June 8, 2009

George preparing for more than football

The more you talk to Jeremiah George, the more you begin to understand the thing that makes him special is his interest in preparation. The Clearwater High School linebacker has taken his workouts to another level, has spent spring practice cleaning up his deficiencies against the pass game and has even put together a plan for life after a college football career.

"I want to major in marketing, and find a college where I can be a graduate assistant and spend two years on the staff to be around football as long as I can if the NFL isn't something that works out for me," George said.

The preparation for this fall's football season began last month for George who said he had a very successful spring. George said spring football helped him improve his drops into pass coverage as well as his ability to cover man-to-man. With the spring game over, George isn't turning his attention to his college recruiting as much as he is preparing for next fall, but adding weight as well as working out for an hour and a half after school.

"Spring went really well," George said. "My teammates and I got a lot better. We just had our spring game about two nights ago and we won 12-7. It was a big motivational booster because we hadn't beaten the team that we faced in three or four years. Now, we are going back to the drawing board."

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound George runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, has a 355 bench press, a 425-pound squat and a 2008 season under his belt that saw him collect 94 tackles, including 10 for a loss and one interception. The list of schools who have offered George a scholarship thus far include Kansas, Tulane, Charleston Southern, Southern Methodist, Troy, Marshall and the Rams of Colorado State. Currently, George said he has no favorites and refuses to think too much about recruiting as he has his mind focused on next fall's football season.

"Right now my goal is to prepare to progress as a college player because if you think about it, a a year from now I will be in college," George said. "I want to prepare to be a college player when I am in high school to be a step ahead of everyone else. A year from now, I'll be taking visits and breaking each college down to see if they are in my top five or not."

Colorado State has done well to stick out to George thus far. The Rams have stuck super-recruiter and offensive line coach Pat Meyer on George and he has made an impression.

"I like Coach Meyer," George said. "We talked on the phone and the first time he talked to me he said he was recruiting me hard because I was the type of player that he would like to see at Colorado State. He came and saw me practice and we talked on the phone that night and he said I was one of the top three on his board and he would love to see me wearing that Green and Gold."

The spring evaluation period was big for George who estimated 10-12 college coaches came to see him practice and he said he hopes he was able to show them energy, intensity as well as the chance to see him in what he called, "his natural habitat."

"The recruiting process was tough for me," George said. "I thought after the Junior season colleges would be going crazy for me and it went very slow. I think it was Feb. or March before I got my first offer. I was anxious and wondering if I was going to have to settle for a D-2 school, but now I am loving it. I am getting to meet new coaches and different people. This is just great."

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