ST. CHARLES – St. Charles North junior defensive back Tyler Nubin knew all eyes were on him at the National Combine at the Army All-American Bowl.
"During the one-on-one [drills], [and] walking out into the stadium, everybody knows you're a part of the Combine because that's a really big thing down there," Nubin said.
Big thing, indeed.
Nubin was invited to the Combine in October, and was among 600 of the nation's top underclassmen collegiate recruits for the three day event in San Antonio, Texas from Jan. 4-6.
The Combine presented an opportunity to compete against some upper echelon talent that he might not see as frequently locally, while also getting more exposure in the national football recruiting landscape.
"I always step up to the challenge," Nubin said on his Combine experience. "I just had to rely more on my technique other than my athletic ability that I already have."
Nubin participated in the Combine exclusively, as the Bowl game itself is reserved for seniors. The Combine consisted of workouts concerning the 40-yard dash, three-cone drills, broad jump vertical jump, and one-on-one drills.
The 6-foot-2, 183-pounder competed as a defensive back, a position that he dually plays in addition to wide receiver for St. Charles North. Nubin, who is also a forward on the varsity basketball team, missed some time due to his participation at the Combine.
Nubin joined former North Star offensive lineman, Isaac Hawn, as the two North Stars to compete at the Combine in recent years. Hawn spent the majority of his true freshman season starting at guard for the North Illinois Huskies this season.
Nubin was recognized with First-Team honors by 247 Sports, and it provided a small scouting report on Nubin, who is: "An efficient corner [who] doesn’t have a lot of wasted movement, [and] trusts his athleticism. [He] plays physically and has a great frame. High on playing in the Big Ten."
"He proved to himself and everyone else that he is an elite football player," North coach Robert Pomazak said.
Nubin reported an improvement in his broad jump, which skipped from 9-feet, four inches to nine-feet, eight inches.
Nubin posted 26 tackles, 10 passes defensed, two interceptions and two tackles-for-loss last season. Nubin also tied for a team-high 47 receptions for 702 yards and six touchdowns for the Upstate Eight champions.
It's expected Nubin will continue to play on both sides of the ball next season for the North Stars.
Nubin already has offers from Central Michigan University (Mid-American Conference), NIU (MAC) and Illinois State (Missouri Valley Conference). Nubin was also extended offers to participate in junior days at two more MAC schools in Miami (Ohio) and Toledo recently.
Nubin is also getting some Big-10 fliers, as he's been invited to Minnesota's junior day on Jan. 27 and Michigan State's, which will be known soon.