This weekend, Alcoa High School was home to the Tennessee Showcase. One of the biggest football camps in the East part of the state, the Showcase is designed to help kids develop their skills as they hope to find a place to play football at the college level.
More than 200 players from all over the Southeast participated, ranging in ages from seventh grade to rising seniors in high school.
Carlos Younger is the CEO of Tennessee Gridiron Scouting. He helped to organize the Showcase. Younger said he wants to prepare kids for the next step.
"So when you get out there, you're not starstruck, it's almost like second nature to you.," said Younger. "An event like this can put you on the map."
William Goodwin is the director of recruiting for Tennessee Gridiron Scouting. Football has always played a big role in his life, he played college ball at East Carolina University. He said boosting the confidence of the players involved is one of the biggest benefits of a camp like this.
"You go to a college camp," said Goodwin, "you've got all these guys who are four or five star. It can be a shell-shocking experience for kids that have never been to one and that's what this camp does: it gets you ready, and gets you exposure."
That exposure is key to finding the right fit at the next level. Younger says East Tennessee talent needs more exposure.
"East Tennessee is one of the biggest untapped resources in terms of recruiting, not only in the state of Tennessee, but in the South in general."
If you'd like to learn more about the camp, you can visit Tennessee Gridiron Scouting's website. CLICK HERE.