Player Highlight: Prince Shonola

If you know anything about this website, you are aware of the fact that we loved the Alliance of American Football. It gave so much opportunity to “the little guys” that get looked over by the NFL. Now, I don’t mean “little” in stature, but rather in school size. The AAF gave the opportunity for many small school, and incredibly talented, players to shine on a professional stage. That was when I first became familiar with Prince Shonola when he signed on to be apart of the AAF’s Arizona Hotshots.

Credit: The Battled Bastards

Prince Shonola’s story is like a movie. Playing only one season of high school football due to personal matters, Prince was forced to move to Tampa and began working for a furniture company. From there a friend convinced him to join a semi-professional football league to have some game film on hand. After enrolling in college, Prince was cut from his first college football team, Warner University in Lake Wales, Fl, having never played a snap. Being dismissed took its toll on Shonola and he was quickly deemed academically ineligible to compete, forcing him back to work and semi-pro football.

Though he was down, Prince was not out of the football game. He said, “I knew football wasn’t over for me, the fire still burned in my belly.” So he started his search for a reputable junior college and landed a spot on the Fullerton College roster for two seasons. Prince played 10 games where he contributed 80 receiving yards, 25 rushing yards and added 294 kick return yards.

His hard work paid off and Prince found himself with an opportunity to play at NAIA Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. Shonola accrued 467 yards on 30 receptions and 4 receiving touchdowns in his two seasons with the Battlin’ Bears. The versatile wideout also contributed on special teams adding 436 yards on 19 returns and one touchdown. His return statistics looked great, showing his ability to contribute on special teams as well.

His college statistics coupled with his consistent presence on Twitter landed him a contract with the Arizona Hotshots. Team president Phil Savage must have seen something in the versatile player and signed him in November of 2018. Prince was ultimately let go just before the season started for the Hotshots.

Most recently, Prince spent time on the National Arena Leagues runner up champion Carolina Cobras. He secured 3 receptions for 45 yards and 2 touchdowns in his two games played.

Prince Shonola
Credit: Prince Shonola Twitter

Prince Shonola has played everywhere and continues to seek opportunities. He is fast, has reliable hands, and contributes to show his explosiveness as a kick returner. After watching a lot of game film, I see that he can, and WILL, help any team that gives him the opportunity. Thankfully, we got the word and have confirmed that Prince was invited to participate in The Spring League September Showcase in Atlanta. We wish Prince the best of luck in his endeavors and look forward to seeing him continue his career!

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