Since 2013, I have covered over 4,000 athletes in the 806 area; some with great talent, some with great work ethic. But I haven’t seen a lot of those players going to play college sports after school. Last school year we finally had a breakout of sorts with a multitude of players getting scholarships including Jai Manahan of New Deal (UTSA) and Sebastian Hartless (Texas Tech Track). So coming into 2016, there is a lot of buzz surrounding the 806 with players like Lubbock Cooper’s Jarret Doege, Ty Thomas, and Josh Moore already having Division one scholarships or offers. Jaelyn Nolan from Brownfield is a Junior and has multiple offers established including one from Texas Tech, and Nick Gerber from the Lobos will also get an offer soon as well as many others like Canyon’s Gunnar Palacios.
Which brings me to my question of the year; what about all these other athletes that have the goods and don’t get offers, much less a look? If you follow my social media account on a daily basis, you will see a lot of Dallas athletes that are getting offers daily. It’s like a ritual that they share that accomplishment with the twitter world. I would too, if I was that good. Just the other day it was announced that Frisco ISD’s teams will wear their own version of the National Football League’s Color Rush uniforms on August 27th to open the season, on ESPN2. That got my thought process to churning and I wanted to ask some 806 players how did it feel to see that on their social media feeds; all the attention, offers, perks, and extra incentives that players in the Metroplex get, compared to the 806’s coverage of their athletes and programs. Here is what these athletes had to say below.
How does it make you feel when you see all these Dallas players getting all these offers and extra exposure, compared to Lubbock’s athletes and the coverage and perceived talent gap?
*Devante Greathouse, Lubbock High WR/SR*
Makes me feel like I should have lived in the Dallas area if I really wanted to continue my football career.
*Juwan Hamilton, Tahoka Bulldogs ATH/WR*
It makes me feel like I should move sometimes because all the kids in the Dallas area like Allen,Desoto, and Cedar Hill they are getting big time offers and the 806 isn’t getting any attention or offers like that
*Ronald Awatt, Frenship Tigers TB*
I mean I’m happy for em and all but I just wished coaches looked out here in the 806 because we sure do have some sleeper athletes and it’s just kinda sad that we put in the work and show out but don’t get the exposure we deserve.
*Jai Manahan, New Deal Lions, TB*
It completely sucked. Thinking you were good enough to get one and not a single DI coach contacting you hurt. My advice to the guys would be to start early! Go to camps and contact coaches through any social media. If that doesn’t work, don’t give up there. Keep working your ass off and PROVE to everyone that doubts you that you are good enough to for DI! At the end of the day the only thing you can do is pray about it to God and stay humble.