I know you’re thinking high school football exists in other states, but in Texas it is glamorized.
In Texas, “Friday Night Lights” is a culture that has been celebrated for 90 years. Books have been written, magazines track, movies have been made, and television shows have been produced showcasing its’ commodity. Football is the glue that oversteps differences and unites people to become one. There are a guaranteed 10 games. Six rounds of playoffs determine the right to become 1 of the 10 state champions in the five 11-man classifications.
December means it could quite possibly be the last time some may ever step foot on the field as a competitor. A State Championship leads to some nice bling on your finger, post season accolades, and quite possibly movement amongst the staff. Texas High School Football is more than just an athletic period, and Friday night under the lights is a business.
What make the product on the field so much better?
“Everyone recruits Texas, so if you don’t recruit them, you’re playing against them.”
– Jeff Fleener, HC @ Brandeis High School in San Antonio, Texas.
There are over 1 million High School football players who will accumulate statistics that help determine their chances of competing at the college level and ultimately the professional level only if the shoe fits.
In Texas, there are more 5a and 6a schools comprised in the shortest of distances than any other highly recruited surrounding state. In these last 4 years the Lonestar State has had over 35 players consecutively in the “Top 300” 247Sports’ composite rankings .Texas ranks #1, averaging over 340 FBS contenders each year which means annually they produce enough players to fill about 18 recruiting classes.
and the Coaching…
Eight FBS schools in Texas have hired a former Texas High School football coach on their staff as full-time assistants.
In Texas, because it is as competitive as College Football with some schools bigger than most smaller universities the coaches are just as, if not better than most Collegiate Coaches. Their programs are highly formulated from teaching nutrition, proper technique with weight training, and with their daily drills you know you are getting a very skilled, very well-coached athlete.
“They are ridiculously good coaches. You could fill a lot of college staffs with coaches in that state.”
-David Beaty, Kansas Football Coach.
Bringing former high school coaches on staff is frequent in Texas. The connections they make while attending clinics, conventions, and the unity itself for being a coach in Texas speak volumes. There are several head coaches such as David Beaty, Art Briles, Todd Graham, Mike Jinks, Philip Montgomery and Chad Morris that have made it to the next level. In fact, Briles hired 4 Texas Sigh School coaches to his staff for his first head coaching job at the University of Houston. They ended up at the Conference USA Championship.
College programs realize that the ability to know what’s going on within the high school programs in Texas is important. It is not only about recruiting; Communication is key.
The high school coaches in the state of Texas are great teachers. They understand the importance of molding the student-athlete because they understand the sophistication of it all.
They know the State.
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