Some of the best high school football players in the southwest will converge in Farmington as Navajo Prep will host the National Underclassmen Combines and Camps on March 3.

The camp will provided athletes in San Juan County a chance at getting viewed on a national stage, said Rod Denetso, Navajo Prep head football coach.

"I think one thing it will do is allow us to expose kids from not just our school, but the whole area," Denetso said. "We have a lot of good players in Aztec, Farmington, Bloomfield — just everywhere. I think those kids deserve a chance to be recognized."

Four kids from the Eagles football team — Mika Mauga, Tyler Sorensen, Izaac Eredia and Aaron Arthur — will be participating in the camp, Denetso said.

"Mika Mauga participated last year and was named the MVP of the defensive backs," Denetso said. "That gave him the chance to go compete at a camp in California with other MVPs."

Prep was selected over several 5A schools in New Mexico as the host of the event.

"We put in a bid a couple of months ago to draw interest," Denetso said. "We beat out Rio Rancho and Cleveland for the combine among other."

After winning the District 1-2A football title last season, Denetso is hopeful having the combine on campus will draw more interest in the school's football program.

"We're definitely on an uptick," he said. "We hope this exposure will continue our rise.


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The combine is for the top 9th, 10th and 11th grade football players in the Southwest Region with players from Utah, Arizona and Colorado expected to join New Mexico athletes.

The camp is unique from others in the athletes will only compete against other athletes in their own grade level.

The players go through athletic tests including the 40-yard dash, shuttle run, vertical jump, broad jump and bench press.

After the athletic tests, the players are split up by position and put through drills that show the players' skill level at their position.

The results are sent to every college football team in the US and are used by coaches and national media outlets like ESPN, Rivals.com and Scout.com to rank players.

Over 3,000 athletes who have gone through the combine have earned scholarships, according to a press release from Navajo Prep.

Anyone interested in registering for the camp or wanting more information can visit www.nationalunderclassmen.com.

"We are really excited about this," Denetso said. "Like some of our executives said it will give Navajo Prep a chance to toot its own horns.'"