A Look Back At Some Of The Best Performances At The NFL Combine

Posted: October 25, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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With the Bring It On Sports Talent Identification NSW Combine just finished, we thought we should take a look at  some of the best performances in the NFL Combine.

10. Matt Jones – 2005

Matt Jones was a 6’6″ 237-pound quarterback for Arkansas that nobody thought would be selected in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft. However, after the guy ran a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash, turned in 39.5″ verticle, and stuck a 10’10″ broad jump, the scouts salivated at his athleticism. Thus, he ended up being taken with the 21st overall pick in the first round by the Jaguars…as a wide receiver.

9. Dwight Freeney  – 2002

Some people wondered whether Dwight Freeney, at just 6’1″, was too small to play defensive end in the NFL. However, he dispelled doubts at the 2002 combine by running a 4.48 forty, doing a 37″ vertical, and 28 reps of 225 pounds. Sure, those weren’t as good as his 4.40 forty and 40″ vertical recorded at Syracuse, but they still made him one of the fastest and strongest DEs in the game. And of course, we now know him as a 7x Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion.

8. Stephan Paea – 2011

Stephan Paea was a consensus All-American defensive tackle at Oregon State, so it’s not like he was chopped liver. However, what really helped the guy get selected 53 overall was his incredible show of strength at the combine. There he turned in the second-best bench press performance of all time, doing 49 reps of 225 pounds a  4.98 40—very respectable for a guy who’s 6’1″ and 303 pounds.

7. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie  – 2008

Chris Johnson might have made this list if I extended it past the top 12. He had the best 40 time at the 2008 combine, clocking in at a ridiculous 4.24—the best time since they started measuring it electronically rather than by hand. However, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had a better overall performance in 2008. He not only had a brilliant 4.29 forty. He also did 17 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press, and a 38.5″ verticle (2nd best). That propelled him from Tennessee State to the 16th overall pick in the draft.

6. Bruce Campbell 2010

Why were Bruce Campbell’s 4.75 forty, 32″ verticle, and 34 reps of 225 pounds so impressive? Because the dude was a 6’6″ 314-pound offensive tackle, that’s why. That kind of speed for a guy of that size is pretty much unheard of, and with that showing he went from a guy who wouldn’t have gone drafted to a guy who went 106th overall and now has a solid NFL career.

5. Mike Mamula

Right now you might be thinking, “Mike Who?” The guy hardly had a legendary NFL career. In fact, he only played 5 seasons for the Eagles from 1995-2000. However, Mamula is credited as being one of the first guys to do what everyone does today: train for the specific drills at the combine. As a result, the linebacker did 28 reps of 225 pounds (20 is decent to good), had a 38″ verticle, and a 4.58 forty—which is excellent for his position. This performance bumped him to 7th overall in the draft—a position he never lived up to.

4. Darrius Heyward-Bey – 2009

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey gave one of the great combine performances back in 2009. He was first in the 40 with a 4.25, very solid in the vertical with a 38.5, good in the broad jump with a 10’6″ leap, and good in the cone drill (testing route running speed) at 6.80. The showing made him the 7th overall pick in the draft…of course, that was the same team that took Jamarcus Russell, so take that for what it’s worth.

3. Vernon Davis – 2006

Vernon Davis’s 2006 NFL Combine was ridiculous. The guy ran the 40 in 4.38 seconds, then turned in a 10’8′ broad jump, a crazy 42″ vertical, and a whopping 33 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. That’s why the tight end was the 6th overall pick of the 2006 draft.

2. Deion Sanders – 1989

Deion Sanders wasn’t going to do the 40-yard dash at the 1989 NFL combine, because apparently he didn’t think he needed to prove his speed any more. However, Gil Brandt (currently an analyst at the NFL Network) spoke to him and convinced him to participate.

It worked, and Sanders ran a hand-timed (and thus unofficial 4.2 forty…then kept running right off the field, down the tunnel, and either (a) into the locker room or (b) into a stretch limo. (There are multiple versions of this story, which is always the case when talking about a legend.)
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1. Bo Jackson – 1986

Bo Jackson is without a doubt one of the greatest athletes of all-time. At the 1986 NFL Combine, the 1985 Heisman winner ran the best 40 of all-time: 4.12 seconds. Sure, it was hand-timed, but that’s still the stuff legends are made of.


NCAA Recruiting Calendar Explained

Posted: October 24, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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NCAA Football: NCAA-Press Conference

In an effort to regulate recruiting, college coaches must adhere to the NCAA recruiting calendar for their respective sport. In all, there are four different periods that affect recruiting: Contact, Evaluation, Quiet and Dead periods.

Contact Period

The contact period (in most cases there are multiple depending on the sport) is when coaches may make unlimited phone calls to prospective student-athletes. They may also make in-person contact on campus and off-campus. During contact periods, coaches will often visit the homes or high schools of prospective student-athletes.

Evaluation Period

During an evaluation period, a college coach is restricted to simple observing of a prospective student-athlete. In-person contact is not permitted at off-campus locations. Telephone calls during the evaluation period are limited to one call per week, per prospective student-athlete, with a week defined as Sunday through Saturday.

Quiet Period

A quiet period restricts in-person contact with prospective student-athletes. During this period, in-person contact is only permissible within the confines of the institution’s campus. Telephone calls made during the quiet period are restricted to one per week, per prospective student-athlete.

Dead Period

The dead period is often the most misunderstood recruiting period by fans and recruits. A dead period prohibits in-person contact at any location between a coach and a prospective student-athlete. However, telephone calls are still permitted at a rate of one per week, per prospective student-athlete. In addition to telephone calls, coaches are also allowed to write recruits using e-mail or printed letters. At no time is a coach allowed to text message a prospective student-athlete, regardless of whether the prospective student-athlete sends a text message to a coach.


There are many exceptions within college recruiting calendars. Two in particular surround official visits and National Signing Day. When a prospective student-athlete is making an official visit to an institution, members of that institution’s coaching staff may make unlimited telephone calls to the prospective student-athlete in the five days leading up to the official visit. Also, during the National Signing Day period for football, coaches may make unlimited telephone calls to prospective student-athletes in the 48 hours prior to 7:00am on National Signing Day and the 48 hours following 7:00am on National Signing Day. In all other sports that acknowledge National Signing Day, unlimited phone calls may be made in the 48 hours following 7:00am on the first day of a National Letter of Intent signing period.

Link To NCAA Recruiting Calendars

Aussies Abroad: Emily Allen

Posted: October 22, 2013 in Recruiting USA Scholarships
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Over the next few months as part of Bring It On Sports recruiting services, we will be highlighting Aussie players who are currently playing college football in the United States. Our goal is to double this number each year by sending the best young sports players this country has to offer to play in college on a scholarship! Enjoy this blog series… maybe someday soon we will be doing a feature on you!

Emily Allen:


Emily is a women’s basketball player currently on scholarship with the Montana State Bobcats. Emily was born in 1992 in Queensland, and attended Aquinas College where she was named the 2006 – 2007 female athlete of the year.  She was a member of the Australian Under 19 women’s team and also played 3 seasons on the Queensland state team. In 2008, she played for the All-Australian School team. She is a 6 foot forward who figures to be in the rotation for the Bobcats in the upcoming season.


  • 2006 – 2007 Aquinas College Female Athlete Of The Year
  • Member ofthe Australian U19 Women’s Basketball Team
  • 3 Time Member of the Queensland State Women’s Team

School Sports Programs: Soccer

Posted: October 21, 2013 in School Sports Programs
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Bring It On Sports teaches many activities and sports, all with the goals of physical education in mind. We thought that we should spotlight, each week, a different sport or activity that we currently offer our schools so that you could get a better idea of the skills and outcomes that we strive to provide through teaching it. This week we will focus on Soccer:



Soccer (also known as Football or Futbol) is a sport played between two teams of eleven players with a spherical ball. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries, making it the world’s most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by using any part of the body besides the arms and hands to get the football into the opposing goal.

The goalkeepers are the only players allowed to touch the ball with their hands or arms while it is in play and then only in their penalty area. Outfield players mostly use their feet to strike or pass the ball, but may use their head or torso to strike the ball instead. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins.

Skills And Objectives:

  • Kicking a Ball
  • Hand Eye Coordination
  • Agility and Body Position
  • Balance
  • Game Sense
  • Teamwork

Soccer can be adapted for different age groups by reducing the size of the playing field and the size of the goals. Number of players can be altered to suit larger or smaller class sizes.

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Bring It On Sports Recruiting Expansion

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Bring It On Sports will be expanding its recruiting services to include all major college sports that offer recruiting scholarships to potential athletes in the US. For a full list of the sports which we will now be accepting potential recruits, please check out the links below. Bring It On Sports has had great success finding scholarship opportunities for American Football players, and we wanted to take that in-depth knowledge of the recruiting and eligibility process and apply it to the rest of the potential college athletes looking for help to accomplish their goal of earning a US college athletic scholarship.

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As you can see, there are tons of great opportunities available for athletes to study and compete in sports in the US while receiving financial aid. Let Bring It On Sports help you reach your goal by booking a consultation.

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