Home > General > New Mexico Prep Academy Giving 2010 High School Football Players Another Chance at Getting Recruited

New Mexico Prep Academy Giving 2010 High School Football Players Another Chance at Getting Recruited

April 4th, 2010

February’s signing day came and went in a flash.  Lost in the whirlwind of top recruiting classes,  can’t miss prospects and class rankings were the talented football players across the country that did not sign letters of intent and are still looking to continue their post high school education and football careers.

For athletes in this position,  there are a few options like junior college, prep school or walking on.  However,  few options are as advantageous as the prep academy.  What’s a prep academy?  A prep academy,  of which there are only five in the country,  allows a potential college student athlete to take some college courses and earn credits without starting their NCAA eligibility clock.  In addition to that,  the athletes play a season of football to hone their skills and leave the experience with their five years to play four years of college football still intact.

New Mexico Prep Academy is such an institution and owner / head coach Farasi Norman is looking for some talented athletes from the 2010 class.   The appropriate term for this arrangement is called “gray shirt” whereby a student athlete delays his enrollment into a four year institution and can take college courses for the fall semester before transferring to a university.

Norman’s program gives high school athletes who came up short in the recruiting process or academically another chance to reach their dreams of playing college football.

“We get them used to working on a college campus,”  said Norman.

It’s a tremendous opportunity for athletes in this position and it’s a route being chosen more and more by athletes after high school.  Norman started New Mexico Prep Sports Academy four years ago after spending time at North Carolina Tech,  another prep academy.   With his roots in New Mexico,  Norman headed home after North Carolina Tech to offer this strong opportunity to athletes in his area.  Along the way,  a desire to compete and meet the needs of athletes across the country,  Norman started taking in players from various states.  Currently, most players come from the South including both the Deep South and the state of Texas.   Typically,  Norman’s roster is at 75 players of which he says 21 are from the state of Florida.  Norman and his staff run a tight ship.

“We are a zero tolerance institution,”  Norman explained.

Last season he had some issues with players falling out of line and going against team policies.  The behavior disrupted the goals of the academy and Norman had to send players home.

“It’s yes sir, no sir,  be accountable,”  said Norman.

If an athlete plays his cards right and does what he is supposed to,  they can leave the Academy in 6 months with a better opportunity to play college football than they had when they arrived.   Every player plays on Norman’s team and is given the opportunity to display their talents for prospective college football programs.   It’s a program that is embraced by four year institutions.

“Colleges love the idea of our academy,” Norman said.  “Players are introduced to the college lifestyle and way of life without losing any eligibility.”

Norman and his staff will ask a player when they arrive to give them three schools they would like to attend.   Then they go to work during the season contacting these schools and others about the athlete.  All the while,  the athlete is taking prep courses on improving SAT and/or ACT scores along with college courses.   New Mexico Prep Sports Academy basically gives the athlete the things he was missing while he was in high school.

With many of the athletes coming from great distances you have to wonder about things like home sickness but Norman says that’s not a problem.

“We do a lot of team camaraderie like barbeque, hiking and bowling.”  said Norman.  “We have a great professional staff comprised of police officers, insurance agents and mature adults.”

Currently,  Norman’s team has a need for offensive and defensive linemen along with kickers and defensive backs that have size and cover 1-on-1.    This opportunity is not only for players who have not qualified through the NCAA Clearinghouse.  It’s also available to players who have qualified and were not recruited out of high school.  Norman says that roughly 15 of the players on the roster will be guys who have qualified already.   In the four years that New Mexico Prep Sports Academy has been in existence,  coach Norman has placed players at schools like LSU, Northwestern, New Mexico and New Mexico St. along with a host of black colleges,  lower level Division I and Division II institutions.   Norman also fields regular interest from Cincinnati, Syracuse, Houston, USC and Arizona St.

“We have about a 93% rate of getting kids out to college football programs,” said Norman.

Interested student athletes,  can visit New Mexico Prep Sports Academy’s website at: http://www.thenmpsa.org/

Some Other Articles You May Enjoy


    1. July 11th, 2014 at 00:38 | #1

      Hi there, You have done an incredible job. I’ll certainly digg it and personally
      suggest to my friends. I am confident they’ll be benefited from this web site.

    2. July 11th, 2014 at 02:36 | #2

      You really make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this topic to be actually
      something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex
      and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward
      for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

    3. July 11th, 2014 at 17:54 | #3

      I got this web site from my friend who shared with me about
      this web site and at the moment this time I am visiting this website
      and reading very informative articles at this place.

    4. July 12th, 2014 at 00:22 | #4

      This has put people off using weight loss supplements to
      assist them in shedding weight, but goods fact the newer products available on the market are bigger, better and
      safer when compared to the past. So how exactly does Phen375 help.
      This can take control of your appetite.

    5. July 12th, 2014 at 12:35 | #5

      You should find many salons that offer tanning service.
      You probably find yourself gaining knowledge and coming
      to a place where everything is working well for you at the
      given moment because of your newfound awareness, but then it all falls apart again at the next moment.
      Most people use fake tanning to get that extra
      glow on their skin.

    6. July 12th, 2014 at 19:14 | #6

      If or when your favorite game in your youth was creating clothes for your toys as well as creating creative changes in your very own apparel, then I
      think people such as you are absolutely those which are destined to become a fashion designer.
      The XXI century is certainly century fashion, where existing trends have a strong influence on society.
      Broadband and problematic stunts are their pastime right now.

    7. July 15th, 2014 at 04:01 | #7

      It’s really a great and useful piece of info.
      I’m happy that you shared this useful info with us. Please stay us
      informed like this. Thank you for sharing.

    8. July 15th, 2014 at 09:38 | #8

      It is usually at this point that the most
      junior member of the household suggests that maybe I should put more water in the bowl so that
      the plunger has half a chance of success. Perhaps each
      toilet flush is becoming a little slower, or the tub isn’t draining after a shower, or an ominous noise
      is emanating from the sink. Sometimes whenever a
      Berkeley plumbing predicament happens, people make an effort to fix the
      plumbing Berkeley problems with no help.

    9. July 18th, 2014 at 19:25 | #9

      My brother suggested I may like this blog. He was totally right.
      This put up truly made my day. You cann’t imagine simply how so much time I had spent for this info!

    10. July 20th, 2014 at 00:58 | #10

      The luxurious downstairs master suite features a
      private bath with a garden tub, separate shower, dual vanity and
      a big walk-in closet. Ask around for real estate agents
      from people who have had to at one point. Ask them for examples of their previous selling strategy successes and failures.

    11. July 20th, 2014 at 08:46 | #11

      My brother suggested I may ljke this website.
      He was once entirely right. This puut up truly made my day.
      Yoou cann’t imawgine just how much time I had spent for this information! Thanks!

    12. July 20th, 2014 at 15:26 | #12

      How many ways are there of going green in beauty schools.
      Perhaps each toilet flush is becoming a little slower, or the tub isn’t draining after a shower, or an ominous noise is emanating from the sink.

      The body definitely contained a high volume of mucous and yeast.

    13. July 20th, 2014 at 21:03 | #13

      Hello verty cool site!! Man .. Excellent ..
      Wonderful .. I will bookmark your blog and taoe the feeds also?
      I’m satisfied too find numerous helpful informaton right here within the submit, we need work out extrra techniques in this regard, thanjs for sharing.

      . . . . .

    14. July 21st, 2014 at 05:17 | #14

      Yes, fashion trends are referential and recurring, but at the same time new ones pop up, allowing us to visually reflect the
      world around us. Instead try a nice pair of
      wool or cotton chino dress trousers with a button down shirt,
      sweater vest, tie, and sport jacket. Perhaps you are a model who wants to expand your
      portfolio with a range of startling shots that show off your versatility and individual flair.

    15. July 21st, 2014 at 15:08 | #15

      You would be right depending on your understanding of certain points.
      Never wash your hair with very hot or very cold water.
      It becomes difficult to treat these scars and therefore
      acne must be treated with the help of oral drugs and topical creams and lotions.

    16. July 22nd, 2014 at 17:29 | #16

      Hello to every body, it’s my first pay a quick visit of this webpage; this weblog consists of remarkable and actually good stuff in favor of readers.

    17. July 22nd, 2014 at 22:06 | #17

      Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew
      of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates.
      I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was
      hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this.
      Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy
      reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

    18. July 23rd, 2014 at 02:45 | #18

      Hey there I am so grateful I found your web site, I really found you by error,
      while I was looking oon Yahoo for something else, Nonetheless I am here now
      and would just like to say thanks a lot for a fantastic post and
      a all round thrilling blog (I also love the theme/design), I
      don’t have time to read itt all at the moment but I have bookmarked it and als added in your RSS
      feeds, so when I have time I wilpl be back to read
      a lot more, Please do kewep up the fantastic jo.

    19. July 23rd, 2014 at 19:49 | #19

      Ross appears, and shoots Dutch’s body with his gun. Then follow the road over until you hit the graveyard, and a group of lobotomites.
      Stations are where passengers load and unload from the coaster, and it’s where you’ll place the ride entrance and exit.

    Comment pages
    1. November 28th, 2011 at 21:45 | #1
    2. March 30th, 2014 at 04:18 | #2