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MSR Developmental Combines – Why


The MSR Developmental Combines are set for March 19 at the new Bo Jackson Complex in Hilliard (suburb) of Columbus and for March 26 at the Kingdom Center near Franklin, just south of Dayton.

Last year’s total attendance for both combines was the best that we have had in five years. At Columbus, the number was in the 180’s.

Last year I received and email from a parent who asked me about the MSR combines. Then he went on tell me that he had defended me to the football recruiting guy, Mark Porter. Now I do not follow him and do not visit his sight, but apparently, on twitter, he is still giving his opinions on areas of recruiting.

I know Mark Porter, but I am not familiar with his expertise. But, most recently, he called football combines and camps a scam. OUCH. I am going to the Cleveland Browns High School Showcase. I have been to the NIKE combines. I have been to the Best of the Midwest. I can not speak on those camps, but I can speak on mine. A scam? Ouch!

The Ohio High School Football Coaches Association endorses everything I do. I attend the regional directors meetings and ad my two sense, Back in the “Big 33” days, I sat with the head coach of the Ohio team and discussed the players, before the coaching staff met and the  team was selected.

Oh my! What I do for Ohio high school football players is anything but a scam. Trust me, one does not work with Ohio high school football coaches for over 25 years and operate scams. One of the reasons that I have survived in  scouting/evaluation  is because college coaches and high school coaches trust me. A scam? Ouch.

The idea of developmental combines came to me, after watching campers at Ohio State fail miserably in the 5/10/5 or pro shuttle. The GA running the test took no time to explain how to do the test. No time. Being a kid’s guy, I decided then to begin combine testing to help develop a prospect’s skill.

The first combine was on a corner of Dublin Coffman’s football field. Actually, it was during the State 7on7 Competition. Seems like we had 65 so prospects. It has grown since then.

We charge $40 day of and $35 pre-register. That price has never changed. I talked to seven different high school coaches about what I should charge. One coach from a City League school in Columbus said, “40 dollars.” Why? “A dad will give his son two 20’s and be on his way.” That price will never change. A scam??

We have no top point getter award – no most valuable player award – no qualifier for bigger combines. Still use the word  “developmental” not the Best of Ohio, not the All-Ohio, not Super 100, or anything like those. Simply the MSR Developmental Combine, because my goal is to make a prospect better.

My goals for the MSR Combines are four.

1) Educate – Every college camp that players go to this summer, at some time will run the same test as we do. For example, Ohio State used to do the power ball to look for explosion. Knowing how to perform each test will put less stress on the camper. NIKE does them. The NFL does them at Pro Day and at the NFL Combine. Learn at early age and practice them.

2. Get better – Self explanatory. Whether  a Power-Lifting Contest, a 7on7, a D2 Camp at Ashland, players should always use the chance to get better. Do not spend a lot of money, but if there is a chance to get better, go for it. Speed camps are out there. Private OL/DL camps are out there. QB Camps are out there. Best of the Midwest, although not everybody is the best,  is a chance to get better.

3, Compete – Anytime a player has a chance  to compete, he should do it.(Reasonable cost). See where a player rates with other players. Push to be the best. Maybe sounds silly, but as a player competes,  he should make new friends. Anytime, whether in shorts or pads, learn to compete. Finish drills. Push yourself. Compete. A scam ?

4. Get noticed. Colleges get a list of players and results. When some players do really well, I do a brief report on that player. Important. Colleges also know that what I say is the truth, including height/weight. No, this is not NIKE or Under Armour or NUC . BUT a player will get noticed after an MSR Developmental Combine and college coaches know that the facts are real.

Hopefully, after all of these years, I do not have sell my brand. Hopefully, I do not have to have parents defending me. Hopefully, parents do not believe everything that someone on twitter puts out there. Hopefully, people realize that kids are more important to me than ego, money, or my brand. A scam?

Honestly, if parents do not want to send their son to a McCallister directed event, do not send them. Not a problem with me. I learned a long time ago, and I tell college football recruits this all of the time.  Worry about what you can control.

I can not control whether a player comes to my MSR Developmental combine. I can not control what the recruiting experts say. A scam. Ouch!

But I can control the quality of teaching and coaching a player gets. I can control the overall smoothness of the event. I can control the results and comments to colleges.

Just like in every situation. There are good ones and bad ones. Even though a person uses twitter and has a ton of expertise, not every camp or combine is a scam. Ouch.







  1. Scott

    February 17, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    I’m glad to see that you weighed in on this. I agree that some of these combines and camps are probably scams but I certainly don’t include yours among them. When my son attended your combine in spring of his Freshman year it was a valuable experience for him. He attended two FBS school camps the following summer and was much more comfortable performing there because of the experience that he had at your combine and at your Underclassman Showcase Camp that May. In the football season that followed, he was offered by both of those schools whose camps he attended and I give your programs credit for boosting his confidence in attending those camps where the foundation for his offers was laid. Thanks again for all that you do for high school football players in Ohio. There are number of camps and combines that probably deserve the criticism that Mark Porter shares but if the camp or combine name has MSR included in it, that criticism does NOT apply!


  2. Paul Craycraft

    February 21, 2017 at 10:26 am

    I have not witnessed an MSR Camp so I will not comment on that. However, I can tell you that John McCallister had a hand to some degree in promoting my son to college coaches and never took a dime from me. The result of that and alot of hard work by my son and his high school coach resulted in a scholarship. I have followed Mark Porter for several years and I get his intended point with regard to large recruiting sites. I think he may wrong this time. John was honest with me all along. MSR is not a scam. PERIOD.


  3. Ron

    February 22, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    I do understand Mark’s points. There are a lot of scams out there. I disagree with him on combines though especially early on in a young man’s football career. I think you should be able to evaluate yourself against your own peers at least once. I certainly don’t see that killing your chances at a college scholarship if you run a bad 40. It builds confidence in a young man to put himself out there. I feel its also a good learning experience.

    We have been to this camp – MSR, twice as a upcoming junior and upcoming senior. My son certainly enjoyed himself. I thought it was a great experience. Mr. McAllister seems like a wonderful man too . He runs a great camp. I encourage any young man and his parents to attend.

    On some criticism though, there could be a better line of communication after the camp though. I could not get in contact with Mr. McAllister after the camp was done on something that was said to my son by him. That was a little disheartening.


    • John McCallister

      February 23, 2017 at 10:17 am

      Thanks for the nice comments about what I do with kids. More concerned about the communication thing. Not being approachable or not returning an email is not normally me. I do not remember this situation, and please send me an email or text. I will say if there is just a bit of entitlement or sarcasm, I will only respond once. Again thank you for your interest and please contact me.


      • Ron

        February 23, 2017 at 5:24 pm

        I just sent you an email. No sarcasm or entitlement, probably just a missed email thru this site. Just a concern I had, I’m an honest guy.


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