After Further Review: Cole Young 2/8

Cole Young

By Cole Young PrepsKC Senior Writer
Posted: February 9, 2015 - 10:48 AM

Recently a chart that showed 42 of the 47 players Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has recruited to his team have played multiple sports in high school.

It was a chart shared across the twitterverse by both football coaches as a heads up to their players what top level coaches are looking for and by other coaches thinking maybe Johnny D-I may be interested in running track or trying his hand at baseball this spring.

I think maybe the point of the chart can be boiled down to a single point: You don’t have to play just one sport to be a scholarship athlete.

There are more reasons than that though to participate in multiple sports.

The biggest is more exposure. Coaches can’t always make it to games on Friday nights in fact, they rarely do. Playing basketball gives a coach 30 more times to see what kind of athlete a person is and more important it can show what kind of competitor someone is.

Bob Stoops originally was interested in DeMarco Murray not from watching him run a football, but rather watching the way he could dunk a basketball.

It trickles down beyond just basketball. Do you not think offensive and defensive line coaches aren’t looking at who is winning the heavyweight wrestling classes?

The benefits extend past the top level of football. In Division II for example the scholarship limit for football is 36. That means scholarships get broken up and hardly no one receives full rides. Can you throw a shot put 55 feet or long jump 23 feet? Participating in track can help supplement the cost of tuition.

Here’s maybe the most important part of the whole multi-sport debate. Such a small percentage of athletes get a college scholarship and an even smaller percentage ever see the field. For so many athletes, high school sports is the highest level they’ll ever play at in their life, why limit yourself to just one?