“IF YOU CAN BELIEVE IT, THE MIND CAN ACHIEVE IT.”
California Showcase Sparkles Again
- Updated: February 29, 2016
IRVINE— On a sun-splashed Saturday in late February nearly 1,000 people gathered for the largest one-day college recruiting event for high school football players in the West Coast.
A record 604 high school football players attended the fourth annual California Showcase at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine on Feb. 20.
“It was by far the biggest turnout we’ve ever had and by far the best Showcase we’ve ever had,” said Terry Donahue, the former UCLA Head Coach who is the director of the Showcase. “We also had a record number of colleges on hand to look at these kids and, hopefully, offer them opportunities to play college football.”
There were 59 colleges represented, 50 four-year schools and nine junior colleges. Donahue and his staff assembled some 75 coaches to put the players through various drills. The coaches were former players and coaches. There were also over 100 volunteers to assist in the large undertaking.
The Showcase is intended for high school seniors to display their skills to Division II, Division III and NAIA football programs throughout the country.
Following the morning workouts, each school set up an information table in a large tent that served as a “Recruiting Fair.” It was there where coaches could offer players financial aid packages to attend their respective colleges.
“And we had a very strong group of athletes this year,” said Donahue. “It looked like many of these players could easily play at that level.”
In the first three years of the Showcase, 345 students made college rosters and received financial aid of over $8 million.
“Each year we get a little better from an organizational standpoint,” said Donahue. “The continued support from our sponsors, the enthusiasm from out volunteers and the hard-work from our staff of coaches all makes it run smoother each year.”
The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation, presenters of the annual Lott IMPACT Trophy, is proud to be a sponsor for the California Showcase for the fourth consecutive year.