(In the interest of full disclosure, I am working to help organize this event)
On Saturday, August 1st at Stamford High, 50 of the top high school football players from across the northeast will converge for the inaugural New York vs. New England All-Star Challenge. The purpose of this event is to provide exposure for players in a region which is generally overlooked by recruiting sites and even college coaches.
The list of players attending the event consists of players from the Class of 2016 who have verbally committed to Notre Dame, Duke, Rutgers, Boston College, and Michigan. Two UConn commitments, DB Tahj Herring and WR Keyion Dixon, will be participating as well.
Among the rest of the players, a group which includes a number of 2017 prospects, there are offers and interest from across the Big Ten, ACC, American, MAC, C-USA, Ivy League and elsewhere in the FCS. Many of the players hold offers or serious interest from UConn, including WR/DB Tyler Coyle, ATH Taylor Edwards, and Cheshire Academy teammates QB CJ Lewis, and ATH CJ Holmes.
Tickets are available to the public for $5, and proceeds from the event will benefit People-to-People, an organization which supports low-income families through a variety of programs including emergency loans, scholarship programs and youth camps.
Local football coaches will help lead the event, led by Noel Thomas Sr., the head coach at St. Luke's in New Canaan and father of UConn wide receiver Noel Thomas Jr. Stamford High's head coach, Jamar Greene, will coach the New England team and Brunswick head coach Jarrett Shine will coach New York.
You can check out the rosters and buy tickets here. It would be great to have as many Huskies fans as possible in attendance supporting the future UConn football players along with the best from around Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York, and it's for a great cause!