Those Silly Combine Drills That Get Kids Recruited

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

I hear it every year about this time.  The Twitter horde that goes on and on about a combine clip of a drill they don’t like and is unrealistic.  The mob gets all up in arms about how the drill doesn’t represent anything that will happen in a real game and schools won’t recruit a guy off of this “dumb drill”.  If only that were true.

Truth of the matter is that those silly combine drills, those irrelevant 7on7s and unrealistic 1-on-1s all serve their purpose in the whole recruiting puzzle.  All of that stuff that Mr. Muddy Trenches could careless for boosts a kid’s recruiting profile and helps to get them recruited for several reasons.

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They Already Had the Team Picked Before I Got Out There

Chad Wilson – Editor – GridironStuds Blog
Twitter: @GridironStuds

It’s camp season and it’s also 7-on-7 season.  Along with the high speed athletic workouts and amazing physical feats comes a ton of disappointment.  Camps pick MVPs,  they hand out invites to bigger camps and 7-on-7 teams have tryouts.  With that being the case, a lot of prospects are going to fail to hear their name called and fall short of their goals.

When you are young and full of testosterone,  admitting failure is hard.  Accepting it is even harder.  One of the most common ways we cope with failure as human beings is by criticizing the system.  Nothing soothes us more than by making our failure the result of being cheated by those running the show.  Perhaps the temporary relief of calling out the short comings of others can keep our egos from being eternally bruised but there’s a danger in extending our arms to finger point.

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An Offer from Any School is A Blessing…. Here’s Why


By: Chad Wilson – Editor – GridironStuds Blog

Twitter: @GridironStuds

Signing Day just came and passed.  If you did not sign with a school,  then you need not read beyond the headline to feel the message that I am putting forth.  However,  this article is not for those guys,  it’s for the highly recruited prospect that feels he is sitting on top of the World and has so many gifts under the Christmas tree that he can ignore the pair of socks that grandma gave him.

I was recently scrolling through my Twitter timeline and came across a high school coach’s tweet in which he said that prospects should stop tweeting out their Division II football offers.  I am not sure what the spirit of that tweet was but the overwhelming perception of it was a negative one.  It also helped breed a stereotype that many young prospects have easily fed into.

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I Don’t Like 7-on-7, I Love It and Here’s Why

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

The pass sailed right over his outstretched hand and landed in the basket of the wide receiver.  From my seat across the field,  I could not entirely make out what happened but you could see the small section of visiting East Carolina fans in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium celebrating so it couldn’t be good.  Quincy Wilson had just been beat for a touchdown for the first time in a college football game in front of thousands.

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If You Really Love Ball, You’ll Go Play Small

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

Power 5 or Bust! That’s the rallying cry I hear annually around this time of year as senior high school football players try to scramble for the remaining scholarships that are available out there.  It’s a cry that I understand but it’s also one that makes me wonder.  I’ll tell you why in this article.

One of the biggest mistakes we make in life and in particular when we are teenagers,  is comparing ourself to others.  This less than desirable practice has only been accelerated by the onset of social media into our daily lives.  Individuals giving you the highlight clips of their mundane and sometimes tumultuous lives often paint an unrealistic picture of what is really going on.  Those created realities are what many others are basing their own lives off of and it disrupts their abilities to effectively manage their own lives.  This is a major problem when it comes to recruiting.

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Quarterbacks Noticeably Absent from the Top in Class of 2019 Rankings

By: Chad Wilson – Editor – GridironStuds.com
Twitter: @GridironStuds

If you love quarterbacks in the high school recruiting game then you loved the class of 2018. That class produced the #1 and #2 overall ranked players by consensus between both Rivals and 247sports.  If you include USC signee J.T. Daniels in the mix,  then the Class of 2018 produced three Top 20 quarterback talents.  In 2019,  you have to go outside of the Top 20 to find any quarterback prospects.

The class of 2018 produced #1 rated recruit in Clemson signee Trevor Lawrence and the #2 ranked overall prospect Georgia signee Justin Fields.  One could get really excited about a class like that especially when you include the previously mentioned J.T. Daniels who was Rivals ranked #4 overall and 247 Sports ranked #16.  All three of these young gun slingers have seen action in a game as true freshman this year with both Daniels and Lawerence being starters for their respective schools.

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