MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Shelby County Schools and Liberty Bowl leaders are working together to give student-athletes in the Memphis area an opportunity to pursue college football.
For the last 19 years student-athletes in the Memphis area have participated in the Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game, but since that is not happening this year due to COVID-19 SCS and the Liberty Bowl came up with a new plan to get the kids some exposure.
AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Shelby County Schools have partnered up to co-host a High School Football Showcase for student-athletes in the Memphis/Shelby County area.
“In these uncertain times without traditional competition, we want to make sure that our student-athletes have every opportunity,” said Dr. Joris Ray, SCS Superintendent.
The NFL-style combine will take place Nov. 13 and 14 at the Liberty Bowl.
It’s open for all junior and senior SCS football players and senior athletes in the area’s municipal and private districts.
Steve Ehrhart with the Liberty Bowl says because the Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game isn’t happening this is the next best thing to offer students.
“Every kid will have a video made for him to take with him. Five minutes of his testing you know, his running the 40′s, his strength, the agility and size, and weight, which is what the colleges need to see these kids that haven’t had a chance to be seen,” said Ehrhart.
Cedric Miller, head coach for Memphis Academy of Health Sciences says this is a great opportunity for students.
Miller says he’s already talked with his athletes about the opportunity.
“Yes, yes, some of them do seem excited, and some of them see it as an opportunity to get out there and showcase their skill set, ability to play the game of football,” said Miller.
Thomas McDaniel, head coach for Christian Brothers High School also thinks it’s a great idea, but says his players won’t be able to participate due to game scheduling.
“Us, we’re fortunate enough that we’re going to be playing so it probably won’t happen, but again our guys have been fortunate to have film,” said McDaniel.
There’s no fee for students interested in participating.
Ehrhart also mentioned how most of these combines come with big fees and he hopes to see students from all 54 schools in the area participate.