Bailey hopes to help local football players connect with college programs


The Rockford area has produced several football players who are now playing at the college level, but many local football players get overlooked by college recruiters.  Tim Bailey is hoping to change that.

Bailey is a former Boylan football standout who also played at Grand Valley State and in the Arena Football League. He’s now the manager of Mercyhealth Top Performers at Mercyhealth Sportscore Two in Loves Park.

“The reason why I’m putting this on is there are a lot of kids in this area that I feel deserve a chance,” says Bailey. “Rockford has been considered not a good football town to recruit which I don’t agree with.”

What he’s putting on is a football combine open to any football player who will be in high school next fall. It’s for football players who could wind up playing at any level of the college game from Junior College to NAIA to all three divisions of the NCAA.

There are football combines thorughout the Midwest every year, but many Rockford youngsters don’t have the means to travel to them. This one will be in their own backyard. It will be held the final Saturday in May, May 25th at the spacious indoor Sportscore Two facility. Bailey is bringing in some top notch peope to run the combine.

“One in particular Clint Cosgrove,” says Bailey. Clint is a national midwest recruiter for National Preps. “Clint’s a guy well-know throughout the country. The firm that he works for National Preps, they have over 250 schools that they actually work closely with.”

College coaches and recruiters subscribe to receive the data that National Preps and other recruiting services compile at these combines.

“Another guy by the name of Ken Rodgers who’s based out of Chicago, he’s got a great firm. He’ll be in attendance,” says Bailey.

Football players at the combine will be put through standard tests that measure speed, power and jumping ability. To make sure the measurements are accurate Bailey is bringing in a company from Portland called Zybek Sports to handle the testing.

“They actually do the testing for the NFL Combine,” says Bailey. “After the testing is completed the kids will break into position groups. I’ve decided to add the skill component because I think it’s very valuable to the athlete and coaches they want to see kids constantly moving.” “Who knows? The sky is the limit if you go to a combine and you shine you never know the opportunity that may knocks and you’ve just got to be ready when it knocks.”

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