State's top high school football combine returns to action next month

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A high school football combine aimed at helping local prep athletes improve their chances of playing at the collegiate level is returning next month.

For the second straight year, former University of Hawaii defensive back Kenny Patton takes charge of the Hawaii Football Combine. Patton now oversees the event after years of participation by the Pacific Islands Athletic Islands.

"I am excited to give our student athletes the opportunity to showcase their athletic prowess, accurately measure their growth, and to compete using the exact same technology used by the NFL," Patton said.

Athletes at the combine will be tested in the 40 yard dash using electronic timing systems that are more accurate than hand timing methods, comparable to the technology that pro scouts use.

"It's important to them so that college coaches know exactly how fast they are, because that's what the game has evolved to, is speed," said Patton. "We want to show that the state of Hawaii is fast, and we belong at the next level."

This year's event is scheduled for May 20 at the Saint Louis School football field. The participation fee for student athletes is $25 and includes an Under Armour t-shirt.

The combine's previous participants include quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, now a true freshman at Alabama, and Vavae Malepeai, a redshirt freshman running back at USC.

To learn more about the Hawaii Football Combine, or to sign up, go to and click on the tab that says "sign up."

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