Combine Tests Talented High Schoolers

The Capital City Combine, an event similar to the annual NFL Scouting Combine,  is coming up May 17 and 18 and 225 of next year's high school seniors will be showing off their football skills at Cramton Bowl.  Twenty-one football players from the Montgomery area and many more from the rest of "Fever Country" will participate in the event sponsored by Jackson Hospital.

The 21 athletes from the Montgomery area who have been selected to participate are:

  • Pedro Bennett and Keith Boutwell of Robert E. Lee High School;
  • Aaron Bern and Alex Howell of Saint James High School;
  • Jerrell Broughton of Lanier High School;
  • Charlie Browder and John David Martin of Macon East Montgomery Academy;
  • Taber Euis and Raodall Rodgers of Hooper Academy;
  • Walker Fain and Perry Hooper of Trinity Presbyterian High School;
  • Robin Franklin, Niven Hinkle, and Mario Lane of G.W. Carver High School;
  • Jonathan Harris, Sidney James, Sy Mularz, and Deriontae Taylor of Jeff Davis High School;
  • Trey Houlton, Chip Ranson, James McDonald and Kviti Stone of South Montgomery County Academy.

Players  will have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in front of college recruiters and to hear keynote speaker Ozzie Newsome, former Alabama player and current director of player personnel for the Baltimore Ravens.

"The goal of the Capital City Combine is two-fold," says David Jones, director of Jackson Hospital Sports Medicine On Call. "The event provides and opportunity for NCAA, NATA and junior college football coaches to evaluate some of Alabama's most talented high school players as they perform a battery of tests to highlight their general and specific skills.   Additionally, they Combine provides an avenue for the athletes to show off their talents in hope of playing college football and obtaining an education."

Coaches from 45 colleges in 15 states have already signed up to attend this year's Combine, including all 12 of the SEC schools, making this the first year Florida and Vanderbilt have attended.

Other schools of note include North Carolina State University, Ohio State University, Army, and Troy State University.

On average, one in four players, who participate in the event, is granted a college scholarship.

Source: Jackson Hospital