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The Bobby Wolfe story—2019 Aggie commit

Bobby Wolfe, Texas A&M University commit. Vype

Originally appeared on Vype.com

If you had the pleasure of watching Bobby Wolfe play, it wouldn’t take long to see that Wolfe has a talent worth recruiting.

Since his sophomore year at Madison High School, Wolfe has been a highly recruited cornerback from all over the country.

To understand what makes Wolfe great on the field, you would have to understand where he comes from.

NEWBORN, NEW GRIND

Wolfe grew up in a gang environment watching his uncles sell drugs and he also had to live in a two-bedroom apartment with 10-plus relatives. Though he didn’t grow up in the best of circumstances the hard times shaped his dawg mentality on the field.

“Watching my mom struggle is what gave me the chip on my shoulder,” Wolfe said. “That’s why I don’t give up on plays.”

Just a year ago, Wolfe was blessed with some more motivation when he had a newborn son come into the world.

Wolfe said he thought he was really putting in work before, but once he had his son, he took his grind to a new level.

“I don’t think I’d be as good as I am now had I not had my son,” Wolfe said with a big smile.

GOD’S PLAN

Now that Wolfe is officially committed to Texas A&M University, he plans to continue his journey of working towards the NFL so that he can provide a better lifestyle for his family and son.

Wolfe said if it’s not in God’s plan for him to make it to the NFL he plans to become a brain surgeon.

A cousin of his who’s a brain surgeon always shares “inspiring stories” with Wolfe and that’s what struck his interest in brain surgery.

Make no mistake about it though, god willing, Wolfe has every intention on making it to the NFL.

Wolfe’s love for football runs so deep that he back peddles to his kitchen every morning as if he were defending a receiver on the field.

“Football is my life, it’s all I know,” Wolfe said. “If I didn’t have football I don’t know where I’d be. I would probably be dead or in jail locked up somewhere. Football is everything.”

THE COME UP

Wolfe has been playing football since the age of 4 and though he’s been playing nearly his whole life, it took time before he was the beast he’s developed into today.

When he first arrived at Madison, Wolfe wanted to be a quarterback, but over time he realized that wasn’t the best position for him.

He jumped to cornerback his sophomore year and initially he had trouble with simultaneously keeping up with the receiver and keeping eyes on the quarterback.

It took time to get comfortable at the position but once he did, Wolfe had one of his best games in his sophomore year.

“We had a game versus Fort Bend Bush,” Wolfe said. “We got into it with them before the game and the receiver was talking all the mess and I told him ‘I got something for him.’ When the game started I caught two picks off him and they never threw the ball back to him.”

After that game for Wolfe, the rest was history.

MORE ON BOBBY WOLFE

Where did you grow up?

Wolfe: Hiram Clarke. We call it “The Clarke”

What artist do you like to listen to?

Wolfe: Young boy.

What’s your favorite kicks?

Wolfe: Nikes.

What’s your favorite quote and/or bible verse?

Wolfe: Psalms 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of darkness, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

What tattoo has the most meaning to you?

Wolfe: The bull. (left bicep) When I turn into the bull, it’s over!

Any particular family member and/or coach that’s helped you through all you’ve been through?

Wolfe: Coach Cise and My 7-on-7 coach, Coach James. That man helped me a lot I came to him when I had no offers, no stars, no nothing. He’s never asked me for nothing. He’s always showed me genuine love.

What’s something people wouldn’t expect from you?

Wolfe: I like to play and laugh. I’m kind of goofy even though people think I’m so serious all the time.

What athlete do you look up to?

Wolfe: Deion Sanders

What’s your pregame song?

Wolfe: I like to listen to Eric Thomas before games. He gets me in the mode.

Why is your nickname Hollywood?

Wolfe: Because my life is like a movie sometimes.

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3 reasons Deshaun Watson looks poised to fill Harden's diva shoes

Houston fans haven't had a lot to cheer about lately. Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images

I'm a fan of sports athlete divas. I don't have to play with them, so it doesn't affect me, and it adds an extra layer of entertainment to the product. And at the end of the day, we're all just in this to be entertained, right?

Some fans, however, don't share that opinion, which is fine. They prefer no distractions. They want their team's stars to resemble something more like superheroes with flawless moral character. The quintessential locker room leader.

Those guys are great, but those guys are boring.

Luckily (for me at least) Houston was--until recently--home to one of the biggest divas in basketball for the past eight years. Rockets fans have had the pleasure of watching James Harden blossom from a humble sixth man of the year recipient just looking to lead a struggling franchise, to the Kardashian-dating, GQ cover modeling, "hunny bun" gifting ($100k cash for the less fluent, surrounded by actual honey buns), after hours club aficionado that we all know and…well…know.

Harden—as is common knowledge at this point—has finally moved on from the Rockets. This would seem to most that Houston is now either diva-devoid or diva-free, depending on your perspective. To that I say, "not so fast."

Filling Harden's shoes won't be easy, but it looks like there's a budding contender already in town looking to take the crown. Head out of the Toyota Center and make a quick drive down 288. There, you'll find a 25-year-old football player throwing touchdowns and raising eyebrows.

For all intents and purposes, Deshaun Watson is a good guy. He's charitable, he's taken a beating behind an abysmal offensive line and never complained. He is, for the most part, the superhero some clamor for.

Yet, there are several key similarities between Harden and Watson that suggest a changing of the guard may be in store. Let's take a look:

1) Undue influence on personnel decisions

In a recent article from ESPN, Tim MacMahon noted just how much pull Harden had over personnel decisions. From Dwight Howard, to Chris Paul, to Russell Westbrook, Harden has pointed his finger, declared "I want that," and watched as the Rockets' front office followed his marching orders. Now it wasn't quite as straightforward as that, but when Watson was asked about players potentially being traded this past deadline, he provided a curiously concrete response:

"Them boys ain't getting traded…[t]hat was something that we squashed."

"Nobody is going anywhere. We're going to stick with this team and keep pushing forward."

Following the deadline, Watson was asked about the fact that wide receiver Will Fuller had been shopped.

"It would've been hell if they did that for sure."

You have to be pretty comfortable with your staying power to throw candid general manager decrees and criticisms like Watson has.

2) Commitment

I don't doubt that Watson leaves it all out on the field, and the stats can back that up. And up until the last few games in a Rockets jersey I would say that Harden, too, gave everything he had. But playing hard and caring aren't always the same thing.

Any pick up game I take part in, I'm going to give 100% of my effort into helping my team win. The difference is that I honestly don't care if my team wins or loses, because we're just playing for fun. When you're a franchise player, though, fans typically prefer that you care, and both superstars have shown through body language or actions that they might not.

Take Harden for example. It was never a good look after losing a playoff series to the San Antonio Spurs in 2017 to be caught at a strip club just a few hours later. Nothing about that suggests that he cared.

Now take Watson, laughing and giggling and smiling game after game during a 4-12 season. Stepping into press conferences with an almost oblivious level of optimism permeating through his responses. It's ok to not take a JJ Watt style approach and look absolutely defeated week in and week out, but it's hardly too much to ask to put on a face for the fans for three hours every Sunday and look a little frustrated over being continuously embarrassed.

3) Immaturity

Whenever I'm in a bad mood or mad about something, I do one of two things. I don't talk to you at all, or I tell you exactly what is wrong. Not so much the case with these two.

Over the past few months, following Harden and Watson's social media has been the equivalent of knowing that you're significant other is mad, but them denying it. When asked, you get the "I'm FINE," response, but then you check their Instagram and there's some picture of a bird flying off with cursive lettering muttering some cryptic message about being held back from seeing how high they can soar. Usually in that situation it just ends up being a fight about eating the other person's leftovers without asking though.

With Harden it was an Instagram post of him holding a bottle cap, leading the sports world to spend DAYS trying to figure out if a grown man unscrewing a bottle was a hint that he wanted to be traded, or that he was just thirsty.

Now it's Watson, tweeting last Friday that "I was on 2 then I took it to 10." Again, no context. He's been caught "liking" tweets and posts suggesting trades to the Jets or the 49ers, but when confronted he denies that it's because he wants to be traded there. It's all childish, and it's pretty lame to be honest. Either be quiet in public, or be as loud as you can. When Harden finally spoke out, he was gone within 24 hours.

Now the difference is that Harden is about six years older and has been in the spotlight much longer than that. Harden is a tried and true, textbook, dyed in the wool diva. Watson's not there yet, but his jet-setting, fashion model-esque Instagram account paired with his recent antics suggest that there may be something brewing.

The question at this stage is whether he'll be in Houston long enough for any of us to find out.

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