For any program that wins a state title and looks to defend that championship, things are never easy.
For the defending 6A state champion Carol City Chiefs, this has been a different season – to say the least.
If a high school player can get it done on the field against Florida 7A competition, easy bet they can get it done at the next level wherever they decide to go. As the overall talents and athleticism of Class of 2019 athlete/outside linebacker Stephone Atkinson expand, he is writing his own ticket to the college ranks.
Dameon Jones didn’t need last Thursday night’s 41-5 win at Doral Academy to tell him that his Chaminade-Madonna football team is running on all cylinders as the Lions head toward the homestretch.
A world of potential lies ahead for Jacob Bandes, but for now he will have to settle for being a dominating high school defensive tackle who has worked his way into four-star status against top California competition. Bandes ascension began during his sophomore season filling gaps for Pittsburg High School finishing with 52 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss, five sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery in 11 games played.
Three years ago when American Heritage attempted to gain national respect against powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, it failed miserably. The Patriots lost the game to the Raiders, and with it, a chance for national respect
Fast forward three plus years – and last Friday night with the worldwide web Facebook audience and a packed house looking on, the Patriots beat Cardinal Gibbons in a battle of No. 1 and No. 2 among 5A programs in the state.
Each recruiting season the state of California produces arguably the best and the deepest quarterback classes for next level scouts to fight over on the way to collegiate success and glory. Another rising talent with tremendous upside starting to breakthrough at the varsity level drawing collegiate attention is Class of 2021 Long Beach Poly dual-threat Jake Garcia.
While everyone knows about the storied football past of Coral Gables High, many generations grew up not knowing what the Cavaliers meant to the growth and exposure of South Florida football.
As many fans and former players lived off what this program achieved throughout the 1960’s and 70’s, many teams over the past four decades have tried to live up to the national titles and respect this program received throughout the years.
When tested or when given the opportunity, Class of 2018 all-purpose athlete Isac Velasquez has been showing out for Diamond Ranch High School this season. High school football fans in the southern California area watched Velasquez rip opposing defenses apart last year but now they are getting to see him stop the opposition’s offense as well as make special team defenders look foolish.
A long and windy road along the recruiting trail ended on Sunday for two parties when Class of 2018 offensive lineman Jacob Isaia committed to Michigan State. Not only are the Spartans picking up one of the more highly recruited linemen in the nation, but they also secured a MSU Hall of Fame legacy.
Just about everyone has heard stories about college coaches recruiting High School players right from the sideline. Although that may happen in rare cases, the reality is that most college coaches do not have the budget to travel the country in search of recruits. Far too many eligible athletes miss out on scholarship opportunities because they just did not take care of the basics in order to be seen. Knowing how to get recruited requires more than just being a great athlete on the field.
2,097 rushing yards on the season with 12 TDs. 3.30 batting average with 118 runs. 262 three point field goals with 746 free throws completed. (Adrian Peterson 2012, Bryce Harper 2015, James Harden 2016).
Nothing beats the feeling of improvement. The fulfillment you feel after conquering your mountainous workout routines can fuel you to new heights. You will push yourself longer, harder and faster.
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