Wahl grew up in Wisconsin, but calls Big Lake, Minnesota home. Wahl started his career as a Scouting Analyst in 2016, covering the now-defunct AAF (Alliance of American Football) for a start-up sports blog. Upon returning to the Midwest from Kentucky in 2019, he joined the Prep Network as a football scout with Prep Redzone Minnesota. Wahl will continue his scout duties with Prep Redzone Minnesota along with being the Director of Scouting for the newly launched Prep Redzone Dakotas that launched in October 2020. Wahl also is a Lead Scout for the Midwest region for Prep Hoops Next.
Alan Popadines or “Pops” has been working in the prep football space since 2009 when he got his start at All-American Games, the owner and operator of the All-American Bowl (formerly Army All-American Bowl). In his time at All-American Games, he was the Assistant National Combine Director and also served as Public Relations representative for All-American Bowl. In 2010 he moved on to Youth1 Media where he became the National Football Scouting Director.
During his time at Youth1 Media, he was identified as the expert when it came to youth football and was interviewed by several national media powerhouses such as Bleacher Report, The Washington Post, ESPN, and more. He also spread his wings from behind the keyboard to on-screen where he served as co-host of the FBU National Championship show for several years and also did sideline reporting for ESPN. Following a seven-year run there, he moved onto USA Football and the U.S. National Team where he became the Director of Player Personnel for Team USA.
As Director of Player Personnel for USA Football, the sport’s National Governing Body, he was tasked with evaluating and selecting the athletes to wear red, white, and blue amongst seven different age groups to play at International Bowl in AT&T Stadium against different country’s such as Japan, Mexico, Panama, Canada, and others. He’s largely been credited with identifying now-household names such as Trevor Lawrence, DJ Uiagalelei, Cam Akers, and hundreds more—before they were in high school.