Monday, July 7, 2008


Hastings Resident Hosts Football Combine As Recipe For Success

Section 1 Recruiting Inc. played host to its second annual Player Evaluation Day, which took place at New Rochelle High School June 7.
The event, hosted by Hastings’ Keith Fagan and John Malone, the founding fathers of the Westchester County-based recruiting service committed to “selling exposure to college coaches,” was a success. Scores of high school football players eager to up their player profile and learn about intricacies of the recruiting process.
Now the two Section 1 football gurus have a handful of other events just as significant slated—the Valhalla camp, Iona camp, and Tiger camp at Mamaroneck High School—to name a few.
Fagan, a former assistant at Hastings, the alma mater where he re-wrote the record-books as a go-to receiver in the mid-eighties, has a total of 12 camps on tap for the remainder of the summer.
It’s simply for the love of the game and the opportunity to get a glimpse of what college footballs expect from these players.
Fagan, who teaches at All Hallows High in the Bronx and is now an assistant at perennial power New Rochelle High School, has hired the professional training program BX Development for these summer services.
The program will help lend legitimacy to these camps. The program is loaded with the sophisticated tools to capture accurate 40-yard dash times, 3-Cone Drill times, and the results of other core strength, speed, and agility tests. The players will try and use their results and other facets of the camp to the college coaches in attendance.
“It’s all about your core strength,” said Fagan, who explained that core strength is the most paramount to success in the multitude of drills he’ll be employing in this summer’s camps.
“Core is basically the part of your body from below your arm pits to about mid-thigh. It incorporates your abdominen, your obliques, some of your upper thigh muscles. That’s basically where today’s speed, strength, and power all comes from. So they (BX Development) do core training where, it’s not just sit-ups anymore. They do some serious work."
The 3-cone L drill is a highly-regarded system that college coaches place much value on.
It’s the essential litmus test for agility in a player. Most suitable to those players in the backfield, it’s a yardstick device determinant of how fast someone can start and stop their body.
Fagan teamed up with Malone, an Elmsford resident who played at Fordham Prep, back in 2004. The duo have helped give Section 1 football some state-wide visibility ever since. was the start. Now the tandem has coaches and scouts at the Division-I level attending their various camps and combines around the region.
Fagan lauded Irvington assistant coach Rob Higle for helping him run the combine. Higle helped lead the Bulldogs to a 5-4 campaign under Pat Costabile last fall.
“He’s going to make a great coach,” said Fagan of Higle, the former quick-strike quarterback who had an unprecedented career at Briarcliff High before making a big splash under center at Salve Regina College in Rhode Island.
“He knows what he’s doing. He was instrumental to our success (on Saturday).”
In the morning session, the players were evaluated in a number of highly-competitive drills, including the “3-cone L drill.”
Aspiring coach Colin Brennan, a Hastings native who attends Springfield College, was also helpful and laying out the groundwork for the combine.
Brennan played under Joe Vaccaro at Hastings High School and is the embodiment of a longtime high school football junkie.
Assistance of this ilk, from the Rivertowns and across the county, is what’s helping Section 1 mount into a traditional football breeding ground.
“The whole purpose of the program is to provide a memorable experience for the Section 1 football players and help get them the necessary exposure,” explained Fagan, adding that SUNY-Albany, Saint Anselm, and Amherst were all in attendance during Player Evaluation Day.
“The combine that I run is not for the elite player,” explained Fagan. “It’s not geared for those 5-10 kids out of Section 1 that are going to get the Division I-A, or AA scholarship. It’s not for them. It’s for the other 900 kids that are going to play Division-II or Division-III football.”
For more information on Section 1 Recruiting or their upcoming Summer Camps you can either go to or contact them at