In the high school sports world, it is often misconstrued that players from the winningest teams have the best player or players. In many cases that could be true, but it does not mean that those players will have the most success when they leave or that college recruiters will only look at those players for their respective schools.
Case in point. Ricky Lewis a Quarterback from Dudley was the State Player of the Year from a program that went undefeated and won two straight State Championships. Does that mean he was the best quarterback in the area? Was he heavily recruited?
If so, what schools were recruiting him for that position? He signed with NC A&T University a team that is trying to right its ship and has not had a polished quarterback since Alan Hooker and Cornell Maynor. He may never play quarterback there and even though he is considered under the position Athlete, that can also mean there is no position.
In Layman terms, it is called “Jack of All Trades and the Master of None”. Now some are going to misinterpret this, but lets see how it plays out.
Zach Maynard from Grimsley is the starting quarterback for Univeristy of Buffalo. Did Grimsley win any State Titles? Zach only quarterbacked one year at Grimsley after transferring from Eastern Guilford.
Keenan Allen is in a class all by himself and deservingly so. He is that good and barring injury or anything else, he will be an immediate impact at whatever college he attends.
Now here is a kid that many may be overlooking but has the same skill level as Allen, is Josh Morehead over at Eastern Guilford. Josh Morehead? One would ask. Eastern Guilford? Aren’t they 0-4 and have lost 9 games in a row since last year? They would be correct on both questions. Now ask who was Torry and Terrence Holt when other teams and players were the marquee names in Guilford County during that era?
Looks to me that Torry is on his way to the Hall of Fame and has placed himself in the NFL record books for receiving yardage and has a Super Bowl ring as well along with All Pro status and his brother Terrence has a pretty good NFL career after they both left NC State.
Josh Morehead could be that kid that many think that no schools are watching except the College scouts who do not base decisions in recruiting on wins and losses. Keep reading the papers and see if his name keeps coming up. Running a subpar 4.4 helps as well as being multitalented. Just imagine if Keenan Allen and him were still playing together like they did in junior high?
Josh Thompson of Western Guilford is one of the best quarterbacks in the area even though he is only a sophomore. He has the proper techniques and a quiet swagger that most successful quarterbacks have got to have. Now Western Guilford’s team might not be as successful as a Page, Northern, Dudley or Northwest but it does not distract from him being highly saught after at the right time.
Luke Heavner of Ragsdale ia another quarterback that is one of the best in the area.. He has the coolness and proper techinque to play at the next level. He has demostrated that he can operate very well in big games. He showed great posie against Dudley in Ragsdale’s win and was nearly perfect against Page, who came in riding pretty high. He would make a great mid major college prospect .
Now folks tend to get caught up in high major, mid major and low major titles. A very big mistake. Go where you can play and finish your education. Scott Riddle from Eastern Randolph is a prime example.
He has done wonders for Elon and has placed himself in a position that NFL teams have him on their radar. I know for many to say going to Carolina, Duke etc.. sounds more gratisfying. But it has no bearing on ones success.
It is never the school that you attend that is important. It is what you do while you are there that matters the most. Does anyone know of any athlete that may have attended a school based on the name or what others thought and it has not turned out well? If you can play they will find you. Never forget that and do not be lured in by high school coaches who tell you other wise.