NASHVILLE, Tenn. – For the second time, the Titans partnered with the Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TnFCA) to host the Tennessee Titans High School Football Recruiting Fair on Tuesday at Nissan Stadium.
Gaining momentum in its second year, the event drew representatives from 108 Tennessee high schools – both public and private – and 55 colleges and universities across 15 states.
"This event aligns perfectly with our organization's commitment to support education and high school football," Tennessee Titans Youth Football Coordinator Josh Corey said. "It was a natural fit for us."
The Tennessee Titans host their 2016 High School Football Coaches Recruiting Fair at Nissan Stadium. (Photos: Susanna Nickell)
The recruiting fair provides a platform for under recruited high school student-athletes to gain exposure from colleges who wouldn't have been able to access them through the normal recruiting process, creating opportunities for those student-athletes to continue their athletic and academic careers at the collegiate level.
"FBS schools have a vast amount of resources to be able to go out [and recruit] and a lot of times these kids that they're recruiting are featured by regional and national publications so it's a lot easier for those kids to receive exposure," Corey said. "But the kids who are not labeled as elite players often go without recognition for athletic ability and their potential."
The players in reference actually represent the majority of college football players – those playing at the FCS, Division II and III and NAIA levels.
"This event caters to the majority of the players who will play at the collegiate level as far as numbers go," Corey said. "Division I players receive most of the attention, but they are not representative of the majority."
The recruiting fair is a win-win for everyone involved. College coaches, like Tennessee Tech Offensive Coordinator Justin Rascatti, are able recruit an entire state in 3 or 4 hours.
"The recruiting fair brings Tennessee high school coaches and top college football programs from the southeast together," Rascatti said. "We as recruiters can watch film, view transcripts and discuss each prospective student-athlete with the people who know them best – their high school coaches."
For the second year, the event also led to a boost in TnFCA membership.
The TnFCA was established to help maintain the highest possible standards in football and in the profession of coaching football. The more coaches that buy in, the better-equipped the organization is to grow and develop high school football across Tennessee.
"The TnFCA has been very fortunate to have the Tennessee Titans as a partner in the decision to create a state-wide recruiting fair for our student-athletes," said Thomas McDaniel, head coach at Christian Brothers High School (Memphis, Tenn.) and president of the TnFCA. "What started out as a simple idea two years ago quickly grew into a defined vision and presently has exceeded expectations."