Childress Sports partners with Lake Michigan Football Report to enhance football recruiting


UP NEXT: The Lake Michigan Football Report will return to Northern Michigan on May 9th with its annual LMFR Football Exposure Camp. The event will kick-off under the lights at Thirlby Field in Traverse City, MI. The event will feature football combine testing, position drills, one-on-ones, college coaches, and recruiting education. High school student-athletes with the desire and potential to play at the college level are invited to register at

Calling all college football prospects from the classes of 2014, 2015, 2016! For the first time ever, the Lake Michigan Football Report will be hitting the road in search of the state’s best football players with the 2013 “Best of the Best” Football Combine Tour sponsored by Buffalo Wild Wings. The tour, slated to kick-off in Grand Rapids on July 8th, will also feature stops in Northern Michigan, Big Rapids, Muskegon, Metro Detroit, and Southwest Michigan. Players at each stop will compete in combine testing, position-specific drills, and one-on-ones — all with the opportunity to be named the “Best of the Best.”

The Lake’s expert scouting staff will be on-hand at each stop to chronicle breakout performers and top prospects for the Local media will also be involved as each stop provides an exciting community-oriented experience for players, coaches, and fans. ALL testing results will be made available to Division I, II, III & NAIA college coaches. The Lake Michigan Football Report has built strong relationships with college coaches in the MIAA, GLIAC, Missouri Valley, Ivy League, MAC, ACC, Big Ten, Big East, SEC, PAC-12, Big 12, and the University of Notre Dame!

2013 “Best of the Best” Football Combine Tour Dates:

July 8 — Grand Rapids @ GR Christian HS: Register Here!

July 9 — True North @ Cheboygan HS: Register Here!

July 10 — North Central Michigan @ Big Rapids HS: Register Here!

July 11 — Muskegon @ Oakridge HS: Register Here!

July 12 — Mid Michigan @ Ithaca HS: Register Here!

July 15 — Southwest Michigan @ Stevensville-Lakeshore HS: Register Here!

More Details To Be Announced Soon!


Each event will keep the same schedule. Registration begins at 5:00PM. Players will take the field at 6:00PM.

5:00 – 5:55 PM Player Registration

6:00 – 7:00 PM Dynamic Warm-Up & Combine Testing

7:00 – 7:20 PM Position Drills

7:20 – 7:50 PM One-on-Ones

7:50 – 8:00 PM Camp Wrap-Up



Sponsored By

Participant waiver (signed by parent/guardian if player is under 18), tennis shoes, football cleats, water/sports drink, and comfortable workout clothes. Please check your email within 48 hours of the event to download, print & sign your waiver.

Combine Cost

$65 + $3 online convenience fee.


We understand that schedule conflicts or unforeseen injuries may sometimes prevent players from attending our events after they have registered. In the event that you cannot attend, you can request that you your payment be applied to a future event should. Please email us at in order to arrange this if you are unable to attend as scheduled. Refunds will not be available.

College coaches from the following programs have attended previous Lake Michigan Football Report events (helmet images appear courtesy of The Helmet Project):

Adrian_MI_OLD3 Albion_MI Alma_MI Concordia_MI Ferris_St Grand_Valley_St Hillsdale Hope_MI Michigan_Tech Northern_Michigan Northwood Olivet_MI Saginaw_Valley_St Siena_Heights_MI


25 thoughts on “Childress Sports partners with Lake Michigan Football Report to enhance football recruiting

  1. I have a son that would be a perfect candidate for your camp! He is very athletic and loves the game of football. I am positive you will be impressed. See you in July!

  2. Unfortunately, my grandson will not qualify for the combine but we would love to attend as spectators. Is that allowed?

    • Nancy, thank you for reaching out! We’d love to have you all attend as spectators! Spectating is free and welcomed! Players will take the field at 9am, and begin the first testing station at 9:35am. Please let us know if you have any other questions. Thanks!

  3. hello mr. childress my son and I would like to say thank you for the opportunity to attend the camp this year this will be our first time, my son is really looking forward to showing his skills see you in july

    • We are excited to have you & your son on-board! Thank you and we look forward to seeing you both in July!

  4. I am an High School athlete, I am wondering what the bench press test will be like for a 10th grader? Is it as many reps as possible at a set weight? What is that weight?

    • Hi Kole,
      Thanks for the message. Here’s the bench press protocol:
      Sophomores (Class of 2015): Will not be tested
      Juniors & Seniors (Class of 2014, 2013): Players will choose 185 lbs or 225 lbs; players will complete as many full reps as possible.
      Please let us know if you have any other questions.
      The Team @ Childress Sports

  5. Hey Ira, so glad to see you are still doing big things….This is Trevor SMILEY….I have a son 2015 class (?Qb) I’m going to see about bringing a few others.
    Talk at ya soon…Say hey to the family…

    • Thanks, Trev! Looking forward to seeing your son & any of the other student-athletes you bring to the combine. Talk to you soon!

  6. Mr Childress, I am a coach and have a Class of 2013 player that I would like to attend. Will he be eligible to participate in May 2013?

  7. i am a 2014 high school WR/DB at flint hamady high school is it to late to apply for the combine and what schools are going to be attending?

    • Registration is open until the date of the event (May 10, 2013). You can register online now if you’d like to reserve your spot. We will have coaches from Division II, III & NAIA schools in attendance. Hope to see you there!

  8. Hey i’m coming of a injury from last season and don’t believe that i will be able to perform at a 100% for the march combine but i was wondering if the may one is the same thing ??? i’m super interested in exposing my self but i don’t want to come out in march and not preform 100% and look bad.. basically just wondering if the may one is the same thing or what it exactly is???

    • The combines are similar, but NCAA rules don’t allow college coaches to attend combines in March. College coaches are allowed to attend and will be attending the May 10th combine. Hope to see you in May. Best wishes for a complete recovery.

  9. What is the weight on the bench for freshman at the May 10th camp? Thanks for this awesome opportunity!!!

    • Hey Josh, we’re looking forward to having you at the camp! Freshmen aren’t required to do the bench press. We will have two benches set up, one at 185 lbs and one at 225 lbs. If you can’t lift either of the weights, that’s ok.

  10. We will be driving up on Friday and will sign up there. We have to wait to see if the Varsity Baseball game is cancelled due to rain before we can leave, we will maybe see you there.

    • None of the drills or tests are required. Players can participate in as many or as few drills/tests as they feel comfortable.

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