Top High School football prospects show their stuff at LI combine

William Floyd's Chris Faison rushes for a third-quarter William Floyd's Chris Faison rushes for a third-quarter touchdown against Sachem East in the Suffolk Division I football final at LaValle Stadium. (Nov. 25, 2012) Photo Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

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In spring a young man's fancy turns to . . . football!

For the 10th consecutive year, there will be a high-school football combine on Long Island, this one scheduled for next Sunday at Sachem North in sessions that begin at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The rain date is May 12.

The event, run by the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association in conjunction with Blue Chip Prospects, offers college scholarship hopefuls who will graduate in 2014-16 a chance to showcase their skills, get themselves on video, and see how they compare with other athletes in drills similar to what the NFL uses at its annual combine in Indianapolis.

"Every year this gets bigger and bigger," said SCFCA president Hans Weiderkehr. "It's mainly a Long Island event, for Nassau and Suffolk kids, but last year we had people from Connecticut and New Jersey."

There were 150 participants last year, including standouts John Haggart (Sayville running back), Ousmane Camara (Bay Shore linebacker) and Sam Ilario (West Islip quarterback). Weiderkehr expects more this year. Those interested must register at www.bluechipprospects.com.

The events are the 40-yard dash, vertical jump, 5-10-5 shuttle run, 3-cone agility drill and bench press. "You can make a name for yourself here," Weiderkehr said.

Among those hoping to do that next Sunday are Chris Faison (Floyd running back/linebacker), Isaiah White (Longwood running back/linebacker), Kyle Ziegler (West Islip linebacker) and Malik Pierre (Sachem North running back).

The top prospects on Long Island will receive an invitation to the New York State Elite Combine in June at Syracuse, showcasing the top 250 athletes in the state.

"It's a great time of the year to promote football," Weiderkehr said.

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