Players from Iona Prep and Stepinac High School showcased their talents to 80 college football coaches during the Northeast Football Show Days, enhancing their chances for scholarships. The event allowed players to perform drills and interact with recruiters, potentially leading to college offers. This initiative, now in its second year, aims to increase the visibility of New York football talent. Top prospects like Gaels’ Rowan Byrne and Crusaders’ D.J. Williams stood out, drawing significant interest from major college programs. Coaches believe these showcase days are crucial for student-athletes' recruitment prospects.

By the Numbers
  • 80 college coaches attended the event.
  • Rowan Byrne has 24 college offers, including Clemson and Michigan State.
  • D.J. Williams received his 16th offer during the event.
Yes, But

Despite the exposure, not every top player from these schools has historically received Division I offers, highlighting the competitive nature of the recruitment process.

State of Play
  • This event marks the second year Iona Prep and Stepinac have participated in the Northeast Football Show Days.
  • Recruiters are now more aware of the talent in the New York area, potentially changing their priorities.
What's Next

Players will continue rigorous summer schedules with games against high-level opponents, aiming to solidify their reputation and attract more college offers. Recruiters will use feedback from these events to shape their future recruiting strategies.

Bottom Line

The Northeast Football Show Days significantly boost the visibility and recruitment chances for Iona Prep and Stepinac players, potentially altering the landscape for high school football in New York.