I just wanted to drop a quick note of thanks to Kyle and his group for all the work they do on behalf of NM football. If it wasn't for Kyle, Landry probably would not have had the opportunity to compete in the Elite 11. Alot of the people who select the kids for the Elite 11 didn't want Landry to compete because they said our level of competition isn't comparable to other states. Kyle was persistent and because of his persistence they relented and accepted him into the final 11.
Landry ended up the overall accuracy leader during this camp, he was top 3 in arm strength, top 3 in the classroom (understanding defenses, how to dissect ways to beat a particular coverage ect...) I'm not saying these things to brag on Landry I'm saying these things to show that NM does have athletes who can compete on the national level, and they are in every high school in New Mexico. Landry has participated in several camps across the country and we have seen some tremendous athletes many of the rivals so called top 150, he has also played in some games against NM competition that he will tell you were equal to or better than some of this group of 150.
There are many many many NM student athletes who can compete and excel at the next level if only they could get the opportunity. One way for this to happen is to get your kids to as many of the college camps as you can, most of the college coaches that we have spoken to have told us that they will not come to NM to look at one particular athlete, when they can have their camps and hundreds of potential college athlete will attend their camp and the college coaches never have to leave home.
A lot of you say it is too expensive and I agree, but what you have to do is way the cost. The cost to attend 5-7 college camps is still cheaper than 1 semester of college. Kyle was a huge help because he kept Landry's name "exposed" and I can't tell how important that is. Most of the college coaches will tell you that they don't read rivals and scout and the other high school publications and thats true they don't but their assistant coaches and student aids do and they report what they read to the head coach, trust me on this I know. So Kyle was a giant help in keeping Landry's name on the tips of a lot of college coaches.
Landry has made his verbal commitment to the University of Oklahoma, he is a SOONER, at the time of his commitment he had 20 or so offers, since then he has added another 20-25 offers and I firmly believe that Kyle was instrumental in Landry having the number of offers that he got. He is doing a great job of promoting the student athlete's of NM.
Good luck to all our athletes this year, and remember don't let anyone tell you that you can't compete on the national level, you are as good as any of the athletes in the nation, all you have to do is dedicate yourself to that idea that you can compete. - Kevin Jones
From Matthew Ramondo's Father Pete
The Elite 100 Combine really helped our son, Matt Ramondo gain confidence in himself and his abilities as an athlete.
It brought excitement to his teammates and peers throughout the state as they watched the countdown and rankings compile in the weeks before the combine.
It motivated them to know that they would be able to compete against the best in the state and not be limited to teams in 5A .
Kyle Henderson supports athletes throughout the state and helps showcase talent. His website provides information and video clips that are viewed by coaches nationwide.
The information parents receive on how to support their athlete as they prepare themselves for eligibility and the recruiting process is most valuable.
Matt felt strongly about attending the Elite 100 Combine going into his Senior year and when Kyle invited him to come, he could not wait to participate and give words of encouragement to the younger athletes and allow them chance to ask questions and compete against him.
It gives an opportunity for players to actually meet each other and share their swag and common goals, gain mutual respect and confidence that is visible on the Grid Iron. They are no longer faceless opponents but rather athletes with lifelong bonds.
I'm a strong believer that all these videos, reports, awards and rankings from the Elite 100 Combine that surfaced on the rivals.com network and later on the web helped open doors for my son to play at the next level.
I also believe that the Elite 100 combine is a stepping stone to the Nike Combine that is by invitation as well which my son was a part of.
He is currently a red-shirt freshman for Michigan State and what a year they had under Mark Dantonio beating Georgia in a thriller triple OT.
"Outback Bowl". My son held offers from UNM, NMSU, ASU, U of A, MSU and an official verbal from UCLA.
In conclusion I would like to thank Kyle Henderson for developing an ever evolving NMPreps, featuring as a main event the Elite 100 Combine creating an intricate web of networks and information helping put our New Mexico kids on the map. - Pete Ramondo