By Critt Johnson
With much anticipation for this upcoming football season from the hiring of former Ocean Lakes coach Chris Scott and the new transfers that are highly recruited by college coaches, a “pro day,” on May 4 will be held. This will be an opportunity for colleges to come and watch Bishop Sullivan football student athletes to showcase their talents and for recruiters to evaluate their skills.
Generally “pro days,” also known as combines, are held by colleges for certain players that have a chance to get drafted or signed by a team in the National Football League (NFL) and weren’t invited to the NFL Combine which is held in Indianapolis annually leading up to the NFL draft. A “pro day” consists of drills to showcase the players talents and timed drills the NFL scouts want to see, such as 40 yard dash, L-drill, 20 yard shuttle and more. The Bishop Sullivan day will be similar.
“Coaches will come in and get a roster of information with bio of each athlete. Each coach will also receive a transcript of the athlete. Then our coaches will warm up players, and afterwards athletes will go through speed and agility drills such as the L-drill, shuttle, and box drills in stations. Then we will transition into individual position drills then one-on-ones and possibly seven-on-seven then the camp is over. The whole day will be recorded on video and made into a video and sent out on Hudl,” said Head Coach Chris Scott.
It is essential to get as much exposure to other colleges/ college coaches so that they know who you are and can get on their radar. For some athletes, it is too costly to go to the camps the colleges hold on their campus and therefore won’t get the exposure they need to possibly get a scholarship to play at the next level. High schools have now started holding their own camps/combines to allow their athletes to get the exposure they need.
With the anticipation of 50 athletes and upwards of 70 college coaches ranging from Division I to Division III, the “pro day” is expected to be a big event.
Many athletes here at Bishop Sullivan and others who will be transferring over to here next year from various schools, have been working out and training three times a week at Bishop Sullivan after school with the new coaching staff that has recently been assembled.
“Everyday at workouts we are running through drills what we will be doing at the “pro day” and after workouts we work on technique for one-on-ones,” said Ocean Lakes junior Noah Knapp, who will be transferring to Bishop Sullivan for his senior year.
This “pro day” will bring much attention nationally to Bishop Sullivan and provide good exposure to its student-athletes.