Such a player is Butler High S/WR Nate Charest. Recruiters look at what they call “measureables;” height, weight and speed in particular. The big schools think that Charest, who is 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, is just a bit lacking in each department.
Except that the kid can play football, well enough that he helped the Bulldogs to the state 4AA championship. Well enough that he made the Shrine Bowl and was a whirling special teams’ dervish in
“He might just be the best football player I’ve ever had,”
And yet the big schools continue to ignore Charest. He visited Gardner-Webb last weekend, and goes to Catawba this weekend. The weekend after that will find him at Pembroke.
So now Newsome is putting on the full-court press for Charest.
“I’m getting ready to send out 140 DVDs of Nate’s highlights, all over the country,” Newsome said earlier this week. “He’s gonna be a great football player wherever he plays, and I think that can be in Division I.”
Accordingly, Newsome is getting in touch with leagues like the MAC (Mid-American Conference), full of lower FBS schools like
“They’re always looking for sleepers; guys who can play,” Newsome said.
I saw him four times during the season, and he made critical plays in each of those games. Charest is one of those guys, as Newsome said, who can play.