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The fifth annual Prodigy Athletes College Showcase was held June 24-26 at Linfield Christian School. Ten colleges and universities were represented, sixty high school players participated – most local, but some from as far away as San Diego and Arizona — and five received offers to play college football.
Coaches at the showcase included Utah Defensive Coordinator Kalani Sitake who worked with linebackers at the camp; Arizona tight end coach Miguel Reveles; Hawaii coaches Lewis Powell (defensive line) and Kevin Clune (defensive coordinator); San Jose State University (SJSU) defensive backs coach Donte Williams; Cal Poly Defensive Back Coach Olaitan Oguntodu; Northern Arizona University (NAU) running backs coach Jimmy Beal; and Weber State receivers coach Fesi Sitake.
Western New Mexico University was represented by Head Coach Adam Clark, Defensive Coordinator James Thomas, Offensive Coordinator Reilly Murphy, offensive line coach Robert Rodriguez, wide receivers coach Ben Hammer, and defensive line coach David Slove.
Azusa Pacific University sent defensive backs coach Spencer Danielson, defensive line coach Manako Tuifua, tight ends coach Salo Faraimo, and defensive Coordinator Cesar Rivas-Sandoval.
Also scheduled to attend, but unable to make it were: Mike Tuiasosopo (UCLA, defensive line); Saga Tuitele (Cal Poly Offensive Coordinator); Stephen Sorrels (UAB, offensive line); Zerrick Rollins (Texas A & M); and David Diaz-Infante (Arizona Cardinals).
“This area is rich in talent,” said Western New Mexico Head Coach Clark, “A majority of our players come from Southern California and we have quite a few from the Inland Empire, including our quarterback Mitch Glassman from Chaparral who is set to break every passing record we have.”
The Mustangs’ roster includes four players from Chaparral High School, three from Vista Murrieta High School, two from Elsinore High School, two from Fallbrook High School and one each from Lakeside High School and Heritage High School.
Five players received offers at the Showcase. Lorenzo Burns, a wide receiver/defensive back from Linfield Christian received offers from University of Hawai’i, Weber State, San Jose State, and Utah).
Colin Baker, a wide receiver from Vista Murrieta, has offers from San Jose State and NAU. Lineman Bryson Bridges from Chaparral received offers from Hawaii and San Jose State. Brandon Worthy, a safety from Vista Murrieta received an offer from Cal Poly. Kevin Knight, a linebacker from Great Oak received an offer from Western New Mexico. Sean Paul Brophy, a quarterback from Chaparral High School in Arizona, received an offer from Weber State.
Other standouts included: defensive linemen Mau Ena (Vista) and Ryan Bamberger (Vista Murrieta); offensive lineman Tyler Whitworth (Linfield Christian); safety Roderick Atkins (Serra Gardena); linebacker Taylor Kekoa Lau (Vista Murrieta); cornerbacks Jalen Russell (Vista Murrieta) and Marion Pascal (Chaparral, Arizona); running back Isaiah Morrow (Heritage); and kicker Michael Brown (Linfield Christian) who hit four-of-five from 50-55 yards.
Rising stars included: sophomores Jacob Alexander and Simeon Burns; freshmen Zion Fa’opega, Kobe Tarrant, Travis Kalemamo’oka’ala Lau, and Tavis Shippen.
“This camp was a huge success in several ways,” said Troy Lau, Prodigy Athletes founder. “The community now has a camp that allows local football players to develop their craft while gaining college exposure.”
“The camp allows local youth to perform in front of multiple colleges without the cost of flights, hotel and the anonymity of traveling to individual colleges; it provides relief to parents from the costs of recruiting services,” Laud added. “And it introduces youth and youth football coaches to techniques, strategies, and mentorship that promote safe and successful football play.”