Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Preferred Walk-On vs. the Walk-On

by Jeff Fisher
High School Football America

Education time today...

A couple of weeks ago, when I was building the state-by-state list of players signing on National Letter of Intent Day, I noticed more-and-more high schools mentioning that one of their players would be a Preferred Walk-On.

Of course, we're all familiar with the term Walk-On, but to be honest, I had to check on the definition of a Preferred Walk-On.

So here it goes, courtesy of a good story written by Greg Johnson of the Grand Rapids Press in Michigan...

Preferred Walk-On...
A player who is promised a roster spot, and reports with the scholarship players for fall camp a few weeks before classes start. He is not on scholarship, but can earn scholarships as they become available.

A football player who joins a college team once classes have started in the fall, and hopes to demonstrate he should be given a roster spot. He is not on scholarship.

So there you have it...end of lesson. I just figured if I didn't understand the term fully, others might need some help as well.

Also, if you're still looking to see where you favorite player is going to college, every state huddle has a list that I'm updating everyday. The various state huddles can be accessed by going to the 50 States Huddle Links on the righthand side of the blog.

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