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The National Bowl & D2-D3 Pro Day are Secret Weapons for Small School Players

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Small college players are continually out shined 300-to-1 by players from BIG Division 1FBS schools. The NFL National Scouting Combines invitees are almost exclusively drawn from D1 programs.  Most Pro Days are held at D1 schools, where NFL scouts have the opportunity to see players that
don’t make the National Scouting Combine perform at their own college.  Some D2, and no D3 schools, have Pro Days and there is a trend for schools that do have Pro Days to not allow players from outside of the school participate in any drills.  Nationally televised Bowl Games and all-star games
like the East-West Shrine Game and the Senior Bowl always shy away from small school players, unless they are hyped up in their NCAA Junior Year by National Football Scouting or the famed Blesto Scouting Report as players to watch.  Research the Story of Danny Woodhead’s struggles to get anyone to look at him after he rushed for a ridiculous amount of yards at a D2 school.

So the Question Becomes: How can a player from a small school such as a D2 or D3 college get exposure or any kind of opportunity?

Answer: The National Bowl Game and The D2-D3 Pro Day & National Scouting Combine presented by East Preps.

East Preps LLC started as a sports agency with a passion for small school prospects, and blossomed into one of the premier agencies in the nation while placing many players, from all levels, in the NFL, CFL, UFL and Arena Leagues.  This is a feat not may have been able to accomplish.  But how is it possible?  Perhaps due to its most innovative concept of creating several corporate divisions to include a Bowl Game, National Scouting Combine, Performance Training, and Marketing Divisions.

The D2-D3 Pro Day & National Scouting Combine (,, which is going into its 3rd year, has already seen 10 players in NFL camps and CFL camps while 30+ Alumni play in Europe, The IFL (, and the Arena Football League (AFL).  Scouts, from the NFL’s Green Bay Packers, the UFL’s Virginia Destroyers, and the AFL’s Philadelphia Soul have attended the events to try and find that proverbial diamond in the rough.  The Pro Day starts with Regional Combines around the country in early January and ends with the D2-D3 National Scouting Combine in late February in order to grab scouts’ attention before D1 college Pro Days in March.

The 2nd Annual National Bowl Game is a National All-Star Game created by East Preps in order to feature players from All divisions (mostly small schools).  “Actual” on-the-field talent that cannot be measured at a combine or grasped by competing against average players from other small colleges. The National Bowl follows East Preps’ commitment to present an elite high end game, with quality All American and All Conference
players.  The Game is scouted by professional teams and is also coached by AFL & Indoor Coaches actually looking to sign players themselves.

Perhaps even more importantly, the impact of this year’s National Bowl Game ( is great, as it may be the “only” opportunity for small college Seniors and Division 1 players looking for more exposure to display their skills ONE LAST TIME on the football field.  This is especially the case based on the recent announcement that there will be no Texas Vs The Nation Game this year and also confirmation that there will be No Cactus Bowl game this year due to lack of a major sponsor, as reported by the Cactus Bowl office.

The National Bowl is a high impact game, but continues on by remaining small, with the game and practices taking place over a 2 day weekend.  Luckily, participating players and scouts still have one last shot with the National Bowl Game on Sunday December 4, 2011 at J Birney Crum in Allentown, PA at 1pm and the D2-D3 Pro Day in Early January 2012.

The information contained herein is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy anything and does not claim to be any assertion of fact from past, present, or future happenings. Further, the information herein is intended solely to provide general information and does not constitute a promotion of any offerings or products. The National Bowl game is an independent entity with East Preps LLC, and does business as National Bowl Game & D2-D3 Pro Day. Information is furnished from East Preps LLC. Any unauthorized reproduction of this information is strictly prohibited.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

4 replies on “The National Bowl & D2-D3 Pro Day are Secret Weapons for Small School Players”

These obviously give small schoolers opportunities to shine, but they’re not the ONLy small school events. There’s one in southern Virginia (forget the name) this year and Beyond Sports Network is hosting a showcase in Akron, OH that seems to be getting some attention. I’m all for anything that scouts are going to show up at as that will help with exposure.

We would like to see more information on these guys and do you have contact where we can get in touch with you guys. I’m coach Brown with the new exclusive football league.please contact me.

Yeah EastPreps is a hustle… all they do is take your money and wanna act like they are helping you out…stay away from these scammers..

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