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Football: Is adding another high school all-star game piling on?

March 14, 2011 | 12:12 pm

It seems as if everyone is trying to get a piece of the action in high school football. Besides private coaches and the growing number of camps and combines and seven-on-seven competitions, all-star games are starting to proliferate.

In addition to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January and the Under Armour All-America game at around the same time, a new group is going to hold a California all-star game on Dec. 23 in Fresno.

Do the top players really want to play in one, two or even three all-star games after a long, demanding high school season?

Besides focusing on picking a college, they also have to be concerned about injuries at these all-star games. And some players might even want to play in another sport.

When is it too much?

I understand people like attention and publicity, but this rush to get on TV or mentioned by an Internet recruiting guru doesn't mean a player is going to get a scholarship.

It's about getting good grades, developing as an athlete and proving yourself in the weight room and on the field that matters most to college recruiters.

But some people like to be busy, so good luck because the opportunities keep expanding.

-- Eric Sondheimer