High school football player Josh Lorimer couldn't help but be a little nervous when he walked into the Don Hutson Center in Green Bay, Wis., earlier this month.
The junior from Christian Heritage School found himself surrounded by 150 top high school football recruits from Wisconsin, Illinois, upper Michigan, Minnesota and Colorado.
They arrived May 14 at the 112,400-square-foot-cent--er, which is next to historic Lambeau Field, for the Bellin Elite Midwest Football Combine.
"This was the first combine I've ever attended," Lorimer said. "I was pretty nervous at first, but then I realized that I was just as good as the other players around me."
For Lorimer and the other 149 players, the combine offered an opportunity to impress college football coaches and recruiters from all levels.
By the time the players had wrapped up a morning session, Lorimer was starting to feel more comfortable.
It didn't hurt hat he had tied another player in posting the fastest time for a quarterback in the 40-yard dash at 4.84 seconds and had shown well in the broad jump and the three-cone drill.
Lorimer's confidence continued to grow in the afternoon, when he kept pace with the 11 other quarterbacks who had taken part in the throwing drills.
The Bellin Elite Football Combine is for elite high school football players. It is modeled after the NFL combine.
The idea is that players will be exposed to a large number of colleges during the process.
Lorimer, who has earned interest from several Division 2 schools, is hoping his performance from the combine will draw the attention of several Division 1 schools as he heads into his final season of high school football.
Lorimer was selected for the camp based on academics and recommendations from a former coach, college scouts and his high school principal.
Lorimer said that he isn't interested in playing for a specific college program but that he wants to extend his football career past high school.
"I just want to go to play for a program at a college that will help me with my education," Lorimer said.
Thanks to the combine, Lorimer's chances of getting to college increased greatly. The combine exposes players to 600 college football programs across the country.
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