More than $1 Million in Scholarships Earned at Inaugural Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase in 2017
Last February, at the inaugural Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase, 61 high school student-athletes earned more than $1 million in scholarships to study and play football at NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools. 341 student-athletes participated in the 2017 Showcase (all academically qualified) in front of 49 schools.
The 2018 Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase presented by Cleveland Clinic Florida, will take place on Saturday, Feb. 17. This year’s event will take place at Nova Southeastern University in Davie, Fla., from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All NCAA Division II, III, and NAIA head football coaches have been invited to attend the showcase.
Last year, St. Vincent College (NCAA Division III school from Latrobe, Pennsylvania—training camp home of the Pittsburgh Steelers), awarded the most in players scholarships (nine) while Graceland College (NAIA School from Lamoni, Iowa) awarded eight.
Among Graceland’s signees was Caleb Thomas from Miami Gardens (Flanagan H.S.) who became a record-setting freshman. In 10 games he caught 158 balls (breaking the NAIA record of 144) for 1,235 yards and 10 touchdowns. His 15.8 catches per game also set an NAIA and all-division record, as did his 27 catches in one game.
To be eligible to participate in the 2018 Showcase, student-athletes must be graduating high school seniors who have not accepted a scholarship offer from a NCAA Division I (Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision) program. In addition, they must meet the following academic qualifications:
Earn a 2.5 GPA or higher in 16 Core Courses (please visit www.ncaa.org/student-athletes/future/core-courses for a description of NCAA Eligible Core Courses); AND
Earn an SAT score of 920 (math and verbal only) or higher; OR
Have a composite ACT Score of 18 or higher or a sum score of 68 or higher
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