With my videos and directory work well under way, I have been tracking college football prospects who also play basketball or wrestle. Indoor track begins in the middle of January. Recently, I have watch players who dispelled the old saying," just concentrate on football year-round. "
A week ago, I watched St Ignatius play Findlay. Dan Fox (ND commit) was agressive and really plays hard. Mark Myers(210-QB) form St. Ignatius contributed, but is still getting his basketball skills finetuned. Although he did not play much, enjoyed watching Brendan Carozzoni(210-TE) from St Ignatius. He will have to add 15 pounds by next season, but has nice ball skills and toughness.
Last night watched Sylvania South play Toledo St. Johns. James Hall(210-DB) from Southview was agressive and plays very hard. Seniors, Bernard Pinckney and Shaun Joplin, from Southview, showed both the leadership and physical skills that helped the Cougars win the state football championship this past fall. As much as I dislike promoting kids too early, Allen Gant(212-ATH)from Southview, if he keeps on track will be a national recruit before he is done. Cheatham Norrils(211-DB) from St Johns played with the quickness and toughness that will make a top recruit in football.
Also was impressed with Courtney Avery(211-DB) from Lexington HS. Excellent leader with "ball smarts." Needs to work on his explosiveness, but has athleticism to be a highly rated recruit.
Last month I had a parent tell me his 6'6-275 son was not playing basketball this year, in order to work on his quickness for the All-Americam combine in Texas this week. That so disapointing to me, that I did not even purse it. That All-American combine, with the money involved, is silly. Egos are stroked, but as far as actually helping a recruit, traveling to Texas to attend a combine is questionable.
Play as many sports as you can. Realize that athleticism and ability to move your feet are so important. Plus stay competitive. Finally, adding upper body strength is easier than increasing speed and quickness.