If you know the story of GridironStuds then you know that it began as a simple website that would allow local kids in South Florida to put their highlights up and market themselves to college football coaches. Over time, it spread from local South Florida kids, to Florida kids, to kids all over the United States and then globally. One of the best things about running GridironStuds is seeing how athletes play football all over the World. Today’s player of the day would be a great example of that.
Trying to stand out in a world of high school football prospects can be tough. We’ve all heard the stats. There are 90k high schools in the country and over a million football players in any given year on the prep gridiron. A large majority of these adolescent warriors are looking to someday play in college. However, when you are a quarterback and you stand 6’4″ tall like 2020 quarterback Luke Nail does then it’s only a matter of time.
We’ve all heard the term diamond in the rough. Is it overused? Perhaps but I feel it is appropriate in this case. West Covina is hardly anyone’s powerhouse in Southern California football. Over the last five seasons, they have managed just two above .500 and last year they were a mere 1-9. However, as is this case all across the nation, not so hot programs will have undiscovered talent. Victor Flores may be one of those talents.
Ask any hardcore football fan and they’ll tell you they love linebacker play. In recent years, the game of football has finessed itself into a padded version of flag football where-by quarterbacks and wide receivers rule the day. However, there are still some out there that can appreciate the physicality of the game and what it represents in the grand scheme of things.
Toughness is a word Parkview Baptist HS, Louisiana linebacker Dante Harris wears like a backpack as he patrols the field every Friday night. Unafraid to mix it up, Harris has GPS on all ball carries on the field and will arrive at their location with some intentions. Harris is not your drag down, spin around tackler. When he comes, he’s bringing entire Schutt pack with him and that’s helmet along with shoulder pads. There are many frames on Harris’ film displaying him hugging QBs, RBs and WRs as he buries them into the unforgiving gridiron sod. Harris has a knack for diagnosing the play, defeating blocks and achieving his goal which is intimately introducing himself to offensive personnel seeking unauthorized passage across the line of scrimmage.
You’ve heard all of the stereotypes on football players. Get a guy in a big body and the automatic thinking is that all that time getting big left him little time to be smart. It takes a small mind to think that way but let’s be honest, there have been some who have made that type of thinking worthwhile. That’s not the case with this up and coming prospect out of Gulf Coast HS in Naples, FL.
Often times in the wonderful world of recruiting, the emphasis is on comparing a current player to one who had success in the past. Many times, those comparisons can be forced as “analysts”, reporters and bloggers feel it is absolutely necessary to engage in this practice to validate a recruit’s existence. However, coaches can be found doing this as well. A successful player can become an instrument of security as the blanket is to Lionus on the famed cartoon Peanuts.