Combs signs with Drury fishing team

Combs follows fishing passion to college scholarship

There was no grand plan in mind when Dalton Combs’ dad put a fishing rod and reel in his hand a decade ago. He had no idea some day that pastime would guide his son to Drury University on a bass fishing scholarship.

“My dad never thought this is what it would be,” Combs, now a senior at Ozark High School, said. “He never thought, ‘I’m going to get him into fishing and he’s going to go to college for it.’ It was just something fun we had going on and now, look where we’re at. It’s exciting.”

Combs finalized his commitment to fish for Drury Feb. 7, making him the first angler in the history of the five-year program to sign with a college team.

“I started fishing when I was probably 8 and grew up fishing. Now it’s a passion, but also something I’m very competitive at,” Combs said. “I want to win everything I can.”

He’s done plenty of winning in his time at Ozark, including a spot on the 2017 Bassmaster High School All-American team.

“In his first year with the team he was crowned state champion,” Ozark coach Jeremy Sisco said. “Over the course of his four years he was state champion, Angler of the Year for the state of Missouri, a two-time all-state member and a one-time member of the (all-America) team.”

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