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Top football prospects wanted for combine

Sayville's John Haggart (27) completes a touchdown run

Sayville's John Haggart (27) completes a touchdown run in the first half. (Nov. 27, 2011) Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

It's the high school football version of a talent show. Call it Long Island Idol.

Blue Chip Prospects, a national organization, in conjunction with the Suffolk County Football Coaches Association, will stage the 2012 High School Football Combine on Sunday on the turf football field at Sachem North. The first session is at 9 a.m.; the second session begins at 1:30 p.m.

"It's really more of a showcase than a combine," said Hans Wiederkehr, president of the SCFCA. "This is our 10th year. It's a lot of fun. You hang out with the coaches, who run it, and get to see the best prospects for next year. But mostly, it's about promoting the kids."

Top prospects who will graduate in 2013-15 from Nassau and Suffolk are invited to the event, designed for players interested in playing college football. The combine tests strength, speed and athletic ability in the 40-yard dash, 185-pound bench press, vertical jump, standing broad jump and 20-yard shuttle.

The top 80 performers will receive an invitation to compete at the N.Y. State Elite Combine representing the state's top 250 players at Syracuse in June. For the first time, the top two finishers at the Long Island event will be invited to the U.S. Army Combine in January. "Sometimes a kid who was under the radar does well at this and gets noticed," Wiederkehr said. "Everything is filmed so a college coach can see how the kid looked."

Running back/linebacker John Haggart of Sayville, a rising senior who finished first among more than 900 athletes at a Nike Combine last Saturday on Randalls Island, will be among the players showcased Sunday.

To register, visit www.bluechipprospects.com or call 631-676-2530.

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