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FSM Exclusive: The Franchise 50 – Las Vegas High School Football Showcase


The NIAA’s decision to cancel all sports left an enormous hole in the valley. Several kids in the valley are now devoid of an opportunity to go out and earn themselves a chance to play at the next level– specifically the football players.


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It is true that during the cancellation of the fall sports season, many players like Gerrick Robinson, Mo Matavao, Cyrus Faseau, and Aaron Halloway were fortunate enough to sign letters of intent to FBS schools. All the while, hundreds of other kids are not so fortunate to catch the eyes of a college recruiter. For many kids, the opportunity to play their senior years, a season many kids find their chance to earn college looks finally.

But without a season, these kids find themselves wondering what will happen next in their careers. Frequently, many talented players waste their talents away because of a lack of tape to show potential recruiters and canceling the season spelled doom for many players who see minimal opportunity left to showcase their talent.

However, a unique opportunity has popped open for the under-recruited and overlooked high school football athletes in the valley. Franchise Sports Media founders Joe Arrigo and TQ and Jesse Halberstadt, CEO of The Institute of Human Performance, an athletic performance facility that also doubles as a health, wellness, and educational facility, has opened his facility to the youth of the city for an NFL Combine style football showcase.

The Institute of Human Performance also is home to the MB3 Basketball Academy, which owned and trained by Las Vegas native, NBA star, former UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Marcus Banks, and a strength training program led by Sandor “Manny” Manuel, is Director of Human Performance and one of the most respected coaches in the state of Nevada. The Institute has opened its facilities for training top players like Tate Martell, numerous high school athletes, and several Las Vegas Raiders players.


The Institute will host the high school combine event for 2021 and 2022 Las Vegas high school football players in the Vegas valley to showcase their talents.


The event is invite-only and specifically for the selected group of Las Vegas football players from the “under-recruited” to committed players looking to get better. “The Franchise 50” will be a closed event to the public, only offering inside access to a limited amount of local coaches, limited press, and recruiters.

The events Twitter campaign was going for over two weeks, and any local football players wanting to showcase their talents on film, which will be sent to numerous colleges, had to go to Twitter, look up the Franchise Sports Media Twitter account (@TheFranchiseLV ), follow them and The Institute of Human Performance (@TheInstituteHPS) leave a link to their highlight film (from HUDL or Max Preps):


Franchise Sports Media and The Institute of Human Performance are teaming up to put on a Las Vegas High School Football Showcase. Just tweet Franchise Sports Media the players HUDL or Max Preps tape. The players who send in their film will be evaluated, with the Top 50 players invited back to a 2 day showcase at the Institute of Human Performace.


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All the players who sent in their film were evaluated by a panel of former players, coaches, and evaluators. The group of players participating in The Franchise 50 was then notified to participate in the combine. They will come to the facility on Friday, February 12th, where Coach Manuel will explain the drills they would be put through and got the player’s measurements taken by the staff. They also will be interviewed by FSM, and some will be participating in a special podcast hosted by Joe Arrigo and TQ, with special guest host The Vegas Circle.


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“Coaching (at Centennial) for a few years out here, I know how hard it was (is) for kids to get the type of exposer they need to get a look (at a college). So we went into this with a clear vision and idea of what we wanted to look at.

We looked at everything from the player’s grades to their film. First of all, they had to have a 2.7 or better GPA for me to consider them. That (their grades) is a testament to their character and commitment to their craft. It’s also something that schools look for. Anything less than a 2.5 (GPA) is borderline JUCO, so we decided to be honest, upfront, and set the benchmark for the players.” Arrigo told me.

“But the objective has always been and will continue to be to do something for our community, a community that I love and am proud to be apart of and to make sure that the players from the class of ’21 and ’22 had something that they could have at their disposal to give colleges if they didn’t have anything current. Even if it’s not game film, what I hope it does is give schools a chance to see who took the time away from the field to get bigger, faster, and stronger while keeping their grades in order.”

“But at the end of the day, as the old saying goes, the tape doesn’t lie. College coaches and evaluators, well, really coaches everywhere, are gonna look at game film and make their decisions based on that. But I hope that a kid could jump out here and makes them say, ‘Wait, let’s go back and watch this kid’s film again and see if we missed something,’ and maybe they get some opportunity to get a free education somewhere” Arrigo said.


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“It’s obviously been a tough year for all, but we’ve been able to outreach and get the youth levels to understand the resources that are available to them at the professional level. There is a bigger purpose in this. To think that a hundred kids are going to come right off the couch or whatever they have been doing or not doing at home and have this off the chart testing combine numbers is not realistic or the purpose that we are after.” Halberstadt said on former UNLV women’s head basketball coaches show, “Coaches Corner on Wednesday, where he appeared with Joe Arrigo. “But we are providing community awareness, accountability, getting back to developing habits you need to reach that next level, and everyone’s next level is different.

Not every single person is coming in with the grades or not, and maybe they’re not gonna be a Pac-12 or Power-5 guy; maybe a smaller school is a better fit for them, and that’s OK. But how about getting the player back on track in what has been a noisy year? How do we get these guys and girls back, sharpening their focus for what’s important next FOR THEM? Some of these athletes’ best route may be JuCo, maybe you don’t have an option, and you have to, so they don’t beat themselves down over something that they don’t control anyway; they come in to get educated on what’s next for them.”


In this year of uncertainty, it is refreshing that people in the valley are looking out for the athletes and trying to help them. What The Institute and FSM is doing is admirable, and will help some kids to reach their potential and their goal of playing at the next level.

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-JaRon Turner – Franchise Sports Media

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