During the fifth game of the season, Columbia High School running back, Brandon Coleman tore his ACL. A season ending/long time recovery period for Brandon. He had successful surgery on October 16.
Brandon needed an excellent junior year. Period. Plays for a smaller school program. Needed get stronger carrying the football. Needed to improve his speed and shake. Needed to do some “oh my” stuff. Actually, he was starting to “get-it.” Saw him scrimmage. Liked some things. Needed to improve on some things.
After the injury, Brandon’s searched out one of the better doctors. Surgery went well. Remember back on – October 16.
Today, Brandon is off the crutches and working hard on upper body strength. And is getting stronger. Important here – Brandon is following a very good nutrition program. With heavy lifting burning a lot of calories, needs to add good weight, not just weight. His nutritionist is watching him closely.
Plans are to be walking better and better and then to start some running. Coach Jason Ward told me that running track sometime in the spring is a goal.
Brandon Coleman is focused and determined to play big his senior year. He is a D-1 prospect. He was and still is!!
Some advice to Brandon, or really any football player coming off any kind of injury. Any kind — but especially a leg injury or shoulder injury.
1. Your goal is to be ready for the first varsity football game next fall. That should be your goal. Not private camps in the spring. Not spring sports. Not summer college camps. Not the first scrimmage. The goal is your first varsity game.
2. From now(today) all through spring, be honest with college football coaches. When they call to ask how things are going, be HONEST with them. Tell them the facts, because if you have not been honest and they are counting on you, they will take you off the recruiting board. Big time!
3 Keep them informed about your progress.
4. Try to attend as many functions as possible. Junior days. Academic days. Spring practice. Any unofficial is beneficial to both the college coaches and you.
5. With regards to the media, telling them the truth really does not matter to me. But be sure, the colleges who are recruiting you, know the real story.
6. Finally, stay focused on the prize. Some college programs will drop you, because of the unsureness of the injury. Do not let that get you down.
A pretty well known fact – That until an athlete has that first really serious injury, be it high school. college, or pro, no one knows how he or she will react. This can be on any level. No one knows.
For any “Brandon Coleman” out there. Take your time during rehab. Listen to the medical people. Listen to your coaches. Be honest with the coaches recruiting you. Take some visits to the schools recruiting you. Get into nutrition.
As McCallister always says, “Control what you can control and do not worry about what you cannot control.”