Slots still open for GPA football showcase

College football coaches from around the country will be at the University of Hawaii’s Ching Complex for the GPA College Showcase football camp.

The camp runs June 10-12 and is for student-athletes who will be in high school this fall along with recent graduates who are junior college prospects.

Four practices will be held with helmets and shoulder pads, and an educational compliance seminar will be held.

Coaches from Division I Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision along with coaches from Division II, D-II, NAIA and junior colleges will be there as instructors.

Early registration, with a cost of $199, has ended. The late cost of $225 is available if registering before June 8. The walkup signup cost will be $250 if slots are still available.

A specialist camp for kickers, punters, snappers and holders is also planned for June 12 for $65. Former UH punter Mat McBriar and punter/place-kicker Eric Hannum will be among the teachers at the specialist camp.

As Wednesday, 425 student-athletes have registered and only 75 slots are available, according to organizers.

Coaches are expected from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Cal, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Oregon State, UNLV, USC, Utah, Washington, Washington State, Dartmouth, Yale, Portland State, Azusa Pacific, Fort Lewis, Western New Mexico, Hastings and West Liberty, among others.

Student-athletes can register at

Former University of Hawaii assistant Rich Miano and strength and conditioning coach Chad Ikei run Gridiron Performance Academy.

According to Miano, there were no college coaches and 130 participants at GPA’s first camp in 2013. The numbers increased to 30 college coaches and 281 players in 2014 and then to 83/419 last year.


  1. Milo T May 25, 2016 8:17 pm

    If your son doesnt hv an offer- Don’t waste your money.

  2. The Rim May 27, 2016 3:52 pm

    @Milo T I agree fully. With that much kids taking part, your kid better be aggressive to get reps or he has the size and speed that could potentially catch a coaches eye. If not, the days and money would be better spent working out at a park.

  3. phILHarmonic May 31, 2016 11:36 am

    Genuinely inquiring,
    wouldnt not having an offer mean you need to attend this camp??
    please explain. unless there are some college scouts at the park you will be working out at….

  4. The Rim June 1, 2016 10:21 am

    phlLHarmnic- What I meant was save your money and go workout on your own. If you haven’t attended these camps in the past, you go and tell me how it worked out. If your kid doesn’t have the size and speed to be noticed, he’ll be just like the 98% of the talent pool at the camp, THAT’S what in saying. I’m just being real here, I’ve attended a few with my kids, and yes, my sons did get recruited. But the majority of kids at those camps don’t. The other major factor is grades and ACT/SAT scores. Not hitting the books, forget it.

  5. phILHarmonic June 3, 2016 9:51 am

    The Rim-

    Do you know of any other opportunities for exposure besides contacting colleges and sending video If we have been working out on our own and taking care of grades? cant afford to travel out of state.
    At what point do i have my son participate in a showcase or camp? especially if he is about to be a senior?
    btw, congrats on your sons, what college are they attending?

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