South Tahoe’s Ritter shines at Los Angeles Nike Football Combine
PARAMOUNT, Calif. — Against some of the top high school football players in the West, Quinn Ritter delivered a standout performance. The South Tahoe junior produced a SPARQ score of 81.66 at the Los Angeles Nike Football Combine on Feb. 22 at Paramount High, placing in the top four percent of an event that featured more than 1,700 athletes
“I really didn’t know what to expect, I just gave my best,” the Vikings running back/defensive back said. “I was pretty excited about it — there are a lot of good athletes down there.”
Ritter’s overall score of 81.66 put him in 66th place at the Los Angeles combine, which featured football players from California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Washington, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas. His score also placed him in the 93rd percentile nationwide — the February event was one of six regional Nike Football combines held throughout the nation.
“There were a lot of kids from big-name schools and they were looking pretty good too — I came up strong,” Ritter said. “I just tried to put myself out there and I just did my best.
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“Fear is the biggest game changer — you can’t be scared of the competition, you just have to go out there and think about what you’re doing instead of everyone else’s times and scores.”
The four events tested at the combine were the 40-yard dash, agility shuttle run, power ball toss and vertical jump. In Los Angeles, Ritter ran the 40-yard dash in 4.93 seconds, completed the shuttle run in 4.35 seconds, tossed the medicine ball 36.5 feet and had a vertical jump of 34.8 inches — those results were entered into a formula that produced his SPARQ score.
“It surprised me a little bit,” Ritter said of his vertical jump. “It was more than the last one I took.”
Ritter’s performance at the Los Angeles combine earned him a spot in the invitation-only Oakland combine on May 17. Training daily as part of the South Tahoe track team, Ritter expects to produce better numbers in the Bay Area.
“From the first combine to then, I’m going to be faster and stronger,” Ritter said.
In advance of his senior season at South Tahoe, Ritter is participating in the Nike Football combines in order to gain exposure necessary to play college football. In Los Angeles last month, he took a good first step.
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