Offensive tackle Tristan Leigh, of Robinson Secondary School, earned MVP honors at the National Combine in San Antonio on January 3.
The National Combine is an annual event held to showcase the talent and abilities of the top underclassmen in the country. Participants are run through a gambit of drills testing their speed, agility and power, amongst other things, before competing in position specific 1-on-1’s.
With college scouts watching each rep and recruiting services measuring every movement, the process is daunting for some, but Leigh chose to embrace the moment.
“I wasn't nervous. I was really excited,” said Leigh. “The last time I had competition in football was the end of the season in October -- so my overall feeling was excitement to get out there and compete.”
Sharing the platform with over 600 student athletes, Leigh was head and shoulders above his peers. Standing at 6-foot-6, 270 pounds, he used his length, strength and athleticism to dominate the competition.
“When plays start, I flip a switch and go full speed 'til the whistle blows,” said Leigh. “I like to play really physical. In football, if you’re really physical when you go at someone, 75% of the time, they won’t want to play with you anymore.”
Leigh was so impressive, the combine selection committee unanimously chose him as their overall No. 1, a distinction not lost on the Fairfax student athlete.
“I feel very blessed and thankful,” said Leigh. “I was excited when they named me MVP. I appreciate the committee for selecting me from that big group of people. I’m going to just work harder from here.”
As a 4-star student athlete, Leigh entered the weekend a highly touted recruit, holding offers from powerhouse programs such as Alabama, LSU and Penn State. As a result of his performance at the National Combine, he has picked up five additional offers, raising his total to 24, and an invite to play in next year's All-American Bowl on NBC.
“This is definitely a dream come true. This is what I’ve wanted since elementary school,” said Leigh. “Football has always been my first love. I’m excited to go through this process and figure out where I want to go.”
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