Wednesday, February 3, 2010

National Signing Day For High Schoolers

Today is the first day of the rest of your life! Or at least the next four years and for some it won't even be that long. Earning a college scholarship is the dream of many players and their parents. Today was cutdown day, decision day. Some had made the decision long before this day and others were still trying to decide which school would be the most like home.
Phillip Sims was the top high school QB prospect in the country, heading to Alabama.
I was at Tampa Catholic High School this afternoon to witness Christian Green, a four year starter at quarterback, but will be a receiver at Florida State this fall and his offensive tackle Chaz Green, who will take his great feet and strength to the University of Florida. Chaz is rated number 52 and Christian 53 on ESPN's list.
It is a day to remember for the rest of your life and can shape your future, depending on how it is approached mentally. Some will get homesick and run back to their hometowns. Others will never go back to their hometowns except for short visits. It was fun to be part of the action, after watching Christian Green start for four years and lead his team to the state championship game more than once, and reporting live here in the local market as ESPNU carried it across the nation.
The packed room of students and media was quite a different scene than when I signed my scholarship papers 25 years ago at my kitchen table with my parents.
Congratulations to all who are taking another step in living their dreams!

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