You can write about those with stars next to their names and you can write all about their visits to the biggest Division-1 schools, but the hardest thing to do is go through any number of players and find the ones without a single star next to their name, or interest from any school, watch their film, and find out that they might just be the next big thing.
South Garland might just have that player in running back Ja’Lynn Sidney. He may not be that running back who’s going to burst through the line and run a 4.4 40 time, outrunning any linebacker or defensive back trying to to catch him.
No, Sidney (5’10” 225) won’t outrun you but he will run over you.
Watch his film and tell me what you think because the five plays of his film will show you the kind of player he is and what he is capable of.
- Stopping and changing directions
- Catch out of the backfield
- Hitting the hole, leaping over a would be tackler
- Breaking 4 tackles before a 5th guy finally drags him out of bounds
- Dragging 3 guys into the end zone
Everything a coach would want to see is here and it’s all in one player. I told someone the other day, after watching his film, that Sidney reminds me a lot of former NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal. Not the fastest guy out there, wouldn’t outrun anyone, but it would take an army to drag him down, he could make a catch out of the backfield, and had incredible field vision to find even the smallest holes to turn a 2-yard gain into a 10-yard gain.
I truly think that Sidney is that guy and I think his senior year will open a lot of eyes if they give him the chance to sit and watch this young man play the game of football.
I certainly won’t sit here and tell you which division of football this young man will play because that’s not up to me. But if I can tell you to truly see what this young can do then that is something I can control.
There are a lot of fast running backs and those players are a lot of fun to watch, but it’s players like this, players that can show you they can be a multi-faceted player, a physical runner not afraid to run into a linebacker waiting for him to come through the line and then make him miss, it’s a player that I will watch more times than not.
Keep Ja’Lynn Sidney on your radar because he’ll be on plenty of them by the time the 2017 season comes to a close.