17 year old Hinsdale Central Linebacker, Andrew Pyle, is one of only 300 athletes across the country to be invited to the Junior Rank Sports Semper Fidelis Proving Ground Combine in Phoenix, Arizona this January.
Pyle, a 6’2″, 198 pound varsity starter for the Red Devils for the past two years, captured the attention of Proving Ground Scouts with his speed and tackling ability.
“Andrew embodies what we are looking for in athletes on and off the field,” said Junior Rank Sports CEO, Shaon Berry. “He’s an excellent student who earned Academic All State recognition this year as well as a leader in the community serving as the Treasurer on the Board of the Hinsdale Hospital Junior Auxiliary and, not only can run a 4.6 second 40 yard dash, but sticks to his position and makes game winning tackles.”
The Proving Ground National Combine will be at Chase Field, home to the Arizona Diamondbacks jerseys, in Phoenix, Arizona on January 2nd. In addition to the combine, Junior Rank Sports will also host the Junior Academic All American Game for the nation’s top 12 and 13 year olds and the High School All American Game on the 3rd where Five Star athletes will not only showcase their talent but commit to the college of their choice on national television via the CBS Sports Network.
Pyle, who led the Red Devils in tackles, was named Defensive Player of the Year and selected for the West Suburban Conference All Conference Team, looks forward to his trip to Phoenix.
“It’s really an honor to be selected for the combine,” Pyle said. “I’m looking forward to competing with some of the best high school football players in the country and taking my game to the next level. Playing college football has long been a dream of mine and I’m working hard to make it a reality.”
Hinsdale Central Head Football Coach, Richard Tarka, who has been coaching high school football for 25 years, isn’t at all surprised that Pyle is headed to Phoenix.
“Andrew was our Defensive cheap baseball jerseys Player of the year as a junior because he led our team in tackles and has a motor that is always on,” Tarka said. “He has the speed and hustle that you need in a linebacker. He works hard and makes plays he’s a game changer. He’s a competitor who loves to play to win to be the best. He’ll play at the next level because he works hard on the field and is an All State Academic Athlete off the field which only opens additional doors.”
At the Junior Rank Semper Fidelis Combine, Pyle will be evaluated by current and former NFL players and coaches as well as Tom Lemming, who the New York Times named as ‘One of the Ten Most Influential People in College Sports’.
“I look forward to putting everything out there,” Pyle said. ‘I know success is a product of hard work. I like to compete I like to win I just want to give it my best shot.”
Pyle, also a varsity wrestler for the past two years, is currently training with Chris Korfist, owner of the Slow Guys Speed School in Burr Ridge. Korfist, who played football at Northern Illinois University and coached at Northern and Hinsdale Central, has trained a number of All State athletes including Jack Allen (Michigan State), John Whitelaw (Yale), Alex Perkowski (University of South Dakota) and Pat Kelly (Florida).
“I’ve known Andrew for three years now and he is a workaholic in the classroom and in the gym” Korfist said. “He’s a straight A student, plays multiple sports and has tremendous speed. He’s a magnet to the football and gets the job done that’s what’s sets him apart that’s what’s going to get him to the next level.”