Fox Plans High School Football Reality Series

NEW YORK America’s Next Top Model meets high school football in a reality series to debut on Fox’s regional sports networks in October.

The series, now in production in Florida, is called The Ride, and it pits eight high school football quarterbacks from around the country against one another in a contest for a possible slot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, to air on NBC in January.

The players will also compete for a college athletic scholarships.

The series is being produced by Wharton, N.J.-based SportsLink in partnership with Aurora Imaging, based in the Philadelphia area. In addition to creating and producing the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, SportsLink runs top-tier sports camps including Football University and Five Star Basketball.

The eight contestants will be coached during the series by pros who have taught the likes of NFL stars Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Eli Manning.

“A majority of the nation’s top NFL instructors believe that great quarterbacks can be made,” said Rich McGuiness, president of SportsLink and the show’s creator. “This show is essentially testing this idea of truly making and developing a great quarterback — technically, physically and emotionally.”

The program will consist of 10 half-hour episodes. Fox’s sports networks have the exclusive cable rights to the program, per SportsLink.