Beyond Athletics

Your Athletic Talent Isn’t The Most Important Part of Your Recruiting

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(Miami Herald – Manny Navarro)

Sometimes, especially as we’re trying to hit our stride in the middle of the season, it’s easy to feel a little bit worn down.

School is in full-swing, practice and games are well underway, you’ve been keeping up with your recruiting process. (I mean – you have been, right!?)

Things can get a little routine, or have maybe remained a little chaotic still. But as the dust of back-to-school settles, and reality sets in, chances are as a student-athlete, there’s some stress there regardless.

This football player knows how to augment his athletic talent

A recent story in the Miami Herald profiled a 4’5″ high school football player who won’t let his height daunt him.

No, Adam Reed is not the size of an average teen football player. And because of it, has many reasons he could have stopped playing the game a long time ago, and anyone would have understand. Right?

But instead, he shows up and practices like anyone else would. Better, in fact; Adam’s made a name for himself that has nothing to do with his size, but has to do with his choice to lead by example.

“I’m a little undersized,” Adam told the Herald. “But it’s, whatever. I don’t let my size stop me from doing anything.”

He’s become a core part of the team, no matter how many minutes he logs on game day.

You can watch a video of the Herald‘s interview with Adam below:

So how does being in the thick of your school year and season have anything to do with Adam?

Because you need to know how to supplement your natural athletic talent.

Super Bowl winning player and coach Mike Ditka once said, “I don’t think anything is unrealistic if you believe you can do it. I think if you are determined enough and willing enough to pay the price, you can get it done.”

And there’s really no greater reminder as a student-athlete.

Adam’s proved it by not using his size to prevent him from being a part of something he loves, something that has changed his life for the better–the game of football.

The rest of us can take the message spoken by Ditka and lived by Adam to feel not only an appreciation for the physical and mental capabilities we’ve been given, but to use them to the best of our ability, every single day, because there are millions of people out there who wish they could do what you do.

They wish they could run, kick a ball, throw a pass, swing a racket.

You have an awesome gift.

Take a few moments today to think about how much heart you’re putting into your workouts, games, and classwork.

How are you viewed by your coaches, teammates, and classmates in terms of just how hard you are willing to work for towards your goals? Leave the excuses behind, because the opportunity in front of you already says you have far more than most – how are you attacking it?

Your athletic talent isn’t the most important of your recruiting. It all comes down to the size of your heart.


The recruiting experts at NCSA Athletic Recruiting can help you stay inspired so you’re working your hardest at the sport you love. The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.

About the author
Laura Chmiel

Laura Chmiel is a marketing coordinator and a lead writer for NCSA Athletic Recruiting. As someone with a passion for athletics and education, she graduated from Indiana university with a B.S. in Elementary Education. After school, she gained first-hand experience helping student-athletes and their families get to college.