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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Recruiting School: The School I Signed With Was Not Where I Wanted to Go

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

Signing Day was yesterday.  It was a joyous occasion for 100’s of high school football players as they ended their recruiting process by putting pen to paper bonding themselves to universities all across the country. Not everyone who signed yesterday was happy. Some student athletes signed on the dotted line to schools that they really didn’t want to go to but felt like they had to.  This article today is for them.

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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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So You Want to Transfer Eh? Some Things For You to Consider

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

At the end of each year,  Webster’s dictionary will come up with the word or phrase of the year.  It’s typically an old word that became alive again by it’s repetitive use socially during the year that has come to an end.  We haven’t reached the end of the month of January  yet but already we may have been blessed with our phrase of the year and it’s “transfer portal”.

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Patience is a Virtue and a Four Touchdown Win in the College Football Championship Game

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

As the 49th point was posted on the Hard Rock (then Sun Life Stadium) scoreboard in favor of West Virginia,  there was little left in limbo for the 2012 Orange Bowl other than who might be the next coach of the Clemson Tigers.  Firing coaches did not occur back then at the breakneck speed that it does in this day in age. However, when you appear in a high profile game like the Orange Bowl and you’re getting your pants pulled down like this,  it’s tough not to consider that the head coach of the team down 49-17 at the half might be in line for a pink slip.

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