You hear about it happening to athletes year in and year out, time and time again and yet the feelings of empathy and sorrow never lessen from one player to the next. For when any athlete tears an ACL, it's a sad day for any lover and appreciator of sports.
After receiving his first two scholarship offers from SMU and Tulane, 2014 Pope John Paul II (FL) wide receiver William Jeanlys did just that- automatically depriving him of a chance to shine in his senior season. Or so he thought.
After only a couple short months of hard rehab and relentless dedication, the South Florida high school standout is already up and on his feet ahead of schedule, willing and ready to conquer the long journey ahead.
"The doctors and recovery people said I'm recovering really fast so that's a really good thing," Jeanlys said. "I'm already walking and stuff so everything is going great right now."
Jeanlys says barring any setbacks, at the pace he is recovering, he may be back in action around the same time his Pope John Paul squad may be competing for a conference title.
"They said November-ish," Jeanlys said. "That would be around the time that we would be playing for a conference championship so if we make it that far, I'll be able to play, which will be really good."
Jeanlys hasn't noticed the injury having any direct effect on his recruitment. Jeanlys is still in constant communication with a plethora of schools highlighted by Florida, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Iowa State, Miami, Nebraska, South Florida, FIU and FAU.
Jeanlys, who is known for his versatility and big play ability, is mostly being recruited as a wide receiver as well as a kick and punt return specialist. At 6-foot-2 180-pounds, he has good size to go along with the ability to stretch the field with 4.4 speed.
Jeanlys says his main focuses right now are rehabbing and being a good teammate although he plans on taking visits to SMU and Tulane some time after football season.
"(SMU) is still strong with their offer and everything," Jeanlys said. "The next step is going on a visit, which will be in December when the visiting starts, and that's when I'll go and see what the campus looks like and stuff like that."
Jeanlys says that his head coach regularly communicates with SMU defensive backs coach Derrick Odum, who is his area recruiter.
Jeanlys says that once he returns to full health he believes that more offers will begin to come his way. Until then, he'll just keep his nose to the grindstone.
Jeanlys Recovering Quickly, Planning Visits
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