Posted: 1:00 pm Thursday, February 17th, 2011

Annual college football recruiting fair returns at John I. Leonard 

By Matt Porter

Football players who aren’t being chased by big-time schools still have a prime chance to play college football.

The 14th annual Palm Beach County High School Football Coaches Association Recruiting Fair will be held from Feb. 23-25 at John I. Leonard High School in Greenacres. Coaches from Division 2 and 3, NAIA, junior colleges and prep schools will be on hand to view recruiting films, talk to high school coaches, and then meet players and parents.

The itinerary is as follows:

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, college coaches view films and talk to high school coaches about players at John I. Leonard. From 4-7 p.m. on the 24th, they’ll meet players and parents at the school. On the 25th, coaches visit area high schools.

Scott Siegel, John I. Leonard’s athletic director, said 42 colleges, junior colleges and prep schools attended last year’s recruiting fair.

Update: Most have confirmed for 2011, Siegel said Thursday. Here are the list of colleges that attended last year:

Division II

New Haven, Northwood, St. Anselm, St. Joseph’s.

Division III
Averett, Beloit, Concordia, Cornell Coll., Elmhurst, Earlham, Hanover, Hobart, Husson, Knox, Lake Forest, U.S. Merchant Marines, Methodist, Mt. Union, Nichols, Norwich, Salve Regina, St. Lawrence, St. Norbert, St. Vincent, Wisconsin Lutheran, Wisconsin-Platteville.

NAIA
Ave Maria, Belhaven, Kentucky Christian, Marian, Midland, Missouri Valley, Webber International.

In a talent-rich area like South Florida, the event is essentially one-stop shopping for college football programs. College recruiters can travel right down the coast: A similar recruiting fair will be held in Lake Wales (Polk County) from Feb. 21-22; Broward County holds its fair after Palm Beach County, the weekend of Feb. 26-27.

The Next Level: Check out a list of the Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast alums playing in colleges and prep schools here.