Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a while. Such was the case with Colin Woodside (2018) and me, a year ago.
Last March I made the trip to Fairfield Union High School to check out Colin who was finishing his sophomore year. Good football prospect, but was doing well in basketball. Played for one of the better AAU teams in the area. Liked basketball a lot.
Plus, Colin was a TE/DE on the football team and really liked the TE position. Guessin 6’5 – 245. Athletic. Good hands. But ran just okay. Really seemed quiet. I am thinking – football, he may not have.
When I asked him about college summer football camps, his answer, “Never been to one.” Of course, I invited him to the Underclassman Showcase at Massillon in May. Long drive. And “who is this McCallister?”
Colin and his dad made the trip. First camp ever. I thought he did okay at tight end. Used his weight well. Good feet. Weighed 263. Liked his toughness and desire to compete. But I did not believe that he ran downfield well enough to be a TE. In talking with kids, I try to be as honest and as fair as I can be.
“Colin, I really believe that you can be a left tackle.” I remember saying that. Probably not good, because he played tight end. But last fall, he lined up at left tackle. This winter, UC football coach, Luke Fickell confirmed that his “offer” from the former staff was good. Not as a tight end.
I do not know if Colin will still be a left tackle for the Bearcats. Guessin 6’5-275 now, but he will be a solid offensive line prospect for them. So athletic. Good feet. Good frame to add weight. Got some toughness.
Just heard that Colin just received offers from Virginia and Syracuse. There should be more coming. Perhaps Colin’s dad and Coach Fickell will relive the old days. (Inside joke)
I realize that some recruiting reporters are “down on camps.” A scam. I get it and at times, I agree. Some camps are money makers. Some camps have just so-so coaches. But, some are not.
There are some people who care about kids. Who want to make kids better football players. Who want to get them the proper exposure. Who, themselves, just enjoy working with kids to make them better young men.
As “brown sugar” as this may sound, the biggest reward for me is not getting “stroked” by the college coaches. That is easy. Building relationships with kids that last a lifetime – is what it is all about.
Yes, even the old man can find a prospect once in a while. Watch – Trouble with the Curve.