The news came out over the weekend that Holland Fisher will be attending Fork Union for the 2013 football season after failing to qualify out of high school.
Fisher attended Clover Hill during his first three seasons, and then transferred to Manchester for his senior year. He apparently came close to qualifying, but ended up a little bit short. As a result, he’ll follow the traditional path of guys in his shoes who signed with Virginia Tech out of high school: Fork Union.
I believe that Fork Union has the chance to be very beneficial to Fisher, who I believe needs a little bit of structure in his life. It could also end up being the destination of a couple of other 2013 signees whose grades might be borderline – DJ Reid and Cequan Jefferson .
If you’re wondering why so many guys seem to have issues qualifying, Hokiebury had a great post about it on the TSL Pass Subscribers board this afternoon…
“As a husband of a 10th grade high school English teacher, from an economically challenged area (60% of our kids are title 1 in our County) Doing well in school is only important for the top 25% or so…. Many of these athletes will be the first in their families to go to college and are brought up in an environment that doesn’t value education, because they don’t think it will impact their lives. Now, once they start receiving attention from college football programs, they’re usually in 10th, or 11th grade and they have to come to terms with performing just to play football. So, firstly, they usually don’t have any learning skills and secondly they are in a hole, plus many parents don’t know how to help them. So once they start applying themselves, they start to do better, and colleges start to get encouraged that maybe they can get qualified. I suspect Holland was pretty close and needed to improve his SAT scores, so there you have it…. close, but no cigar. I assume VT knew he needed to make up ground, but continued to recruit him. Some kids, however, just don’t put in the effort and if they wait until their senior years, I suspect the odds are poor.”