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The internet is changing the game for high school football players.
Just ask North Fort Myers running back Zaquandre White.
“Social media is crazy,” said White. “I was intsagram just regular day, and I saw it like on the top jukes, like what the.. it just went viral after that.”
White became an overnight sensation when video of his insane touchdown run hit the web after North Fort Myers’ spring game.
“People ask me now, like, am I Zaquandre White?” said White.
The video was picked up by ESPN, Bleacher Report, and just about every sports blog on the internet.
“It’s amazing. The things that people can access in a split second,” said North Fort Myers Head Football Coach and former NFL running back Earnest Graham. “You make a great play, something happens, and the whole entire country, or possibly the world knows about it.”
The video Graham posted of White’s spectacular run got over 229,000 hits on Facebook.
It used to be more difficult for a player from a smaller town to get noticed by colleges, but not anymore. Thanks to websites like Hudl.com, players can post their highlights on the internet for college coaches to see from anywhere in the country.
“Before, you probably had to send out a film and hope that one coach looks at the film and finds the kids,” said Graham. “Now, you can send out specific film about this kid, his measureables, everything about that kid in one click of a button. It’s a huge advantage.”
Florida State even offered White a scholarship without seeing him in person.
“They saw his film. Coaches know players, we’ve had a number of kids that has happened for,” said Graham. “You send them film and they say we want to offer that kid.”
White is committed to Florida State and has offers from Miami, Tennessee, Louisville, and South Florida.