"Sure, it's great for me and the recruiting service," said Steve Robertson of Scout.com, "but first and foremost it gives high school football players who can travel to Tupelo that weekend a chance to help prove they belong on a college team somewhere."
Position players like lineman, and skill positions, on both offense and defense will be tested on day-one of the combine. New to this year's event, place-kickers and punters are invited and will be evaluated as well on days one and two of the combine. Former Mississippi State kicker Brian Hazlewood, and former Ole Miss punter Jim Miller who earned a Super Bowl ring with the San Francisco 49'ers will be present at the combine on both Saturday and Sunday to offer basic drill instruction to kickers and punters, as well as offer evaluation to participants and to Scout.com.
"The last two years we've had 150 to 175 lineman and skill players, "said Robertson, "and we will have the same combine for all those positions this year. We felt like kickers and punters needed to be included because they're a part of the game and we need their information as well."
Volunteers and coaches will staff the event at Tupelo High School's football facility, and will be joined by former Mississippi State offensive lineman Paul Mooney (MSU, '95-'99), and former Ole Miss lineman Doug Buckles ('99-'03), as well as several other former Ole Miss and Mississippi State players.
All participants must pre-register prior to on-site registration at 9 a.m. on May 29 at Tupelo High School. To pre-register players must contact Steve Robertson via email at email@example.com.
There is no cost to attend the event.