Pursuing Improvement & Offers

Everyone talks about high school clinics at colleges as recruiting opportunities. It's either a time for coaches to sell their school to top-name recruits or for players flying under the radar to make the right heads turn.

But for most kids, it's just about football.

Running back Kwabena Asante did not attend high school camps up and down the east coast to be wooed by college coaches. The Silver Spring, Md. native certainly wouldn't be averse to grabbing a few scholarship offers along the way, but Asante's real goal in attending camps this summer has been to get better and help his team win in his senior year..

James Hubert Blake High School won just two games last season with Asante as its starter, but the running back still ran for 1,422 yards and nine touchdowns. For Asante, the stats and skill are there, but it's something else that he thinks will make his team better for his senior season. "I know I can be a better teammate," said the 5'9" running back with a 40-yard dash time in the 4.5's. "I need to be a better leader for us to win more games and I am positive that I can do that.".

Asante said that he has attended camps at Elon, James Madison, Old Dominion, Temple, Toledo and the University of Virginia and each one offered something a little different to help him step up his game.. "They all just really helped me play at a higher level," he said. "Going against a group of players that are so talented is extremely helpful."

Asante added that he picked up certain skills from the camps that he expects to carry over to his senior season. "I want to incorporate the jump start that I learned into my game," he said. "They helped me with finishing my runs and scoring in the open field."

Although he has yet to pick up any offers, Asante said that he thinks the offers will come after what he's done this summer. "I'm still waiting, but I think I did well," he said.

But where those offers come from mean nothing to him, because, to Asante, it's just about football. "I would love to get an offer from any school out there," Asante said. "I have no burning desire to go to any school. I just want to keep playing."

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