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Last year the Los Angeles City Section played against the San Diego City Section at the Home Depot Center in a high school football all-star game. This year the format has been changed to showcase the best players from California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, and Oregon. Photo by Jason Lewis
As part of All-Star Weekend, B2G Sports will host the Underclassmen Showcase, where football players can gain exposure from college recruits and they can see how they compare to the best high school football players in the area. Photo by Jason Lewis
The all-star football game will be played on Sunday, January 27, at 3:30 p.m. and the Underclassmen Showcase will be held that Saturday at 11 a.m.
By Jason Lewis
Sentinel Sports Editor
It's all-star season for high school football, and the West Coast Bowl brings a very intriguing format to provide the best game possible. Last year the San Diego City Section played the Los Angeles City Section, and other games featured other sectional match ups. But this year it will be the best players from the states that feeds the PAC-12.
B2G Sports, the premier high school football development company, attracts the very best to their camps and weekly clinics, so they created this all-star game to mirror that.
"If you ever look at the PAC-12, there are a lot of guys on PAC-12 rosters who are not from the State of California," said Henry Bell, co-founder of B2G Sports. "There are a lot of guys from Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon. They don't really have the opportunity or the exposure that these Southern California guys have. Since the PAC-12 and most of the BCS schools on the West Coast are made up of players from the surrounding states, it just makes sense to put together an All-Star game that has just that."
The bulk of the two rosters will feature high school players who are on their way to PAC-12 schools, so these players will put on a show that is worth seeing. A number of these players will be making a major impact at big time college football programs, and some of them will be playing in the NFL one day.
The game is for the seniors, the Underclassmen Showcase is for the 9th through 11th graders. Any high school football player who has dreams of playing college football needs to be at a showcase like this.
"The showcase is designed to showcase kids, give them some nice recruitment opportunities," Bell said. "ESPN and other local media will be out there, and other recruiting publications. It also allows us to give them invitations to our Elite Camp that we have in June at UCLA. The top performers get the invite, and the other performers get to showcase themselves against guys from all over the West Coast."
This showcase can show an athlete where he is in terms of the competition level at his position. This showcase rivals the Nike training camp, and it will feature 7-on-7s for skill position players, 1-on-1 competitions for all positions, and a linemen challenge.
For more information about the game and the Underclassmen Showcase, visit www.b2gsports.com or call them at 310-482-0405. For the showcase, register early to save a spot. The organizers do not want to put a cap on it, but if too many players show up they may have to.
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