A field of dreams

Juco and prep combines are well known throughout the football community as a time where coaches and players can get a feel for one another in the crazy world of recruiting. Combines from coast to coast, give the best players in the country a chance to show that the hype surrounding them is truly justified. But, as we at TheBigBlueNation.com just found out, there are many stories surrounding the combines across the country that we never hear about.

Those stories involve the kids who have had no recognition, that work hard everyday, and for the first time in their lives are scrutinized in every aspect of their football ability. Kids, who could truly change their lives and be allowed to pursue their dream of playing big time Division-1 football, come to these combines to see if they can play with the big boys. This was ever so true at the recent Juco/prep combine held at the Nutter Training Facility at the University of Kentucky.

Because it was UK's first try at a combine, it's not surprising that there were some growing pains to endure. The turnout was lower than expected, but that didn't keep the combine from being a success. A small, but very determined, group of young men made what probably was their first attempt at competing against some top tier talent. With players like Philip Macklin and Mario Fernandez, and other highly touted Juco players to compete against, none of the local high school kids showed any fear in any of the trials. The kids from Bryan Station and Layfayette went through the drills and demonstrated that they had the hearts of champions.

The young kids, who didn't have the hype of Markeith Gillis or ElRazor Sharp coming into the combine, worked their butts off to make this combine a success. Some were wearing sneakers (playing, running, and cutting on grass that had been rained on the day before does not make for great footing), but they worked every bit as hard, if not harder than the kids who had "star" invariably floating over their heads.

Without these young men, the combine would not have been the same. For a day, each of them was a top-notch recruit being touted by Division-I coaches. They all had an opportunity to exhibit their skills and, perhaps one day see themselves playing in front of 70,000 screaming fans on a Saturday night in October. It was truly a field of dreams for those kids. In the minds of all associated with JCFN (Junior College Football Network) and TheBigBlueNation.com, they were all-pros. We want to thank them.

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