Have You Ever Seen a 6’6″ High School Football Player Without a College Scholarship Offer? Me Neither

How Height Rules the New Recruiting Landscape

By: Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

What’s the most important factor in obtaining a college football scholarship?  Is it tremendous footwork?  Is it a high football IQ?  Is it outstanding hitting ability?  How about great speed?  All of those things are nice and most definitely a part of any great player’s resume but if you want to be sure to play college football the most important factor is,  be tall.  There’s just something about a coach having to look up to see a prospect that makes an offer fall right out of their mouth.

Go to any high school football practice for any school, anywhere.  Chances are if there is a 6’5″ participant,  he has a college scholarship offer.  This offseason,  as you make your way to all the camps and combines,  check the crowd of reporters.  You can be certain they will congregate around a plus six footer.  There’s just something about having to hold your tape recorder above your head that screams hot prospect.  I’m not just talking fantasy here,  there is evidence to support this.  I am also not saying that tall prospects aren’t good players but there’s no denying that when it comes to height and college football prospects,  the numbers are trending up.

Take a look at the Rivals Top 100.   Here are the heights of the last five #1 rated prospects in the country:

Height of Rivals #1 Prospect 2011-2015
2011 6’6″
2012 6’6″
2013 6’3″
2014 6’4″
2015 6’3″

Looking beyond just that top spot,  from 2011-2015 ranked recruiting classes by Rivals,  only six prospects listed under 6′ have ever found themselves in the top 10.  That’s six prospects out of 50 that have been listed under 6′ tall.  For your math nuts out there,  that’s a mere 12%.

You should also note,  since it began producing a Top 100 list in 2002, has never had their #1 recruit in the country stand under six feet tall.  Bet you didn’t know that.

Well you say,  that’s probably because they’re always picking some quarterback or defensive end.  This is true,  the last three #1 players in the country have been defensive ends.  So let’s take a look at height as it relates to some individual positions.  First we will start with defensive ends.  If you’re standing at or under six feet,  playing defensive end is a tough way to go according to the recruiting numbers.

- Height of Top 10 Rivals WDE 2011-2015
- Height of #1 Player Height of Shortest Prospect
2011 6’5″ 6’2″
2012 6’4″ 6’3″
2013 6’2″ 6’2″
2014 6’4″ 6’3″
2015 6’5″ 6’2″

No surprises here.  Height is where it’s at.  When it comes to rushing the quarterbacks weak side,  college coaches believe a tall, long rangy player has all the advantages over someone who is not that.

How Tall is the Passing Game?

There are no surprises at the pro-style quarterback position either.  Absolutely zero sub six foot quarterbacks have been ranked in the top 10 over the last five years at  The average height of the guys that have been ranked number one in this category is 6’4″.

Ok,  we get it,  you “need” a tall guy to see over the line (that is till you realize the centers and guards are also 6’4″ but I’ll drink my tea now).  Perhaps the shifty dual threat quarterbacks are given some leeway on height.  Fat chance!  Over the last five recruiting cycles,  the average height of the #1 ranked dual threat quarterback in the country at Rivals has been 6’1.5″ and only one prospect out of a possible 50 listed in the top 10 over that time period has been listed under six feet.  That prospect is none other than Booker T. Washington High School’s and current Florida Gators starting quarterback Treon Harris.  That should surprise you.

Receiver’s Being Stolen from the Basketball Court

Surely,  receivers are not so much a part of this scenario.  Yes,  we have noticed that they have been getting taller but not across the board, right?  Hit the buzzer,  wrong!  No receiver from 2011-2015 recruiting classes listed under six feet has found themselves as the #1 receiver in the country.  Of the 50 receivers listed in the Top 10 over that time span,  a mere nine have been under six feet.   That’s 18%.

What About the No Fly Zone?

I didn’t take a look at the entire No Fly Zone.  I took an interest in cornerbacks.  When I was growing up,  it was rare to see six foot plus guys playing the position.  The thought was that they did not have the agility to mirror a wide receiver going through his cavalcade of direction changes.  That thinking has seen it’s way out with rotary dialed phones, VCR’s and other beloved amenities of my youth.  Take a look at the recent trends:

Height of Top 10 Rivals Cornerbacks 2011-2015
- Height of #1 Prospect # out of Top 10 listed under 6′
2011 6’1″ 7 out of 10
2012 5’11” 6 out of 10
2013 511″ 6 out of 10
2014 6’1″ 5 out of 10
2015 6’1″ 4 out of 10

Noticing a trend here?  Each recruiting cycle,  the number of sub 6′ cornerbacks in the Top 10 is shrinking.  Only the University of Miami’s Tracy Howard (2012) and the University of Florida’s Vernon Hargreaves (2013) has managed to find themselves in the top spot standing under six feet.  I guess we can all thank the Seattle Seahawks for this trend as they’ve dominated the air waves in the NFL the past few seasons with power forwards playing cornerback.

What’s the Reason?

Well there are a few theories I have.  First,  the field of exercise science has exploded in recent years.  The ability to turn seemingly any individual into a competent athlete has increased.  This now applies to taller athletes who were once considered to be awkward.  Physical development and training is turning tall athletes into agile beings that can survive out in space and change direction.  There was a time that the thought was once you passed 6’5″ it was time for you to go stand in the paint on a basketball court.  Now exercise science has turned those guys into tight ends and even wide receivers.

College coaching staffs can add weight to a prospects frame when they get on campus.  They can also make them faster and improve their IQ.  However,  we have not reached the point where medical science can make an athlete taller.  With that in mind,  the thought of a coaching staff is I can’t teach height so acquiring a 6’5″ player that can do what a 6’2″ player can do gives me a tactical advantage.

College coaches are also involved in a profession that does not offer a ton of stability.  Jobs are given and taken with light speed now in college football.  More and more,  jobs are lost over lack of production in the area of recruiting.  This means,  coaches are less likely to take chances on the recruiting trail.  Bringing in a highly productive high school player who was not the ideal height and having him struggle on the college practice field makes for some uneasy moments in the meeting room.  Coaches now are much more resigned to taking a tall athlete that “looks the part” and having him fail than the alternative.

You may ask why should we care about the Top guys or the top 10 guys?  We are just looking to get a scholarship to any of the schools, not necessarily Alabama.  Here’s the rub.  College football is very much a copy cat game and that means in recruiting too.  All of the schools are looking to imitate what’s in the top 10.  It seems they will take a poor man’s version of the Top 10 prospects before going after a highly productive version that does not resemble top 10 characteristics.  I have division II schools telling me they are looking for 6 foot corners.  Really man?

Few programs are willing to be trend setters it seems as the herd mentality rules.  Playing it safe is the name of the game and the bottom will imitate what’s happening at the top as best they can.

What Should the Little Guys Do?

Have no fear.  It’s not time to start watching the horse races and conjuring up a career as a jockey.  In the long run,  football is a results oriented business that holds many rewards for those who can persevere.  What is football if not a test of will?  If you are not the required height,  it just means you are going to have to dig deep, work harder and grind more than the next man.  It’s what you should be doing anyway but even more now since your are looking up to your competition.  The lessons and character you build in this pursuit will only yield dividends in every aspect of your life.

Chase the Offers or the Ring. Which is the Better Thing?

By Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

A Facebook friend of mine,  known for bringing up interesting topics of discussion posed a really great one this past Saturday.  For a parent who’s child is involved in high school athletics, what do you chase offers or rings?  An interesting question indeed but not nearly as interesting as the answers I read.  The general consensus from the largely parental participants were to chase the offers.  Few of those who answered seemed to give much value to the rings which, for those of you who are not aware,  means a championship.

What caught me by surprise in reading the responses was the perception most who answered had of a ring.  Some said,  rings can be bought at a pawn shop.  While I am not so green as to see the humor intended by that statement,  I am not naive enough to miss the lack of value held in the mind of the responder.  To most parents the ring is a physical possession given to someone who won a game at the end of a tournament.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

For a team in any sport to end their season as the best of the best, aka champion,  a lot of things need to happen.  To chase a ring,  an athlete has to learn something about sacrifice, discipline, team work, dedication, leadership, bonding, serving, friendship, adversity, respect, honor and a host of other life critical elements.  If the athlete is paying attention and is engaged,  everything they need to be successful in life will be found in their journey to the championship.  Math teaches you numbers, English teaches you communication (or at least it’s supposed to), Science teaches you about the Earth but no subject nor collection of subjects in school will provide you with all the critical elements needed to truly lead a successful life the way athletics does.  I would dare say that our educational system in this country is set up to teach you what someone out there wants you to learn so you can work for them.  Athletics teaches you what you NEED to learn so you can lead in life.

The problem is so many people do not see athletics for what it really is.  Often times the participants and their parents seek out athletics only to get that one thing they want to get out of it and these days that’s a college scholarship.  Lost in all of that are the long list of lessons and critical skills I mentioned earlier in this article.  Your college scholarship and your subsequent degree will not be worth more than the paper it’s printed on if you fail to acquire and master those critical elements I indicated.  Your degree does not mean you will be a good worker, business owner or professional.  However, acquiring the skills taught in athletics will most certainly do so.

I had several job interviews at the end of my playing career which came very early for me.  I went into those job interviews without my degree (I later earned it when I went back to school).  Never once did I walk into those job interviews feeling anything less than the best candidate.  I knew that I had a leg up on the other applicants because my life in athletics provided me with all the skills I needed to be a successful asset to the company I was seeking to join.  I felt this even without degree in hand.  By no means am I advocating for a young man or woman to avoid obtaining their college degree.  Quite the contrary.  However,  I am saying that a degree without the acquired critical life skills is a failure in disguise.  I played football for 12 years out of my life and only twice was I on a team that had no chance to win it all.  I always found myself on a team with a coach and teammates that were chasing excellence.  To obtain it we were taught to master sacrifice, discipline, team work, dedication, leadership, etc. to win it all.   Several times, my teams did win it all and at the end they gave me my ring.  Guess what that ring was?  That ring was my degree.  Guess what I wore on my finger in those job interviews?  Guess how many times the interviewee asked me about that ring?  Guess what that discussion allowed me to do?  It allowed me to tell that decision maker why I would be a great hire.  I don’t ever remember not getting the job.  Dead serious.  I wore the ring to go buy a car,  buy a house, etc.

So what am I saying?  I am saying in life you chase excellence.  You teach your children to chase excellence.  As much as you can,  you want your children to be a part of something special.  Life is about experiences and anytime you can provide them with that experience,  you should do it.  So my answer is chase the ring.  But what does that mean?  Does chase the ring mean transfer your kid to the team expected to win it all this year?  No. Do so if that is the best opportunity for your child to obtain the experience while still being a participant.  It could also mean to encourage your child to become a leader at his current school that is not a favorite to win it all.  If the administration and the coach seem willing to make an effort to win,  then there are important lessons to be learned in pursuing greatness where it does not seem readily apparent.  Does chase the ring mean leave the championship team on which your son / daughter is an active participant or starter because you don’t feel they have enough scholarship offers?  Absolutely not!  There is more value in learning the ways to be a champion and attending a lesser prestigious school than developing a selfish attitude with a degree in hand from one of the schools everyone lauds over.  Remember,  I sat in a waiting room with other degree holders with a champion’s attitude / mindset and got the job.  Those others didn’t.

You can’t put a price on some things in life but you can certainly realize it’s benefits.  Many of the walk-ons that I played with on the University of Miami are extremely successful in what I call their “real lives”.   That is the life that comes after the playing is over.  Most of these walk-ons never stepped on the field for the Hurricanes.  However, they entered their “real lives’ with the lessons learned in the pursuit of greatness and they are living it every day of their life.  There’s something to be said for that.

You can chase offers.  You can move junior from school to school hoping to line him up for that offer to the top college program in his sport.  That’s great.  If he’s a football player,  he has a .001 chance of playing professionally.  Hopefully he has a degree but do you really want him sitting the waiting room of that corporation next to a guy like me who has the upper hand on him on everything that matters.  That degree is a piece of paper,  that experience and the skills learned is the education that means something.

You want to chase something?  Chase excellence.  Excellence is undefeated.  Excellence is attractive.  I have rarely seen a college scholarship worthy kid not get one from a team that was a champion. Now parents may not have agreed with the level of schools offering their child and feel it would have been better elsewhere.  However,  too many times, parents and prospects force their way into a school above a prospect’s head only to endure a bad experience.  What could have happened is learn the ways of a champion,  sign with the school that wants you, have a good experience, take your shot at a professional athletic career,  then go excel at whatever you choose in life after that.  The true lessons of athletics and chasing greatness last a lifetime.

Someone forward this article to Lebron James please.

’18 Freshman FS Hunter Goetz is Appropriately Named

’18 DB Hunter Goetz

By Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

Some times a name just fits like a young man named Colt playing for a team in Texas or a player named Gunnar being the quarterback for a major division I football team.  If you’ve watched 2018 freshman free safety Hunter Goetz patrol the deep middle of the Chaminade defense then you know the name fits the action.

To start as a freshman on varsity,  you have to be doing something right and Hunter Goetz does a whole lot of that.  Not your typical freshman,  Goetz seeks out the opposing ball carriers with intensity and puts an end to their hopes.  His highlight tape is a collage of stopped runs, fearless encounters and extinguished big plays.  Goetz takes his last line of defense responsibilities very seriously and will playa hate on a momentum turning offensive play with the best of them.  He is equally effective as the lone wolf 15 to 20 yards deep as he is at linebacker depth.  This is not a skill that many safeties have and certainly a skill rarely found in freshman competitors who are usually trying to find their mark on a JV team.

Standing 6’1″ already,  Goetz is for sure a prospect to watch going forward.  He already possesses a frame that catches the eye of college scouts to go along with the fearlessness, IQ and athleticism that top programs covet. If you are a recruiter putting together a 2018 watch list,  you would do well to put Goetz’s name near the top.  He has the pedigree (Father Chris played several years in the NFL and brother Tyler is a standout on Chaminade at multiple positions).  He has been groomed from a young age to affect football games with his skilled play and that ability has only increased with age.  It will be interesting to watch his development for the next three season as he grows physically and mentally.  There’s no doubt that as time wears on,  a free safety named Hunter will be one that the opposition can’t afford to miss.

Watch Hunter Goetz’s Freshman Highlight Video – Click Here



Chaminade Madonna ’16 Prospect Tyler Goetz Owns the Space You Are In

’16 Prospect Tyler Goetz

By Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

Ask a high school football player that’s not on the offensive line to block and most will attack it with same fire they attack an English term paper that’s due in six weeks.  For the guys who fancy themselves as running backs, tight ends or wide receivers,  their concern falls heavily into the other more “fun” duties of their position.  Don’t include Chaminade Madonna’s Tyler Goetz on such a list.  Goetz is a two player for the Lions and he excels at all aspects of all positions he takes part in.  However, one look at his film and you realize few players pack up an opponents things and moves him out of space like he does.

Goetz plays outside linebacker, defensive end and H back for the Lions.  From a recruiting stand point,  he seems picture perfect at the college level as a fullback.  From the word go on his highlight video,  you can see that Goetz has mastered the art of blocking a defender.  Goetz’ dad Chris was an All American guard at the University of Pittsburgh and played a couple of years in the NFL before an injury forced retirement.  It seems that Tyler’s a serious “chunk’ off the ole block.  Clip after clip displays Goetz’s ability to remove man from space against his own will.  His use of body positioning, driving his feet and hand placement are skills top level division I players and sadly some NFL players are still trying to master.  Goetz also displays great feet for a 6’0″ 210 lb. athlete.  You can’t deny his hands as well when watching him snag passes with ease from his H back spot.

Defensively,  Goetz disrupts the flow of commerce for offenses from his defensive end spot.  His combination of strength and quickness acts as swiss army knife on offensive lineman who are never sure what’s coming.  It would be interesting to see how much damage he could cause as a true stand up outside linebacker but that does not fit the needs for Chaminade right now.  Either way,  Goetz is a college prospect that will undoubtedly do a great service to any program that eventually lands him.  There’s so much good on his film that at some point it should be a training reel for blockers at all positions.  Good fullbacks these days are hard to find but look no further than Goetz’s tape for that.  His potential at a linebacker spot is also apparent from his athleticism.  There is much to consider when watching him on tape. However opponents considering occupying a spot on the field that he does not wish to have you in,  are in for a ride to a new location.

Check out Tyler Goetz’s Junior Highlight Video – Click Here


Lake Nona’s 2015 QB Tucker Israel Has Rewritten the Florida Record Books

Israel is Florida Prep All Time Leading Passer

Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

In case you have been asleep for the last two high school football seasons,  there’s a new owner of virtually every meaningful passing record in Florida high school football.  When you leave the high school game owning the record for single game passing yards, career passing yards, career completions, career passing touchdowns, single season passing touchdowns and, now, single season passing yards you’ve pretty much done things right.  That’s exactly what you can say about about Lake Nona HS, Florida’s Tucker Israel.

Israel completed his high school career last Friday night when his Lake Nona team was eliminated from the playoffs with a 48-38 loss to Lakeland High School in the 7A playoffs.  Of course disappointed,  Israel has nothing to be sorry about from a personal standpoint.  Standing 5’11”,  Israel does not possess the 6’4″ height that most college football QB coaches covet but that meant nothing on Friday nights when he torched Florida high school defenses for over 13,o0o yards during his prep career.  Sure, Israel’s numbers are a product of a pass happy system run by Lake Nona but pass happy spread offenses are all the craze across Florida and the United States.  With that said,  no one in the state has ever done it like Israel.  In addition to the 13,000 plus yards passing,  Israel dropped 157 passes into opponents’ end zones.  That is truly a staggering stat when you realize that is an average of 39 per season.

We could go on and on about all of the records he has rewritten during his career but it should be pointed out that Israel is not just your typical record breaking QB that doesn’t have the goods for the next level.  Israel juggled offers from many major division I programs like Florida, LSU and UCLA before settling on Clemson in February of this year.  A look at his film and you can see why Israel is a legit prospect.  He has a smooth delivery, is comfortable in the pocket and has laser accuracy.  Defenses were truly outmatched each Friday Night as was Lakeland in last week’s playoff contest.   Israel lead Lake Nona to a lead late in the game vs. the perennial powerhouse but could not hold it as Lakeland battled back for the 48-38 win.   Only the Dreadnaughts win could pull the pen out of Israel’s hand and prevent him from writing quarterbacking records for prep excellence in a spot where no one could ever touch them.

Check out Tucker Israel’s Highlight Video



American Heritage’s ’15 DB Prospect Christian Irving is a Destructive Force

By: Chad Wilson – Editor Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

Ever been the fan of a football team and been totally frustrated watching the offense try to move down the field with no apparent luck.  Every time you turn around a pass is getting batted down,  the quarterback is getting sacked or a running back is getting thumped in the backfield.  There could be a number of reasons for that but most often it is because someone or some people on defense are making life miserable for your team’s offense.  2015 American Heritage Plantation defensive back Christian Irving makes a living doing that.

One look at Irving’s highlight video and you will quickly realize that he’s that guy that ruins the flow of offense.  Irving’s physical similarity to the Honey Badger does not stop there.  His appearance where the ball is on many plays draws comparisons to Tyrann Mathieu the former LSU and current Arizona Cardinals defensive back.  If Irving is not running down a receiver who thought he was off to the races,  he’s storming through a block on a screen to wreck the play for a substantial loss.  Irving uses a rare combo of speed and strength to defeat the opposition and find the football.  His highlight video is also packed with a number of well timed blitzes that have either resulted in sacks or tackles for losses.

Irving and his defensive mates have been on a roll the last few weeks shutting down opponents including an opening round 52-0 shutout vs. Immokalee high school in the Florida 5A state playoffs.  Irving’s physical abilities allow him to cover a slot receiver, blitz the quarterback or be heavy in run support.  He’s a prospect that bring to the table the versatility that so many of today’s defenses require.  Several schools are showing strong interest (Georgia Tech and USF offers) with many more likely to take notice as Irving and his defensive mates at American Heritage continue their strong defensive performances.

Check Out Christian Irving’s Senior Highlights – Click here



Coral Springs 2015 QB Jake Bofshever Trying to Pass His Way Into Consciousness

By: Chad Wilson – Editor Gridiron Studs Blog
Twitter: @Gridironstuds

Thousands upon thousands of high school football players lace up for their senior seasons every year in hopes of securing a college scholarship.  The opportunity to continue playing the game they would almost die for gives them the passion  to live on Friday nights.  For those without offers from college football programs,  every game is a virtual do or die situation.  Some thrive in that situation, other do not.  Coral Springs high school quarterback Jake Bofshever eats that situation up like a bowl to go from Chipotle.

One season after throwing for over 1200 yards and rushing for 529 yards with 23 total touchdowns,  the 2015 prospect is at it again.  So far on the season,  Bofshever has tallied 2,280 yards passing with 24 touchdowns to go with 695 yards and nine rushing touchdowns.  How does he do it?  One look at his film and you can see that it is done with a lot of heart, skill and determination.  Watching Bofshever,  one name for a person my age comes to mind and that is Steve Young.  For those who remember him playing the game,  Young was long on skill and even longer on heart.  Many will remember his miraculous run vs. the Minnesota Vikings that lives in NFL infamy.  Bofshever put together a similar play this season that ended with a throw to a wide open receiver.  It’s a play you will surely rewind to watch more than once.

Bofshever possess the tools every spread quarterback needs to thrive in this pass happy era.  He has very good feet in the pocket to along with great awareness.  He will scramble out of trouble but will keep his eyes downfield to locate a receiver in the clear.  However,  should an opportunity not present itself throwing the ball,  Bofshever has the athleticism to gut the defense with his legs as evidenced by his over 1,100 rushing yards over the last two seasons.  His poise is a major reason why the Coral Springs Colts find themselves in the post season after a year of handling the heavyweights of Florida’s biggest high school classification,  8A.

Spread offenses were made for quarterbacks like Bofshever who has the pinpoint accuracy needed to hit receivers in windows and extend drives with precision throws on third down.  He’s a major headache for the opposition who must allocate quite a few defenders to cover the spaces he may fire a pass into while also having enough troops to prevent him from running the yard markers down the field.  At some point,  you just run out of players.  With the rise of Sunshine State quarterbacks of late,  it seems some talented signal callers could get lost in the mix.  Bofshever is certainly one that should remain on the brain of many college football programs searching for prospects under the Florida sun.

Check Out Jake Bofshever’s Senior Highlight Video – Click Here



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Forfeited Game Costs State Champ Champagnat Lions A Chance to Defend Title

FHSAA Has Eliminated Head Coach Mike Tunsil’s Lions squad

By: Chad Wilson – Editor GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

Witnesses at the IMG Academy vs. Champagnat Catholic game last week said that some of the Champagnat Catholic players were laughing as they walked off the field during their forfeit in the second quarter.  Today,  the joke was on them.  Unaware of Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) rules prohibiting a team that forfeits a game during the regular season to participate in the post season,  Champagnat was dealt the bad news early Thursday morning.

Champagnat, who advanced through the Florida Class 2A bracket last year with all double digit wins before getting to the championship game and winning it,  was favored to make another appearance in the championship game.  They were scheduled to take on Jupiter Christian in the first round on Friday but instead will be rushing to appeal the FHSAA’s decision bright and early on Friday morning.  It would appear that the Lions don’t have a preverbal leg to stand on in this situation as the rule is clear.

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I am not sure on what grounds Champagnat can appeal the ruling by the FHSAA on Friday morning but the governing body does provide for an appeal which Champagnat attempts to make use of.  The odds are on Champagnat’s last minute hail mary getting batted down to the ground.  This would make the second southern region Florida team to lose a playoff game before they suit up.  On Wednesday,  the Broward County School Board elected to remove 8A contestant Miramar high school from their playoff bracket amidst an investigation into allegations by former coach Matt Strout concerning an assortment of illegal actions by the school.   Miramar’s situation is a bit more cloudy than that of Champagnat’s.  Either way, it seems that hardworking, determined and impressionable young athletes have been adversely affected by poor decisions of adults.  It’s a story that repeats itself quite often these days and makes you wonder,  when will it stop?

Earlier this season,  Champagnat had games scheduled against Cocoa high school and Jacksonville’s Trinity Catholic and elected to cancel those contests.  It was a bizarre and tumultuous season for the Lions. It began this summer when their top recruit Chidi Okeke Valentine was “abducted” by his African Tribal leaders and ushered to another high school in the Atlanta area.  Champagnat’s actions have drawn the ire of many in social media and put a spot light on the tiny Catholic school in Hialeah.  It would seem, given the roller coaster that their season has been,  this would be a fitting end. Rumors are now swirling that the school may terminate it’s football program.  This is certainly a developing situation that will likely have additional information in the future.

Celebrity Shock Jock Calls in Prank to Gridiron Studs Show

sternwilsonCelebrity shock jock Howard Stern is no stranger to pranks and public mayhem.  Many can call themselves victims of his wide array of pranks and you can add Gridiron Studs Show hosts Chad Wilson and Emil Calomino to the list.

On Monday’s Gridiron Studs Show,  Wilson and Calomino fielded a call from a caller who asked the hosts “if they’ve ever sucked their own breasts”.   Obviously not your normal topic for a sports radio show, Wilson and Calomino were unaware that the caller was Stern.  Wilson commented how the prank caller had a professional sounding voice but then added that Stern sounded like he was obese and that he probably had not seen his shoes since the Reagan Administration.   The call was dropped and Stern called back in making references to masturbation which prompted Calomino to comment that he (Stern) probably was living in his mother’s basement.

Stern replayed the prank call on his daily radio show on Wednesday drawing comments from his co-host Robin Quivers who added “I wanted to hear more.”  Stern has been known to call into internet radio shows and razz the hosts.  This time, the Gridiron Studs Show became a victim.  No word on whether Wilson and Calomino plan on avenging this prank.

You can listen to the entire segment from the Howard Sterns Show by clicking below:


2015 Athlete Nevelle Clarke Gives You Your Money’s Worth on the Gridiron

By: Chad Wilson – Editor GridironStuds Blog
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Ever heard the term worth the price of admission.  Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, Michael Vick have all fallen into that category during their careers.  Well he’s not named Michael but 2015 Taravella High School prospect Nevelle Clarke will never make you feel sorry you paid to get into a football game.

Clarke’s highlight video is choc-full of the good stuff you want to see on a Friday Night.  When he lines up at cornerback,  Clarke is a heart in your throat kind of defender.  He’s the type that quarterbacks are tempted to throw at but usually come away feeling sorry they did.  Clarke has that rare ability to defend both the short and the deep pass with equal ferocity.  Try to throw the slant and Clarke has cut the route off like FPL shuts the lights off.  Send your wide receiver on the fade and he’s up over the top of your guy playa hatin on reception count.  Clarke’s length is a real asset as he can reach out and touch anyone at the line of scrimmage.  The 6’2″ defender either disrupts you at the line or makes the QB have to drop the ball out of the sky to get it into his intended target.  Clarke is no slouch vs. the run either.  There is no fear when the ball carrier shows up with football in hand.  Clarke brings the helmet and shoulder pass without hesitation and makes his statement.

Offensively,  Clarke shows up in a variety of ways.  You want the short pass turned into a long gain,  he’s your guy.  You want to throw the 9 route from the middle of the field,  Clarke can leak behind defenders and if you have to have 7 in the red zone,  he’ll reach up high and snag the fade route.  Viewers of Clarke’s highlight video may be most entertained,  however,  by his jet sweep runs.  Despite his slender build,  the determined prospect will fight off would be tacklers like Tony Montana shrugged off bullets in the climax of the movie Scarface.  It is truly equally amazing and hilarious.  What’s not funny is despite all of his exploits,  Clarke is holding a mere two offers from division I schools (Marshall & Alcorn St.)  He has definitely been underexposed and will make the school he chooses certainly feel that he was worth the price of admission.

Check out Nevelle Clarke’s Senior Highlights



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