Hail Varsity was on scene in Elkhorn for the Future50 event put on by the Warren Academy. The day was meant to get more exposure and education for 50 of the area’s top prospects. Players from Nebraska and Iowa were represented.
There were several notable players in attendance. Bellevue West tight ends Kaden Helms and Micah Riley-Ducker were there. So was 2024 rising wide receiver Dae’Vonn Hall. Nebraska 2023 commit Gunnar Gottula was at the event as was North Platte defensive athlete Vince Genatone. The event was a success for Steve Warren in its first year.
“I think it went great. First year doing it, so I’m happy with it,” Warren said.
“It was a good turnout with a lot of good athletes. The media came out and did their part. Opendorse did their part. Makovicka Physical Therapy and Soldier Sports made sure we were able to do this. I thank them. Overall, I think it was a great event for the kids and hopefully they enjoyed it.”
There will be plenty to come at Hail Varsity from the event in the coming days. Here are some quick thoughts:
>> There are a lot of good football players in Nebraska and the surrounding area.We talk a lot of about Nebraska continuing to showcase big-time talent but it shows no signs of slowing down. The tough year in 2020 hurt a lot of these prospects but so many players hit multiple camps this offseason to get noticed again. A lot of the players we saw on Wednesday will end up playing college football.
>> I was struck by the number of parents interested in the NIL education presentation. It’s easy to focus on athletes and how the new rules affect them. Parents are important decision makers at this age. This is all new to them too. After both NIL presentations several parents lined up to ask the presenters a range of questions. I’ll have more on that soon.
>> There was a wide range of players here. Established, committed stars in the state attended the event. So did up-and-coming prospects from 2023 and beyond. Players that are hoping to get on the radar more with senior film were also there. It was cool to see the different talent on hand at the event.
>> One overlooked thing about having events like this again is the social aspect. A lot of the kids I spoke with were very excited to just meet other football players in person that they have seen on social media. Area players like to network with each other and the Future50 was an opportunity for that. Several players I spoke with mentioned how nice this summer has been hanging out like normal bonding with their teammates.
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.