Playing high school ball, the goal is like any other: to win.
Every coach makes sure to tell you, “You keep winning and colleges are sure to give you a call.”
That statement makes a whole lot of sense to me. Why wouldn’t schools want the best players from the best teams? Well, unfortunately, that just isn’t the case many times. They want the best “potential.” Just ask Case Keenum.
Winning the Texas State Championship, Keenum still only had one scholarship offer coming out of high school. For a state that prides itself on the sport, it seems like a joke to me. One offer….
But Case didn’t let that stop him. From becoming one of the best college QBs of all time, to leading the Vikings on an amazing run this year, sometimes you can’t just wait for them to give you what you deserve.
High School: Wylie High School (Abilene, TX)
Weight: 182 Lbs
Recruiting Ranking: 2 Stars
Case is a guy that knows he has to make the most of every opportunity.
So instead of getting discouraged about having only one offer, he packed his bags for the University of Houston. He had no guarantees of playing time or what role he might fill, but he knew he had a shot at the job.
After spending his first year as a back-up, Case now had a Quarterback battle with another Sophomore QB who had far higher “potential.”
This battle went on into the season, but by the 7th game, Case was Houston’s starter.
But that didn’t stop him from being challenged each of his next three seasons.
Guys with more “potential” and passed the eye test better were always given a shot, but this was just normal to Case. All he did in return was blow up the NCAA records.
To this day, he still holds records in:
- Most career pass completions: 1,546
- Most career passing yards: 19,217
- Most career passing touchdowns: 155
- Most career total yards: 20,114
Ya, I guess you could say he did his part…..
But as college wrapped up, and Keenum headed to the NFL draft he was projected……to be a late rounder at best.
Well, that didn’t matter much to Keenum. After going undrafted, he signed with the Texans and came on during several occasions as the starter. There were some good plays and some bad, but nothing really got to him.
He knew he just needed to find the right opportunity.
And with this year with the Vikings, I think he’s finally found it.
So are you balling out on the best team? Are you setting ridiculous records? Or maybe you have someone trying to take your job at every practice?
If any of those apply to you, just think, you aren’t the first. And if a small town boy from Abilene Texas can overcome it, you can too.