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Best College Football Coach: If He Existed

Nick Saban and Urban Meyer both posses attributes that the best college football coach would have.

There are many attributes that come into play when assessing a great college football coach. There is the recruiting side of coaching, where coaches must be able to speak with players and parents, gaining their trust to get top recruits around the nation to come to their school. A coach must also have understanding of strength and conditioning, and be able to implement a program that oftentimes flies under the radar to most fans. The best strength and conditioning programs will get the team faster and stronger as a whole, which leads to fewer injuries and more wins. A great football coach will pay attention to his teams mastery of special teams, oftentimes overseeing the unit, and this unit plays a huge role in winning or losing games. The special teams unit is special for a reason, and can flip field position in an instant, score a touchdown in a flash, or block a game winning kick to save a game.

The offensive side of the ball obviously scores points, but also gives the team’s defense a rest by sustaining long drives. A great coach and can develop his team’s culture on offense, for example, a “smash mouth” culture where the run is established, or a “speed kills” culture that spreads the opponent out. A great team culture will lead to satisfaction among players, and easy recruiting material. Lastly, there is the defensive side of the ball, which is the most important attribute a great college football coach possesses, in the ninja’s opinion. “Defense wins Championships” and if you do not believe in this quote, simply look at last year’s BCS Championship game that displayed the top two defenses in the country last season with Alabama and LSU.

Now that we covered the attributes that make a great college football coach let’s build the Ninja Sports Best College Football Coach!

Note: active coaches were considered

Jimbo Fisher isn’t only friendly with recruits, he makes time for everyone!

Recruiting: This is the starting point to every great team, and when building the best college football coach you need to have to have Coach Jimbo Fisher’s recruiting skills. Since Jimbo Fisher took over in Tallahassee in 2010, he has landed 8 five star recruits (Lamrcus Joyner, Cornellius Carradine, Nick O’ Leary ,Timmy Jernigan ,Mario Edwards, Eddie Goldman, Ronald Darby, James Winston), earned the best recruiting class in the nation according to 247sports.com in 2011, and the number 2 recruiting class in 2012 while dominating the state of Florida signing 41 players in his first 3 years as Head Coach for the Noles.

Coach Marotti

Strength and Conditioning: This is a very important aspect; if your team is not getting bigger and faster they are simply at a disadvantage to other teams that are running a great strength and conditioning programs. The best college football coach would have the knowledge and passion for strength and conditioning that Coach Mickey Marotti possesses. “Coach Micks” current occupation title is “assistant athletic director for football sports performance at Ohio State” but also worked under Coach Meyer at Florida from 2005-2011 where he developed 22 All-Americans and eight first-round NFL draft choices. The team also won two National Championships, two Southeastern Conference Championships and had three 13-win seasons under Coach Mick’s Strength and Conditioning Program.

Coach Meyer

Special Teams:  As explained above Special Teams is very special unit and plays a big roll in winning and losing games. The best college football coach without a doubt would have Coach Urban Meyer’s Special team skills. Coach Meyer’s Florida football team averaged more than 1,000 kick return yards a season from 2007-2010, and blocked a whopping 18 kicks/punts during this time period.

A Chip Kelly sign shows his innovative capabilities

Offense:  This is a very important aspect of any team, as you have to score points to win, and sometimes have to blow teams out to impress voters and move up in the polls. The best college football coach would have the brilliant offensive mind of Chip Kelly, the head coach for the Oregon Ducks. Last year, the Oregon offense averaged 57 points per game, 297 rushing yards per game, and 308 passing yards per game, while running the fastest pace offense in the nation, averaging 78.3 plays per game. Good luck to the defense.

Nick Saban gives instructions

Defense: This is the most important attribute to the ninja, and the best college football coach will have the defensive schemes of Coach Nick Saban from ‘Bama. Last year Coach Saban’s defense allowed on average only 8.2 points per game, 111 pass yards per game, 2.4 yards per rush, and had 17 takeaways (13int, 4 fumble recoveries). So is it a surprise that Alabama won the 2011 National Championship? No “Defense Wins Championships”.

 

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2012-13 SEC Football Outlook

Aaron Murray and the Georgia Bulldogs are facing high expectations in Athens this season.

As the 2012 season kicks off, many analysts seem to think Alabama will pick up right where they left off, and why not,  right?  While Eddie Lacy takes over for first round draft pick Trent Richardson, the question surrounding the Tide is this: Can McCarron lead, again,  and not try to do too much?  Bama faces a couple of tough road conference games in which it will be tough to come out with the W, though with Nick Satan, err, Saban, is definitely more than capable of making it happen.

The Dawgs bring back Senior signal caller Aaron Murray who looks to put up Heisman Trophy Winning numbers in an offense featuring three skilled and experienced wide receivers in Malcolm Mitchell, Chris Conley, and Tavarres King.  The Dawg’s defense, whom was ranked fifth nationally,  returns nine starters to Todd Grantham’s relatively new 3-4 scheme in Athens.  Look for a vaunting defense to keep points off of the board while Murray is putting them up.

LSU turns to QB Zach Mettenberger after the departure of Jordan Jefferson.  If Mettenberger can live up to the hype, the offense should be better than last season as they also bring back a four-headed monster backfield with Spencer Ware, Michael Ford, Alfred Blue, and Kenny Hilliard who together combined for more than 2,300 yards and an astounding 30 TDs.  They have the talent to run the table, the question is whether the Tigers will step up or not.

Missouri and Texas A&M make their conference debuts coming from the defensive lacking Big 12.  Look for them to have somewhat successful years in their rookie seasons and spoil SEC contender’s hopes.  Keep an eye on Mizzou QB James Franklin as he has the tools to become a big-name-QB for the SEC with his arm as well as his legs.

Will Muschamp starts off season two in Gainesville after a disappointing first year.  Though Florida always has a talent filled roster, don’t look for them to impress too many people this season as they have yet to even name a starting QB, and seem to be  irrelevant in the SEC title race.  This could be a big year for the Gators and Muschamp as fans are getting restless and don’t want to accept mediocrity.

Arkansas returns top two of the SEC’s top players in RB Knile Davis and QB Tyler Wilson.  Wilson, you may remember last year, broke several of former Arkansas’ QB Ryan Mallett’s records and showed the Hogs offense can be a force to be reckoned with.  Look for their offense to carry the load and put up many points to carry the Razorbacks team through the season.

East West
Georgia 7-1 LSU 7-1
South Carolina 5-3 Alabama 6-2
Missouri 4-4 Arkansas 5-3
Tennessee 4-4 Texas A&M 5-3
Florida 4-4 Auburn 3-5
Vanderbilt 2-6 Mississippi St 2-6
Kentucky 1-7 Ole Miss 1-7

National Title hopes could be on the line 11/3 when Nick Saban and the Tide roll into LSU to face the Mad Hatter.

Games to Watch:

Sept. 15: Alabama @ Arkansas

Oct. 20: Alabama @ Tennessee

Oct. 20:  LSU @ Texas A&M

Oct. 27: Florida @ Georgia

Nov. 3: Alabama @ LSU

Nov. 10: Arkansas @  South Carolina

Nov. 23: LSU @ Arkansas

Nov. 24: Missouri @  Texas A&M

Nov. 24: Auburn @ Alabama

Championship: Georgia v LSU

Ninja Sports Preseason All-SEC Team 2012

Offense Defense Special Teams
WR Cobi Hamilton, ARK DE Sam Montgomery, LSU K Caleb Sturgis, Fla
WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU P Brad Wing, LSU
TE Philip Lutzenkirchen, AUB DT Jesse Williams, ALA KR Dustin Harris, Texas A&M
T D.J. Fluker, ALA DT John Jenkins, UGA
T Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M LB Jarvis Jones, UGA
G Chance Warmack, ALA LB Alonzo Highsmith, ARK
G Alex Hurst, LSU LB DeVonte Holloman SC
C Barrett Jones, ALA CB Johnthan Banks, MS ST
QB Tyler Wilson, ARK CB D.J. Swearingwer, SC
RB Marcus Lattimore, SC S Robert Lester, ALA
RB Knile Davis, ARK S Eric Reid, LSU

SEC Offensive Player of the Year: Aaron Murray, QB UGA

SEC Defensive Player of the Year: Eric Reid, S LSU

Check out our other conference outlooks:

Pac-12 Preview
Big 12 Preview
Big East Preview
ACC Preview
Big 10 Preview

 

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Ninja Sports Pac-12 Football Preview

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Big East Preview
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Star Lotulelei will terrorize Pac-12 offensive lines this season

With the way things are shaping up, it looks a lot like 2005 in Troy as the Trojans are atop the AP Poll to start the season.  Much like the ’05 squad, the team is loaded with talent from the top of the roster to the bottom.  Resembling the players of the ’05 team are QB Matt Barkley (Matt Leinart), RBs Curtis McNeal and Penn State transfer Silas Redd (Reggie Bush and LenDale White), and WRs Robert Woods and Marqis Lee (Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett).  As you see, the possibilities for this USC team are endless.  The defense took a tough blow losing defensive end Devon Kennard to a torn pectoral muscle so look for T.J. McDonald and Hayes Pullard to step up big.

Chip Kelly’s high octane spread offense in Eugene continues to receive praise as they have averaged over 520 yards a game for the past two seasons.  Redshirt Freshman QB Marcus Mariota has received the nod to start week one for the Ducks after an intense seven month battle with sophomore Bryan Bennett.  Though Mariota is young, look for him to step in right away and make an impact taking over for Darron Thomas.  While Thomas had LaMichael James to help him lead the offense, Mariota will have Kenjon Barner and De’Anthony Thomas to share the load.  If the defense can hold strong for the whole season, USC better not blink because this team of olympic sprinters will blow by them if the Trojans aren’t at the top of their game.

The big question surrounding Stanford: Can they survive without Luck?  Coach David Shaw wasn’t very enthusiastic about naming Josh Nunes the starting quarterback earlier this week.  The offense that once relied on Andrew Luck seems to be focusing towards a run heavy style placing much of the load on running backs Stepfan Taylor and Anthony Wilkerson.  Stanford’s strength is definitely on the defensive side of the ball led by linebackers Chase Thomas and Shayne Skov.

Washington has great potential this season with an offense run by dual-threat QB Keith Price.  In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, Price is the QB who went toe-to-toe with RG3 in the Alamo Bowl last season where the two offenses combined for 123 points.  Though RG3 came out victorious, it was Price that played the better game completing 23 of 27 passes for 438 yards and four touchdowns.  Not only did Price throw four touchdowns but he ran for three more, accounting for seven total.  Expect to see “Teeth” (as his teammates call him for his award-winning smile in interviews) in New York within the next two years as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.  The Huskies may not win the conference this season, but they will be highly competitive and could play the spoiler roll for the Pac 12.

The main question posed by The Ninja:  Will this conference play any defense?  Last year’s numbers were quite ugly as half of the Pac 12 ranked 82nd or lower in total defense.

North South
Oregon 8-1 Southern Cal 8-1
Washington 7-2 Arizona State 5-4
Stanford 5-4 Utah 5-4
California 4-5 UCLA 4-5
Oregon State 2-7 Colorado 3-6
Washington State 1-8 Arizona 2-7

Keith Price will lead the Huskies into Oregon on 10/6

Games to Watch:

Sept. 15:  USC @ Stanford

Sept. 27:  Stanford @ Washington

Oct. 6:  Washington @ Oregon

Oct. 13:  USC @ Washington

Nov. 3:  Oregon @ USC

Nov. 17:  USC @ UCLA

Nov. 17:  Stanford @ Oregon

Nov. 24:  Oregon @ Oregon State

Championship:  Oregon vs. Southern Cal

Ninja Sports Preseason All-Pac-12 Team 2012

Offense Defense Special Teams
WR Robert Woods, USC DE Dion Jordan, ORE K Andre Heidari, USC
WR Marquess Wilson, WSU DE Wes Horton, USC P Jackson Rice ORE
TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, WASH DT Star Lotulelei, UTAH KR De’Anthony Thomas, ORE
T Matt Summers-Gavin, CAL DT Justin Washington, ARIZ
T David Bakhtiari. CU LB Chase Thomas, STAN
G Carson York, ORE LB Patrick Larimore, ARIZ
G Sam Brenner, UTAH LB Shayne Skov, STAN
C Khaled Homes, USC CB Aaron Hester, UCLA
QB Matt Barkley, USC CB Nickell Robey, USC
RB Stepfan Taylor, STAN S T.J. McDonald, USC
RB Kenjon Barner, ORE S Marquis Flowers, ARIZ

Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year: Robert Woods, WR USC

Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year: Star Lotulelei, DT UTAH

2012-13 Pac 12 Football Preview

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2012-13 Big Ten Football Preview

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Expectations are high in Ann Arbor as Denard Robinson returns with his number one target WR Roy Roundtree and a high powered offense ready to take over the B1G Ten. The dual-threat QB, who claims he could take Usain Bolt in a 40 yard dash, looks to put together a Heisman campaign much like former Nebraska QB Eric Crouch did in 2001 consisting of an irregularly high rushing numbers for a quarterback. Roundtree, who is coming off what some may say was a down year, returns for his Senior season and has changed his number to 21 in honor of Michigan legend Desmond Howard in hopes of having a dominant year. Look for Michigan to have a couple close conference games, but that isn’t going to stop them from making a title run.

The Urban Liar, excuse me, Meyer, era has begun in Colombus and it has Buckeye fans buzzing across the country. Meyer looks to bring his daunting speed-based offense to the B1G Ten which has traditionally hosted offenses with a smashmouth, run between the tackles approach. The jury is still out on Sophomore QB Braxton Miller as he didn’t impress to the likes of the Ninja last year, throwing for less than 2,000 yards (96.6ypg). In Miller’s defense, he did show an impressive ability to run the ball but even those numbers would need to improve for him to be the fit for Meyer’s offense. Also look for a big year out of TE Jake Stoneburner who has already had an impressive career but fits the same style of play that Aaron Hernandez did under Meyer at Florida.

The Nebraska Cornhuskers and Coach Bo Pelini look to finally win a conference title. Pelini has gotten them to the dance but that’s not good enough as the Husker nation isn’t one to tolerate mediocrity. All-American RB Rex Burkhead will carry much of the offensive load unless Taylor Martinez has corrected his horrific throwing style. NU’s defense has a few holes to fill, but don’t think that will keep them from disrupting the B1G Ten and making a push to win the conference.

Danny O’Brien, a Maryland transfer, takes over for the departed Russell Wilson. Accompanying O’Brien is stud WR Jared Abbrederis who many may remember more for his return ability in the kicking game. The offense will be anchored by All-American Center Travis Frederick who will help open some serious running lanes for record setting tail back Montee Ball. Reports out of Wisconsin claim O’Brien is picking up the offense no problem, and may replace Wilson just fine.

Legends Leaders
Michigan 8-0 Wisconsin 6-2
Nebraska 6-2 Ohio State 6-2
Michigan State 5-3 Penn State 5-3
Northwestern 3-5 Purdue 4-4
Iowa 2-6 Illinois 2-6
Minnesota 1-7 Indiana 0-8

Jake Stoneburner will look to have a big day for Ohio State against rival Michigan at The Horseshoe on Nov. 24th

Games to Watch:


Sept. 29:
Ohio State @ Michigan State

Sept. 29: Wisconsin @ Nebraska

Oct. 6: Nebraska @ Ohio State

Oct. 20: Michigan State @ Michigan

Oct. 27: Michigan @ Nebraska

Oct. 27: Michigan State @ Wisconsin

Oct. 27:
Ohio State @ Penn State

Nov. 10:
Penn State @ Nebraska

Nov. 24:
Wisonsin @ Penn State

Nov. 24:
Michigan @ Ohio State

Championship:

Michigan vs. Wisconsin

Ninja Sports Preseason All-B1G Ten Team 2012

Offense Defense Special Teams
WR Roy Roundtree, MICH DE William Gholston, MSU K Brett Maher, NEB
WR Kenny Bell, NEB DE John Simon, OSU P Brett Maher, NEB
TE Jake Stoneburner, OSU DT Jordan Hill, PSU KR Ameer Abdullah, NEB
T Ricky Wagner, WIS DT Kawann Short, PUR
T Taylor Lewan, MICH LB Mike Taylor, WIS
G Spencer Long, NEB LB Gerald Hodges, PSU
G Chris McDonald, MSU LB James Morris, IOWA
C Travis Frederick, WIS CB JT Floyd, MICH
QB Denard Robinson, MICH CB Micah Hyde, IOWA
RB Montee Ball, WIS S CJ Barnett, OSU
RB Rex Burkhead, NEB S Isaiah Lewis, MSU

B1G TEN Offensive Player of the Year: Denard Robinson, QB MICH

B1G TEN Defensive Player of the Year: William Gholston, DE MSU

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2012-13 Big East Football Preview

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West Virginia has departed and the other Big East teams couldn’t be happier. The Mountaineers would have been the clear favorite to take the conference had they remained.

Louisville returns 2011 Freshman All-American QB Teddy Bridgewater as well as Sophomore WR’s DeVante Parker and Eli Rogers who both showed tremendous ability last season; Parker with his size (6’3 205) and Rogers with his blazing speed. Taking some pressure off of the passing game will be Junior RB Dominique Brown, who Coach Charlie Strong claims is one of the “best in the country” when it comes down to falling forward and gaining positive yards. Look for Louisville (the lone Big East team in the AP Top 25) to take care of business, not only this year, but for a few more to come as Coach Strong continues to recruit extremely well and fill UL’s roster with talent from all over the country.

South Florida returns Senior QB B.J. Daniels who has had quite a hard time staying healthy during his career in Tampa. Accompanying Daniels is TE Evan Landi, who has WR athleticism and could be utilized much like Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez for the New England Patriots. With an above average defense lead by Redshirt Junior LB Devekeyan “DeDe” Lattimore, look for Coach Holtz’s Bulls to make the run at the Big East title if they can beat Louisville, or get some help from other Big East schools to potentially knock Louisville out of the hunt.

The loss of Zach Collaros in Cincinnati puts a question mark at the QB position. The Bearcats will turn to an unproven Junior in Munchie Legaux (6’5 205), who along with RB George Winn look to play spoiler to many Big East foes. With the slip up of Louisville or South Florida, the Cats have an outside chance at the Big East title.

Pittsburgh and stud RB Ray Graham look to continue the high powered rushing attack they displayed most of last season until Graham was injured. Before the injury, Graham averaged an impressive 119.8 yards per game at 5.8 yards per carry, and was among the top five RBs statistics wise. Like Daniels’ situation, if Graham stays healthy, Pitt’s offense could be in for a big year on the ground. Senior QB Tino Sunseri looks to rebound after a 10 TD-11 INT year, and who better to have returning than his favorite target WR Devin Street. The first two games will be a rough start for the Panthers as they open up September 1st versus Youngstown State, then play again five days later in Cincinnati for an early Big East match up.

Louisville 6-1
South Florida 6-1
Cincinnati 5-2
Pittsburgh 4-3
Connecticut 3-4
Temple 3-4
Syracuse 1-6
Rutgers 0-7

Ray Graham leads Pitt down to Florida to face USF on December 1st

Games to Watch:

Sept. 6: Pittsburgh @ Cincinnati

Oct. 13: Louisville @ Pittsburgh

Oct. 26: Cincinnati @ Louisville

Nov. 3: Connecticut @ USF

Nov. 9: Pittsburgh @ Connecticut

Nov. 23: USF @ Cincinnati

Dec. 1: Pittsburgh @ USF

Dec. 1: Cincinnati @ Connecticut

Champion:

Louisville

Ninja Sports Preseason All-Big East Team 2012

Offense Defense Special Teams
WR Alec Lemon, SYR DE Trevardo Williams, UCONN K Ross Krautman, SYR
WR Devin Street, PITT DE Ryne Giddins, USF P Pat O’Donnell, CIN
TE Ryan Griffin, UCONN DT Aaron Donald, PITT KR Matt Brown, TEM
T Justin Pugh, SYR DT Jesse Joseph, UCONN
T Mark Popek, USF LB DeDe Lattimore, USF
G Jake Smith, UL LB Khaseem Greene, RU
G Chris Jacobson, PITT LB Preston Brown, UL
C Mario Benavides, UL CB Kayvon Webster, USF
QB Teddy Bridgewater, UL CB Logan Ryan, RU
RB Ray Graham, PITT S Drew Frey, CIN
RB Matt Brown, TEM S Jarred Holley, PITT

Big East Offensive Player of the Year: Ray Graham, RB PITT

Big East Defensive Player of the Year: Logan Ryan, CB RU

Be sure to check out our other conference previews

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2012-13 ACC Football Preview

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Clemson looks to repeat as ACC champions with the return of Tajh Boyd and the deadly Sammy Watkins. Though Watkins is suspended the first two games, neither of them are ACC games. Upon his return look for him to strive for a career day versus Florida State. He will be hungry to become even better than he was last season, and what a better team to do it against than FSU, who many see as the ACC favorite.

Keep an eye on Al Golden in his second year with the Miami (FL) Hurricanes as there has been a resurgence in the atmosphere down in Coral Gables. Though NCAA sanctions are looming over the Canes, it hasn’t stopped Golden from getting quality recruits, who along with the talented veterans, continue to impress the likes of the Ninja as well as analysts and coaches across the country.

Logan Thomas returns to lead the Hokies offense after an impressive 2011 season. The loss of two record setting wide outs (Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale) looks to be crucial but if Thomas can get just a little bit of help from promising senior receiver Marcus Davis the Hokies will once again take the Coastal side handily.

This is a big year for Jimbo Fischer and Florida State as it is the “do or die” season for Jimbo’s first recruiting class. With such a talented roster across the board, look for a National Championship run, but it is likely their title hopes will diminish with Clemson dominating the Atlantic side of the conference.

Atlantic Coastal
Clemson 7-1 Virginia Tech 7-1
Florida State 5-3 Virginia 6-2
NC State 3-5 Miami (FL) 6-2
Boston College 2-6 Georgia Tech 5-3
Wake Forest 2-6 North Carolina 4-4
Maryland 1-7 Duke 0-8

Games to Watch:

Sept. 3: Georgia Tech @ Virginia Tech

Sept. 22: Clemson @ Florida State

Sept. 22: Miami @ Georgia Tech

Oct. 20: Florida State @ Miami

Oct. 20: Virginia Tech @ Clemson

Nov. 8: Florida State @ Virginia Tech

Nov. 24: Virginia Tech @ Virginia

Championship:

Clemson vs. Virginia Tech

Ninja Sports Preseason All-ACC Team 2012

Offense Defense Special Teams
WR Sammy Watkins, CLEM DE Brandon Jenkins, FSU K Dustin Hopkins, FSU
WR Allen Hurns, MIA DE Malliciah Goodman, CLEM P Dalton Botts, MIA
TE Matt Furstenburg, MD DT Joe Vellano, MD KR Sammy Watkins, CLEM
T Morgan Moses, VA DT Nikita Whitlock, WF
T James Hurst, UNC LB Bruce Taylor, VT
G RJ Mattes, NCST LB Steve Greer, VA
G Brad Linder, MIA LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, BC
C Dalton Freeman, CLEM CB David Amerson, NCST
QB Logan Thomas, VT CB Kyle Fuller, VT
RB Giovanni Bernard, UNC S Vaughn Telemaque, MIA
RB Orwin Smith, GT S Lamarcus Joyner, FSU

ACC Offensive Player of the Year: Logan Thomas, QB VT

ACC Defensive Player of the Year: David Amerson, CB NCST

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LSU Offers Middle Schooler? What’s Next?

Youth players wearing college uniforms in little league games

Remember life as a young teenager? Running around the neighborhood, playing tag, and finding excuses to get away from your parents to get loaded up on soda and candy and stay up all night with your friends. The biggest concern in life was whether or not to ask your crush to the movies that Friday night, and if your parents would drop you off around the corner so nobody would see you with those “losers”.

Man, those were the days.

For 14-year-old Dylan Moses those days are long gone, and in fact, may have never come for the youngster. The soon-to-be eighth grader was offered a full athletic scholarship to Louisiana State University by none other than “The Mad Hatter” himself, Les Miles. The middle schooler has yet to play a single down at the high school level (let alone choose the high school he will attend), and Miles seems to think he has the talent to play for the ever-so-prestigious LSU football program. Some reporters even used the term ‘ungodly’ in reference to Moses’ football ability. How could this be when such a young player has so much more developing to do not only mentally, but physically as well?

This isn’t the first time a middle school child has been at the forefront of the Division 1A recruiting scene. Do the names David Sills and Tate Martell ring a bell? Sills, a 15 year old quarterback out of Maryland, was reportedly recruited by major college teams as early as the age of 11 and committed in 2010 at the age of 13 to the University of Southern California to play for Coach Lane Kiffin. The Bloomberg News dubbed him as the ‘greatest arm money could buy’. Now entering his sophomore season, Sills remains committed to the Trojans and looks to add a big year to his already impressive stat line (2,340 yards and 28 touchdowns as a freshman). Tate Martell is a 14 year old quarterback out of San Diego, who just last week accepted a scholarship offer to play for the Washington Huskies as a part of the 2017 recruiting class.

As a fan of the game, as well as the vast evolutions and growth of it, I love these moves. The kids will now endure a whole new type of training as well as never before seen pressure to prepare them for the next level, enabling them the potential to develop into the type of players we may have never experienced in college football.

In the words of the great (strictly referring to his broadcasting career) Lee Corso, “NOT SO FAST MY FRIEND!!”

Just what exactly is football doing for the youth of today? If you ask any high school football coach what their mission is, they will tell you they are attempting to prepare young men for life’s journey. Coaches preach and demand hard work, dedication, discipline, trust, and a sense of brotherhood among their players that many people, including myself, feel is a vital part of a man’s maturation process. By offering scholarships to kids at such a young age, coaches are instilling the wrong values into our youth and our communities. Rather than teaching them life’s values and morals, we are simply telling them to be good at what they do and the rest will fall into place. High school football has changed the course of many individual’s lives in a number of ways, and for many was/is an escape from a harsh reality in which they live. It would be a shame to see high school football coaches alienate children who aren’t the most athletic or football savvy due in part to them wanting to play the kid who has been an Alabama commit for five years, or so they could hone a roster full of division 1 athletes. What’s next? Peyton Manning’s next child will come out of the womb with a scholarship in hand?

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