OK, so it’s still summer. The only thing anyone is paying attention to regarding high school football are those combine, camp and passing events that only die-hard college football fans really drool over.
But … there are some interesting things happening along the fringes, worth keeping your eyes on for now.
Like the fact that there’s another kid named Flutie. Guess where he’s going to college?
Also, an ESPN analyst is taking a part-time gig as a high school receivers coach, and a mom that made a spectacle of National Signing Day might get a second chance in the limelight.
A Fourth Flutie for BC
Stop us if you’ve heard this before – a kid named Flutie will be a quarterback at Boston College.
Just like his dad, his uncle and his cousin before him, Natick (Mass.) High quarterback Todd Flutie verbally committed to the Eagles in mid-June.
Todd’s dad, Darren, was a wide receiver who went on to play in the Canadian Football League. His cousin, Billy, also played wide receiver and special teams.
And you may have heard of his uncle, Doug Flutie, who happens to be the greatest quarterback in Boston College history.
“He’s given me a lot of advice,” Todd Flutie said last fall of his famous uncle. “He’s told me to get out there and do what you do, play how you play, and he works with me all the time. He always gives me advice and tells me to work on footwork and mechanics.”
The latest Flutie commit has a stellar set of statistics in his own right, leading his high school team to the equivalent of the Massachusetts state championship game last season, passing for more than 3,000 yards and rushing for more than 1,000.
He’s ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in the state of Massachusetts in the 247Composite Rating for the Class of 2014.
‘Mom’ has another top-recruit son
It was a moment that went down as one of the most memorable in the history of National Signing Day, as prized recruit Landon Collins announced on national television that he would be attending Alabama, much to the very vocal opposition of his mother, April Justin.
Justin wanted her son to attend LSU. But Collins went against his mother’s wishes and enrolled at Alabama, where he appeared in all of Alabama’s 13 games as the Crimson Tide won another national championship.
The drama is over, right? Wrong.
Justin has another son. And he, too, is a top recruit.
Gerald Willis III is a 5-star prospect, according to the 247Composite Rating. Like his brother, he’s a defensive force. Unlike his brother, it’s anticipated that Willis will choose LSU. Other schools that are high on his list right now include Florida and Texas A&M. But as is always the case in the world of recruiting, it’s hard to tell for sure at this point where Willis will commit.
And that could lead to another epic television moment for the family. Justin told ESPN.com earlier this year that if she doesn’t approve of Willis’ decision, she won’t be afraid to voice her opinion again.
“I’m not going to hold my tongue. Bring on that camera,” she said.
As for Willis? He says he definitely learned from his big brother’s mistake.
“No surprises for Mom,” Willis said to ESPN.com. “She’ll be finding out before we get on TV.”
C’mon, receivers: Keyshawn to coach California team
A California high school football team that’s flirted with the national spotlight in recent years due to its performance on the field now suddenly finds itself squarely in the spotlight … due to a new assistant coach.
Keyshawn Johnson, the former USC and NFL wide receiver and current ESPN NFL analyst, will join the staff at Mission Viejo (Calif.) High as a wide receivers coach, according to OCVarsity.com.
Johnson has a son who will be a freshman on the team this year.
Mission Viejo coach Bob Johnson’s son, Rob, is also a wide receivers coach on the team. Rob and Keyshawn were teammates at USC.
Keyshawn will still remain an analyst at ESPN.
“Keyshawn will be at every Tuesday and Wednesday practice, and those are the most important practices of the week,” Bob Johnson told OCVarsity. “He will be at at least half of our games.”
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