I want to thank everyone who took the time to view our web site and to cast their vote for their favorite player and also the most outstanding performer from Thanksgiving weekend in the various youth football leagues around the State of Texas.
In the 12U division there were a total of 51,029 votes cast. In the 10/11U divisions there were another 42, 439 votes cast for an amazing grand total of 93,468 votes cast in what amounts to a tad over 4 days, 100 hours of time. It's obvious that the power of social media is incredible and with family and friends sharing this poll, the participation was off the charts.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't rec league so there are clear winners, but on the other hand there are no losers. We've got an incredible reach and carry a big stick in the recruiting world so you can be sure that these young men will continue to see their profile raised in the recruiting world.
Over 93,000 votes were cast for these young men!
Both of our winners receive a free D1 Nation Online Resume and Recruiting Profile, a $159 value. Any other player in Texas who would like a profile of their own, can register by clicking on the link below:
Congratulations to Javien Toviano of the DFW Ravens who earned 49% of the more than 51,000 votes in the 12U division. A recap of his performance is as follows:
The DFW Ravens have a special player in RB Javien Toviano. "Baby J" was a workhorse as he had 17 touches for 120 yards and both Ravens scores. There are some bruises today on the Outlaws defensive players from trying to wrap this young man up.
San Antonio Outlaws RB Carson Green had 43% of the vote. Both are deserving and are "winners".
Congratulations to Austin Vivier of the San Antonio Warhawks for garnering 56% of the more than 42.000 votes for top 10/11U performance. Below is a recap of his day:
In the TSYFL 11U title game, the San Antonio Warhawks scalped the Brazo Valley Battle Cats 20-6. Running back Austin Vivier had 11 carries for an astonishing 240 yards, including a TD and two point conversion. As if that wasn't enough, he had 14 tackles on the defensive side.
Congrats also to San Antonio Predators Isaac Martinez who picked up 46% of the vote. All of these players are big time achievers.
I think most folks are aware of this but middle school is a critical time. It's a time when attitudes toward academics and teachers, as well as coaches and on the field development are creating habits that will enable the player to have future success or on the other hand limit his options.
Academics are critical and keep all doors open at every level, not only Division One. While middle school grades are not factored in to NCAA eligibility they do set the table for what player does in their freshman year in high school. Develop good study habits NOW, so you're prepared for each successive level in the class room.
Neither myself or Brandon are prepared to speculate on what collegiate or pro level a prepubescent player will achieve, but i can safely say that after watching video on these young men, they all possess tremendous talent. The challenge ahead will be how will they advance physically but more importantly it will be whether they can void pitfalls and distractions. That could be drugs and alcohol, girls, academics and lack of personal discipline. Many great athletes get tripped up and stop working. My message to all of these young men is to 'embrace the grind" because there are points along the way where we all want to throw up our hands and quit. Stick with it, and listen to your coaches and your folks.