Q: Are combines a waste of time? A college coach who is recruiting me told me not to go.

A: If a coach is doing this, in most cases that coach is trying to keep you a secret and under the radar! State-wide and regional combines and tournaments are great ways to get your name out there. Not just your name—but your height, weight, speed and contact info! Many players are “discovered” by college recruiters from these type of events.

Combines are a measuring stick—how do you compare, especially in verified measurements – with other players in your area or state? Combines often collect valuable contact information from prospects and sell to college coaches across the country.

There are some combines and events out there that may be a waste of time but if this is happening, most likely the coach has “discovered” you and doesn’t want other coaches to find out about you.

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