Ever wondered what it would be like to walk a mile in the shoes of a high school football star? Full Ride is a four-part documentary series profiling six outstanding high school football seniors through the recruiting process.
The show, presented by nikegridiron.com, culminates at a make-or-break Nike Football Training Camp attended by over 200 college coaches that will ultimately decide who will be suiting up for the college of their choice next fall and who will be watching the game at home in their living room.
Full Ride airs 7:30 pm ET (4:30 pm PT) for four consecutive nights August 1-4 on ESPN2.
The show's six featured student-athletes are:
West Monroe (Monroe, La.)
Quarterback, 6-2, 199
Ensminger, the son of Auburn University tight ends coach Steve Ensminger, transferred to West Monroe High in Monroe (La.) for his senior year after playing at Opelika, Ala., High in 2004. Ensminger took the helm last season of an inexperienced Opelika squad with only two returning senior starters, and led them to a winning record (6-5) while connecting on 64 percent of his passes. Several college programs expressed interest in the hard-throwing prospect including Auburn, Miami and Louisiana Tech.
Spain Park (Hoover, Ala.)
Quarterback, 6-3, 204
Caudle has a cannon for an arm and isn't afraid to throw the difficult pass. He is also very fast for a quarterback and keeps defenders on their heels with his scrambling ability. As a junior, Caudle completed 129 of 200 passes (64.5 percent) for 1,624 yards, 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions and ran for 424 yards and four touchdowns on 43 carries (9.9 yards per carry). Caudle missed the last five games of the season with a knee injury, but is ready to play in the fall. Caudle was recruited by such top programs as Michigan, LSU, Auburn, Alabama, South Carolina, Louisville and Georgia.
Huffman (Birmingham, Ala.)
Offensive lineman, 6-4, 315
Smith, a left tackle, is an athletic marvel for a player his size. He clearly showed that when he was named Super Athlete at the U.S. Army National Combine for juniors in January after bench pressing 185 pounds 20 times and running the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds. Smith is simply dominant as a blocker as he uses his strength and athleticism to manhandle opponents. All of the top programs were recruiting Smith, including Alabama, Auburn, USC, Tennessee, Michigan, Miami and Oklahoma.
McClymonds (Oakland, Calif.)
Linebacker, 6-0, 220
Tatum transferred to McClymonds after playing last year at St. Mary's (Berkeley, Calif.). He missed all but two games his junior year after tearing his labrum in his right shoulder. He's expected to be 100 percent for his senior year at McClymonds. Tatum showed off his tremendous skills as a sophomore at St. Mary's when he was named Bay Shore Athletic League Defensive Player of the Year after he had 125 tackles, 10 sacks, seven forced fumbles and four interceptions. His top schools were USC, Miami, Tennessee, California, Mississippi, LSU, Nebraska and Oregon.
Long Beach Poly (Long Beach, Calif.)
Defensive back, 6-1, 205
Rowe can play either outside linebacker or strong safety, but projects to safety in college. Rowe recorded 71 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 interception and 3 fumble recoveries while playing both linebacker and safety last season, and was a major reason Poly won their first CIF Division I title since 2001. At the beginning of the summer, Rowe listed Oregon State, USC, Miami, Cal and Arizona as his top five, with Oregon State as a strong frontrunner.
Dorsey (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Defensive lineman, 6-5, 221
Browner had a solid junior campaign with Dorsey's L.A. City Section runner-up squad registering 48 tackles, 14 sacks, 2 forced fumbles and 4 fumble recoveries. He was also named 1st team all-league. The son of Tampa Bay linebacker Keith Browner, Browner had several schools interested in him, including Cal, Arizona State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Miami, Colorado, Washington and UCLA. His father attended USC, as did his uncle and six-time All-Pro defensive back Joey Browner, but the Dorsey lineman was giving no indication the Trojans were part of the mix.
See a trailer of Full Ride