American Combine will take a West Texas Regional tour at El Paso High School on Sunday, March 10, slated for a 1 p.m. start.
The event will connect student-athletes with a staff of NFL veterans and will have various skill testing, including a 40-yard dash, broad jump, bench press, shuttle, individual drills and a meet-and-greet session for each participant.
Upon wrapping up the combine, official NFL evaluations for each individual player are sent to a national database for NCAA programs to review.
Registration fees are $99 per high school athlete. Players must first fill out the registration form here. Then, the player interested in this must await an invite-only approval from the Blue-Grey Football Selection Committee to attend.
Blue-Grey Football has already made a staple in the borderland, having invited some standout players across the city to its Blue-Grey All-American Bowl. Pebble Hills running back Caleb Gerber, Parkland receiver Khatib Lyles and El Dorado running back Seth Davis each received preseason invitations to play at the All-American Bowl last summer.
Both Gerber (Air Force) and Lyles (North Texas) signed with Division I programs this spring.
For more information about Blue-Grey Football, visit bluegreyfootball.com.