Not to get too Zen in a football article, but there are a ton of connections that make up the football world. Family, alma mater, location, college choice and many others create the connections. Recently, in the states I cover for Scout.com, I was struck by the number of connections taking place. Here is a look.
In New Mexico, the Ivy League is stretching its hand far to make connections with some of the top scholar athletes in the land of enchantment. The person working hardest to make these connections is Brown University assistant coach Kyle Archer. Archer has worked New Mexico hard and has secured QB Armin Day of Eldorado, LB Seth McVey of Sandia and FB Zach Hernandez of Onate to fly across the county and attend camp in Providence, Rhode Island with the Ivy League champs.
Last month, at the Scout.com combine in Phoenix, Arizona I saw firsthand the power of family connections. Grandview High School cornerback Leylun Brown was competing at the combine held at Glendale Community College. Brown's older brother Lyle who played for GCC and formerly Douglas County High School in Castle Rock, Colorado did a nice job settling his brother down, coaching him up and improving his play. Little brother Brown got after it in 7 on 7 and caught some eyes.
When it comes to family connections it may be tough to beat the Hughes family of Peoria, Arizona. Jason Jewell, Scout.com's Southwest recruiting analyst and Arizona expert reported this week that Centennial RB/DB Anthony Hughes received a first offer from Northern Arizona University. Anthony's older brother John was the Arizona player of the year last year and will take his game to Southern Illinois this fall. John and Anthony's cousin Jeff was also an extremely talented player at Centennial who received much D1 attention. He is currently playing at Scottsdale Community College.
Jewell also reported this week that Anders Battle a corner from Desert Vista High School received an offer from Northern Arizona. Battle is the younger brother of Avory and Allante Battle both of whom play at Arizona State.
In the Midwest region, much talk has been about Chris Harper transferring back to his home state of Kansas from Oregon where he was a member of the Ducks football team. Harper, who will now attend Kansas State, graduated from Wichita Northwest High School recently attended a quarterback camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Riding with Harper to the camp was Northwest QB in waiting Jordan Wiedeman. Wiedeman, a 6-3 175 pound sophomore to be, is a player to watch in Kansas.