What the hell? I just read this on EP Gridiron's home page
*ATTENTION: Beginning this upcoming 2018 season we, EP GRIDIRON, will stop promoting and highlighting El Paso, Texas High School Football. (2004 - 2017)
Anyone know the reason why???
Man this is terrible news. EP Gridiron is important to El Paso high school football in so many ways and whoever does not think so is a fool. EP Gridiron has been doing a incredible job at getting everyone all excited leading up to regular seasons and keeps everyone excited during the regular seasons. In my opinion school districts are going to feel the absence of EP Gridiron in the future in ticket sales. EP Gridiron also does alot during the off seasons for varsity players. I honestly think that future skilled varsity players who have the potential to play division 1 football will be the main ones who will hurt with EP Gridiron's absence because of all the division 1 college coaches that follow EP Gridiron on their twitter page.
EPG has more collegiate coaches from D-1 and D-2 programs following them on Twitter than most popular recruiting scout sites Twitter pages. EPG will be greatly missed and props to them for all they did for high school football in El Paso all these years. I believe like for 14 or 15 years. As some say all great things come to an end.
Personally what I will miss most about EP Gridiron are their preseason power ratings and rankings. They were consistently accurate.
You know MHS_Rams in reading that I think the vision of the owner of EP Gridiron was probably to see a lot of people young and old promoting and highlighting El Paso, TX high school football. I say this because ever since I first began visiting this website years ago around 2005 EP Gridiron would always post as their slogan 'Promoting and Highlighting El Paso, Texas High School Football since 2004'. They posted that a lot practically everywhere. I remember back then in the early years of EP Gridiron some local El Pasoans and some outsiders would come in this forum making fun of EP Gridiron and El Paso, Texas high school football. A lot has changed since back then for the better. Anyways the owner of EP Gridiron probably likes what he has been seeing for the past couple of years and lately and like I said before with a lot of people young and old promoting and highlighting El Paso, TX high school football now he probably sees it as the perfect time to end EP Gridiron.
This is how I see the owner of EP Gridiron making his exit with his vision materialized.
If I wanted to I could easily write a book on what EP Gridiron did to El Paso, TX high school football and it would be filled with truth from the first word to the final word.
The owner of EP Gridiron before he ventured on this endeavor years ago more than likely realized and recognized that the culture surrounding El Paso, TX high school football was in need of transforming and he took action. Just reread his facebook post and I quote him "change the way people negatively viewed El Paso, Texas High School Football but most importantly helped prove to all that there is definitely talent in the 915". That quote by the owner of EP Gridiron speaks volumes it's full of truth.
El Paso high school football was the laughing stock of Texas mainly by out of towners but sadly also by local El Pasoans. Before EP Gridiron many wouldn't give El Paso high school football squads a chance against out of town opponents during preseason and in the playoffs but many people do now. Also before EP Gridiron many thought there was in no way 2 or more Division 1 caliber players in the city of El Paso to sign every year but since EP Gridiron's inception 2 or more local players have been signing with Division 1 programs every year and this is the truth.
Like I said I can write a book on all this and even mention that all El Paso, TX high schools have turf fields today and many of us are now interested in El Paso, TX high school football more than ever before and this is the truth.
Bottomline is this before EP Gridiron many El Pasoans and out of towners were comfortable with the culture surrounding El Paso, TX high school football. That culture has been transformed and that is the truth.
All hands on deck!!!
What can we do to prevent this? It's obvious all onboard will miss EPG and I your very handsome Captain as well.
EP Gridiron was special and High Schools in the city of El Paso were fortunate to have them for so long. As for me I will miss EP Gridiron's videos. While anyone can press a button on a camera not just anyone can record the real essence of the game and showcase the skills of the players as EP Gridiron did. EP Gridiron showcased the players skills in a way that I just cannot put into words simply to say amazing. I like several of EP Gridiron's videos but this by far is my favorite.
EP Gridiron is a highly valuable asset that everything associated with El Paso, TX high school football will be losing.
Devin Houx a former Franklin high school student athlete just posted this on his facebook about EP Gridiron
"I heard EP Gridiron is closing up shop after 14 years of covering high school football in the borderland. In a city that never got any interest from colleges, EP Gridiron helped market our talent to schools ranging from Jucos to D1 programs. I know they played a big part in me getting looks, a scholarship, but most importantly a degree from the Air Force Academy. To that I say with the utmost sincerity, thank you EP GRIDIRON. Hopefully you can find someone to pass the torch to. Our young men need the exposure you helped create."
Makes me wonder how many other former and active players are posting stuff like this on the internet or talking about it to people out there.