Football players in grades eight through 12 will get the opportunity to test their skill levels in the first Emerald Coast Football Combine, scheduled for March 8 at Morgan Sports Complex in Destin.



Players will be tested and evaluated in more than 20 drills that are also used in the NFL Combine with the purpose to help local football players get noticed by college coaches.



"I get a lot of calls from parents who want to know what can they do to help get their son noticed by college coaches, and I have thought for some time that a local football combine would help that situation," said event organizer Scott McKinney of Gameday Sports Media and Events. "The primary purpose of this combine is to help local football players get seen by college coaches and create scholarship opportunities for them. Too many of our kids are never given a chance simply because college coaches may not know about them."



The combine is open to eighth graders all the way up to unsigned high school seniors. Individual results will be provided to each participant following the event, and will also be sent to more than 500 four-year and two-year college coaches. Participants will also receive individual instruction and also an official combine tee-shirt.



McKinney has worked in and around college athletics for more than 25 years and has close relationships with many college football coaches. His company also recently hosted the successful Destin Holiday Classic high school girls' basketball tournament.



The football combine is open to players of all skill levels and positions.



McKinney noted that the combine has limited space availability but hopes to accommodate all interested participants. The combine is also seeking any local high school and junior high coaches who wish to assist with the event. 



For combine information, contact McKinney at 850-240-0693 or email gamedaysportsmedia@gmail.com.