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Football: St. Charles North's Tyler Nubin seeing his star rise

St. Charles North's Tyler Nubin gets invite to 2018 National Combine

St. Charles North's Tyler Nubin (27) runs the ball during a home game against Batavia on Oct. 20. St. Charles North won the game 35-28.
St. Charles North's Tyler Nubin (27) runs the ball during a home game against Batavia on Oct. 20. St. Charles North won the game 35-28.

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles North two-way star Tyler Nubin catches plenty of attention for his athletic prowess on the field locally, but his exposure at a national level is only growing by the week.

Nubin has been invited to the 2018 National Combine at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

The 6-foot-2, 183-pound Nubin is one of 600 athletes in the nation to be invited for the prestigious combine in January in San Antonio.

“I was really surprised,” Nubin said. “When coach announced it [last week], he announced it in front of the whole team, I was really happy.”

Nubin played for the Under-16 USA Football national team, and he competed in the international game earlier this year hosted at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, home of the Dallas Cowboys. It was his first time going down for the program. Nubin was later recognized by the Army All-American committee, spawning the combine invite.

“I just want to be better coming out of that combine,” Nubin said. “At the USA Football [program], I learned a lot of things. So, at this, I’m guaranteeing I’m going to learn a lot more stuff about my technique and my craft.”

Nubin, as a defensive back, participated in the weeklong program. He worked with coaches with previous NFL experience – including former Lions and Texas star, Bryant Westbrook, who played seven seasons professionally.

Nubin, second on North with 32 catches for 528 yards and five touchdowns this season, is the second North Star football player to receive an invite to the combine in consecutive years.

Isaac Hawn, currently a starter at right guard as a true freshman for Northern Illinois, was invited in 2016.

After starting last year on varsity as a sophomore primarily as a defensive back, Nubin was named an honorable mention all-conference with five interceptions. A season later, Nubin splits time defensively and as a wideout.

North coach Robert Pomazak recognizes his value on the field.

“He’s a real elite, special player,” Pomazak said. “He is a great kid, and I’m really happy for the success he has.”

Nubin has two college football offers already from Central Michigan and Illinois State, and is an academic all-conference mention. Nubin says whatever school he picks, he really wants to play as a freshman. He continues to make visits to Big 10 schools.

Pomazak believes Nubin is a power-five conference talent.

“Tyler is a full-effort type of kid. His practice reps are always at full-speed, and he practices like it’s Friday night. I just think it’s that elite level of competition that he has...he’s really taken that and become a good leader because now he’s trying to push other people and try and go the pace he does.”

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