The University of West Alabama held their annual football unsigned showcase for high school seniors earlier this month. The showcase was seen to help local high school athletes allow coaches to showcase their skills in full, who may not have had the opportunity to see them during the season.
This is the first time the Tigers have held the event under head coach Brett Gilliland. Gilliland shared that his staff has begun to use the event as a recruitment tool.
“It lets them show us what they can do personally,” Gilliland said. “With the transfer portal, with COVID, whatever happened, a lot of high school guys feel like they’re not getting a shot and they’re being ignored.”
Thirty-one unsigned high school seniors competed in the showcase. Carbon Hill assistant football coach Jason Tittle believes the Tigers have value for what they are doing.
“When you’re in a small high school somewhere, you’re small in size, or not as big as a Division One game. But as far as you’re trying to walk to the scene, it’s a great idea,” Tittle said.
During the event college football keeps abreast of the rapid changes taking place in the world and the recruiting staff continues to strive and stay ahead of the curve. This showcase is a great opportunity for student athletes to continue their dream of playing football at the next level.