CHAPMANVILLE — Tanner Dillon hopes his kicking leg will take him to the next level.
Dillon, a Chapmanville Regional High School senior and all-state member of the Tigers’ football team, has been invited to play in the United States vs. Canada International Futures All-Star Game, set for Feb. 14 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D., the home of the University of North Dakota football team.
The Alerus Center is a 12,283-seat indoor stadium similar to the University of Idaho’s Kibbie Dome.
The game is sponsored by Elite Opportunities Football Scouting, which specializes in scouting and recruitment assistance for aspiring collegiate football players.
The International Futures All-Star Game will showcase the top high school seniors, in addition to the top underclassmen prospects from throughout the nation.
Team USA will be facing off against a team of Canadian high school all-stars.
The all-star game will feature top prospects throughout all of Canada and the United States, giving them an additional platform to showcase their talent.
Players will be coached and evaluated by highly experienced coaches, as well as current and former professional players.
The three-day event will include an evaluation camp, multiple practices, and an all-star game. All on-field events will take place and be filmed at the Alerus Center, giving players high quality film to use within their recruitment process following the completion of the event.
Two former NFL players (USA) and two former Canadian Football League players (Canada) are set to coach the two teams.
The USA All-Star team head coaches are Stuart Schweigert and H.B. Blades.
Dillon had an outstanding season for the 7-4 playoff-bound Chapmanville Tigers during the 2015 football season. He handled all of Chapmanville’s kicking and punting duties as he was the Class AA all-state second-team punter as he averaged around 35 yards per kick.
Dillon was 46-for-50 in extra point attempts and 3-for-4 in field goal tries.
For more information on the International Futures All-Star Game visit the game website at: http://www.internationalfuturesgame.com/!
(Paul Adkins is the Sports Editor of the Logan Banner. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter @PAdkinsBanner).