CFC100 Hetlinger looking to outperform all competition at CFC Prospect Game Showcase

CFC100 Eli Hetlinger is an absolute pleasure to watch play football. No superlatives, no fancy turns of phrase, just an incredible talent. Playing quarterback for Harry Ainlay High School in Edmonton, Eli put up over 2200 yards passing leading to 27 touchdowns this past season. He has an incredible ability to lead his receivers perfectly through their routes, drop touch passes into tight windows and out throw the coverage for big time touchdowns. And while he has yet to make any university visits, he is hoping that will all change after the upcoming CFC Combine in Edmonton,

“What I am hoping to gain from this combine is better testing stats than my last combine, elevate my game to another level by playing against great competition as I said before and displaying my talent to different coaches and continuing to learn by getting pointers from them on how to be better.”

While participating in the combine will no doubt make Eli an even better player, the work he has been doing in advance of the combine is staggering. Working out 5 days a week at his school gym both during the day and after school and playing on his basketball team, it makes you wonder when he even has time to rest. But when you understand Hetlinger’s mentality towards success it all makes sense,

“Going into this combine, and going into anything for that matter, I always strive to finish first in my category, group or on the winning side of a game, as I am an extremely competitive person so therefore I will put my best effort forth into every drill, testing station and completion period I can while channeling my competitiveness with a calm composure.”

And it is his calm composure in the face of adversity that I find so impressive about Eli. Playing quarterback obviously comes with tremendous pressure. And to produce the way he did at the varsity level as an 11th grader proves he can handle the pressure. What is more is that while he does not express any concern about having to perform under the pressures of the combine, he still wishes the best of luck to all his peers going into the event,

“A couple of guys I know are attending this combine… this will not affect my approach to the combine as we all understand we must put our best foot forward… However, I do wish my friends the best of luck in their showcase to the CFC staff.”

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Nonetheless, Eli is looking to outperform all competitors and expects to shine especially bright in the broad jump and shuttle drill as a product of his quick burst, which shows if you watch him play. Additionally, Hetlinger anticipates he will triumph in the team drills as well as the physical tests,

“What I believe I will perform best in over all is the competition 1 on 1 drills, skelly or game situations as that is where I’m able to show my IQ towards coverages, decision making as to where to throw the ball and most importantly my coachability in the concepts and direction they give to us.”

With Eli’s confidence, competitiveness and athleticism it will no doubt aid him in putting up an impressive day at the combine. A day that will hopefully set the tone for his final season of high school football come the fall and most likely more football beyond that.

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