The Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase Gives Players a Free Chance to Change Their Lives

The high school senior football combine gives kids a free chance for scouts to have a look and maybe help them finance college in Division II, III and NAIA.

Twenty minutes later, after dominating a half-dozen different opponents in one-on-one blocking drills, Olivo has spoken with three more coaches. Some of them are giving him advice on his technique, some of them are detailing their depth chart at his position, some of them are just trying to learn more about him as a person.

One thing is certain — Juan Olivo's chances of going to college increased exponentially in just 30 minutes.

Belle of the ball indeed.

Juan Olivo (l) was rock-solid and held his ground against other candidates.
Photographs by Brian Austin
Juan Olivo (l) was rock-solid and held his ground against other candidates.
Phil Camp of the Houston Touchdown Club talks to the kids there to show off their football skills.
Phil Camp of the Houston Touchdown Club talks to the kids there to show off their football skills.

Later that afternoon, I ran into Olivo at the "meet and greet," where players pick up materials on each of the schools showing mutual interest. He had a stack of brochures the size of the Brooklyn phone book. Eleven schools in all, he told me.

As it turns out, Juan Olivo lost his father to cancer last year. It was his father's dream to see his only child go to college. I asked Olivo what his mother, who works at Walmart, will say when she sees all those brochures and hears about the slew of offers her son received to help pay for his college education.

"She'll probably cry tears of joy," Olivo said, smiling ear to ear.

Juan Olivo, today is your day.

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