The 2016 high school football season is finally here. Some schools have already played two games and some take to the field for the first time this week. By Monday morning, every high school football team in the country would have gotten at least one football game under their belt for the new season.
Amidst the shuffle of all the wins and losses in the on field battles, the battle still remains in another area and that is recruiting. There’s no way around it, recruiting is becoming a bigger and bigger part of the high school football game with each passing calendar year. The word “exposure” has become a part of every young high schoolers vocabulary. Now, more than ever, there are many ways for an athlete to get exposure. However, there is a catch-22 to the increase in ways to broadcast your talent. The more ways to get exposure, the harder it is to be seen. Now, virtually everyone can get their highlights on social media outlets where some coaches may have the opportunity to see it but the more videos that are available for coaches to see on social media, the less of a chance they have to see yours.
In a much anticipated decision, 4-star cornerback Marco Wilson from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida committed to the Florida Gators on his father’s radio show (Gridiron Studs Show) on Monday.
Wilson’s final five schools were Georgia, Miami, Ohio St., USC and Florida. Wilson is currently in the top rankings at all the major recruiting companies despite missing his entire junior season recovering from a torn ACL. Wilson’s brother Quincy Wilson is currently a starting cornerback for the Gators having signed with Florida out of high school in 2014.
Things have moved at a brisk pace for GridironStuds since the launch of the GridironStuds Recruiting App on February 10th of this year. Since it’s release, some 800 high school football players from across the country have downloaded and created profiles using the app which is available on the iOS platform for iPhones.
Despite the large number of downloads, GridironStuds CEO Chad Wilson knows there is a ways to go. “The plan is to get this app into the hands of every high school football player in the country. When you think of it like that, 800 is a small number. However, we are greatly encouraged by the early participation,” Wilson said. To aid in the efforts to market the app, GridironStuds has launched a business crowd funding campaign on popular site IndieGoGo.com.
While National Signing Day is a cause for celebration and joy for 1000’s of high school athletes across the country every year, for many more the thought of that first Wednesday in February brings a ton of anxiety, angst and misery. Many athletes, football in particular, think that if they don’t find a school to sign with on National Signing Day (NSD) their football career is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
We all know the passion that exists for football in the state of Florida. With that said, attendance to football games in the great state for football would have outsiders wondering just how much passion is there. High School football games rarely sell out in the state and our state championship games in the Orlando’s Citrus Bowl resemble the attendance at a game for an 0-13 NFL football team playing in the snow.
There’s the saying that you don’t know what you don’t know. Nowhere is that more true than for the high school teenager. Across the country and the globe, parents are going about the difficult task of trying to tell their teens what lies ahead of them in the real life descending upon them. On the high school football gridiron, football coaches are doing the same and for their top players, the words of wisdom can fall on the deafest of ears.