DeKalb County Schools Athletics hosted the annual Football Recruiting Video Forum on Wednesday at the East DeKalb Campus bringing in 59 colleges and prep schools to recruit DeKalb County football players.
The colleges are invited each year to sit down with the DeKalb County football coaches at one site and gather information on prospective student athletes to help fill the needs of their football programs without spending their entire recruiting budgets trying to get to each individual school.
This year’s forum drew 53 four-year colleges from the NCAA’s Football Championship Division, Division II, Division III and the NAIA. Five junior colleges were represented along with one prep school to bring the total to 59. This was shy of last year’s record of 64 schools attending the event.
The schools came from 20 different states and Washington D.C. led by Georgia with 10 represented followed by nine from North Carolina, seven from Tennessee, four from Alabama, South Carolina and Virginia.
Coaches as far away as New Hampshire, Ohio, Massachusetts, Delaware, New
York, Illinois, Kansas and Arizona made the trip to DeKalb County for the day along with many schools from the Southeastern section of the U.S. to sit down and discuss scholarship possibilities for DeKalb student athletes.
The 59 schools were represented by a total of 89 coaches this year as compared to 106 a year ago.
The video forum plays a key role in helping athletes who are not being recruiting by the FBC schools to get scholarship offers to continue their educations and playing careers on the next level.
DeKalb had over 140 football players sign on for scholarships last February and spring to set a record for the number of football signees for the school district.