Football season officially starts with two-a-days. Anyone that has ever
played the game of football both dreads and anticipates the start of
this summer ending ritual. Personally, with the travel time I have spent
this summer, it is nice to be at home preparing for the season with my
Football season officially starts with two-a-days. Anyone that has ever played the game of football both dreads and anticipates the start of this summer ending ritual. Personally, with the travel time I have spent this summer, it is nice to be at home preparing for the season with my team. We are only returning four players on each side of the ball so there is competition at positions as we develop our new team identity.
Friday we had our first evaluation with a scrimmage versus North Canton Hoover. Hoover head coach Don Hertler played college football with Ashland’s head coach Scott Valentine and my dad. Hoover is a solid program and gives Ashland a good indication of our strengths and weaknesses. We did okay but we need to work hard this week.
Ashland will scrimmage at Brunswick this Friday, August 20th. This scrimmage will be fun for me because a good number of Brunswick’s players train with me at Xpress Sports with Coach Pat Adams. I probably should do something special for my line this week because I know the Xpress guys are looking forward to the chance to hit me. I look forward to the friendly competition as well but I don’t want to hear the trash talk all winter.
Sunday night the Ashland Arrows had our annual Sponsor Dinner at Ashland University’s Convocation Center. This event is the official kick-off to the football season in our community. Sophomore players are assigned a community sponsor that supports and encourages the player through his high school career. Sponsors attend games, take players to breakfast, send cards and are an extension of our support system.
The keynote speaker for this year’s event was former Ohio State player, Jeff Logan. Mr. Logan played high school football at North Canton Hoover. He spoke to us about leaving the program better than it is now and not to waste our season. Mr. Logan certainly did not waste any of his because he was a four year letterman, a two time All-Big Ten player and a co-captain at Ohio State. He went to four bowl games and two Rose Bowls.
This blog started with me taking readers on a recruiting ride with insights into the recruiting process. I am excited to report that I received my first official offer this week from Brown University in the Ivy League. I can acknowledge that I have worked hard for this offer. It is exhilarating and humbling at the same time. Brown has a reputation for developing quarterbacks and has an offensive system that I would be excited to play in. Brown has 30 scholarship spots on their football team each year. I am honored to be offered one of those spots.
Installment 1: Ashland
quarterback ready to take us on recruiting ride
Installment 3: Prom,
Vanderbilt, NIKE, Elite 11 and Boise State?
Installment 4: ESPN
Elite 11 camp, NIKE camp and more coaches calling
Installment 6: Next
Level Combine, Ohio U, Youngstown State and Air Force
Installment 8: Camp
season in full swing; what players need to know
Installment 9: Getting ready for 1,600 miles, five camps in
Installment 10: 1,895 miles, five camps, two visits and BCS vs I-AA recruiting
Installment 11: 1,600 more miles, 50 QBs and making a mark
Installment 12: Summer camps complete, now it’s time for Football!