SECOND CHANCE

The Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase gives players a shot at playing in college

The Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase gives players access to scholarships. ABC13

Not every good football player gets a scholarship to college. There are guys that fall through the cracks every year but there is a place where they land right here in Houston.

The Greater Houston Senior Football Showcase.

Think you can play? That’s fine. But there’s a catch. You’ve got to be a student too. If you don’t have an SAT score of 840 or an ACT score of 18 you need not apply. If you do and want to show your stuff to coaches from 45-55 schools then come on out. But you have to hurry.

The event is Feb.10 but you have to be pre-registered by February 3.

Go to http://www.tinyurl.com/fbshowcase.

Pay attention to all the rules. If you mess up you won’t be registered and you want to be registered. There’s plenty of money out there to be had. This is the 10th year of the Showcase and they’ll hit $100 million in scholarship money given out. Yep. $100 million. That’s serious money.

And who knows, you may be the next Jarell Carter. He’s the first Showcase alum to make it to the NFL. He came out of Dulles in 2013 with no offers, went to the Showcase and was given scholarship money by Trinity International. This past season he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals and made their practice squad.

You may not make it to the league but you can make it to college. Get to the website.

http://www.tinyurl.com/fbshowcase

Sign up and show ‘em you stuff.  









 

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TEXAS A&M VS. ALABAMA PREVIEW

Heading to Tuscaloosa, the Aggies are on a slippery slope

Alabama is up next for the Aggies. Photo by Alex Bierens de Haan/Getty Images.

One step forward, two steps backward. That's how it has felt to be a Texas A&M football fan for the past 2 seasons. After a disappointing 2021 season which saw the Aggies as a preseason #7, only to wind up with an 8-4 record, the Maroon and White entered 2022 fresh off a #1 recruiting class and a preseason #6 ranking. Only five weeks into the season, the Ags are headed for another step backward after a lackluster performance against Mississippi State. Even after the loss to App State, there was still hope that A&M could right the ship in SEC play. However, after a trip to Starkville, the Aggies look on track to have their worst season in over a decade.

A&M struggled in Starkville, to say the least. They were shut out in the first half, special teams struggled, Max Johnson was getting abused behind a bad offensive line performance and the defense had their worst performance of the season. Mississippi State was the better team for the entire 60 min. If you’re Texas A&M and headman Jimbo Fisher trying to propel your program to the level of Alabama and Georgia in the SEC, you must beat teams like the Bulldogs. But every year under Fisher a team that Texas A&M is more talented than always seems to get the better of them. After yet another disappointing SEC loss, the Ags have more problems and questions it seems now than after the week two App State loss.

The biggest issue facing the Aggies in my opinion is the offense. It has been anemic all season long, ranking dead last in the SEC in total offense and 105th in the nation. Here in College Station, much of the conversation has been around Jimbo and his play calling. Much has been made about how complex his offense is and the many wrinkles and details his quarterbacks need to learn to be successful in it. My question is why? Why does it have to be so complicated? Why do his plays require such a level of execution that if one of the eleven men on the field misses an assignment, then it is doomed? In college football, it seems like the most prolific offenses are simple, straightforward and easy for the players to understand. This allows them to play with freedom and looseness to make plays. I am not saying I know anything more than Jimbo, trust me, but I do think a change on the offensive side is in order. Whether that means Jimbo changes his philosophy and system that he runs or if it means bringing in a new offensive coordinator to redefine his offense a la Nick Saban in 2014.

Speaking of Nick Saban, things don’t get easier for the falling Aggies as they travel to Tuscaloosa this coming Saturday for the much-anticipated rematch against the Alabama Crimson Tide. Unfortunately for Texas A&M, they’ll be without starting QB Max Johnson most likely, as he could be out with a hand injury. That means they will once again turn to Haynes King for a spark. King has been extremely turnover prone throughout his collegiate career, and for the Aggies to once again pull off the upset over Bama, King will need to limit turnovers. It will take a lot more to go right for the Aggies to hang into this game, but I expect this one to get ugly. The Crimson Tide handle business with a 45-14 win over Texas A&M.

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