Debuts Class of 2020 Freshman450: Top High School Freshmen Football Players to Watch this Fall

Athletes Entering 9th Grade with College Offers is significantly up over Last Year

--()--The following preview is exclusive to members of the media covering local high school players as well as those considering a piece focusing on the rise in college scholarships being offered well before student/athletes ever step into a high school. Alan Popadines, Youth1’s football National Scouting Director/Football Editor, is available for interviews/email inquiries at

Who: Youth1 Media, the nationwide resource for year-long youth sports coverage and content focusing on athletes in grades six through eight

What: is debuting its highly anticipated Class of 2020 Freshman450 and 700 player Watch List on tomorrow. The lists represent an in-depth examination of developing talent nationwide observed by attending events, viewing highlight videos, speaking with coaches and interviewing players.

Significance: As the Freshman450 marks its fourth year, Youth1 reports a five-times-over surge in college-scholarship offers to this age group

Commentary: “College football programs are actively and aggressively pursuing middle-school-aged youth football standouts, causing a firestorm on both sides of the discussion for and against such practices. Some argue youth football is catching up, so to speak, with youth basketball, hockey and soccer – where the signing of 13-year-olds is commonplace in the latter two. And, at a time when we have teens representing our country on the world’s biggest sports stage – the Olympics – the question of ‘How old is too young?’ could not be more relevant,” said Popadines.

Breakdown: The following is a breakdown of the number of players to watch by state followed by the number of scholarship-offer athletes in parentheses. For a complete list of names/hometowns/high schools, email

Alabama:     8
Arizona: 8 (1)
Arkansas: 1
California: 55 (7)
Connecticut: 8 (1)
Delaware: 2
Florida: 67 (7)
Georgia: 55 (10)
Hawaii: 5 (2)
Illinois: 5
Indiana: 5
Iowa: 1
Kansas: 2
Kentucky: 8
Louisiana: 12 (1)
Maryland: 15
Massachusetts: 5 (1)
Michigan: 10 (5)
Minnesota: 3
Mississippi: 6
Missouri: 5
Nevada: 10
NJ: 17
North Carolina: 12 (1)
NY: 3
Ohio: 8 (1)
Oklahoma: 3
Oregon: 7
Pennsylvania: 2
South Carolina 4 (1)
South Dakota: 5
Tennessee: 19 (2)
Texas: 50 (1)
Utah: 4
Virginia: 15 (7)
Washington: 7
Wisconsin: 1


For Youth1 Media, LLC
Carin McDonald, 973-513-9680

Release Summary

Media Advisory: is announcing its Class of 2020 Freshman450 on August 24th. This year's top players entering high school are fielding five times more college offers than past classes.