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NCSA Success Story – Mitchell Irwin – Northwestern College (IA)

Freshman year of High School was my first year playing football. I eventually earned a starting spot on the freshman team. I was pulled at half time because I was performing poorly. Sophomore year the coaches on JV didn’t give anybody a shot so I sat on the bench the whole year. I was a third string right tackle. My junior year we got a new coach and he gave everybody a shot. Coach Owens is the best Coach in the world. In a way he saved my life because I’ve known from a very young age that I wanted to play pro ball. He gave me a starting job at defensive end and I played all 10 games. Senior year I was moved to middle linebacker and I was the best linebacker in the conference. I signed a deal with Northwestern College (IA). I will be getting 26,000 dollars from them to go to their school. But it wasn’t all fun and games. Everyday before school I would wake up at 5:00 a.m. to go lift weights. I gained 30 pounds in the off-season (in between Junior and Senior year). NCSA helped out a lot. They were able to get my name out there. After they got my video done colleges started to recognize me. I didn’t sign with a college that NCSA set me up with but I had choices. And for all the recruits out there don’t be afraid to call coaches. You never know what might happen.

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Aaron Sorenson