Thought to myself, boy, he looks like an athlete and he missed his whole senior year, so I gave him a call, Mynahan said. Is a game that important for a lot of reasons and I thought it was a good way for those guys who suffered through their senior year to come out here and have some fun. VINNIE PASQUALI is expected to play both ways for the East.
As president of the Maryland Football Coaches Association, Joe Russo credits athletic testing events for the increase in scholarships for high school players in the state from nine in 1989 to 63 in the most recent signing period.But between combines sponsored by shoe companies and those that haven’t always provided accurate athletic data for colleges, the process needed improvement, Russo said.”Nike Camps are there for selling shoes, and we think we can give the players more than that,” Russo said of the combine the MFCA and the National Athletic Testing System will conduct at the Ravens’ practice facility tomorrow afternoon.Those identified as the top 150 high school players in Maryland will undergo standardized tests for speed, agility and strength, while also providing academic information. Athletes at NATS events in Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey and Nevada will undergo the same tests.The results will be plugged into a nationwide database that Russo and NATS president Stephen Austin hope will be more useful to colleges and, in turn, players.”From a techical basis,” Austin said, “it makes the player information an essential thing for colleges to look at.”Russo, the athletic director at Hammond High in Columbia, said the University of Maryland’s recent football success has helped the Terrapins have used heavily local rosters to rack up three 10 win seasons since 2000 but thinks the NATS system can assist the state’s reputation for producing talent.”This is a national program and we want to improve the state of football in Maryland,” Russo said.Nike, which started its invitation only camps for basketball in the mid 1980s, also has been a leader in trying to identify the best in football. The company began its football camp in 1998, and now schedules 12 sessions during the spring.But there’s a hope that the NATS events will help high school coaches to avoid ceding control to the shoe companies, as the case has been in basketball.”They don’t want to let it get out of hand,” said former Maryland recruiting coordinator James Franklin, now with the Green Bay Packers.
REDMOND, Wash. Microsoft Corp. Chairman CEO Bill Gates is talking about an investment in the new Hollywood studio being formed by David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg, according to press reports. JH: “It’s the first piece that touches your players on a consistent basis. Our staff got here in January. We were here for a week with them before we were on the road and our strength and conditioning staff in a lot of ways know the players better than we do as on the grass coaches at this point..