My first day of practice for the upcoming All-American Bowl Game in Panama City Florida on January 3rd. Some of my teammates are from as far north as Canada and from as far west as Texas. Practice was held at the Bay High Schoool in Panama City Florida. The game will be hosted by Super Scout Max Emfinger.
Me and my high school teammate Aiden Elkhatib at the first day of practice for the upcoming Emfinger All-American Bowl Game. Aiden Elkhatib has been my key offensive lineman over the past two years and was a key factor to my success as a running back. I was delighted that Aiden was selected for the bowl game and will be in front of me here in Panama City Florida.
My teammate Brandon Simmons of Ocean Lakes and I compare notes on the next offensive play during the first day of practice for the Chesapeake Bowl Game. Our Running Backs Coach is former NFL and University of Maryland running back Lamont Jordan (far left). Practice was held at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex.
Here I am wearing the blue pants and reading the next play from my wristband while my Running Backs Coach and former NFL running back Lamont Jordan confers with me on the play. Coach Jordan told me he also wore jersey No. 32 during his latter years in the NFL.
I accepted an invitation from Max Emfinger to attend his 10th Annual All-American Bowl Game and will be heading down to SEC country after the Chesapeake Bowl Game. The East-West All-American Bowl Game will be held at the Tommy Oliver Memorial Stadium, 1200 Harrison Avenue, Panama City, Florida on January 3, 2014 at 3PM.
I accepted an invitation to the 2013 Chesapeake Bowl Game that will be held at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex on Saturday, December 28, 2013 at 7:30PM. The North team will consist of select players from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. The South team will consist of select players from Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia and West Virginia. I’m looking forward to meeting all the players.
Since my junior year, I’ve been drawing interest from a number of FBS programs to include Tennessee, Boston College, Ohio University, Rutgers, Maryland, South Alabama, Temple, and Cincinnati. Two FCS programs, Towson and Bucknell have also shown interest. For all of my fellow class of 2014 prospects out there who have already committed, congratulations. I’m sure it’s a big load off your shoulders having made that decision so you can begin focusing on a particular college and their football program. As of the date of this post, I don’t know where I will be playing football in 2014. Recently, Boston College has been showing a lot of interest. The coach at BC, Coach Adazzio, showed interest in me when he was at Temple and he continues to show interest while at BC. Maybe he feels I would be a good replacement for Andre Williams when he heads to the NFL next year. When I think about it, Andre and I do have a some things in common. We have similar stats and we both like being physical.
I received the MVP Running Back Award at the 2013 New York/New Jersey NFTC. The event was held at the New York Jets Training Facility in Florham Park, N.J on April 28, 2013. After arriving back home from the VTO Richmond event, I contacted Nike and requested a spot at the NFTC New York/New Jersey event and my request was granted. My dad came by and picked me up around 5am. I climbed into the back seat of the car to get as much rest as I could during the trip. We arrived just in time for registration. After the registration process, we did our warm-ups and combine events indoors and most of the drills were conducted outdoors. All-in-all, it was a worthwhile trip.
Here’s a picture of me sitting centered with the bright yellow socks at the VTO event that was held in Richmond on April 21st, 2013. This event was a bin disappointment. First of all, I gave up going to the NFTC event in Washington, DC, (a 20-minute drive from my house) to go to the VTO event in Richmond only to leave there disappointed. VTO changed the date of the event to the same day as the NFTC Washington, DC event. They changed the date just days before the NFTC event. I chose VTO Richmond over NFTC DC for two reasons. First, I wanted some Rivals exposure. I heard that VTO was pretty connected to Rivals. Prior to the event, Rivals had not given me a rating nor had they posted a picture of me. I felt that if I went to the VTO event, I would at least get a picture up on Rivals. Secondly, the VTO website gave me the impression that the event was a combine. I was looking forward to going to Richmond and post some respectable 40 and pro-shuttle times. Well, I came away disappointed on both accounts. There was no combine at the VTO Richmond event and Rivals still hasn’t posted a picture of me.