Talent is just part of the equation. A complete profile is key to marketing yourself as a true Student-Athlete.
In sports, just like in life, it is not about where one starts but about where they finish.
For sophomore defender Kobe Pepe, he did not start out the season as an immediate impact player for St. John Bosco but he is ending up the season as a key player on the No. 3 ranked team in the country.
For a little over three quarters last Friday afternoon, Miami High appeared to end the 2017 season like so many before on the football field – with nothing to show for the hard work.
But this team – which started to change when Miami High alum Sedrick Irvin was hired to be the head coach – has never stopped progressing and believing.
Regardless of website rankings and scholarship offers, Joe T. Robinson senior running back/linebacker Caezar Warren is one of the best all-around athletes in the state of Arkansas ready to play at the next level in the right fit.
Adam Ratkevich has been around a number of programs in his coaching career, but when he came to Western High a few years back, this one time Miramar High standout felt right at home.
When trying to explain what happens to the brain to cause a concussion to a youth football player; I try to get creative. The explanations requires an understanding the physical makeup of the brain and the nature of the injury.
Some quarterbacks make life in the pocket look easy, especially guys like Ryan Stevens. The Class of 2019 rising star turned in an exceptional first full season in the pocket in 2017 rising to the challenges set before him helping his squad move into the national rankings in the process.
But, perhaps even more impressive was the gains Stevens made with his skillset of the course of 11 games.
It goes without saying that when you are talking about the Southridge Spartans, it is fair to say that they are indeed back.
Coming off a state championship last season, this program – under the direction of veteran head coach Billy Rolle – is stacked with big time talent and playmakers.
The Valencia Vikings have clicked on all cylinders through the backend of their 2017 schedule posting a 10-1 record thus far.
The Los Angeles area squad secured their sixth consecutive win with an opening round 54-23 Division-II playoff win over Great Oak on Friday, Nov. 10.
If you have followed high school football for any length of time, you know that the talent that has always come from South Dade High is impressive.
Through the years, this program has always used that local talent to stay in every playoff race – even capturing a title in 2013.
There is a runaway freight train on Arkansas gridirons this season disguised as Pulaski Academy. The high school located in Little Rock is on a 23-game winning streak dating back to a road trip in September 2016 against East High School, the eventual Utah state champs and MaxPreps No. 18 team in the nation (Xcellent ranking).
When it comes to Dillard High School, student/athletes learn quickly that when you attend this storied institution, it is a community experience like very few.
Year after year, Fayetteville High School seems to churn out Division-I talents. In recent years, the 2015 group produced tight end C.J. O’Grady and linebacker Dre Greenlaw for the Razorbacks and in 2016 defensive end Eli Hale followed suit heading down the street to the Razorbacks.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy proudly announce the largest youth football championship event in the nation. This tournament is not simply "HYPE" and offers the youth football experience the student athletes and families deserve when attending a championship event.
Complete with a national ranking system designed by former NFL’s executives, 11 regional playoff locations around the country, 1 national championship event and an emerging $700 million-dollar world class football complex to call “home”. This championship event has it all and will settle all debates on who is the best – grade by grade, team by team, state by state and region by region.
When he looks back at the 2017 high school football season, NSU University School head coach Daniel Luque will smile and know his program continues to climb the ladder.
While they may never be confused with a national powerhouse, this football team may work harder than anyone in the state of Florida – year round, and that is what has brought some impressive athletes together.
In July of 2017, I was given an "All Access Media Pass" by Rich McGuiness of Legacy Sports & Pro Football Hall of Fame Academy to cover the event for Youth1 Sports. Every morning I was up at 5:30AM and in the gym by 6:00AM. I would then shower and get out to breakfast by 6:50AM or 7:00AM. This ritual allowed me to network with the NFL experienced coaching staff and literally gain access to the best data bases of strategy & schemes available to man.
On the third day I was in the lobby and witnessed the biggest human being on the planet basically cast a shadow on the entire breakfast buffet. I thought we were having an electrical failure, blown a circuit, or the lights were out for some reason. As I turned I see this massive figure with a very youthful exuberance and energy. I didn't know who he was, but given the atmosphere I figured I would get a picture with the guy. The coaches were almost laughing at me and seemed amused by the situation and took the picture without blinking an eye. The guys were good about helping the talkative media guy and let me take pictures of their NFL rings and a variety of other quirky requests I had over the 4 days.
Christian LaValle’s senior season might be going better than even he had planned. On June 20, LaValle found his perfect fit at the collegiate level verbally committing to Arizona State. After an 11-1 record in 2016, LaValle’s Mission Viejo team is once again one of the best teams in California, and in the country, posting a 9-0 record ranked No. 13 nationally by MaxPreps, No. 4 in California.
No excuses! That has to be the motto of Class of 2018 running back Fred Jackson. The electric running back is pushing for 1,800 rush yards in 2017 on a 3-6 squad with an eight-man box staring him down every time he lines up in the backfield.
The only thing that West Broward High football fans need to know about their program is that the future is extremely bright.
With a coaching staff that may be on the verge of being one of the best in South Florida, the Bobcats humbled Cooper City on Monday night – and in the process – took home the school’s first ever district title.
Dean Tate Warren Central Senior - #10
We all dream of scoring a touch down in a sectional game, hitting the winning 3 pointer, or leading the team into battle against insurmountable odds and pulling out the VIC. But we rarely get the opportunity and live vicariously through sports icons. I think it's normal to want to "Be like Mike" or be "Great like Tate".
The Warren Central community will be suiting up Friday Night and putting on the pads with Dean Tate. Proud Warren Central Fan's will act like Angels in the outfield and be the 12th man to help propel this young man to reach new heights.
There is nothing worse for a defensive back than seeing a 6-3, 200 pound, wide receiver with hands and speed ready to do harm. In time for Halloween, there is nothing worse for Florida defensive backs than seeing Class of 2019 wide receiver/linebacker Kendre’ Gant take the field.