SPRINGVILLE — Springville-Griffith Institute senior football player Justin DeWitt participated in the New York State High School Football Coaches Association regional combine, in May. After his performance, he was invited to compete in the elite combine, with other players, throughout New York State. The NYSHSCA sent 250 qualifiers, in total, to the elite combine, held at East Syracuse Minoa High School on July 13. The 250 athletes came from Sections I – VI in New York state.
“It was just a great experience, playing with kids from all around the area,” Dewitt said, about the elite combine. “I made a lot of new friends, from a number of different schools that I’ve never even heard of. There were some guys there that never even heard of Springville. It was a great experience for me and it will really boost up my college resume.”
Dewitt’s best performance came in the three-cone drill, which he finished in 10th place out of the 250 participants, with a time of 7 minutes, 19 seconds. Dewitt said he is still trying to get back up to speed, after recovering from mononucleosis.
“I did a lot better than I thought I was going to do,” the athlete said, about his performance. “Being sick and all, I didn’t think I was going to be able to compete with the other players.”
As for the upcoming football season, Dewitt said he is ready to go.
“I can’t wait for the season start,” he said. “I’ve been in the gym a lot and I’ve been working with my quarterback, just try to get on the same page with some routes, to get ready for the season.”