Every year the Bellevue Wolverines are a deep and talented team. The 10 time State Champions in Washington's 3A Division have put together one of the finest High School Football programs ever in US History. And they show no signs of stopping.
The 2013 team is looking to be just as tough as the 2012 team. While All American Myles Jack has moved on to UCLA and guys like Sean Constantine (UW) and Michael Carlson (UCLA) have too the cupboards are still very full.
Earlier this week we covered Marcus Griffin and Henry Roberts and the offers these two fine linemen have going. Griffin the 2014 D-Linemen has a WSU offer so far and Roberts the 2015 O-Linemen has a UW offer.
In a series we are writing on these amazing Boys from Bellevue we now jump to a kid who flat out dominated in 2012. Junior Shane Bowman was unstoppable from his Defensive End position and can clearly play Tight End as well. He had 15 Sacks and 23 tackles for loss among his myriad of top plays.
The 6'4"-230 lb hard charger was so effective on the blitz and in run and pass coverage last year that his name is quickly moving up lists all over the West. We caught up to Bowman to check in with him and how he is doing. Join us as we take young Mr Bowman for a spin on the 2 minute Drill!
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Shane has been working with Chuck Smith from the Falcons on his technique and says that in the sessions with Chuck he was able to add so many tools to his bag of weapons that he can not wait to use them. Shane and his brother Ryan (2016) went to Atlanta and spent a week doing two a days with him. The result is going to be amazing we think.
"I wish I would have had these techniques sooner. Chuck is so advanced and very few people are lucky enough to have a chance to work with him. I can not say enough good things about him and his teaching," said Bowman who is so focused and pumped up for this season.
As he recruiting world evolves we continue to report to you what we see and hear. Combines and Showcase Camps are of little help. Technique Coaching is.
A simple reminder to you all that is so well pointed out there by Bowman's story:
1: Grades are #1 always. Keep your CORE CLASS GPA up to the NCAA required standards.
2: Physical size, speed, and ability are always a huge factor in moving on to college. Schools are looking for certain prototypical biological standards. Some of this you can control and some you can not. But Speed, Agility, and Quickness along with strength training are always huge in terms of the athletes being recruited to college.
3: Specific Technical skills are crucial to develop. Make sure if your going to work in the off season on positional skills you seek out the best coaches you can find. In your Region or out side your Region this is a crucial factor to moving on.
4: Have your best 3-4 minutes of Film ready to share on HUDL and YOU TUBE. Have a good basic sheet like a resume available about yourself to get to College Coaches and Major Media Writers and Analysts.
5: Show Case Camps and Combines have proliferated all over the world and they are almost all $$$ Grabs. If your going to a camp or combine first ask yourself:
- Who is running it? Are they credible? Are their events safe? Are they a paid recruiting service looking to cash in?
- What is the camp about? You do not want to get to a 7 on 7 and find out it is an out of control dangerous situation. And if your going to be expected to test in a Combine your better be ready because a bad day can hurt your chances. The "What" of the event is necessary to determine if you should even go.
- When: Can you get to the event without taking away from your school and your focus? Those things should be on school and your team most of the year.
- Where is the event? Would you fly out to a camp and find out it is at a poorly maintained field in an area you sure would not want to be on a regular day? Is there a college or school involved with a bad history? Look at these factors.
- and the most important question- WHY? Ask yourself and your parents/family. Why am I going? Is it because everyone else is? Is there any benefits? Is it because your ego is involved? Or is someone making false statements and telling you what you want to hear to get you to open your wallet. The Reality is that College Coaches do not really care what happens at these camps. The Camp they want to see you at is their camp at their College or University. If your short on funds, which we all are, that is where you should put your energy- get to College Camps and Junior Days and Visit them. This is a 1-1 process. The reasons WHY you would want to go to a camp would specifically be 1) IF college coaches are at the camp and or 2) If National Media Outlets are there covering the Camp such as Rivals, Scout, ESPN. These credible Networks dominate the discussions over who is capable of being collegiate level players. If #1 or #2 do not apply consider yourself warned. It is probably a wasted trip and a distraction.
These things we continue to preach and we continue to get notices of thanks and appreciation from Coaches and families across the Nation. The formula works. If you do the things above your probably going to make it to the place your meant to be at the college level. The proof is in the hundreds of kids we have seen apply these same techniques and make it.
Stay Hungry, Stay Humble, Stay Focused!