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This isn't a sales pitch. I'm not selling anything. I'm just responding to several inquiries by parents and high school coaches who want to how to make colleges aware of a high school football player who they believe might be a Division I prospect but plays for a losing or obscure program and is getting little if any exposure to recruiters.

What should he do?

Call Tom Lemming.

I'll take care of it. If he is good enough, I'll let the colleges know. In this day and age, with access to the Internet, no one should be overlooked, no matter where he lives or what kind of program he plays for.

If you are a Randy Moss who plays with a quarterback who can't throw the ball, contact Tom Lemming before your senior year so we can arrange for you to attend camps and combines where you will receive plenty of exposure to college recruiters.

If you are a sophomore or junior and your parent or high school coach believes you are a Division I prospect, contact Tom Lemming. Sure, parents and high school coaches often aren't very objective. But film doesn't lie. I only takes a few minutes to determine if a player is a legitimate college prospect.

Contrary to what some people would have you believe, I don't charge a penny. Never have. There is no cost at all. Send me a film and I'll analyze it. If your son is a legitimate prospect, I'll recommend him to college coaches and arrange for him to attend camps and combines. If he isn't a legitimate prospect, in my view, I'll tell you.

In 30 years of evaluating high school players, I've helped hundreds of kids to get to college. I suppose one that I am most proud of was Ben Kotwica of Andrew, who was overlooked as a too-short linebacker coming out of high school. He went to West Point, was a three-year starter and team captain and now is an assistant coach with the New York Jets.

Former Vocational, Notre Dame and Chicago Bears star Chris Zorich was another. He didn't command much attention coming out of high school. I contacted schools for him. He attended one of my events in the city. I didn't know much about him at the time. He was a linebacker in high school, not a defensive lineman. He received a lot of letters but not much serious attention. He had a good senior year but was only average as a sophomore and junior. But he was a tough kid. Finally, he received offers from Illinois, UCLA, Northwestern and Notre Dame.

Remember, recruiting isn't an exact science. Evaluators make mistakes. Not every high school football player who is awarded a college scholarship ends up as a starter or earns a spot in the NFL. But there is no excuse for being overlooked. Every kid with potential and production, with speed and size and strength, should have an opportunity to be evaluated and receive exposure to college recruiters.

This is one way to do it.

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I REMEMBER THAT YEAR FOR ZORICH 1986, HE GRADUATED FROM CVS IN 1987, RECRUITERS WERE REALLY ON THE YOUNGSTER FROM WENDELL PHILLIPS THAT YEAR, MILTON BIGGINS, HE PLAYED FOR CARL BONNER, HE HAD A CUP OF COFFEE IN THE NFL, 39TH STREET WAS BUZZING WITH RECRUITERS THAT YEAR!
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, TOM LEMMING!

Tom you should come out to a Lincoln-Way Central game in New Lenox- they have an overlooked quarterback in Bryan Henessy and TE/OLB Jeremy Wallace both these guys are talented prospects stuck in a program that does not promote these kids -maybe you can help.

Tom,

I have a couple of players for you:

- Trace Wanless, QB/WR/DB, Connor Douglas, WR/DB and Nick Slezak, LB/RB all from Glenbard South. They may not be Big 10 guys, but they certainly can play in the MAC or similar conferences.

- Tim Hollowed - Glenbard West - is an outstanding kicker. He consistently hits the end zone on kickoffs and has the leg strength for longer FG's (40-45 yards)

Thanks, Scott

Rolling Meadows is loaded with talent once again.

-QB Jim Garoppolo has been outstanding passing (over 1,000 yds, 12 TDs 3 INT) and rushing (350 yds, 4 TDs) for the 5-2 Mustangs. He stands at 6'3'' 210 lbs and as athletic as you can find. Watch him shine in the regular-season finale at Prospect High School Oct. 23.

-Also, WR/DB Tony Taibi has incredible talent and upside as he has only been playing organized football for two years. He has 8 TDs and over 600 yards receiving through seven games.

-Don't forget DL Erick Louis-Charles who leads the Number 1 defense in the Northwest suburbs.

Thank you Tom

Ok... what's the best way to contact Mr. Lemming? I Google'd his name & all I can find is NCSA.

I believe Senn is loaded but yet D-1 scouts have not looked at them. They are a great team who are 7-0. Led by the a strong team play of offense and defense. On offense QB Terrance Brand, Rb Terrance Simmons, Rb, Cody Gillard, And Wide outs Anthony Hendricks, and Rayshaun Roberts. They are playmaker's take a look at them

One severely underrated player is St. Laurence's Junior RB Steve Fiorella (5'9 175). He is constantly overlooked because the "higher profile" schools in the area (ie. St. Rita, Mt. Carmel, Br. Rice). But this young man has numbers that are up to par, if not better, than the best RB's in the state; and numbers don't lie! Everyone St. Laurence plays knows that he is getting the ball they still can't stop him. People who live in the southside catholic parishes know who he is but he doesn't get nearly enough recognition. Take the time to go to one of his games and I promise you'll be impressed!

DANIEL DAVIE FROM BEATRICE NEBRASKA, BEATRICE HIGH SCHOOL PUT ON A SHOW FRIDAY NIGHT!
HE WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN SETTING UP 3 SCORES FOR THE ORANGEMEN!
ALSO HAD A STELLAR NIGHT AT SAFETY, 9 TACKLES, CRUNCHING BLOWS FOR BEATRICE!
6'1" AND 190 LBS OF DYNAMITE!
WITH BLAZING 4.39 SPEED!
HIS FATHER IS 6'6" PLAYED COLLEGE BALL AT WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY!

Tom, How do I go about sending you game film to evalute? Can you supply an address or contact information? My son has drawn interest from Ivy League schools so far and and a couple of MAC schools mainly Western Michigan.

tom, how about taking a look at jeremiah sheehy and jake rosner from st. ignatius. jake throws for over 100 yards every game and rushes for at least the same. jeremiah rushed for 212 yards on 13 carries against st. laurence and had over 20 tackles against loyola. every game he has over 15 tackles. both of these kids have act scores over 30, can we say ivy? thanks

Mr. Lemming-

If you didn't get to witness first hand how incredible QB Jim Garoppolo and the Rolling Meadows Mustangs were in sweeping through the Mid-Suburban League East with their stomping of Prospect, I am sorry. Jim continues to shine as only a special QB can.
Final stats... Garoppolo: 27-42, 345 pass yards, TD; 103 rush yards, 2 TDs.

The team and the man cannot be stopped.

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