College football continues to grow and that means more opportunities for high school football players. The National Football Foundation (NFF) and the College Football Hall of Fame report that there are seven new schools that will be playing college football at the NCAA and NAIA levels in the fall, which brings the total number of schools to 778.
“No other sport contributes more to the vibrancy of a college campus than football, and we are very pleased to highlight those schools that have added our great game,” said NFF President & CEO Steve Hatchell. “University and college presidents clearly see the value of having programs on their campuses, and we applaud them for understanding the role football can play in the educational experience of all their students.”
The new seven schools are: Allen University (NAIA) in Columbia, South Carolina; Alvernia University (NCAA D-III) in Reading, Pennsylvania, Indiana Wesley University NAIA) in Marion, Indiana, Keiser University (NAIA) in West Palm Beach, Florida; Lawrence Technological University (NAIA) in Southfield, Michigan; Ottawa University-Arizona (NAIA) in Surprise, Arizona; and University of New England (NCAA D-III) in Biddeford, Maine.
“With more than one million high school students playing football and more than 75,000 spots on college teams, there is plenty of room for expansion,” said NFF Chairman Archie Manning. “Many of these colleges clearly recognize that football can play an important role in encouraging students to continue their educations by enticing them to enroll.”