On the surface, it’s not a football play that seems deserving of national media coverage.
A high school freshman cornerback in a freshman-level football game intercepts an anybody’s-ball type of pass from the opposing quarterback. It was a nice-looking left-handed grab by the kid, but nothing like, say, Charles Woodson‘s famous one-armed sideline pick against Michigan State from his 1997 Heisman Trophy season.
So why is Desert Ridge (Mesa, Ariz.) High School’s Michael Orr having local newspaper articles written on him and sports media outlets like FOX Sports 1 and Max Preps replaying this highlight? Continue reading
David Long of Loyola High School (Los Angeles, Calif.) is ranked by Scout.com as the fifth-best cornerback in the national Class of 2016, and the 56th-best overall player in the class. He verbally committed to Stanford over the summer, but recently said he still plans to take official campus visits to Nebraska, Notre Dame, Michigan and Washington.
If Long stays committed to the Cardinal, he’ll be going to a program with a rich history of putting defensive backs in the NFL. Stanford alums include Richard Sherman, John Lynch, Darrien Gordon, Toi Cook, O.J. Atogwe, Coy Wire and Benny Barnes, to name a handful. Continue reading
According to ESPN’s Recruiting Nation rankings, Kevin Tolliver II is the best high school cornerback in the country and the No. 6 overall player in the Class of 2015. The 6-2, 193-pound athlete from Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., was being recruited by pretty much any big-time college football program you can name before picking LSU. Tolliver committed to the Tigers last week after whittling his list down to LSU, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Florida State and UCLA. Continue reading
Size doesn’t mean everything in football, but it does mean something. Especially in the passing game.
The final game of my senior season in high school was against our main crosstown rival. Their quarterback that year was Isaiah Stanback, who would go on to play at the University of Washington and in the NFL. Their starting receivers were Ed Roy, older brother of Brandon Roy (who would go on to play in the NBA), and Roydell Smiley, who would go on to play basketball at USC. Ed Roy was 6-foot-6. Smiley was 6-foot-4. And then there was me, standing 5-8, starting at one cornerback spot for my team. Continue reading
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