This Former College Football Star Has Some Tough Advice For High School Players

By Curtric “Spiffy” Evans

Football has always been a huge part of my family. I’ve been playing the sport for as long as I can remember so it’s safe to say it’s been my life. I was blessed with the chance to play Division I football at Boston College.

Football gave me the chance to do what I loved and obtain a top-tier education in the process.

When I look back to the recruiting process that took place while I was in high school, it’s a bittersweet feeling.

By the time signing day rolled around in 2011 I had earned over 40 Division I scholarships to schools like Stanford, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee and even some Ivy Leagues.

With some many schools were  inviting me to join their teams, it made high school interesting.

I recall receiving text messages throughout the days and nights from different coaches from all over the country trying to sway me to make their school my home for the next four to five years.

“Coaches change every year so to choose a school based on people is a big mistake.”

Tons of letters to both of my parents homes and even my grandmother’s house.

I have over 5,000 hand written letters from coaches that I saved to show my son one day.

The most memorable moment came when coach Tim Tyrell (the then coach at Chaminade- Madonna in Hollywood and a former player at Youngstown State) had Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel come to the school and speak with two of my teammates and myself.

A large part of my recruitment started from performing well at the Ohio State camp before my junior season, and that led to big opportunities later.

Competing against the top athletes in my class gave me a deep sense of perspective of my skill level and ultimately showed me I could play at the next level.

If I could do it over I would go to OSU being that they truly wanted the best for me.

Some advice I can offer for any high-school recruits, choose a school on how it best fits you not what they show you.

Coaches change every year so to choose a school based on people is a big mistake.

On your visits be sure to find out all the questions and your biggest advisors will be the guys already on the team.

Don’t shy away from leaving the state if you have a chance because going away definitely broaden my horizons.

And lastly, enjoy it. Once you sign you name and start summer workouts no more of the glamour that you thought would be waiting for you unless you work for it.

The life of a highly recruited high school athlete was one of great times and experiences of my life, while also being one of the most chaotic times as well. Don’t get lost in the chaos.

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