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PNL and EAE Combines have announced a partnership that can benefit college prospects tremendously. Participants in EAE Combines perform the 6 combine drills standard at the NFL Combine AND drills specific to the player's position. All of this is captured on video and uploaded to the player's PNL profile. Having the video of the player performing drills carries much more weight than just seeing a score on a sheet of paper- it is a method of verification. This set up is unique because it gives you three things that most combines don't:
2.) Position Drills
3.) A digital platform (PlayNextLevel.com) that allows players to promote themselves with an online "football resume page"
The significance of these advantages is that presenting yourself as a prospect is like putting pieces of a puzzle together. You need a highlight video, good grades, good test scores, etc. One of those pieces is "passing the eyeball test," as many evaluators call it. Coaches want to see what a player looks like out of football pads and in shorts. It gives them a better look at the player's body type and often the drills help them evaluate how they move. In the past, this required coaches see a player in person. The player would have to attend a camp at the college or the coach would visit the player's high school. Having the combine video, including video of the position drills, is of significant value. A high school player can email college coaches the link to his profile (which carries the EAE Combine video) and have a fairly complete package with highlight video, combine video, and other biographical information.
EAE Combines are run by Kevin Fitzgerald, a former Division I Strength and Conditioning coach. Known as "Coach Fitz," he has been responsible for running the Pro Days performed in front of NFL scouts. His combines are extremely well organized events. We've received countless thank you notes directed to Coach Fitz- here is one of many:
Hello, Coach Fitz,
I am the mom of one of the QB’s (Jack Ramey) from your Nashville event and just wanted to commend you on a well-done event. My husband played football at Southeast Missouri State and is also a positions coach, so we have attended many training and/or testing events with our son. This was, by far, the best experience we’ve had. Thank you for your professionalism, your enthusiasm and your expertise.
Many thanks and much success to you.
Mischon Ramey (Jack’s mom)
A combine that provides a chance to perform in a well organized environment, receive combine video, and have access to a profile you control through the recruiting process gives players and parents a leg up. Check EAEcombines.com for future dates and locations.