Cedartown (Ga.) running back Nick Chubb posted one of the top SPARQ scores at the Nike Combine in Atlanta. The ESPN Watch List junior spoke about his performance and recruitment with Radi Nabulsi.
ATLANTA — More than 1,700 student athletes took part Saturday in the Atlanta Nike Combine, a record for the event. Players from across the Southeast braved freezing conditions, snow flurries and significant wind chill to compete and test their athletic ability in the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle, vertical jump and power ball throw. Below are the standouts from the event, which includes several prominent recruits and some off the radar prospects for the 2014 and 2015 classes.
Jerome Baker (Cleveland/Benedictine) can’t remember what his stats were last season. He just knows they were good. Apparently, everyone else knows, too, as the sophomore earned the rare moniker of All-Ohioan as a 10th-grader. In Massillon, Ohio, for Saturday’s Nike SPARQ Combine, he proved his worth by posting a top-10 rating of 106.35. Some big schools have already taken notice, with Arizona, Duke, Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin showing interest.
It wasn’t tough pick out Parris Campbell Jr. (Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary) from the masses at the SPARQ Combine in Massillon, Ohio, on Saturday. That’s because the speedster was blazing up the turf at the Paul L. David Training Facility, posting a laser-timed 4.42 40-yard dash and 92.37 rating to give Ohio State fans something to look forward to when he arrives on campus in 2014. Not that his recruitment should be something to worry about after he committed on the spot to the Buckeyes last weekend.
It’s a good bet Ohio State coaches will be burning up cyberspace this weekend as they read all about some of the big combines that take place during President’s Day weekend. From the Core 6 Showcase on Sunday to the Best of the Midwest Combine on Monday, there will be some big names hitting camps in an effort to get noticed. It all starts Saturday in Massillon, Ohio, however, where football is considered a 365-day sport. In the shadows of a place where Paul Brown and Earle Bruce once coached the Massillon Tigers, some of the more well known athletes will file into the Paul L.
It’s time to camp. With the signing period over, the need for the Class of 2014 to get noticed becomes paramount. This weekend, three big combines take place. Saturday, the Nike SPARQ combine hits Massillon, Ohio. Sunday, the Core 6 Showcase takes center stage in Cincinnati, and on Monday, the Best of the Midwest combine hits Indianapolis. BuckeyeNation will dissect the SPARQ combine with a story on Friday. Here’s a look at what the other two combines will bring.