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Old 09-10-2008, 09:13 AM
 
Location: edmonton Alberta,Canada
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looking to move from Canada to texas trying to find out what is the best area to move to. I have 4 boys all play football 14, 12, 10, 9 oldest 2 are very good players 14 year old is a Quarterback has been to camps all over the United States very good passer looking for school that likes to pass. Was considering Coppell. Any input
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Old 09-10-2008, 09:40 AM
 
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looking to move from Canada to texas trying to find out what is the best area to move to. I have 4 boys all play football 14, 12, 10, 9 oldest 2 are very good players 14 year old is a Quarterback has been to camps all over the United States very good passer looking for school that likes to pass. Was considering Coppell. Any input

Football is king around here so finding a school to play for would be easy. The questions that need to be answered is what part of town will your job be, Whats your budget, What are you looking for in a home or neighborhood. Coppell is a very nice place to live but you certainly would have many options. Little league football is also big here so the kids will have plenty of options. More information please.
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Old 09-10-2008, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Your big problem with the 14-year-old is this:

Many HS coaches run summer camps, starting from age 10 or 12, for kids that will feed into their school. That means that by the time 9th grade rolls around, they already know who they want on their roster and at what position.

Now, if some random kid shows up for practice and wants to play O-Line, DB, or even receiver, some position where he's gonna need depth anyway, yeah, he can fight his way onto the squad.

QB? He's gonna have to be WAY better than the already-annointed 9th grader in that slot.

Your one big plus is that you're moving from out of state. Recruiting is a big no-no here in TX (not that it doesn't happen, but...) The only time a coach can get away with it with no worries is for an out-of-state kid. Bring your A-game with clips, quotes, recommendations from camps - probably most important. A lot of these guys will be ignorant of the pass-friendly Canuck version of football, so will need educating.

Do NOT just show up and expect to be welcomed. Shop around and find a place that needs your 14-year-old.
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Old 09-10-2008, 12:01 PM
 
Location: Allen
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There are a number of really strong football schools in north Texas. That is, the schools are so large that there are lots of really good football players at the school. Your research should include areas that have smaller schools to ensure that your sons receive the attention that they may not receive at the larger schools, as Big G mentioned above.

Some smaller school districts include McKinney and Frisco, both of which are 4A dominated districts. Other towns further from downtown include Lucas (Lovejoy ISD).

Good Luck,

Tom
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:43 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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That's an excellent point. Smaller schools might be the way to go. Unlike from most states, colleges won't ignore a TX product just because he's from a small school.

Many of the 5A schools are very system-oriented. They don't even want a playmaker QB. You have the freedom to choose your school, so make the most of it. A lot of the wild gunslinging action can be found at the 3A level. Just make sure there's a spot open for your kid before you buy the house.
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Old 09-10-2008, 02:52 PM
 
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This is very true. Your son will have to be twice as good as the current starter in order to take his position. This is especially true for 5A schools. Not trying to scare you away from any district but just understand your son want walk in and be a starter based on what he did north of the border. He will have to kick A and take names.
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Old 09-11-2008, 07:25 AM
 
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there are also private schools that have scholarship money for students with "attibutes" that make them desireable to the school
some of them are small but have good history in their conferences for athletics...
downside to that is colleges usually recruit from hs that have the largest populations and hardest schedules...
a great player at a small school does not face the competition that larger schools do and does not get the press that they do either--to be know...
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Old 09-11-2008, 08:39 AM
 
Location: Pilot Point TX
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there are also private schools that have scholarship money for students with "attibutes" that make them desireable to the school
some of them are small but have good history in their conferences for athletics...
downside to that is colleges usually recruit from hs that have the largest populations and hardest schedules...
a great player at a small school does not face the competition that larger schools do and does not get the press that they do either--to be know...
True, but our papers are dominated by stats from every level of HS ball - if the numbers are impressive, someone will notice, imo.
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Old 09-11-2008, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Agree with Little Elmer - In Texas, colleges will recruit all the way down to 2A or even occasionally 1A. 3A ball in Texas beats top-level ball in probably 40 of the 50 states.
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