’15 WR Robert “Bam” Foy Has A Name That Sticks

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

If you grew up in my neighborhood,  every kid had a nickname.  Some matched while a  hell of a lot of them didn’t.  There was the 200 lb. thirteen year old that everyone called “slim” and the two time left back 5th grader who was referred to as “brain”.  2015 Flanagan HS, Florida WR Robert Foy is all about action when he takes to the field for the Falcons so when you hear his nickname “Bam” you can see that 2+2  = 4.

I do not know the origin of Foy’s nickname.  I would suspect that he earned it before his days on the gridiron but at this point in time in his football career it suits him.  Foy is a well put together 5’10” 190 lb. prospect.  Watching him run around on the field,  you are going to quickly think “Steve Smith” after the Baltimore Ravens leading pass catcher.  Whether Foy is running a precision route to spin a defensive back around or he is navigating his way into traffic to make a tough catch for his team to extend a drive, Bam is a word that may come to mind.  If you are a lover of the craft,  you will find enjoyment in watching Foy catch the ball with his hands away from his body.  It’s a trait that is foreign to many high school level receivers but one that seems to be an after-thought for this senior prospect.  Foy’s low center of gravity gets him in and out of his cuts with extreme quickness.  He is equally deadly inside as a slot receiver as he is on the outside vs. top cover corners.  His strength shows up on film releasing off of the line of scrimmage but even more so blocking downfield for ball carriers.  You’ll run back several clips displaying Foy manhandling defenders until they are firmly planted to the turf.

Wide receivers mostly come equipped with the term “diva” but not this guy.  Foy is a football player who’s physical nature and ability to get the job done led to him filling in at both tight end and defensive end when the Falcons were hit with injuries.  Perhaps filling in was not the correct term.  Foy caught touchdown passes from the tight end position and racked up some sacks when called upon to play defensive end.  There’s a strong chance he outplayed the person who was originally in those positions.  Coming into his senior year,  Foy did not have much fanfare.  As is often the case,  some high school prospects are late bloomers.  Foy did not really grow into the physical specimen that he is now until this most recent off season.  Colleges are starting to take notice but recruiting is tough for seniors when it gets to December.  There’s little doubt however,  that the school that eventually ends up landing this solid prospect will continue to learn the true meaning of the word “Bam”.

Click Here To View Robert Foy’s Senior Year Highlights

’17 RB Chance Bell Can Make a Fool Out of You

cb1By Chad Wilson – Editor – Gridiron Studs Blog

Twitter: @GridironStuds

Say the name Chance Bell.  It has a ring to it doesn’t it?  That sounds like the kind of football name that you would remember and one so perfect for a running back.  However,  there’s more to the prospect than the name alone. If you’ve had a chance encounter with Bell on the football field,  your ankles are likely still mad at you for it.  Bell is a cut master and we are not talking on two turntables.

Bell was a sophomore sensation for The Burroughs High School Indians in Burbank, California.  Moving from Las Vegas to Burbank,  Bell led Burroughs in rushing with 1,150 yards on just 15o carries (7.5 average).  In so doing,  Bell became the first sophomore in the school’s history to rush for 1,o00 yards. The sophomore prospect will dazzle you with vision, footwork and change of direction.  He flashes the elements that really excite college football coaches.  Bell will remind you of a young Edgerrin James who could slice an opposing defense like a butcher cuts meat.   For defenders it has to seem as though Bell has eyes on the side of his head as he makes moves on defenders that would appear to be outside of his peripheral vision.

Bell’s production will only increase as he adds size, strength and speed to his frame.  I can see him becoming a nightmare and three straight 1,000 yard season would appear to be a formality barring injury.  Watching Bell,  you realize instantly that he has likely been carrying the football for as long as he can remember.  Natural runners like Bell are what record breaking running backs are made of. I do not know the rushing records at Burroughs high school but I am fairly certain Bell will own them by the time he walks across the stage to grab his diploma.

Running back like Chance Bell is a problem for defenders in the open field as he does a solid job of setting up blocks and defenders for his myriad of jukes, fakes and escapes. Burroughs has not been a perennial power in Southern California but I suspect that their respect level will go up with Bell in the backfield toting the mail.  He is definitely one to watch out for in coming seasons as a top prospect in a hot bed of college football talent like Southern Cal.  Opposing teams and their defenders will spend the next two seasons trying to avoid wearing a dunce cap on Bell’s future highlight reels.

Check out Chance Bell’s Sophomore Highlight Video



’15 RB Prospect Daniel Ramos III Will Take You Where You Want to Go

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

Football is a physical game.  How many times have you heard that?  Even with all of the new rules that have been implemented in recent history,  football,  at it’s core, is a test of manhood and power.  Physical is the word that comes to mind when you pop in the tape of Timberview HS, Texas’ Daniel Ramos III.

I love to see power in the game of football and most coaches do too.  So if you’re a coach or a fan of power,  Ramos’ highlight video will bring you much pleasure.  His quick steps will remind you of Darren Sproles but he is bringing more punch to the defense.  If you want a more accurate comparison you would have to look to former Atlanta Falcons running back Michael Turner.  Ramos will flash some subtle moves to avoid the big hit from a defender when necessary but when there’s no way out,  he’s going to punish the defender that made the poor choice of trying to tackle him.  You will classify many of his runs as nifty while others will be described as violent.  Ramos also possesses one of the more ruthless stiff arms that I have ever witnessed at the high school level.  Clip after clip will show him doling out the punishment and gobbling up yards like Pac-Man after he has eaten a power pellet.

Lovers of the running game will take a quick liking to Ramos’ style as it suits many different situations.  He can break out on an opponent and turn a game around and he can also close out a game with multiple carries to run out the clock.  Ramos’ strength is also on display on film as well.  Numerous clips will show him dragging would be carriers who think holding onto cloth will be a solution.  It’s a bus ride for some defenders and Ramos is the driver.  Ramos is the kind of running back that makes defensive coordinators say “we have to rally to the ball men”.  Tackling the 2015 prospect is not a job for one man,  maybe not even two.  College coaches should see a prospect in Ramos that can fill many different roles in an offense and give their team an edge.  Ramos led Timberview in rushing this year with 1,054 yards, 14 TDs and a 7 yards per carry average.  If production is what you want,  Ramos can take you there.

Check Out Daniel Ramos III’s Senior Year Highlight Video

Rio Rancho’s Easton Bruere Trying to Pass His Way Into Recruiting Consciousness


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

What if I told you I had a high school quarterback that has thrown for over 8,000 yard in his high school career?  What if I told you he has thrown for 90 TDs since he first got under center?  What if I told you he has thrown for 31 TDs with 0 INTs in this his senior season?  What if I told you he threw for over 3,000 yards as a sophomore?  Finally, what if I told you he was the all time leader passer for the state in which he resides?  You would likely say,  he must have a ton of offers, how many does he have?  I would reply, he has none.  You would say, “oh he must be one of these 5’8″ guys playing in some small classification in his state full of church schools.”  I would reply with no, he’s 6’3″ 215 lbs and plays for the #1 team in the largest classification of his state.

Welcome to the life of Easton Bruere and welcome to the life of college football recruiting,  the inexact science.  Sometimes the formula for becoming a recruitable prospect is more complicated than the numbers needed to get a mortgage modification from a big institution lender.  It seems Bruere’s biggest crime may be that he plays football in the state of New Mexico, not known for being a recruiting hot bed in the landscape.  Bruere’s accomplishments have gone largely overlooked in the recruiting community.  His height, frame and will to succeed should not however.  Bruere has led his Rio Rancho high school team to an 8-0 record thus far on the season and all but one opponent have failed to come within three TDs of beating the Rams.  Opponents have found it next to impossible to stop Bruere and the Rams’ offense from strolling up and down the field on Friday Nights.  They are averaging 47 points per game and have scored 40 plus in seven of their eight contests.  Most anywhere else in the country,  such results would garner this QB some major college attention.  This has not been the case for Bruere who reports some interest from FBS and FCS schools.

The major problem for Bruere seems to be location as not many budgets are going to support trips to New Mexico where the thought is that there are only going to be a handful of prospects.  This prevents prospects from getting a full look from top college football programs.  History has shown,  however,  that programs willing to turn over every rock to find talent usually find themselves raising up a big trophy at the end of their seasons.  With Bruere assaulting the New Mexico record books with each passing game,  hopefully more and more colleges get to kicking over rocks in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.  They may just find a rattle snake named Easton Bruere ready to be a major asset to their program.


Check Out Easton Bruere’s Mid-Season Highlight Vid on Hudl – Click Here



’14 CB Asad Shabazz Looking for Golden Opportunity

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

Signing days come and go every year and with it come broken dreams for many high school football players.  This virtual end of the line can mean the end of the road for high school football players who had hoped to sign with a college football program and extend their careers.  For others like Asad Shabazz,  not signing with a university was just a minor hiccup in the process.

Shabazz has been a victim of circumstance, by and large, in his football playing days.  A trek through three different high schools and an unfortunate injury his senior year left the ambitious prospect with few prospects when it came to obtaining a college football scholarship.  Where most just let it go,  Shabazz chose the route of some to their university dreams by way of prep school.  For the most part,  prep school is a destination for players who didn’t qualify academically out of high school.  This was not the case for Shabazz who chose this route simply because he did not have film, a reputation or recruiting momentum when signing day came his senior year.  With that being the case,  he took his talents to Georgia Prep Sports Academy in Atlanta, GA.

Fortunately for Shabazz he had finally found a situation he could thrive in and display his talents.  Common to the the prep school game,  the coaching staff is more focused on developing a large amount of players as opposed to wins and losses.  So it isn’t often that you will find a ton of highlights for an athlete.  However,  Shabazz’s film displays the tools of the cornerback position that you like.  First off at 5’11” 185,  Shabazz has a solid frame for the position in college.  On quick display are his fast feet and hustle to the football.  He also displays tight coverage and awareness in his movements.  Any savvy defensive back coach can pick out the elements that make for a solid cornerback.  Shabazz displays a combination of good coaching and hard work along the way.  He gets right in the hip of receivers taking off down the field and close on a thrown football in a nano-second.

You have to admire his tenacity and perseverance to continue his goal of playing college football through the obstacles that have been thrown his way.  This mentality is displayed in the clips you see on his highlight video.  He is both intense and tenacious.  The only thing needed now for Shabazz to realize his full potential is an opportunity and with that,  one can be fairly certain that he will make golden use of it.


View Asad Shabazz’s 2014 Highlight Video – Click Here

’17 RB Prospect Jahryn Bailey Is Hard to Hold

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

Success as a running back requires a number important elements.  Vision, quick feet, balance, speed, toughness and more all go into a successful career carrying the pigskin.  It very well may be the most demanding position in the sport and perhaps all of sports.  2017 Lennard High School running back Jahryn Bailey has the potential to be all of those things.

The sophomore running back made his mark in 2014 rushing for 473 yards and five touchdowns for the Longhorns.  His hardcore brand of running was a chain mover and set the the tone often in games for Lennard. You’ll enjoy watching his quick feet as he navigates through traffic avoiding the impending doom all around him.  Bailey’s tough running style combined with the quick feet action will conjure up memories of former Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis who once rushed for 2006 yards in a season.  Bailey has a proto-typical running back build (5’10” 200 lbs) that allows him to hide behind blockers through the first level and then power through would be tacklers at the next level and into the secondary.

Bailey’s future is bright and one can fully expect with enough carries,  he’s a thousand yard rusher in his junior and senior seasons.  He is certainly, with his skill set, poised to take the Tampa area by storm in 2015 and 16.  This offseason,  Bailey will be a prospect to watch as colleges are looking for the next running back that will bring a tough man identity to their offense.  Another offseason of growing and lifting and we are looking at a potential beast on the West Coast of Florida.  The potential is dripping from the clips on his highlight video.  For now,  defenders are finding it hard to hold onto Bailey,  my guess is that college football coaches will be the next one’s trying to get a hold of this talented 2017 prospect.

Click here to view Jahryn Bailey’s Sophomore Year Highlights



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 in 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,  while the experience and the skills learned are 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


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