Wednesday, August 16, 2006

DCIAA football moving back to prominence

Finally, some positive DC school news. After years of being ignored by top-flight recruiters DCIAA schools are finally feeling the love.
Austin is just one of several high-profile football talents in this year's senior class who have elected to stay in D.C. public schools, where they are helping erase a nasty stigma. For years, the schools of the D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association (DCIAA) could not attract talented football players. Many kids who stayed in the public school system could not meet NCAA academic entrance requirements, which often scared off recruiters. The best players went to private schools, which promised better education, coaching, understanding of NCAA rules and contact with recruiters.

Now, top flight college football teams that have long ignored the DCIAA are taking notice. Austin, who transferred this summer to Ballou, and All-Met wide receiver Arrelious Benn, who attends Dunbar, have several dozen scholarship offers from schools that include Notre Dame, USC, Miami and Florida State.

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