While I do believe kids can wait to start playing football and don't need
to start in 1st grade trying to use Ansah and Hunt as the examples is a complete
and total joke. Those guys are simply physical freaks that can overcome their
lack of skill by sheer athletic ability. They constitute far less than .00000001
percent of the population. Most people, and that includes people that are
outstanding athletes in their own right, need to have experience and develop
skill to make themselves into a player that might have a chance to make it onto
a college team, let alone an NFL team. The only way to do that is to play for
quite a few years.When I was growing up we did not have youth tackle
football, no one played until 9th grade. Very few of us even advanced to
college, of course very few still do make it to college as football player, but
the percentages are now higher in part because kids have had more time to
develop as players.I'm not sure what the proper age is, maybe
7th grade. But waiting until they're 20 isn't going to do it.
Growing up in California as a LDS kid, in those days games were on Sundays. I
never had a chance to play football until high school. That's one reason I
moved to Utah. I have two kids that play D-1 football largely because they
played earlier than myself. Do they need to start in 3rd grade?? Not really.
For example, I have a friends whose sons played at Utah and one at
Oregon. These kids were 6'2" 240# in the 7th grade. In California,
they have a weight limit and so these kids couldn't play tackle until HS.
These kids played flag football until HS. This resulted in them improving their
speed and athleticism. Now these kids are playing D-1 FB and more prepared
because they were able to develop speed and athleticism. Big kids
that play early, I predict, stay big and slow. What's the difference
between HS, College, and Pros??? SPEED and athleticism.