Eric Hartline-US PRESSWIRE
Villanova football's Norman White remains on the NFL radar after being invited to a senior class showcase all-star game in Los Angeles.
Norman White has been touted as a future professional and a potential draft pick out of the Wildcat's program. A foot injury (lisfranc fracture) sidelined him for the entirety of 2011, but the big receiver made a comeback this fall, and despite the team's run-game emphasis, his efforts have been noted. White was invited recently to take part in the NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl game, an all-star showcase event that will take place in Los Angeles, California on January 19th.
The game features 100 NFL prospects, divided into two teams; American and National.
The game will be played at LA's Home Depot Center stadium, the usual home of the LA Galaxy soccer team and will be attended by a large contingent of league scouts, hoping to spot talented players for their draft or post-draft strategy.
Players from a variety of schools were invited to the event as an opportunity to show off their skills in a pro-style offense or defense in front of NFL personnel. The teams will be coached by former NFL head coaches Herm Edwards and Dick Vermeil, and an all-star cast of former players and coaches will work with players at the various positions.
The players will arrive in Los Angeles this week to begin practicing and working out in advance of the game. ESPNU will broadcast some of those practices on Thursday, January 17th, beginning at 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.,. . The game itself will be carried live on ESPN2, kicking off at 6:00 p.m. Eastern time, with Joe Tessitore, Todd McShay and Bill Polian on the call.
Both the game and practices will also be available online on WatchESPN or through the WatchESPN app for mobile devices.
White, who has completed his eligibility at Villanova, has signed on with agents CRM Sports Management, who are based in Philadelphia. He joins Pitt's Hubie Graham, Penn State's Michael Zordich, Mike Farrell and Pete Massaro as 2013 Draft entries signing with the firm. They represent current NFL players and coaches for both college and professional teams.
Both White and his representatives will be hoping that a strong performance in the game will improve his draft stock and potentially earn him an invitation to the NFL combine or some individual workouts with teams. In addition, White will likely have a number of scouts on-site this spring for his pro-day workouts at Villanova (or at an off-campus indoor facility).