Gulf two-way lineman Jeff Kruse has been selected for the Blue-Grey National Super Football Combine at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, on June 18.
Kruse participated in one of 36 regional Blue-Grey combines throughout the country. The 6-foot-3, 290 pound rising senior said that approximately 3% to 5% of the participants at each combine are invited to the national combine, and that he was selected based on his performance at a combine at Raymond James Stadium on May 29.
“They did all the basic combine stuff,” he said. “Plus, some one-on-one stuff and some seven-on-seven stuff.”
Kruse said he is working on travel arrangements to attend the Blue-Grey national combine in Canton. The top players at the Canton combine are invited back for a nationally-televised all-star game in January.
“I really hope everything comes together and I can go up and participate,” Kruse said. “I believe I’d be one of the top prospects there. Not to mention, it would be nice to see a wide variety of competition that you don’t normally get in Pasco County.”
Kruse has stayed active since Gulf’s 26-0 loss to Anclote last Thursday concluded spring football for the Buccaneers. The IB student with a 4.35 weighted GPA (3.8 unweighted) traveled to a combine in Miami last weekend and is hoping to visit Harvard later this month.
The Ivy League schools account for the bulk of Kruse’s recruiting attention. Harvard, Columbia, Princeton and Brown have all stayed in close contact with the line prospect, who projects as a defensive tackle and offensive guard at the next level.