In the last year at Trinity School in Montgomery, Bart Eddins' play in San Antonio closed a chapter on the lives of Liston and Nancy Eddins that has been as enjoyable and fruitful as any could possibly be.
The youngest of three brothers, Bart has been a standout for Trinity since he first stepped on the field. A member of a state championship team and an All-State performer in addition to being named an All-American, he now moves on to play his football at Auburn where both his father and brother Bret played their careers. His father Liston says that they're ready for him to get to Auburn and begin a new chapter in both his life and theirs.
"I'm glad it's his last high school game," Liston says. "We're ready for the next level. We've enjoyed it and loved it, but we can't wait to see him get to Auburn and get started with everything. He's made so many great friendships in San Antonio that he's going to keep with him the next four or five years in the SEC schedule. He's seen just how good everybody is and how hard he's got to work. His eyes are wide open today."
Bart Eddins poses with his father Liston and mother Nancy following Saturday's game.
Many might think that being named to a game such as the one in San Antonio is strictly a reward for a great season and a great career on the high school level. While some of that is true, Liston says that the players in the game left knowing that it's not going to be easy any longer now that they're making a step up in competition.
"I don't think there's any doubt that you see how deep the water is," he says. "If you don't then you're making a big mistake and you won't make it. He knows and we've discussed it. He's just re-doubled his commitment. He knows what he has to do and he'll get started on it next week."
In addition to the players and their families, the high school coaches of each all-star are also invited to participate in a coaching clinic and take part in the festivities in San Antonio.
For Trinity's Randy Ragsdale the week was a bittersweet one for him as he both celebrates the career of Eddins and him being named a team captain for the East, but also knows he's done as a Wildcat.
Bart Eddins (left) was a star player for Coach Randy Ragsdale (right).
"I think it's just tremendous for him to be able to come to San Antonio and help other people, serve other people," Ragsdale says. "For the coaches to recognize that is a tremendous honor. Bart was part of a group that is going to go on to better things. Bart is going to be one of those. We're just extremely proud of him."
Being named a captain is a special honor reserved for just four players from each team. While playing in the game and surviving a bout with food poisoning to play was big for Eddins, his father says that being named a team captain was the icing on the cake for Bart and the entire family.
The defensive line prospect will be in Auburn this weekend for AU's largest recruiting weekend of the season and will be trying to help recruit more prospects for the 2006 class of prospects who can sign scholarship papers on Feb. 1st.