Shawnee Mission and Wichita to host April combine events
UPCOMING SP COMBINE SERIES EVENTS:
GKCFCA SP Rack Coach FREE COMBINE: April 23rd, Shawnee Mission South High School
SP Rack Coach FREE COMBINE: April 29th, Stryker Sports Complex, Wichita
TOP PROSPECT: May 30th, Salina (Invite Only)
SP Rack Coach FREE COMBINE: June 30th, Colorado Springs
Register at: sharp-performance.com/events
Kansas high school football players arrived en masse on March 19th to Salina Fieldhouse to attend the first event of the Sharp Performance Combine Series. For the last decade Sharp Performance has served as the leader in athletic testing and training in Kansas and 2023 will see SP expand across the state and even beyond state lines.
These testing events aren’t just for elite athletes, they are for athletes of all skill levels. Already established athletes like Field Kindley’s 1,000+ yard rusher Jeremy Colbert Jr., who impressed after recording multiple 4.4 40s and a 35-inch vertical at the March 19th event can use SP Combines to help college coaches to get a better look at overall measurables, while those just getting their start can learn how to properly execute the combine tests and establish a baseline heading into summer training.
“These events let athletes put themselves on the radar for college recruiters depending on their performance,” Sharp Performance CEO Jake Sharp said. “And also for young underclassmen, an opportunity just to get valuable combine experience where you can just learn how to execute the drills so for future years you’re comfortable and can improve your marks.”
SP Combine Series Events are scheduled for Shawnee Mission South High School, on April 23rd, Stryker Sports Complex in Wichita on April 29th, and Colorado Springs with a May date to be confirmed soon.
“Right now it looks like the KC event has the potential to see over a thousand athletes from high school to youth,” Sharp said. “We’ll have a youth camp prior to the free combine, and I think there are over 80 colleges who have RSVP’d for the Kansas City event to provide unmatched exposure opportunities.”
The youth event will give younger athletes an opportunity to develop their skills with DI athletes from KU serving as guest coaches at the KC camp, K-State players assisting in Wichita, and Colorado State players in Colorado Springs.
High school athletes can expect to get an accurate height and weight, and have their 40, pro agility, vertical, broad jump, and med ball throw tested by trainers with Sharp Performance, and then recorded and posted through Sharp Performance’s partner, Rack Coach.
“Rack services high school weight programs and provides college programs weight room management software,” Sharp said. “They help a lot of coaches and we help a lot of kids, so it was just a great partnership to be able to work with Rack.”
Rack was founded by a group of former Salina South athletes and coaches and the Overland Park based firm is one of the most successful fitness start-ups of the last decade. Salina South grad Matt Sellers, brother of current South Cougar football coach Sam Sellers, serves as CEO of the fast growing provider of cutting-edge fitness applications.
“It was almost just a no-brainer and really a Godsend the way it’s all worked together,” Sharp said. ”The idea was ‘Let's come together and leverage both of our systems to put together an event that can do the most good for the largest number of kids and coaches.’”
The Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association is also playing a lead role in the combine at SM South, offering a Parent Fair to help explain the recruiting process to parents of prospective college athletes. For more information, follow @The_GKCFCA on Twitter.
With the collaboration between Rack, the GKCFCA, and Sharp, athletes are given access to a platform linking their abilities directly to the eyes of college recruiters searching for prospects on the rise and helping parents simplify the process.
"I don’t think there's going to be anything like it in the central Midwest as far as what we’re going to be able to put together for these kids from an exposure standpoint, just with the amount of college coaches that are involved. We’re looking forward to seeing a lot of great athletes at these events.”
To register, or for more details, visit www.sharp-performance.com.