High-SchoolFootball: Nike Football SPARQ Combines

Players use camps to earn scholarships

January, 10, 2012
Pio VatuveiTom Hauck for ESPN.comAfter attending last year's Nike Football SPARQ Combine in Oakland, Patterson (Calif.) defensive tackle Pio Vatuvei landed an offer from USC and committed to the Trojans.
This story originally appeared in the Winter 2012 issue of ESPNHS magazine.

Heading into last spring, Dwayne Hoilett was an afterthought on the recruiting trail.

Florida International had expressed some interest. Texas A&M and Texas Tech had sent a few letters. But that was it.

Then he went to the Miami Nike Football Training Camp.

Competing against some of the best players in the Southeast, Hoilett took his game to another level. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end showed outstanding speed, strength and pass-rushing abilities, and he walked away with D-line MVP honors.

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Nike Football SPARQ Combine registration open

December, 12, 2011

Last spring more than 14,000 of the nation's top prospects were tested and rated. The 2012 tour, the ninth year of the Nike combines, will once again showcase talent from all corners of the country. Click here to register for a combine near you.

Nike Football SPARQ combines are free of charge and open to Class of 2013 graduates and top underclassmen high school football players looking to showcase their ability. Alumni of the combines include NFL stars Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals), Andre Johnson (Houston Texans), Clay Matthews (Green Bay Packers) and Haloti Ngata (Baltimore Ravens) as well as thousands who have gone on to play Division I college football.

Nike Football SPARQ Combines are one way to qualify for the second annual "The Opening" presented by Nike Football, to be held in early July at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. This competition includes the third annual SPARQ Rating National Championship. Attending one of the Nike SPARQ Combines gives each athlete the opportunity to get professionally SPARQ tested. SPARQ stands for speed, power, agility, reaction and quickness. The rating comes from a series of sport-specific tests and gives athletes a chance to see their strengths and weaknesses. Athletes have a chance to measure themselves against other players in their class.

Keep up with all the latest updates on the NFSC homepage.