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Area high school football players will get a chance to show off their talents at the first European Sports Combine on June 3.

The combine will provide athletes with verifiable times for the 40-yard dash, three-cone drill and 20-yard shuttle, as well as accurate marks for the vertical jump, standing broad jump and bench-press repetitions.

“When the player completes the day he will be able to compare himself to players from all across the United States,” Ansbach football coach Marcus George said.

The combine — to be held June 3 in Heidelberg, Germany — also will allow interested college coaches to evaluate Europe-based players.

“The database created by the combine will be shared with many Stateside football programs,” George said. “Each athlete will be able to use the data in creating his own personal athletic résumé.”

In addition to the physical tests, George said, the combine will include classroom sessions dealing with academic and recruiting issues. The classes will cover procedures for using the NCAA Clearinghouse, required to establish the eligibility for anyone wanting to play NCAA Division I or II football; how to put together an effective athletic résumé, and how to be recruited.

The cost of the combine is $20.

“We’ll probably do for $20 what some of those commercial recruiting services charge $1,000 for,” George said.

All players attending the combine must have an up-to-date physical and, if not accompanied by a parent, a signed power of attorney designating the sponsor of the group as responsible for the player, George said.

For information, call George during school hours at DSN 467-2808 or 2809 or civilian at +49-(0)9802-7220.

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