NEW ORLEANS — One hundred of the nation's top high school football players were given a glimpse of their dream, and then were prepared on how to achieve it.
One of those players was Glenbrook junior quarterback Regan Edwards. Edwards, who was CO-Offensive MVP in District 3-A in the MAIS this season, was one of those players in attendance.
"It was a great experience, there were a lot of good players there, but there was only six quarterbacks," Edwards said. "Leonard Fournette was the best player, probably the best player in the state."
NFL PREP 100 is dedicated to changing the culture of the NFL through touching prospective players at the high school level.
Edwards took part in a Rivals football camp last summer, and based off that, he was invited to the NFL PRER 100.
"PREP 100 is an excellent platform to extend our reach and develop the future of the NFL both on and off the field,'' Troy Vincent, the Vice President of NFL Player Engagement and a former Pro Bowl player, said. "The Saints community came together for the common cause of developing their student-athletes and educating parents about health and safety and expectations at the college and pro levels. We so appreciate the Saints organization for opening their facilities and bringing their community together for this purpose. We thank New Orleans for allowing us to be a part of their community."
For two days, the high school athletes – the top juniors and sophomores in the country -- sat in the same meeting rooms that quarterback Drew Brees and the Saints sit in all season, the same ones the San Francisco 49ers will use this week in preparation for the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens.
"The first day we had a lot of meetings," Edwards said. "The first meeting room was were they talked a lot about leadership. The next room was where we took a test. Tt was mostly common sense stuff. The next room was a meeting on how deal with the social media sites and how to stay out of trouble with them. The next day we had a camp at the Saints' practice facility. And on Sunday it was all 7 on 7."
PREP 100's goal is to make the student-athlete better in every way. They have the ability on the football field. They were taught how important it is to develop in the classroom, to have high character, and also the importance of safety in a game where concussions are becoming a real danger.
Vincent, whose career began as a No. 1 draft pick with the Miami Dolphins, talked to the students about the advent of social media and doing the right thing. David Tyree, the former New York Giant, who made the greatest catch in Super Bowl history, spoke to the students about determination and excellence.
The young men also took the APTUS assessment to determine how they process information and learn. This assessment tool assists coaches in teaching the intricate details of the game.
"This is what kids dream of, being in this situation in a NFL facility,'' Lloyd said. "Troy's idea for this is great. But the chalk talks, as we call them, are just as important. Every coach here is a college graduate. We're giving them not just a dream, but the visuals to go with that dream. We don't just want to prepare them for the next few years of playing football, but for what they're going to do the next 50 years.''