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Brandon football coach takes part in pro football combine

Posted Apr 5, 2013 by Nick Williams

Updated Apr 6, 2013 at 04:41 PM

James Grant, an assistant football coach at Brandon High, directs all training in the Tampa region for Velocity Sports Training, the largest performance training company in North America. Grant played football at Mississippi Valley and earned a degree in exercise and science from the University of Washington. He’s worked as a trainer for over 10 years, pairing with athletes from the high school level to the professional ranks.

And next month, he’ll be conducting a combine with Euro Sports Scouting, which works with over 800 international football teams.

On May 25, ESS and Velocity Sports Performance will hold a pro football combine at Larry Sanders Sports Complex in Progress Village. The players profiles will be marketed to hundreds of foreign teams, as well as CFL and Indoor Football League teams. Grant will certify all of the player’s results in the various agility, endurance and strength tests.

Grant has coached in Hillsborough County for nearly two decades, with stints at Riverview, Bloomingdale, Middleton and Hillsborough. Grant has over 100 clients in the Tampa area, which includes high school football, track and field and soccer players, pro football and baseball players and MMA fighters. He said the combine is a doorway to a better opportunity for several former standouts from Hillsborough County.

“There are a lot of semi-pro teams out here and a lot of those players have aspirations to keep playing,” he said. “If I had that opportunity and it wasn’t too late, I’d do it to broaden my horizons. It looks good on a resume.”

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