GridironStuds Top 5 QBs in the 2023 Class

Recently,  247 Sports came out with their rankings for the top quarterbacks in the 2023 Class.  As expected,  Arch Manning was the top signal caller in the class as he has continued to gain momentum since the season ended.  Of course,  there is a lot of Manning hate out there at this point as people point to the Manning name being the major reason behind his lofty ranks.  I will address that below as I give my ranking of the top 5 quarterbacks in the 2023 class.

Before launching into this countdown,  I must admit that I have not seen all of the quarterbacks in the class.  Of course this would be quite impossible.  I must rely heavily on what is provided by the people at 247 sports, Rivals and Hudl for much of my research.  These companies,  the first two in particular,  catch a lot of heat for their rankings and star ratings.  There is no perfect science when it comes to this but I will defend these companies by saying it takes a lot of work by a lot of people to gather data and information on prospects all over the country.  My rankings below are based on the film I have been able to review,  the experience I have accumulated through the years and my knowledge of how the game works.  With that said,  here are my top 5.

5. Jaden Rashada – Pittsburg HS, CA – 6’4″ 185 lbs. – Committed to: Miami

Outside of Rashada’s stature in the pocket being a tall quarterback,  what really stands out with him is his long ball accuracy.  It’s one thing for a quarterback to have a strong arm but it’s quite another for him to throw a nice deep ball.  That defines Rashada.  He has the arm to get it there and the knack to put it where it belongs whether that is hitting receiver in stride,  over the shoulder when he is covered or dropping it in the corner of the end zone.  On top of that,  he moves well in the pocket and keeps his eyes down field to find open receivers.  When flushed out of the pocket,  he can make solid throws on the run.  He is a very confident player that is good under pressure which is a highly underrated skill set in high school quarterbacks.  That trait translates well to the next level because college quarterback is nothing if not pressure.

4. Christopher Vizzina – Briarwood Christian, AL – 6’4″ 207 lbs. – Committed to: Clemson

Vizzina is another big quarterback with a big arm committed to an ACC power.  His arm appears to be a tad stronger than Rashada’s but he is not quite as accurate.  Like Rashada he can move in the pocket but unlike Rashada he is more willing to take off and run with the football.  Inside of the pocket he has the accuracy and abilities to cut up a defense.  What sets him apart from other top QBs is his ability as a ball carrier.  He is athletic and a load to bring down.  While he is not going against supreme talent,  you can see the difficulties he presents to a defense when he tucks it.   He is going to mesh really well with what it is Clemson likes to do offensively and I see him having great success there.

3. Arch Manning – Isadore Newman, La – 6’4″ 215 lbs. – Committed to: Texas

About 13 months ago,  I graded the top signal callers for this class and ranked Manning exactly where I have him now.  Not a ton has changed for me in my opinion of his abilities.  247 Sports has him ranked first and I don’t see that yet.  I emphasize yet because I do believe he has a strong chance of being the best of the class when draft time comes.  I realize that a lot of what 247 and Rivals does has to do with NFL projections.  It allows them to steal attention during draft time as they opine on how they were right about a prospect as he shakes hands with Roger Godell on stage.  I can buy into that with Manning.  He is big, has the arm talent and certainly has the pedigree.  His access is better than any other prospect on the list so it stands to reason that he is likely to improve more than most.  For this he is hated which is nonsense to me.  No one gets pissed when a veteran UPS worker gets his son a driving gig with the company.  With all that said,  I don’t think Manning’s physical tools are where the two guys in front of him are.  He has an arm good enough to make all the throws,  he’s good enough to scramble for a first down and he definitely can read a defense.  He can certainly execute an offense and that makes his marriage with Steve Sarkisian in Texas one to watch.  If all runs smoothly,  I think Manning will most likely have the best college career.

2. Malachi Nelson – Los Alamitos HS, CA – 6’3″ 185 lbs. – Committed to: USC

There isn’t a more easy thrower of the football than Nelson in this class.  He is Aaron Rodgeresqe with his delivery and confidence.  He makes throws from various arm angles and fits into tight places.  He is calm under pressure and trusts his receivers.  He moves well in the pocket and looks to throw down the field when in these situations.  He doesn’t panic when forced out of the pocket and is accurate when throwing on the move.  When the situation calls to take off,  he can be frustrating for defenses if not flat out deadly.  He doesn’t face the best competition that Southern California has to offer but he does face his fair share of pressure.  We all know Lincoln Riley’s track record with quarterbacks . I am certain that with Nelson and what he will be able to put around him,  Riley will have Nelson on the ballot for that heavy trophy during his USC career.

1.. Dylan Lonegran – Brookwood HS, GA – 6’2″ 215 lbs. – Committed to: Alabama

I promise you I am not trying to be Dr. Contrarian here.  247 Sports ranks Lonegran 11th but when I cut the tape on and compare him to the rest of the field,  he stands the tallest for me.  If you are into height then he isn’t as tall as the others I have on this list.  However,  Lonegran plays big.  You can see the power in his arm when he throws.  His zip on the ball is apparent and it my be a function of his pitching acumen (90 mph fastball).  I find myself impressed by his ability to process quickly and make decisions.  I consider decision making to be my top trait and predictor of success.  While he does have a strong arm,  not everything is a fastball.  He shows nice touch on throws where that is required and not only is he accurate from the pocket but also when he leaves it.  When things break down,  Lonegran can tuck it and run like any other.  He has deceptive speed along with an ability to break tackles.  On film he just looks like a gamer that makes things happen.  He also appears to be quite confident.  Last month he committed to Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide two months after fellow 2023 class member Eli Holstein (ranked ranked 10th) did.  Now that’s ballsy.  Someone’s going to end up transferring out of Tuscaloosa and don’t be surprised if it ends up being Holstein.

That’s how I see it.  My focus was on the top 15 guys in the class.  Out of that group,  I found the top 5.  There’s always the chance that some overlooked and undervalued prospect becomes a gem.  I will likely catch some flack for keeping darlings Arnold Jackson and Nicholaus Iamaleava out of my top 5.  In watching the film,  they just did not stand above the five I named here.  Of course,  we will revisit this list at season’s end and definitely a couple of years from now.

5 Things Defensive Tackles Need to Show on Film

Defensive tackles can be the hidden factors on a football team.  When they are dominant,  offenses have a hard time operating but they can go unnoticed by fans watching the game.  You know who does notice them?  College football coaches do.  They know that the key to being solid on defense is being strong up the middle and that starts with your defensive tackles.  If you are are looking to impress college football programs as a defensive tackle to the point of being offered scholarships then there are five things that you will need to show on film.

1.  A Great Get Off

There are few things more impressive when you are watching film of a defensive tackle than one who can explode out of his stance at the snap of the ball.  I dare say that it’s the most disruptive thing in the game of football.  A guy breathing over the football who can get to the quarterback or wreck the ball carrier in two seconds is something no offense wants to deal with.  If you don’t have a great get off then find one asap.  College coaches know that a guy that can penetrate the line of scrimmage snap after snap causes the offense to change their plans.  When a college coach is out looking for defensive tackles,  that’s the guy he is looking for.  Get in the weight room and hit the explosive lifts.  Also spend some time working on your timing.  Studying centers and finding clues for when they are going to snap the ball will also help.  If you already have a get off,  show it on film even when you did not ultimately make the play.

2.  Ability to Get Off Blocks

Defensive tackles get blocked.  There’s no way around that.  They are the closest defenders to the quarterback.  So if you don’t block the tackles then we simply don’t have a football game.  However,  just because you get blocked doesn’t mean you have to stay blocked.  The best defensive tackles,  shed blocks and find the ball carrier.  This is something you must show on film.  Perhaps you don’t have the explosive get off but if you are a guy that can’t get off of blocks you can’t play and you definitely won’t get scholarship offers.  If you are lacking in this area,  learn how to use your hands,  use your leverage and develop your lower body strength.  Being able to push the pocket on pass plays is a great thing to show up on your highlight video as well.

3.  Handle Double Teams

If you are good at points one and two then you already know what is coming.  As I said before,  defensive tackles have to get blocked if the offense is going to move the football.  If your get off or ability to shed blocks is a great then the offense will honor that by devoting two men to block you.  If you have the ability to stall two men at the line of scrimmage or better yet,  split them then put that on your highlight video.  You can even include plays on your film where you didn’t make the tackle but you defeated a double team block.  Holding your ground against these types of blocks means other guys on the defense can operate at a high level and college coaches love that.

4.  Motor

You want to see a coach throw a visor?  Then have a defensive tackle cut off a big play near the sidelines.  If the biggest guys on the defense also hustle on every play then the coach calling offensive plays knows that it’s going to be a long day.  If you are a guy that can separate from a block to run to the sidelines to make a tackle on a sweep or stretch play,  put that on your highlight video.  If you are a guy that will rush the passer then turn around and go find the receiver when the ball is thrown,  put that on film.  Show your hustle on film even when you didn’t end up being the first guy on the tackle.  Hustling is a mentality.  If you don’t have that then go develop it.  Not only will it catch a college’s attention but it will help your high school team have a bad ass defense.  You have to love that.

5.  Pass Rush Moves

Last but certainly not least,  you have to get to the passer.  Football has become very offensive and pass happy.  Everything revolves around the quarterbacks so if you can make his operations difficult you bring tremendous value.  Defensive tackles must stop the run first.  However,  if you can make the quarterback uncomfortable by landing on him or making him leave the pocket frequently you are a scholarship worthy player.  The best way to accomplish this is by having a set of pass rush moves.  I am not just talking about a bull rush.  I am talking about martial arts type hand movement that makes you as slippery as an iPhone without the case.  If you have that ability,  display it.  If you are missing that part of your game,  start studying and acquire these special set of skills.  Failing to do so may result in your scholarship offers staring in the next installment of the “Taken” movie series.

So,  after reading this,  do you have these skills?  If so,  strategically place them in your highlight video to capture the attention of defensive line coaches and coordinators hitting the recruiting trail.  If you are lacking these things then you have stuff to work on.  Get busy.  Possessing all of these factors can aid you in getting on a school’s board even if you are undersized.  Control what you can control and see what results you get.

This is Your Biggest Asset as a College Football Prospect

We’ve all played Madden on Play station and or Xbox right?  You know what the most annoying thing is on the game?  I know you are going to feel me on this.  It’s when you have a player on the field that is doing some really good things,  doesn’t make a simple play and finds himself out of place.  It will drive you nuts.

On the Madden game,  a player has a ton of different attributes like speed, quickness, route running, tackling and the all important one called….. AWARENESS.  Lack of awareness will cause a player to make some funny moves,  terrible decisions and end up totally out of place.  It’s funny,  these same things will happen to you as a recruit if you lack self awareness.  For most human beings,  self awareness is a tough thing to acquire.  It is extra hard to acquire this skill when you are a teenager.  You are at the age where you feel like you can do all things and while you should be encouraged to do so,  it is crucial that you know your limitations.

One of the biggest reasons that the transfer portal is choc-full of athletes right now is because high school football prospects lacked the self awareness necessary to make a proper decision.  Now they are athletes at a college that is not suited for them and they are realizing it.  Aside from lacking the experience that gives you better self awareness,  having this skill is often not something that teens find to be very important.  On top of that,  it is important for your psyche for you to keep up with your peers. You also have people blowing your heads up with how great you are.   Yes,  welcome to the new era of college football recruiting where you can go viral and become an overnight sensation off of one play in a 7on7 event vs. a kid that will never see a college football offer in his life.

What’s important for you as a prospect is to keep a level head despite the fact that there are so many ready to pump it full of air until it explodes.  You are never as good as people may be saying and you aren’t as bad as your worst play.  Having an accurate picture of who you are will put you in the best situation when it comes time for you to make a commitment to a program for the next three to four or even five years.  Don’t get fooled by that safety net known as the transfer portal.  This new era of college football prospect thinks that it’s the big eraser for them to use when they bubble in the wrong letter on the college choice scantron.  The problem with this is that so many athletes are using the portal now . This makes your prospects of going to your next school of choice or even to another school on scholarship less likely.

The best thing that you can have happen to you is choosing a school,  making a commitment,  going to that school and staying there until completion.  Of course,  I understand that some circumstances can be out of your control like coaching changes but for the most part,  the portal entries are as a result of a poor initial decision.

Here are some keys to having the proper self awareness necessary to make the best college choice as a prospect.  First,  stop worrying about what the next prospect is getting.  Whether it is a friend,  teammate or cross town rival,  what another prospect is getting in terms of offers has nothing to do with you.  Nothing can make a person lose their place like focusing on that of another.  For all you know,  the offers that the next guy has are not legitimate or the school he chooses is not right for him.  Do you want to follow that?

Second,  do some research.  Check out what type of players, at your position,  the schools you are considering are recruiting.  Check out what type of players have been successful for them in the past.  If the school has been successful with 6’2″ wide receivers in their offense and you are 5’10”,  it is something to think about.  Coaches will stick with what has worked for them.  They will crave the type of player that has gotten it done for them.  Sure,  you may break the mold and it’s great to be bold but be smart about it.  It can be frustrating to be doing well and get put on the back burner because you aren’t their ideal candidate.

Finally,  constantly evaluate what you are as a prospect.  This is the hardest part because it is routine to overestimate our skill level.  However,  where you can,  use hard metrics to make comparisons.  How tall are you?  How fast are you?  How much do you bench? How much do you squat?  Watch film of a team’s commitments then watch your film.  Do you really stack up?  Ask that question constantly and answer it honestly.

In closing,  ego is a big thing when you are a teen but I am telling you from experience,  a lot of times the most popular guy in school,  the one voted most likely to succeed  has hit their peak in high school.  A lot of times,  it’s guys that had to grind,  take a round about path and absorb some lumps that are the ones on top when adulthood hits.  Don’t let your ego make you run out of bounds when you are in the open field with a clear path to the touchdown of life because your awareness rating is not up to snuff.

When it Comes to Recruiting, Exposure is the Name of the Game

“I don’t really do camps” Those are famous words of an underrated prospect who is sitting in the crowd in the auditorium on national signing day.  It’s good to want things in life but it’s even better to do things to make them happen.  Success is not an accident I always say.  It’s a combination of decisions made and actions taken to achieve the results that you and others consider success.

In this day and age of hyper media coverage and social media platforms,  saying you want to a football scholarship but you don’t do camps is like saying you want to score touchdowns but you don’t want to play football.  The same goes for the guy who doesn’t want to do social media either.  Perhaps the thinking is that if I am good,  they will find me.  They might with an emphasis on the word “might”.  Over 1 million young men suit up and play high school football every year.  Many of them would like to play college football.  A large majority of them are on social media displaying their talents and a good many of them are attending camps doing the same.  Sure you may be good but if you aren’t into exposure,  you aren’t just a face in the crowd,  you aren’t even in the crowd.

College football scholarship opportunities are shrinking for high school football players.  More and more schools are taking to the transfer portal to fulfill certain needs.  This is happening while more and more resources are being devoted to cover athletes that want to be seen.  Having a Hudl account is cool but 100’s of 1,000’s of others have one too.

I know it can be daunting keeping up with all of the social media stuff.  Posting on Twitter,  getting pictures up on Instagram and keeping information updated on recruiting sites.  Hitting all these camps can be tough too.  Your spring break gets chewed up along with a big portion of your summer break.  Besides,  you might not like all that competing in shirts and shorts.  After all,  football is a game played in pads.  I get it but you know what else is a game, recruiting and part of that game is played on a keyboard and in shorts.  I may not like it,  your coach may not like it and you may not like it but that won’t change the facts.  We could hate the sky being blue couldn’t we?

The recruiting game is one that has to be played if you want to score the touchdown which is a scholarship offer.  There are the rare moments where you could get offers without doing any of the stuff I mentioned but do you really want to give yourself the long odds?  Your college football recruiting window is 4 years out of your life.  The sacrifice you make now pays dividends for 20, 30, 40 years.  It’s always tough for teens to think past the moment they are standing in right now but success awaits those who do.

If a college football scholarship is what you want then aside from doing all the weightlifting,  running,  studying and playmaking on the field in the Fall,  you have to engage in the exposure side of it.  You have to put yourself out there to be seen by those who can make the decision.  The best analogy I can give you is that you can work hard to make a pie and sure it could taste good but if you don’t bring the pie to the pie contest at the festival,  no one will know how good it is.  You certainly won’t get an award.

In my two decades in the recruiting business,  I have learned this one very important thing.  The most successful recruits are the ones who make use of all of their resources.  When you are young,  take advantage of everything.  As a freshman,  pretend that no one will recruit you.  Consider joining recruiting sites that make sense.  Create your Twitter account dedicated to recruiting if you can.  Change your Instagram account to incorporate some of your football recruiting info.  Attend the smaller camps and start building a list of coaches.  Definitely download and create an account on the GridironStuds App.

As time wears on you can devote more of your time to the resources that are more necessary.  You can change the type of camps you attend based on the amount of success you are having and you can tailor that coach list to the types of schools that seem to be interested.  Make an exposure plan for yourself now and follow it.  Bake the beautiful pie.  Use the best ingredients but do bring it to the festival so that it can receive the awards it so justly deserves.

You Want a College Football Scholarship but YOu Missed Your Junior Year

There are over 1 million high school football players every year.  I am sure you have heard that stat before.  A good majority of those 1 million would love to play the sport at the college level.  When you think of it that way you realize it is very difficult to stand out in the crowd when you are trying to capture a college’s attention.  This task becomes even harder when you missed your entire junior season due to injury.  We are going to take a look at some ways you can get on the colleges’ radar when you fall into this category.

There’s no disputing that the junior year for a high school football player is the most important season of all.  If you are at a solid program that is known to get colleges’ attention,  it typically won’t be until your junior season that you either start or make a real significant impact on the team.  It is also around this year that your puberty kicks in and you benefit from your athleticism.  So to lose this important year to an injury can be catastrophic but not terminal.  The road to your college football scholarship has taken a curve but you can get back on the straight path by doing these five important things.

(1) Rehab

First of all,  you have to make sure that you are 100%.  Rehab after an injury is hard.  That is the reason why some athletes don’t come back like they were before.  Rehabbing an ACL or achilles tear will likely involve you working out in a way that you never have before.  It is easy for your mind to start saying “I quit.”  Of course you can’t quit,  that memory will stay with you for a good portion of your life and you will be a guy that always has an excuse.  So attack the rehab with the utmost determination.  If nothing else,  it will build character and mental strength that can be used later on in life.  Practically speaking,  a good rehab can strengthen an athlete in areas he was weak in before and bring him back as a better version of himself.

(2) Weight Room

There is rehab and there is the weight room.  They may seem similar but they are indeed different.  There is the stuff you will do specifically with the trainer in charge of your rehab and then there are the things your weight training coach or you yourself will strive to do.  As you progress in your rehab and can be more active,  you should be building yourself up in the weight room. You can’t run most likely due to your injury.  Fill that “can’t run” time up with getting bigger and stronger.  This will give you the strength to be a faster athlete when you can run again and it will have you looking the part when college coaches start coming around.  I have seen guys who couldn’t participate in practice and are in street clothes get love from college coaches at a spring game.  This happened simply because their traps were climbing out of the hole in their T-shirt.  True story.

(3) Attend Camps in the Summer

You have no junior film so you have to show them something.  You are going to do that when you appear in person in camp and dominate.  During the course of watching the junior season from the sidelines and having to go through the pain of rehab,  you should be plenty motivated.  Time to take out your frustrations on the unsuspecting camp goer.   Hey it’s a dog eat dog world and it’s time to show your chops.  Hit as many camps as you can and work to impress.  It’s ok to pick a few schools that may be deemed over your head too.  See where you are and how you measure up.   Learn as much as possible at camp and take all feedback in a positive manner.  Use it to mold yourself into the player you want to be in the final season on the prep gridiron.

(4) Sophomore Film

Get your sophomore film together if you have not already done so.  If you played as a sophomore,  make the most of that film.  Make that film great and by great I don’t mean adding special effects and music that the coaches will mute.  I mean use it show what you can do.  There is plenty on this blog about how to effectively put together a highlight video but to make a long story short,  put your best plays first and try to show all of your talents within the first minute.  Have something to show a coach if you have it.

(5) Make A Small School List

Yes,  everyone wants to go to a Top 2o football program,  receive a NIL deal and pick hat off of the table on signing day.  Get yourself out of that thinking.  You are playing to win the game.  Get on your small school grind.  Depending on your talent level,  start getting a list together of smaller FBS programs along with FCS + some Division II schools.  Put your ego aside and don’t worry about what the next man is doing.  Just because you aren’t going to a major football power doesn’t mean you aren’t going to be a major football player.  You are building for your future.  Secure the attention of these schools.  Let them know your situation and what you have been doing to reach your potential.  They will admire your work ethic,  tenacity and determination.  Perhaps you go out on the field your senior year and go crazy.  Maybe the big boys come looking for you but I would not bank on it.  Have the lower level schools as an insurance policy.   Teenagers tend not to think about the future.  When it comes to this right here,  don’t think like a teenager.  Think like…(gulp) your parents.

This setback you suffered can be a big blessing for you depending on how you treat it.  In your young life it may be your first experience into what all adults know and that is life will deal you a couple of bad hands.  Wouldn’t it be great for you to come out of the blocks in the race of life with a win?  Follow these steps and that’s just what you’ll do even if you don’t end up with a college football scholarship in the end.  You would have experienced high value training for this thing we call life.

5 Reasons You Should Run Track As a Football Prospect

One of the most often asked question by high school football players and potential college football prospects is how the can improve their speed.  Obviously everyone knows the importance of speed for a football player but what baffles me is how so many people in this category do not know the best way to make this happen.

I suppose the advent of personal trainers has clouded the obvious for many high school football players and athletes in general.  The common theme it seems now is to either find a “speed trainer” or look up some techniques on the Internet to improve speed on their own.  Using those two ways to improve speed comes with mixed results and more often than not results in failure.

What many prospects fail to realize is that running track remains one of if not the best way to improve your speed and potentially your performance on the football field.  However,  improving your speed is not the only benefit you will gain from running track. In this article I will outline the five reasons you should run track in high school if you are a football prospect.

(1) Improves Your Speed (Duh!)

Sure,  I know having a personal speed trainer sounds sexy.  Don’t get me wrong there are some really solid coaches out there that could potentially work with you and make improvements to your speed.  However,  there are far more that will waste your time and your money.  The truth of the matter is that the kind of workouts that you will endure in track practice combined with the competition you will face in meets will have no choice but to improve your speed.  The whole business of track is about beating the time this week that you ran last week.  Everything is geared towards that and your speed is measured almost on a weekly basis.  You are also pitted against other competitors from other schools.  Your determination to beat them stresses your speed muscles to the utmost.  You literally have no choice but to improve your speed.

(2)  Makes You A Better Conditioned Athlete

All of that running will make your faster but you know what else it will do?  It will make you a fast athlete that can run fast more often and for longer periods of time.  The very workouts in track that are probably scaring you from going out for the team are the ones that will make you better than everyone else on the field during the Fall.  An entire offseason of challenging track workouts will not only give you the speed to hit the sidelines and outrun everyone but give you the stamina to go hard in the 4th quarter when everyone else (including some of your teammates) want to fold.  This turns you into a relentless athlete that wins more of his battles in competition.  A well conditioned body comes with a strong mind.  Strong minds win.

(3) Builds Character

This is closely related to my last point.  Digging deeper,  overcome your fear of running track because the workouts are hard and you might get embarrassed in a meet puts you on your way to having the mental strength to conquer almost anything you face on the field.  The reason track athletes excel is because they are willing to do things that most other athletes are not willing to do.  How many athletes are willing to run 8 x 200 meters at 75% speed with 2 minutes rest.  Workouts like that will test you mentally.  When you complete those type of workouts and live to tell about them,  your ability to fear anything diminishes.  If nothing else,  you are able to crush football workouts in the Summer after going through track workouts in the Spring.  One last thing,  after you have overcome the struggle of trying to get your sweats off for a race because you are so nervous,  you will have less fear of playing in front of a crowd on Friday Night when you are facing an arch rival or top player.  You’ve already conquered your fears.

(4) Develops Your Competitive Spirit

Track is an individual sport.  Unlike football,  you don’t get to hide in the pack and get away with giving less than your best here or there.  There are no teammates to pick up your slack,  unless you are in a relay.  When you are on that track it’s you against the other seven competitors.  Sometimes,  you are the only one dressed in your school’s colors.  In other words,  the spotlight is on you.  You will have to reconcile your performance and the place that you came in.  People will see it and will ask you about it.  If you have never run track before,  that will scare you.  If you have the guts to go out and stick with it,  it won’t be long before you realize you don’t like the feeling of losing.  You will be determined to do something about it.  That something will be workout harder,  perfect the art of running and give it your all in the meets in an effort to win.  When you return to the football field with that competitive attitude,  watch how you start dominating the man in front of you.  Most of the battles on a football field are mental anyways.  When track has made you a mentally tough athlete,  you now have the advantage over your opponent on the gridiron.

(5) College Coaches Respect Track Times

Some high school 40 times are more bogus than those I will make you rich in Bitcoin comments that you see on Instagram.  You want to be a certified speedster,  produce track times.  A coach may not believe you when you say you ran a 4.39 forty but when you can back that up with a 21.42 time in the 200m dash,  he’s going to take your word for it.  College coaches know that track times are official because track is all about the times.  Coaches and meet directors can’t run around making up times or the entire sport is up in smoke.  So when your track profile says 10.71 100 meter dash or 48.33 in the 400 meters,  college coaches know its the truth and that you have legitimate speed.  Point blank,  legitimate speed gets you offers.  You can be an average player (not that you should want to be) and get offers because you have serious track times.   Coaches always figure that they can teach a guy with speed how to be a better player.  They are less confident that they can make you faster.

You won’t find five better reasons than this to head out to your school’s track and join the team if you want to craft yourself into a college football prospect.  If a college program has one spot remaining and it comes down to you and another guy here’s what will happen.  Assuming that all other things are equal,  the spot is going to the guy that ran track or the one who has the better times in 90% of the cases.  Speed is like Bitcoin in 2020 when it comes to recruiting,   everybody wants some.