San Marcos Rattlers junior defensive back Prudy Calderon and offensive lineman Alex Costilla participated in the 2017 US Army All-American national combine on Friday.
The combine invites a select group of the top underclassmen from across the country to compete and showcase their skills in front of scouts.
The National Combine focuses on measuring speed, strength, quickness, and football skill, while also providing educational seminars touching on the recruiting process, speed and strength improvement, and leadership. Held annually in association with the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the National Combine is the first opportunity for the nation’s top underclassmen to demonstrate their physical talent and compete against one another before high school and college football’s top scouting organizations, including 247Sports, as well as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee.
The players arrived in San Antonio on Thursday, when they were informed about Friday’s activities, and on Saturday they finished off the three-day event by attending the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Calderon and Costilla were both all-district selections, an they were both recently named to the Austin American-Stateman’s 2016 All-Central Texas football team.
Both players were important to the Rattlers’ success in 2016, as they made their second consecutive playoff appearance. Entering their senior campaign, they’ll look to continue that trend. Calderon spent time on defense, special teams and offense last season, but he could see more time on offense this year behind center, where his longtime teammate Costilla will be protecting him.
“It’s beyond amazing. Prudencio and I go way back. We’ve grown up together and we have always played on the same football team,” Costilla said. “It’s actually quite shocking to see where we started from the CFPO days to the middle school days to the high school games and now being able to share this All-American football experience with him. There is nothing better than that.”
While the pair have faced stiff competition in two different districts starting for the Rattlers the last two seasons, getting a chance to measure themselves against some of the nation’s best seemed to be what they looked forward to the most as part of the experience.
“I’m really looking forward to the 1-on-1 competitions,” Costilla said. :I’m really excited to see where I stand and how I will do against the top defensive linemen in the nation.”
“I always look forward to see the competition and gauge where I believe I’m at skill wise,” Calderon told Texas Redzone Report.
Photo/video courtesy of Nick Vargas and Rosina Rodriguez.