HOUSTON, TX – Hall of fame coach Terry Donahue knows something about football and recruiting since he has coached at both UCLA and in the NFL.
But on this day, it was about the 500-plus high school kids that came out to show what kind of football skills they possess.
Running the 40 yard dash, showing feats of strength on the bench with 185 pounds and demonstrating what they can do on a football field.
It’s all part of the fifth annual greater Houston Senior Football Showcase.
“This is a one-stop shop,’ explains Phil Camp. ‘I mean if you need a linebacker we got 30 of them here, if you need a running back we got 45 of them here. We had a coach that was at William Penn that said this was like a Walmart. All you have to do is go down the aisle and get what you want.”
Five years ago, 17 colleges size up some 125 kids. But the event has grown to where this event features 36 colleges, 87 college coaches and 587 kids.
These were players who were not signed on national signing day last week, but who still dream of playing football on Saturdays.
They are now trying to get a scholarship to play at smaller schools at the division two and three levels.
“You can see the good players. They stand out. I mean it’s not very hard. After a while it becomes kind of clear who the top players are,” says Donahue.
Phil camp says more than half the kids at the event should be playing college football at some level next year.
Just shows what a second chance at hard work can do.