In high school I was a senior on the football team, worked hard but wasn't even a starter.
Looking back, I never had real coaching that actually helped me to develop as a player.
I was not one of those chosen few guys on the team that the coach put on a pedestal and wanted to see do well.
I was laughed at when I told coach my goal to play Division 1.
I wasn't quite the biggest but had the work ethic and drive with decent athleticism to make it to where I wanted to go.
It was very discouraging not being taken seriously.
I had academic scholarship from Liberal Arts schools that wanted me to enroll, but I wanted more...
I took a chance and enrolled at Florida International University in Miami which was a Division 1 school.
For 2 years I was there as a regular student before getting my opportunity.
Every week I was knocking on the coaches doors asking what I needed to do to get my chance to try out for the team, getting kicked out of the facility on occasions.
It wasn't until my sophomore year that the opportunity came.
Long story short, they finally had open tryouts. I made the team, and eventually got put on full athletic scholarship, started my last 2 seasons, and eventually got an NFL tryout...
After no one but myself believed I could.
...But before that opportunity even came my sophomore year in college, when I thought my chances were slimmer and slimmer from getting the run around from the then coaching staff, I took it on my own to start reaching out to other schools..
I created my own profile, made phone calls, set up visits, and corresponded with coaches...
...And just from doing that, I had 3 division one schools interested in bringing me on as a preferred walk on where I could prove myself and earn a scholarship..