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There is a pretty unique event coming to Nebraska on Wednesday. The Future50 Media Day event will be put on by the Warren Academy. The purpose of the event is to recognize the top players in Nebraska and Southwest Iowa. The 50 players have been identified by the writers and a group of college coaches that recruit the area.
— Warren Academy (@Warren_Academy) July 27, 2021
Putting these events together can be a stressful time for the event organizers. Steve Warren appeared on the Hail Varsity Radio show Monday evening ahead of the event. Warren is excited that the event is almost here which has been pretty stress free.
“For the most part, most of the kids that we invited can make it,” Warren said. “This is kind of an easier event for me because there’s not really testing and I don’t have to get a bunch of coaches involved. It’s really what the kids want to do. They want to get pictures of themselves and they want to talk to the media. So, it’s been it’s been one of the easier events I’ve ever had to put together. I’m glad it’s almost here.”
Warren is used to putting together events for high school prospects like he did last summer. The Warren Academy Showcase allowed a lot of players to go through drills during the pandemic when camps were shut down. Prospects were able to use that film to get evaluation from coaches. This time around there is a unique twist on the event. There will be two breakout sessions where Opendorse will give name, image and likeness education to the players.
“It’s definitely been an interesting time. There’s really been no better time to be a future big-name college athlete”, Warren said. “The Opendorse part of that is really interesting to me. I’m going to learn something that day too, because I want to know how it all works. What the limitations are and what the opportunities are. So, these kids have a tremendous future a lot of them with football and sports. They have a big opportunity with this NIL and where things are headed that way.”
As we sit at the dawn of a new era in college athletics Warren’s message to his kids has been simple. Educate yourself. Find out as much as you can to educate yourself. Money coming into the picture adds another layer. Surround yourself with people that are going to tell you to do the right things with it. Think about, “How do I take advantage of this opportunity? Then, if I’m fortunate enough to where I’m getting a decent amount of money, what should I do with it?”
It’s an exciting time for athletes getting into the college ranks right now. Events like the Future50 Media Day will help them get educated on key points as they plan out their futures.
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— Quinton Conley (@quinton_conley) July 27, 2021
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UOV felt soooo connected. pic.twitter.com/647MTX8tc0
— Quantaves “Gumbo” Gaskins (@QuantavesG) July 27, 2021
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— Alex Mota (@_AlexMota23) July 27, 2021
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Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.