Over the years, I have grown to respect Dayton city high school football. Always enjoy watching a game at Welcome. The more I get to know Belmont’s coach, Earl White, the more respect that I have for him is as a coach, as well as a person.
Last Sunday, he brought a group of Belmont players to the MSROHIO Combine. Guessin 12 or 13 players. Included in the group were 2018 D1 recruits, Ja’don Furlow and Dawson Martin. Also liked the efforts of RayJee Warden(2019). Freshman QB Rian Reaves Jr. looked good at times throwing the football. WR/DB Nykel Davis (2018) needs to get faster, but showed explosiveness with a 36.8 inch vertical and 9’4 broad jump.
First saw Coach White when he was working with Colonel White High School. Then I watched him build the Thurgood Marshall program. Recently, he left Thurgood Marshall to build a very “down” Belmont program. In fact. the move surprised me somewhat. The athletics director’s job was open, as well. Coach White liked the opportunity to build a program.
Coach White told me at the time that he wanted a chance to implement his ideas about building a winning program. Being the athletics director, makes this opportunity a little easier.
Two years ago, he brought some of his young Belmont players to my combine in Columbus. Many of those same faces were with him last Sunday, but now going into their senior year.
Belmont made the playoffs last fall. Although they lost the game, they were there. Many of the same players at the combine were playing last fall. The goal this year is not only to make the playoffs, but to get that first victory.
Hopefully, some of the young Belmont players will be at the Underclassman Showcase. If not, I know that I will see Coach White’s team playing 7on7 at Welcome. Any chance to make his players and team better, Coach White will take the opportunity.
I realize that a football coach’s time is very valuable. When I was a head football coach, quality time with family was huge. I mean huge. Back then, there were no combines, no powerlifting contest, no 7on7’s, fewer college camps. But, as track coach, we drove to Denison to pole vault in January. Oh my?
So much time is required of coaches in any sport. But, if a coach has a chance to make his players better, it is a tough call. Coach White gives his players a chance to compete and to get better. I admire him for that.
Earl White is a well organized coach. Uses a no nonsense approach. Tolerates no discipline problems. Promotes his players, but does not “blow smoke” about them.
The next time I see Coach, we will talk about his players. I will joke with him, but he will be almost all business. But he knows, I respect Dayton city league football and the job that he does, so he will put up with me.