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Colgan HS hosts a free showcase for all PW junior football athletes
by Jim McGrath, recruit757
Now in its second year, this Wednesday’s Colgan Football Showcase in Manassas is quickly turning into one of the premier high school recruiting events for Prince William County juniors.
Its draw comes from its simplicity, as well as the player/coach access between the 11th graders of Prince William and college coaches. And with yesterday’s addition of Emory and Henry as a participating school, there will be 30 college teams sending coaches, representing every classification and almost every state between Virginia and Maine.
It’s an opportunity that few schools can pass up for their players.
“Everybody comes to us. The whole county is involved,” said Colgan coach Steve Baudendistel. “Every school but one sent players last year and we expect the same this time. It’s a chance to see all the kids in one night.”
He knows that the concept is working, simply based on the feedback.
“We have had college coaches tell me that they wish other counties did something like this.”
Like last year, over 100 juniors are expected to showcase their talents in one of three 50-minute groups.
“We break up into groups by position,” said Baudendistel, who has been the Shark coach since the team’s inception in 2016. We start with four basic agility drills, some cone and bag drills, and then move into more position specific work.”
The drawing point of the Colgan showcase is the access provided between players and coaches.
“After 50 minutes, we will start another group and have time built for the colleges to talk to kids.”
Another selling point is the cost of the showcase. For players, that is zero.
“It’s a great opportunity to get exposure and not pay money,” added Baudendistel.
Last year, several players received offers from their performance at the Showcase, said Baudendistel, who hopes that his own players, such as Jordan Bradford and George Neiser, will meet more coaches who find interest in their skills.
The Showcase will begin at 7 PM and last until 9:30.
– Jim McGrath