Gibsonton, FL – Over the past weekend the school district of Hillsborough County held its Sixth Annual Football Recruiting Fair at East Bay High School. 40 schools from all corners of the country were present, representing NCAA Division II and III institutions, along with schools from the NAIA, respectfully. 35 local high schools were also represented, including schools from outside Hillsborough County, a change from past recruiting fairs. Collegiate coaches spent the day Saturday reviewing tape of local athletes and conferring with local head high school coaches and their staffs. On Sunday, players and their families had a chance to meet and greet the coaches, before inevitably discussing their potential, in both athletics and academics.
“This is the biggest and best fair we have ever had,” says Vernon Korhn, athletic director of the Hillsborough County school district, who was instrumental in the success of this year’s fair. “We look forward to continued growth with each and every future fair.” In the space of one year, 15 additional colleges took part in this event, and undoubtedly bettered themselves as a result. This fair gives colleges with limited recruiting budgets a chance to view numerous players over a weekend, rather than having to do so individually over a longer span of time.
The Tampa Bay Sports Commission would like to congratulate all associated with this year’s fair on their collective success, and would also like to extend the best of luck to all of the student-athletes who attended.
The mission of the Tampa Bay Sports Commission is to attract, promote and/or organize major amateur sporting events and grassroots sporting programs that foster the ongoing development and quality of life for the Tampa Bay Area. The Sports Commission generated 25,482 hotel visitor room nights in the first quarter of the 2005 fiscal year, which results in $22,150,768.00 in direct spending by visitors.