Springfield, FL---It's not football season, though spring ball is right around the corner. Still about 40 area high school players, from 7 different area programs, spending part of their day out on the field Sunday, hoping to advance their own careers in a way.
Rutherford helping to host a recruiting combine, put on by a company called "Step It Up Football."
The players, after doing some light stretching to get ready, going through five agility and skills stations, from the long and vertical jumps, to a 5-10-5 yard shuttle run, to the 40.
All this to set a baseline if you will, of their personal statistics, to aid college scouts and coaches know something about them in the future, says combine Director Mike Bakas.
"They're really out here to build a resume for college coaches and what we do we take that information on each kid and build him his own recruiting page. And what that does is it helps him, his parents, and his high school coaches kind of market him to colleges that might be interested in who he is. A lot of these types of companies maybe cater to the premier guys. We like to cater to everyone, all the kids. A lot of our guys are small school guys that really need the extra exposure, and that's really kind of what we're all about."
Bakas says his second year company ran combines in 9 states with some 24-hundred kids participating, and about 300 of them landed college scholarships from D-1 to NAIA schools. This is the first year for this combine, but given the good turnout Sunday, it's likely the event will come back to the area again.