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SDFNL ALL STAR RE-CAP 

PurposeandOrganizaon

OnDecember26,2015SanDiegoFridayNightLightsheldtheir4thannualAllStarShowcasefootball
gamesponsoredthisyearbyJerseyMike’sSubs.Anotherchanceforplayerswhomaynothave
receiveda

scholarshipoerduringtheirhighschoolfootballcareertogetlookedat,thegame

providesplayersavenuetoshowcasetheirtalentsinfrontofscoutsfromnotjustD1schoolsbut
alsoD2andNAIAcolleges.SDFNLcofoundersMontellAllenandRubenPeñaaretheorganizersof
thegameandtheirgoalistoprovideasmanySanDiegoplayersaspossiblewiththeopportunityto
makeitatthenextlevel.Between30and50scoutscollecvely(notincludingJuniorColleges),
whetheratthegameorstreamingonline,weretunedintotheshowcasegamethisyear.In2014,
SDFNLassisted84playerswithsomesortofcollegecontact.Themostrecentalumniwhohave
receivedscholarshipoersaerplayingintheSDFNLAllStargameareBrandonBrooks(Patrick
Henry)DixieSt.,CruzSamaniego(PatrickHenry)HasngsCollege,TylerNix(SanMarcos)MinotSt.,
WillFreed(SanMarcos)OhioNorthern,Courtney“CoCo”Richardson(CathedralCatholic)Wayne
St.,andNateJohnson(Vista)DixieSt.

Rosterswereselectedviaadraprocessthatpairedplayersfromthesameschoolsondierent
teams.

InvitesweregiventoplayersasearlyasmidOctoberduringtheregularseason.Focuswas

placedonseniorswhohavetalent,butwereslllookingforopportuniestoaendcollegeonafree
scholarshipandconnueonwiththeirfootballcareers.ViaTommyMorrisfromSanDiegoPrep
Insiders,SDFNLcofounderMontellAllenexplained,“Therearen’tenoughDivision1scholarships
andnotenoughschoolsoutthere,buttherearethoseDivision2schoolsandNAIAschoolsthatcan
reallygiveguystheopportunitytogettheireducaonwhichisthemostimportantthing,butitalso
givesthemtheopportunitytoplayfourmoreyearsoffootball.”ThisyearwiththehelpofSideline
Studios,SDFNLcreatedamobiledeviceapplicaonforthegamethatprovidedgameday
informaon,teamrosters,playerHudlreels,pastshowcasegamehistory,andalivestreamlinkto
the2015game.

AcombinewasheldatLifemeAthlecsinRomanoGymonSunday

December20,andpracceswereheldatFrancisParkerHighSchoolonDecember21,22,and23
withanalwalkthroughatGraniteHillsHighSchoolonChristmasEve.Playerswenthardateach
otherduringpraccespreparingforgamedayasifitwereanormalweekoftheirhighschool’sregu
larseason.TheexperiencegaveplayersachancetonetworkwithotherplayersfromacrossSanDie
gopreparingthemforwhatcollegelifewillbelikewhentheyhavetocommunicatewithotherplay
ersandcoachestheymayhavenevermetbefore.Eachplayerwasprovidedwithpracceandin
gamenourishmentsponsoredbyGatoradeandplayersalsoreceivedajerseytokeep,alongwitha
newbackpacksponsoredbyRGSports.